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Archives and Special Collections at Southeastern: Ballentine, John S. papers

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John S. Ballentine papers, 1911–2006, predominately 1950–2006

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, Minnesota and in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He was the founder of Bryant Ave. Christian School (Minneapolis, MN), a State American Legion Chaplain, and 1st Sergeant in Patton’s Army during World War II. 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 correspondence, articles and periodicals, sermon outlines and notes, religious pamphlets, newsletters, and other materials created and collected by John Ballentine from 1911–2006. These papers primarily document Ballentine's life and work in ministry and the military with an emphasis on his interest in biblical separatism and anti-communism. Of particular note, the papers include copies of select correspondence between Billy Graham and Richard V. Clearwaters from 1950–1952 related Northwestern College (Minneapolis, MN). It also contains a variety of newsletters from fundamentalist churches and organizations.

Language(s): English
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. Collection level description edited by Stephen Jones on 11/09/2017.
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 Avenue Baptist Church (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Anti-communist movements