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Ephemera of Luke Rader - Collection 203

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions


An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes


Brief Description.
One audio tape containing brief radio broadcast messages of Rader, "America's Pioneer Radio Evangelist"; includes hymns, poems, songs, and scripture readings by Rader accompanied by organ, piano and orchestra. For more information, please see guide.
Vol: 1 Audio Tape

Collection 203
[March 2, 2006]
Rader, Luke; 1890-1952
Ephemera; n.d.

1 Audio Tape


Copyright information can be obtained from:

Resurrection Radio
1106 South 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Luke Rader was born at the end of the nineteenth century in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the son of Daniel L. Rader. Daniel was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado, where his children grew up and attended college. Luke Rader emerged from college as an agnostic, but was led back to the faith of his parents after the birth of a son impressed on him the responsibility for spiritual guidance of his children.

Luke became a successful evangelist-pastor working in the River Lake Gospel Tabernacle in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a similar ministry to that of his brother Paul, who was pastor of Chicago Gospel Tabernacle from 1921 to 1933. He was a forceful preacher, particularly interested in prophecy, whose ministry was primarily centered in the Tabernacle rather than in itinerant evangelism, though he did preach occasionally in Chicago at the Gospel Tabernacle. Rader's fine singing voice was a particular asset in his work, which also included a radio ministry. He died in Minneapolis in 1952.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of one tape, the first side of which records short radio messages by Rader with anecdotal stories and pithy comments on their biblical significance. The second side of the tape is almost entirely short segments of musical selections, including hymns presumably sung by Rader, though he is not introduced or identified. The hymns include: "Where He Leads Me I Will Follow," "God Be With You Til We Meet Again," "Brighten the Corner Where You Are," "When Jesus Comes to Stay," "I Shall See Him Face to Face." Musical accompaniment includes organ, brass ensemble, orchestra, and piano. Readings by Rader include a poem, the Beatitudes (almost unintelligible), and a reading from Mark's Gospel. Approximately half of the second side is of poor technical quality.


This tape was purchased in December 1981 from Resurrection Radio of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Accession 81-151

May 27, 1982
Frances L. Brocker
J. Nasgowitz

Accession: 81-151
Type of material: Audio Tape

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE. Request by the T# at the beginning of each entry below.

T1 - Reel, 3 3/4 ips, 1 side. Selection of materials from Rader's radio program; including sermons, hymns, and readings of poems and Scripture by Rader, nd.

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