Creator(s): Ballentine, John Stuart, 1916–2006
Date(s): 1911–2006, predominant 1950–2006
Extent: 4.0 cu.ft.
Biographical Note: John Ballentine (1916-2006) was pastor of churches in St. James, Tyler, St. Paul, and Minneapolis, MN, and in Nantucket, MA. He was the founder of Bryant Ave. Christian School (Mpls, MN), and was a State American Legion Chaplain and 1st Sergeant in Patton’s Army. He was also involved in many church, Christian education and civic activities. He was an ardent anti-communist and a theological separatist, affiliated with the Minnesota Baptist Association. He co-authored A Light in the Darkness: A History of the Minnesota Baptist Association, with Wellie Midgley.
Scope and Contents: This collection contains mostly paper documents, including some pictures, ranging from 1911–2006 that were created and/or collected by John Ballentine. These papers document his life in ministry and the military, and his interest in biblical separatism and anti-communism.
The papers include copies of select correspondence between Billy Graham and Richard V. Clearwaters from 1950–1952 related Northwestern College (Mpls.). It also contains a variety of newsletters from fundamentalist churches and organizations.
Conditions Governing Access: This collection is open for research.
Custodial History: Mrs. Marva Ballentine donated her husband’s papers to SEBTS in 2008.
Processing History: Arranged and described by Craig Freeman in 09/2012. Collection level description created by Bill Youngmark on 01/06/2016.
Preferred Citation: John S. Ballentine papers, Archives and Special Collections, Library at Southeastern, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.
Repository: Archives and Special Collections, Library at Southeastern, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
Resource Identifier: ARC.040
Subjects and Access Points:
Minnesota Baptist Association
Bryant Ave. Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN)