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The Lutnes Years

Pastor Robert W. Lutnes was Pastor for the Student Congregation at Pacific Lutheran College (PLC) from the time that it was established in 1955 until 1958. Prior to being pastor at PLC, he taught English there for two years. He is the author of Ever One God (Augsburg Publishing House, 1955). In 1954 he wrote a pageant called "The Eternal Slave" for PLC's Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration. Events that took place during his time as pastor were Mission Emphasis Week, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Family Life Conference, and the founding of the Student Congregation.

Student Congregation Papers

Includes minutes of Student Congregation meetings, minutes of Board of Trustees for the Student Congregation , minutes of the Board of Deacons, Constitutions of the Student Congregation, limited correspondence directly related to Student Congregation, Budgets., Treasurers' log books, ballots and congratulatory letters for the election of officers.

The Larsgaard Years

Pastor Larsgaard was Pastor of Student Congregation and University Chaplain at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1959 to 1969. During Larsgaard's time, PLU hosted Spiritual Emphasis Week, Mission Emphasis Week, and Faith in Life Week, as well as the Family Life Conference. In 1967, chapel attendance was changed from mandatory to voluntary. Associate Pastors during Larsgaard's time were Malmin (1960-1962), Moe (1961-1967), Kraabel (1962-1967), Shefveland (1965-1967) and Dalton (1967-1969).

The Taylor/Dalton Years

Donald W. Taylor was Pastor for the Student Congregation and University Chaplain for Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1969 to 1971. During his time at PLU, the Religious Life committee was formed to address the religious needs of the students (1971). Though the Student Congregation continued to be the dominant worship community at PLU, other religious groups gained popularity and attendance. Efforts were made to give students the opportunity to worship with off-campus congregations. Student Congregation services were moved to the Chris Knudsen Hall in the University Center. Morris Dalton was his Associate Pastor from 1969-1970.

The Lathrop/Beckman /Jerke Years

Gordon Lathrop was University Minister for Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1971 to 1975. James Beckman served as University Minister at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1973 until his death in 1976. He spent one year as an intern at PLU before he was called to be University Minister. Don Jerke served as University Minister of Pacific Lutheran University from 1975 to 1978. He became vice president of student life in 1978 and retained the position until his death in 1981. Events during Lathrop's time as Pastor at PLU include the Staley Distinguished Christian Lectureship Series, "The Church and Social Change" symposium, "The Celebration of the Gospel with Herb Brokering," the first All Campus Fast, Student Congregation's name change to University Congregation, and the renovation of Tower Chapel. In 1973, the need for two full time pastors was expressed and Beckman was hired as a second University Minister. Bread for the World was founded, PLU was host to Madelyn Murray O'Hare in 1974 and Dr. Helmut Thielicke in 1975. Pastor Jerke took over for Pastor Lathrop in 1975. Notable events to happen during Jerke's time include the tragic death of Pastor James Beckman and the installation of Pastor Ron Tellefson; the revision of the Religious Life Council's constitution in which the council's name was changed to Campus Ministry Council, additions made to Tower Chapel, and the Faith in Life forum.

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