University Library Dedicates Archives
Along with the revival that sparked and spread like fire around the
world, the Charismatic movement in the history of the church has also
led to countless scholars' books, speeches, articles and papers
On Thursday, Oct. 24, Regent University Library celebrated the
dedication of archives holding the Rev. Dr. Dennis J. Bennett Papers
and the William Standish Reed, M.D. Collection.
"This is a historic moment as we honor people who honor the Lord," said
Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, Regent's founder, chancellor and CEO. "Their
heritage will live on longer than we will."
The archives feature the works from the lives of two distinguished
leaders of the 1960's Charismatic renewal movement. Dr. Sara Baron, dean
of the University Library, explained that the responsibility for
preserving, organizing and making the archives accessible rests on
everyone at Regent. This is a task that she does not take lightly.
"These archival collections are one of a kind, and they tell a story
about an organization, a movement or a person," said Baron. "They are
not only unique to that entity but to the organization they are left
with, and we are so blessed to have been chosen as the home of the
archives of Rev. Bennett and Dr. Reed."
By Baron's estimation, the archives contain nearly 40,000 items from the
Bennett collection. The Rev. Dennis J. Bennett Papers consists of items
such as pamphlets, correspondence, audiotapes and scrapbooks
documenting Bennett's career—as well as copies of his well-known book, Nine O'clock in the Morning, translated into 15 different languages.
The William Standish Reed, M.D. Collection consists of 20,000 documented
items. Along with recordings of Reed's appearance on CBN's 700 Club,
the collection contains 9,000 audio and video recordings ranging from
1950 to 2007, spurring the Charismatic movement forward.
The archives, according to Dr. Amos Yong, dean of the School of
Divinity, are also a crucial addiction to the university's Pentecostal
"Having the Bennett-Reed collections here will serve the next generation
of researchers who will be documenting the significance of the
charismatic renewal movement for posterity," said Yong.
Dr. Vinson Synan, dean emeritus of the School of Divinity, also
addressed the faculty, staff and community-members present, explaining
that without the contributions that Bennett and Reed made to the
Charismatic movement, universities such as Regent might not have
"The inspiration of the two men, along with the Holy Spirit, is
responsible largely for the renewal of a generation of believers," said
Dr. Rita Bennett and Jo Ann "Coppi" Reed, the wives of the two late
Charismatic thinkers, were present for the archival dedication. Both
shared insights about their husbands, unveiling the men behind their
scholastic achievements. Reed recalls her husband singing "My God Can Do
Anything" in a baritone voice. Both expressed their appreciation of the
archival of their husbands' great works and memories.
"I'm so thrilled, and I'm so happy that I was the one to be able to
donate these papers to this wonderful university," said Bennett. "This
was the right thing to do, and I'm so honored to be here."
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