Billy Graham Center
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Records of Champions for Life
- Collection 455

[Note: What follows is a description of the documents in this collection which are available for use at BGC Archives in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. The actual documents are not, in most cases, available online, only this description of them. Nor are they available for sale or rent.]

Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Bill Glass

Historical Background of Chamions for Life

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

Other Information That Might Be Helpful To Anyone Using This Collection

    Addendum A - Partial Chronology of City-Wide Meetings
    Addendum B - Partial Chronology of Prision Weekends
    Addendum C - Partial List of Bill Glass Ministries Staff
Lists of Artifacts, Audio Tapes, Books, Films, Negatives, Photographs, and Slides in This Collection (Location Records)
    Artifacts
    Audio Tapes
    Films
    Negatives
    Photographs
    Slides
    Videotape
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

General Files
City Ministry Files
Prison Ministry Files



Brief Description

Correspondence, minutes, photos, audio tapes, reports, testimonies and other materials which relate to the work of evangelist Bill Glass and his associates in city-wide evangelistic meetings around the United States and, especially, in prison ministry. The collection also contains information on other athletes involved in evangelism. (Champions for Life was previous named Bill Glass Ministries.)


Collection 455                                                                                                          [September 3, 2008]
Champions for Life; 1969-

Records; 1957-1995

38 Boxes (38 DC), Artifacts, Audio Tapes, Books, Films, Negatives, Phonograph Records, Photographs, Slides, Videotapes (18.1 cubic feet)

Restrictions

All folders are closed until fifteen years have passed from the date of the youngest document in the file. Thus, a folder containing documents from 1966 is closed until January 1, 1982. Boxes with restricted folders are marked on the Box List with and “R”

Tapes T69, T70, and T72 are closed to use until September 1, 2028.

Biography

Full name

 William Shepard Glass, generally known as Bill

Birth

August 16, 1935 in Texarkana, Texas, USA, grew up in Corpus Christi.

Family

 

Parents

William and

 

Siblings

Older brother Vernon

 

Marital Status

Married Mavis Knapp on March 2, 1957.

 

Children

 William, Robert and Mavis Melinda

Conversion

December 1952 at the age of seventeen

Ordination

 

Education

 

19??-1953

Attended and graduated from H. B. Ray High school, where he played on the football team

 

1953-1957

Attended and graduated from Baylor University, on a full athletic scholarship for football

 

1958-1963

Attended and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. During his entire time as a student he spent about half the year attending seminary and the other half playing professional football. He graduated from Southwestern with a Bachelor of Divinity degree..

Career

 

1952-

Almost immediately following his conversion began witnessing to his friends and, a little later, speaking in churches and at youth meetings. His success as an a college then professional athlete provided increased speaking opportunities. He continued to give talks on Christian themes through his university education and professional football career

 

1957-1958

Played football for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League

 

1958-1962

Played for the Detroit Lions football team in a variety of positions

 

1962-1969

Played for the Cleveland Browns football team as a defensive end. During his time with the Browns he played on the winning side in the 1964 National Football League championship, the precursor of the Superbowl.

 

1967

Began to lead city-wide evangelistic campaigns during the football off-season

 

June 1969

Retired from football and incorporated the Billy Glass Evangelistic Association, which he led as president

 

1981

Host of a syndicated television interview program called Sportsight. On this program he would talk with athletes about how their faith interacted with their careers.

 

2002

Retired as a salaried officer of the organization, but continued as an almost full-time volunteer

Other significant information

 

Was named a member of the All-American college football team in 1956

 

Author of several books, most with evangelistic content, including Get in the Game (1965), Stand Straight and Tall (1967) My Greatest Challenge (1968), Don't Blame the Game (1972), Positive Power for Successful Salesmen (1972), How to Win When the Roof Crashes In (1988) and one about the prison ministry Free At Last (1976).


Historical Background: Champions for Life

Founded

Incorporated 1969

Headquarters location

 

Duncanville, Texas, USA

 

Executive officers

 

Bill Glass

Bill Glass, founder, president, 1969-1993; continued as full-time officer of the ministry and evangelist until 2002, served as an almost full-time volunteer thereafter

 

J.T. Williams Jr.

Prison crusade director; president of the Bill Glass Foundation, 1975-?

 

Gene Ellerbee

President 1993-1999, then chairman of the board

 

Donald Smarto

President, 1999-2003?

 

Edward Siebert

Volunteer, 1995-2003; president, 2003?-2005

 

Bryon Stuckey

Executive director, 2005-

Other significant officers (list very incomplete)

 

Sam Bender

Financial manager 1970-1971; crusade director and director of prison ministries 1971-1973

 

Tully Blanchard

Prison ministry operations director

 

William Carlson

Crusade director 1969-1978?

 

Clyde Dupin

Crusade director 1969-1974

 

Ruth Hale

Prison ministry secretary

 

James Hollis

Crusade director

 

Mike Horn

Executive administrator 1970-1971

 

George Huey

Began with the organization in 1983; Crusade director; director of evangelism; vice president for pastoral care

 

John Howell

Fund raising 1978-

 

Russell Kammerling

Executive vice president 1981-1985?

 

Gary Kinder

Chairman of the board for 20 years

 

Robert Kurtz

Executive administrator 1972-1973?, director of prison ministries 1973-1974?; executive vice president of UP, Inc. 1972-1974

 

James Lang

Executive vice-president, 1994-?

 

Dan Leary

Prison Ministry director ?-1986?

 

Jerry Lundgrin

Prison crusade director

 

Bunny Martin

Prison ministry director

 

Mike McCoy

Champions for Today director

 

Dale Martin

Associate crusade director and office manager 1971-73

 

Ralph McMullen

Ring of Champions national director

 

Robert Osborne

Executive vice-president 1980-1981

 

John Rainwater

Coordinator of prison ministries 1981-1983?

 

Jack Murphy

International Director, 1991-

 

Ila Raynes

Office manager 1974-?

 

Richard Rohrer

Crusade director 1975-1985?, executive vice president 1985-1995

 

Trudy Semones

Secretary and bookkeeper ?-1974

 

Jay Robb Smith

Day of Champions director

 

Watson Spolstra

1973?-1974

 

Byron Stuckey

Executive director

 

Janie Walker

Secretary/bookkeeper 1974-?

 

John Worley

Chief financial officer, ?-1997?

Significant events in organizational history

 

 

When first founded, the Billy Glass Evangelistic Association was a means for supporting Glass’ own evangelistic work. The board of directors and advisory board consisted of men whom he had met through his sports career or previous speaking engagements. He soon had a busy schedule of meetings around the country. The evangelistic meetings, first called crusades and later city-wide celebrations, were typically handled by a staff crusade director, who investigated the original invitation, advised the local committee that headed up the effort, and supervised the arrangements for the meeting and the follow-up efforts.

 

1972

A major new direction in the ministry began in this year when it added prison ministry to its areas of specialization. In that year Glass held a meeting inside the Ohio State Penitentiary in Marion, OH (although some members of his board had been suggesting the idea since 1970). From that time on, "prison weekends" became more and more a part of CFL's work, until by the beginning of the 1980s it was Glass's main emphasis. Typically, the churches involved in a particular visit would supply counselors. More people would be recruited from the lists of those who had served as counselors on previous prison weekends or who had sent their names in as volunteers in response to the CFL's newsletter or a television special or some other event. At first these meetings were called prison crusades, then prison weekends then finally were known as Total Person Weekends. After these people had been given an evening of orientation, the group went to the prison for two or three days. At the prison, sports celebrities (such as weight lifters or professional ball players) who were part of the group would hold sports clinics and briefly give their Christian testimony. Glass would also speak to the prisoners at the end of each day and combine comments about sports with a description of the way of salvation. Counselors would meet individually for the next couple days with prisoners to share with them about their own Christian life. At first these meetings were called prison crusades, then prison weekends, then finally as Total Person Weekend. CFL also developed the Friend of a Prisoner (FOAP) program, which found Christian pen pals for interested prisoners. A nationwide support group was developed to pray for the ministry and to give small, regular amounts to the program.

 

1975

Bill Glass Foundation established (under the control of Bill Glass Ministries) to supervise the prison ministry

 

1978

Held a series of meetings in Australia

 

1989-?

CFL began a brief arrangement with Prison Fellowship (PF), by which PF handled all follow-up for Total Person Weekends

 

1992?

Champions for Life started, which presented faith-based programs for school children. This soon became the name for the entire minstry.

 

2001

Ring of Champion program developed to reach at-risk juveniles who were first time criminal offenders. Youth, ages ten to eighteen, are introduced to Christ through men and women of faith who commit to forming long-term mentoring relationships.

Geographical emphasis

United States with some international meetings. Most active in the south, Midwest and California.

Alternate names

Was founded as the Billy Glass Evangelistic Association in 1969; name was changed to Bill Glass Ministries in November 1995; the name was changed again in January 2002 to Champions for Life.

Other significant information

 

The ministry newsletter was at first called The Crusader and was intended for distribution at particular evangelistic campaigns. Later the publications Goalposts and Prison Gang were developed. Goalposts was for about all the activities of the organization, while Prison Gang was for people who supported the outreach to prisoners and their families.

 

The organization also produced book, films and multi media presentations, all of which were evangelistic in nature. The Ministries had a for-profit subsidiary in the 1970s, UP Inc., which distributed Glass's audio tapes.




Scope and Content

[Note: In the Scope & Content section, the notation “folder 2-5" means “Box 2, Folder 5"]

The records in this collection consist of correspondence, minutes of meetings, lists of names and addresses, testimonies, newspaper clippings, audio tapes, films, photographs, and other materials. The documents in the collection describe the origins and internal development of Champions for Life (CFL); the planning and impact of its city-wide evangelistic meetings, prison ministry, television, radio and audio tape work, and fund raising efforts. There is also some information in the collection about other evangelistic ministries in the United States, the use of sports in evangelism, and the conditions in prisons around the country. The titles of the folders in almost all cases are those which were on the original folder. The archivist arranged the paper materials into three sections: General, City-Wide Crusades, and Prison Ministry. Note: The orignal name of the organization was the Bill Glass Evangelistic Association, soon changed to Bill Glass Ministries and then changed again in the early 1990s to Champions for Life. Throughout this guide, the organizaiton is usally referred to as Champions for Life or CFL.

*****

Series: I. General Files
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Date Range: 1957-1995
Volume: 9.45 cubic feet
Boxes: 1-12, 21-29
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: Correspondence, reports, budgets, press releases, clippings, newsletters, statistics
Subjects: life and ministry of Bill Glass, the organizational development of his ministry, sports evangelism, prison ministry, radio ministry, fund raising methods

Notes: Most the material in this section is concerned with either the administration, staff, fund raising efforts, or planning process within CFL, although naturally is also much information on the city-wide meetings and especially the prison work.

Exceptional items: There is also a little material on the pre-1969 ministry of Bill Glass, such as his efforts to make an evangelistic film in 1964 (folder 4-8) and some of his first contacts with Evangelical publishers (folder 6-19). Folder 6-13 contains part of the 1957 press release which announced his being named All American and the press release he gave out when he retired from professional football and went into full time ministry. (Also of interest is film number F20 in collection 113, which contains a segment of Glass speaking about his faith at a 1965 Bill Graham evangelistic meeting.) Other information about Glass can be found in practically every folder of the collection. The clippings in folders 1-8, 5-12, 6-4, 6-13, and especially box 21 give some background on his career and the work of the organization. Folder 7-8 through 10-1 include correspondence about the numerous Christian and motivational speaking engagements he accepted around the country. The audio tapes in the collection contain samples of the talks he gave to both religious and secular groups. Several folders (1-8, 3-9, 5-7, 7-1, 10-5, 12-5) contain reference material such as notes or anecdotes or data which he apparently used on these occasions as well as during his preaching. Samples of his sermons and speeches are in folder 5-15 and are also on the audio tapes in the collection, where he preaches evangelistic sermons and also on such topics as marriage, loving oneself, and the way to grow in the Christian life. Folder 6-22 contains a list of some of his speaking engagements. Important sources of information on the development of the ministry are the files and correspondence of the board of directors (folders 1-16 through 2-7), the advisory board (folder 1-2) and the executive committee of the board of directors (folders 2-15 through 4-4). Most of these files consist of correspondence, although there are also some minutes. The minutes usually contain short reports on current activities, future plans, and staff changes. These are an excellent, indeed essential, source for the study of the methods, goals, and growth of the organization. There are also copies of budgets and expense reports. Also of interest is a copy of the articles of incorporation for BGM in folder 1-7. (These might not be a copy of the final articles, since they list the headquarters of CFL as being in Alabama rather than Texas.)

Documents about the activities of staff members can be found in folders 1-9, 3-14, and 10-6 to 11-3. Folder 11-1 and some others contain charts and statistical summaries of the way crusade directors were spending their time and these give a good idea of the kind of activities involved in planning evangelistic meetings. Files 10-6 and 10-7, among others, contain dozens of letters from William Carlson, Clyde Dupin and other crusade directors on the work being done on specific crusades, as well as information on other projects they were working on for CFL. (Of related interested are the sampling of letters in folder 1-15 from people who wrote to Glass to tell him how much they had been helped by the work of CFL.) Information in Dupin’s independent ministry is in folder 25-11.

In the staff files and in the executive committee and board of directors files are several references to the work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which the directors and staff took as a model in the organization's early years. See, for example, the letter dated 7/8/71 in folder 2-2 and the BGEA newsletter used as a sample in folder 6-13. Another Christian organization on which there is information is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (folder 4-6). Many of the athletes for whom there are press releases or other information in folders 20-5 to 20-32 were members of the Fellowship. A few files have reports and other background information on the work of other Christian groups, such as the Institute of Basic Youth Conflicts (folder 5-6), the National Association of Evangelicals (folder 5-17), National Religious Broadcasters (folder 5-18) and Navajo Missions (6-1).

In the early 70s, UP Inc. was created to distribute Glass' audio tapes and books. Folder 11-13 contains information on the work of this organization, as do folders 3-1, 3-2 and

5-10. Another form of outreach CFL was very interested in was television. At various times in its history the organization did television specials about their work and for a while Glass hosted an interview program called Sportsight, on which he talked to other Christian athletes. Besides the reports in the board of directors and executive committee files, information on this aspect of CFL's work can be found in folders 11-5 through 11-9 and 20-33. Some of the people who appeared on Sportsight have individual folders between 20-5 and 20-32. Folders 6-15 and 6-16 contain some information about CFL investigation into the possibilities of a radio ministry. The organization in 1972 considered buying a radio station in Kansas that had been offered to it and information about this is in folder 6-17, as well as the files of the executive committee and the board of directors. In the mid 70s, Glass experimented with multi-media presentations of his evangelistic message to live audiences and some of the sermons he used are in folders 5-14 and 5-15. Folders 4-7 and 4-9 contain information on CFL's film, Get in the Game. Folders 5-2 and 6-3 contain information on the development of the organization's newsletter. Some samples of the earliest CFL newsletter, The Crusader, are in folder 6-13. Others can be found in folder 21-19.

Many of the files in this section deal with CFL's fund raising efforts through direct mail, personal contacts and foundation proposals. Among the files with relevant information, including letters, lists of contributors, and plans for fund raising campaigns, are 3-7, 3-8, 4-10 through 4-12, 4-17 through 5-1, 6-7, 6-14, 11-10, 11-12, 11-14, 11-15, 12-1, 15-3, and 15-4. Several foundation proposals, including one to World Vision, can be found in folders 25-7 through 25-10.

In the majority of the folders in this collection the researchers can find examples of the use of sports as metaphor for life and the use of the contacts Glass made because of his career in football for evangelistic purposes. A few of the folders that are particularly rich in sports evangelism material or at least sports-related materials are 1-13, 4-6, 5-15, 6-10, 7-9, 10-4, 10-5, and 20-5 through 20-33. The audio tapes in this collection of Glass's sermons and speeches are filled with sports anecdotes and examples. Of particular interest is tape T2, where he describes the Christian life in sports terms and tape T3 in which he talks to university athletes about how to psych themselves up for a game and relates this to they way they should live their lives.

Boxes 22-29 contain a variety of files from mid 1980s to the early 1990s, including Bill Glass’s general correspondence, budgets and annual reports, statistics, and planning materials. It is not a complete or consistent set of materials for each year, but rather what appears to be a sampling of materials sent to the Archives. Besides letters to donors, there are also correspondence between staff members about future plans and fund raising. Folders 29-2 and 3 contains testimonials from people who participated in the prison ministry as volunteers. Some reports from other prison ministries can be found in folder 22-9 and folder 22-10 contains samples of fund raising appeals from a variety of Christian ministries.

The actual newsletters of the organization were, The Crusader, Goalposts, and Prison Gang. These can be found in folders 21-19, 21-20 and 21-21. The Crusader was actually the newsletter distributed at the services of specific crusades, so the contents tend to be relatively similar from crusade to crusade. Prison Gang went out to people who supported the prison ministry financially and/or by personal participation.

*****

Series: II. City Wide Crusades
Arrangement: Alphabetical by folder title
Date Range: 1967-1981, 1991
Volume: .7 cubic feet
Boxes: 12-13, 39
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: Reports, statistics, correspondence, lists
Subjects: Evangelism in prison, volunteer ministry, prison life, the organization of CFH events

Notes: The materials folders in boxes 12 and 13 describe in detail how CFL's evangelistic campaigns in towns and cities throughout the United States and in a few foreign countries were planned, carried out and followed up on.

Exceptional items: As mentioned elsewhere, folders 10-6 and 10-7 contain numerous detailed reports from crusade directors on the arrangements for particular crusades and the problems and opportunities that presented themselves in each case. The basic method of organizing the churches involved in these meetings is outlined briefly in a memo in folder 12-6. There is similar information in folder 6-13. Folder 13-5 has checklists and forms with much more detailed information on the jobs that need to be done during a crusade. Tapes T11, T12, and T13 contain presentations made by staff workers, probably in 1982 or 1983, to the supporters of a crusade or awakening on the arrangements for finance, counseling and follow-up. Folders 12-7 through 13-4 contain, year by year, the statistics, correspondence, and other information related to individual meetings, though the amount of documentation varies widely from meeting to meeting and for some there are no documents. The researcher will note that folders 13-7 and 13-8 contain materials from meetings held before CFL had been formally incorporated. Lists of dates and locations for some of CFL's crusades can be found in folder 13-9. Other reports from crusade directors are in folders 11-1 and 11-2. Stories about a few crusades are in folders 6-3, 6-4 and 6-13.

*****

Series: III. Prison Ministry Files

Arrangement: Boxes 13-20 and 38 are mainly alphabetical by folder title, boxes 30 to 37 are arranged chronologically by year and then geographically by state.
Date Range: 1972 to 1993
Volume: 7.95 cubic feet
Boxes: 13-20, 30-39 (4 cubic feet for 30-39)
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: correspondence, lists, counselor application forms, correspondence, programs
Subjects: Prison ministry, history of Billy Glass ministries, organization of evangelistic meetings, organization of US prisons, prison reform

Notes: The documents in boxes 13 through 20, 30-38 present a fairly complete picture of CFL's work with prisoners. The Archives received in the 1995 accession voluminous materials documenting prison visits for the years 1980 through 1991. Because almost all of this material dealt only with arrangements and had relatively little research value, only a small sampling was kept (boxes 30 through 39).

Exceptional items: The prison work grew out of a meeting that CFL held in a Marion, OH, facility in 1972. Folders 2-3, 3-15 and 11-7 contain information about this meeting. Tape T6 has Glass's brief description of how the prison ministry began and its purpose. Folders 13-15 though 14-4, 15-7 through 15-9, and 16-2 contain correspondence, minutes, reports and memos from the staff in charge of planning and following up on the various prison visits. These materials show how the staff worked with prison officials (especially chaplains), prisoners, donors, athletes, local churches, volunteers and others on the arrangements for each prison crusade and their involvement in follow-up after the weekend. Folder 38-25 contains mainly years of letters from wardens and other prison officials, describing their satisfaction with the evangelistic meetings held within their facilities. These were probably gathered together to show to other prison officials or for publicity purposes. Sometimes there are documents, such as the letter from the governor of New Mexico in folder 19-6, which show the interest of elected officials in the program. Often the reports from various staff members also contain information on the conditions in various state and federal prisons. The folders for John Rainwater (13-15, 14-1, 14-2) and John T. Williams (14-3 and 14-4) are particularly fat and filled with detailed information about individual meetings and their efforts to build ongoing support for the prison ministry in general. These files also include letters from supporters, prisoners and family members of prisoners on the ministry and the spiritual experience and needs of the prisoners. Many letters are from counselors describing their own experiences during prison visits. Folder 14-1 also contain correspondence about the functioning of the Bill Glass Foundation under whose aegis the prison ministry functioned. Folder 20-35 contains drafts of the manuals and guidelines used to train counselors. Another manual used for planning a crusade can be found in folder 29-5. Also of interest in this regard are the questionnaires in folder 15-10 which were filled out by the volunteers about when and how they could serve. Folder 15-6 contains the checklist which the planners used to make sure that all the necessary preparatory steps had been taken before the visit to the prison. Other files contain information on the fund raising efforts that helped support the ministry by direct mail appeals, the creation of a support group, and banquets (folders 15-3, 16-1, 16-5, 16-7, 20-34). As mentioned above, reports on the prison ministry and details on its work are also all throughout the files of the board of director and executive committee.

The Prison Gang, the group made up of people who gave financial support to the program or participated as volunteer counselors, or both, was essential to the prison work and there are several folders with information about it besides those already mentioned. Folders 16-5 through 16-8 contain correspondence with members of the group, lists of members, their newsletter and similar documents. Once again, these files often contain letters form members in which they give their testimony or describe their experiences as prison counselors. One subgroup of the Prison Gang was made up of the people who wrote letters to prisoners who had asked for correspondence. The documents about this program, including applications from prisoners, lists of participants and copies of letters are in folders 14-5 through 15-2. Tape T4 has some comments by Glass about the program, which was called Friend of a Prisoner.

Information on visits to particular prisons are in (among others) folders 15-11, 16-3, 16-10 through 20-2, and boxes 30 through 37. There are records of visits to prisons in, among other states, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington. Among the prisons on which there are files are Soledad (folder 30-10), San Quentin (36-12), and Joliet (36-6). Folders for a particular prison visit might include lists of counselors and athletes who attended, lists of prisoners who accepted Christ or rededicated their life to Him or received assurance of salvation, cards filled out by counselors, registration forms, letters from prisoners about the weekend, schedules, correspondence about the prison officials about the visit, information on travel and housing arrangements for the volunteers, and similar information. For many of the professional athletes who came to weekends there are folders with press release-type information (folders 20-6 through 20-32). Other folders in this group contain information about people who appeared on Glass's television program Sportsight. Some of the folders (such as folder 31-3) that have applications from the volunteer counselors have written on the back their brief testimony about their experience of the Christian life or how they gave their life to Christ.

Statistics gathered by the staff on the attendance, results and finances of the prison visits can be found in folders 30-15 32-5, 33-5, 36-4, 36-11, 37-4, 37-9, 37-11, 37-12.

Folders 38-1 through 38-24 contains some basic reference materials from the 1980s on American prisons, arranged by state. The materials varies from folder to folder, but there might be a map of the correctional facilities in a particular state, or reports or data on the state’s department of corrections or forms used by prisons, or reports on prison reform efforts in various states (such as Kansas in folder 38-11) or other material that might be useful to staff planning a prison evangelistic meeting, such as information on hotels and motels in the area.

Although there are some references to Prison Fellowship and Charles Colson in a few letters and reports, and folder 16-4 contains some of PF's brochures and newsletters, there is not very much information in this collection about that organization.

One interesting file is 16-9, which contains newsletters put out by the prisoners themselves at a few institutions. Some similar material can be found in folders 17-6 and 18-4. Like the letters from prisoners which can be found in numerous folders in this section, these newsletters contain much information about the prison system in America.

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Series: IV. Audio-visual materials
Arrangement: Chronologically
Date Range: 1958-1994
Volume: 1.81 cubic feet
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: Documentaries; television advertisements; phonograph records; recordings of sermons, speeches, evangelistic services, banquets, business meetings
Subjects: Bill Glass and his ministry, sports evangelism, Christian doctrine on sin and salvation

Notes: This section consists of audio recordings, films and videos recordings produced by Champions for Life staff in the course of their work. Some are intended as promotional material for the ministry or for a specific event. Others are recordings of services, rallies, banquets or planning meetings. The individual recordings are described in detail in the location records that follow.

Provenance

The materials for this collection were received by the Center in November 1985 and December 1995 from the Champions for Life. From the 1985 accession, three folders of Bill Glass's personal financial records, some duplicate phonographs, and a few miscellaneous items were returned to him. From the 1995 accession, approximately 15 cubic feet of material was returned to the donor.

Accession 85-161
November 16, 1992
Robert Shuster
K. Cox

Accession 95-181
July 15, 2008
Bob Shuster
K. Hayward

PARTIAL CHRONOLOGY OF CITY-WIDE MEETINGS

Place

Date

1967

Liberal, KS

May 7-14

Pampa, TX

June 11-18

New London, CT

 

1968

Colby, KS

February 25-March 3

Fort Walton Beach, FL

March 24-31

Tuscalossa, AL

April 14-21

Marietta, GA

May 5-12

New Orleans, LA (with YFC)

May 31-June 2

Province, RI

June 3-9

Morganfield, KY

June 23-30

Paducah, TX

 

1969

Burlington, NC

March 9-16

Lamesa, TX

March 24-28

Evansville, IN

April 6-13

Memphis, TN

May 4-18

Topeka, KS

June 1-6

Greenville, MS

 

Terre Haute, IN

 

Smith Center, KS

 

Americus, GA

 

1970

Bakersfield, CA

March 1-8

Joplin, MS

April 12-19

Springfield, MO

May 3-10

Visalia, CA

June 21-28

Massillon, OH

July 19-26

Kannopolis, NC

August 23-30

Buies Creek, NC

October 4-11

Indianapolis, IN

October 25-November 1

Dodge City, KS

November 8-15

1971

Mayfield, KY

April 11-18

Greensboro, NC

April 25-May 9

Eliabethtown, KY

June 20-27

Findlay, OH

August 22-29

Bloomsburg, PA

September 5-12

Fresno, CA

September 26-October 3

Winston-Salem, NC

October 17-24

Huron, SD

November 14-21

Hutchinson, KS

November 28-December 5

1972

Booneville, MS

March 22-26

Artesia, NM

April 2-9

Hamilton, TX

April 12-19

Kernersville, NC

April 22-29

Lufkin, TX

April 30-May 2

Defiance, OH

May 14-21

Alamogordo, NM

June 18-25

Hopkinsville, NC

July 16-23

Albany, OR

August 20-27

Madison, WI

September 17-24

Salina, KS

October 15-22

1973

Cleveland, MS

March 18-25

Commerce, TX

April 1-4

Lexington, KY

April 22-29

Chillicothe, OH

June 24-July 1

Clovis, NM

July 8-15

Carlsbad, NM

July 22-29

Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA

August 26-September 2

Dixon, IL

October 7-14

Aberdeen, SD

November 4-11

1974

Yakima, WA

March 31-April 7

Jacksonville, IL

April 21-28

Tallahassee, FL

May 12-19

Ashtabula, OH

June 25-30

Los Angeles, CA

July 28-August 4

Portsmouth, NH

August 25-September 1

Lawrence, KS

September 22-29

Roanoke, VI

November 3-10

1975

San Antonio, TX

April 6-13

Gaffney, SC

May 4-11

Fond Du Lac, WI

June 22-29

Tupelo, MS

July 20-27

Warren, OH

August 24-31

Portland, ME

September 14-21

Honolulu, HI

November 9-16

1976

Rock Hill, SC

May 9-16

Fairbanks, AS

June 27-July 4

Findlay, OH

July 18-25

Bend, OR

August 22-29

Brevard, NC

September 5-12

Las Cruces, NM

September 19-26

Kenai, AS

October 21-24

Sitka, AS

October 29-November 2

Ketchikan, AS

November 3-5

1977

Farmington, NM

March 20-27

Columbus, OH

June 5-12

Wauseon, OH

July 10-17

Mansfield, OH

July 24-31

Bloomsburg, PA

August 21-28

Aiken. SC

September 4-11

Wachula, FL

October 30-November 6

1978

Wilmington, DE

May 7-14

Fresno, CA

May 21-28

Bridgeton, NJ

June 4-11

Knoxville, TN

August 6-13

Marthinsville, IN

September

1979

Fort Meyers, FL

March 11-18

Mobile, AL

April 15-22

Ducanville, TX

April 29-May 6

Columbus, SC

May 13-20

Visalia, CA

June 17-24

Lompoc, CA

July 29-August 5

Altus, OK

August 19-26

1980

McAllen, TX

March 16-23

Mitchell, SD

April 6-13

Fort Dodge, IA

May 4-11

Elizabeth, KY

June 22-29

Carlsbad, NM

July 6-13

Greenswood, SC

September 21-28

1981

Australia

March 1-15

Warren-Niles, OH

 

Yakima, WA

March 29-April 5

Honolulu, HI

May 3-10

Hagerstown, MD

May 24-31

Danville, KY

July 12-19

Peru, IN

September 27-October 4

Bend, OR

September 13-20

1983

Corpus Christi, TX

March 13-20

Beaumont, TX

March 27-April 3

Sioux City, IA

April 24-May 1

Jackson, MI

July 24-31

Escondido, CA

August 14-21

Eugene, OR

October 9-16

1990

Weatherford, TX

April 22-29

The Colony, TX

May 13-20

Seguin, TX

June 24-July 1

Twin Falls, ID

August 5-12

Springfield, MO

September 9-16

Mustang, OK

September 30-October 7

1991

Corvallis, Ohio

April 14-21


PARTIAL CHRONOLOGY OF PRISON WEEKENDS

Place

Dates

1972

Marion, OH

July

1973

Tehachapi, CA

March 9-11

Mansfield, OH

May 25-27

Waupun, WI

September 14-16

1974

Louisville, KY

May 24-26

Eddyville, KY

May 31-June 2

Santa Fe, NM

September 6-8

Seagoville, NM

September 13-15

1975

Arcadia, FL

March 7-9

Starke, FL

April 18-20

Lewisburg, PA

August 15-17

Columbus, OH

September 5-7

Honolulu, HI

November 14-16

1976

Ocala, FL

April 2-4

Chase, PA

May 28-30

Lansing, KS

June 18-20

McNeil Island, WA

July 30-August 1

Salinas, CA

November 19-21

1977

Mariana, FL

March 11-13

Columbus, SC

May 5-7

Huntsville, TX

August 11-14

1978

Starke, FL

March 24-26

Lake Jackson, TX

April 28-30

Atlanta, GA

June 16-17

Oakridge, TN

August 4-6

McAlester, OK

August 18-20

Pine Bluff, AR

December 1-3

1979

Waco, TX

March 23-25

Bay Minette, AL

April 20-22

Columbia, SC

May 11-13

Ontario, CA

July 6-8

Lompoc, CA

July 27-29

Anamosa, IA

September

Salem, OR

October 5-7

1980

Huntsville, TX

March 7-9

Rockwell City, IA

May

Louisville, KY

August

Montgomery, AL

August 22-24

Ocala, FL

October 3-5

1981

Lake Jackson, TX

March 27-29

Starke, FL

April 10-12

Honolulu, HI

May 8-10

Vandalia, IL

June 12-14

Lexington, KY

July 17-19

Indianapolis, IN

August 14-16

Waco, TX

August 21-23

Albuquerque, NM

October 16-18

1982

Dayton, FL

January 29-31

Huntsville, TX

February 19-21

Deer Lodge, MT

March 12-14

Parchman, MS

April 2-4

Pine Bluff, AR

May 14-16

Indianapolis, In

June 11-13

Raleigh, NC

August 20-22

Joliet and Sheridan, IL

September 17-19

Salem, OR

October 8-10

Huntsville, TX

November 12-14

1983

Miami, FL

January 27-30

Phoenix, AZ

February 17-20

1984

Palestine, TX

December 2

1985

Midgeville, Georgia

February 15-17

Huntsville, TX

March 15-17

Leesburg, NJ

April 12-14

Reading, PA

May 24-26

Columbus, Ohio

June 14-16

Walla Walla, WA

July 19-21

Indianapolis, IN

August 16-18

Louisville, KY

September 20-22

California

October 18-20

Huntsville, TX

December 6-8

1986

Tallahassee, FL

January 24-26

Stateboro, GA

February 21-23

Huntsville, TX

March 14-16

Pittsburgh, PA

April 11-13

Springfield, MO

May 23-25

Springfield, IL

June 20-22

Oklahoma City, OK

July 18-20

Albuquerque, NM

August 29-31

Stockton, TX

October 17-19

Waco, TX

December 5-7

1990

Ocala, FL

January 26-28

Leavenworth, KS

February 23-25

Sugarland, TX

March 16-18

Raleigh, NC

April 6-8

Forsyth, GA

April 20-22

Birmingham, AL

May 25-27

Fond Du Lac, WI

August 24-26

Hartford, CT

September 28-30

Lake Jackson, TX

November 30-December 2



PARTIAL LIST CHAMPIONS FOR LIFE STAFF

Sam Bender

Financial manager 1970-1971; crusade director and director of        prison ministries 1971-1973

William Carlson

Crusade director 1969-1978?

Clyde Dupin

Crusade director 1969-1974

William S. Glass

President 1969-

Ruth Hale

Prison ministry secretary

James Hollis

Crusade director

Mike Horn

Executive administrator 1970-1971

George Huey

Crusade director

John Howell

Fund raising 1978-

Russell Kammerling

Executive vice president 1981-1985?

Robert Kurtz

Executive administrator 1972-1973?, director of prison ministries 1973-1974?; executive vice president of UP, Inc. 1972-1974

Dan Leary

Prison Ministry director ?-1986?

Jerry Lundgrin

Prison crusade director

Bunny Martin

Prison ministry director

Dale Martin

Associate crusade director and office manager 1971-73

Robert Osborne

Executive vice-president 1980-1981

John Rainwater

Coordinator of prison ministries 1981-1983?

Ila Raynes

Office manager 1974-?

Richard Rohrer

Crusade director 1975-1985?, executive vice president 1985-

Trudy Semones

Secretary and bookkeeper ?-1974

Watson Spolstra

1973?-1974

Janie Walker

Secretary/bookkeeper 1974-?

J.T. Williams Jr.

Prison crusade director; president of the Bill Glass Foundation, 1975-?



LOCATION RECORD

Accession: 85-161
Type of material: Artifacts
The following items have been given to the CENTER MUSEUM:

Three metal medallions, 1-1/4 " in diameter, bronze in color. There is a small circle a top the top of each medallion, with a single link in it, by which the medallion could be attached to a bracelet or similar items. The front of the medallion reads "FRIEND OF A PRISONER" in small letters around the end, "FOAP" in large letters in the center. The reverse side has the words "TOTAL PRISON MINISTRY WITH BILL GLASS AND FRIENDS" superimposed over a set of prison bars. N.d. These medallions were given to supporters of the Bill Glass prison ministry.

*****

LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 85-161, 95-181
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

 #

R/C

speed

length

Sides

Contents

Dates


Item# - Reel or cassette, speed, length, number of sides, contents (title of session, participants) according to the program, date.

T28

R

7 ½

2.5

1

Radio spots for Bill Glass Crusade.

11/?/70

T29

C

--

--

2

Hawaii Crusade for Christ, w/ Bill Glass.

11/16/75

T1

R

3 3/4

55

1

  Copied from a cassette copy. Talk given by Glass on salesmanship to a group of insurance executives entitled "Stay Up for the Game."

ca. 1975

T2

R

3 3/4

36

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass on the Christian life entitled "Life's Winning Game Plan."

ca. 1975

T3

R

3 3/4

30

1

Copied from a cassette copy which apparently had been copied from a phonograph record. Address given by Glass to the student athletes of the University of Arkansas on "How to Get Up for the Game."

Ca. 1975

T4

R

3 3/4

55

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass, probably preached during the 1975 meetings in Hawaii, entitled "What May Keep You From Winning." At the beginning of the tape, Glass speaks briefly about the Friend of a Prisoner program. Includes an extended evangelistic invitation at the end of the tape.

Ca. 1975

T30

R

7 ½

29

1

Evangelistic Rally in Honolulu, Hawaii, Part 1.

11/?/76

T31

R

7 ½

29

1

Evangelistic Rally in Honolulu, Hawaii, Part 2.

11/?/76

T5

R

3 3/4

55

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass entitled, "Jonadab" (II Samuel 13:1-5). This tape includes a lengthy section at the end after the sermon of the altar call and peoples' response. This sermon was apparently broadcast over the radio during Glass's 1976 or 1981 meetings in Bend, OR.

1976 or 1981

T32

C

--

--

--

“Stay Up For The Game,” Bill Glass.

1977

T33

C

--

--

--

Rev. Clarence Kopp, David Beamonds, Bill Glass Crusade.

4/4/77

T34

R

7 ½

3.5

1

Ads For Appearance by Bill Glass at Brookside Church, Chillicothe, Ohio.

7/?/77

T35

C

--

--

--

Dr. Jack MacGorman, Arkansas Prison Crusade.

12/1/78

T6

R

3 3/4

9

1

Copied from a cassette copy. A talk by Glass, apparently broadcast over the radio, entitled "Lessons from Prison," in which he talks about the history, purpose, and method of his prison ministry.

Ca. 1979

T7

R

3 3/4

32

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Special music from one of the services of the 1981 Hagertown, MD meetings, possibly involving Ron Patty.

5/1981

T36

C

--

--

1

Dr. MacGorman, Texas Prison Spiritual Enrichment.

1981

T37

C

--

--

2

Mary C. Crowley, God Honors Preparation, Prayer & Persistence; /What Are You Doing With Your Talents;

11/15/81, 11/22/81

T38

C

--

--

--

Dick Rohrer, Financial Appeal, Corpus Christi Kickoff Banquet.

9/28/82

T8

R

3 3/4

30

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Motivation talk by Glass on "The Ladder to Success." Also includes brief introduction by an announcer on Glass's career. Glass had versions of this talk adapted for religious and secular audiences. In the body of the talk, Glass talks about why he believes in God and comments on evolution.

Ca. 1982

T9

R

3 3/4

43

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass on entitled "Love Yourself" (Matthew 22:36-40). This tape includes a lengthy section at the end after the sermon of the altar call and peoples' response.

Ca. 1982

T10

R

3 3.4

9

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Message by Glass, apparently broadcast over the radio, entitled "Knowing God's Will."

Ca. 1982

T11

R

3 3/4

15

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Speaker unknown. Address to the supporters of the 1983 Corpus Christi, TX evangelistic meetings on the financial plan of the crusade.

1982

T12

R

3 3/4

25

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Speaker unknown. Address, probably in 1982, to the supporters of the 1983 Corpus Christi, TX evangelistic meetings on the need for spiritual preparation and the counseling and follow-up method. Very poor quality recording.

1982

T39

C

--

--

--

BGEA Annual Board Meeting, Sat. Banquet Sermon.

1/22/83

T40

C

--

--

--

Leadership Rally, Jackson, Michigan.

3/3/83

T12

R

3 3/4

 

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Speaker unknown. Address, probably in 1982, to the supporters of the 1983 Corpus Christi, TX evangelistic meetings on the need for spiritual preparation and the counseling and follow-up method. Very poor quality recording.

3/1983

T41

C

--

--

--

Rev. Ken Alford, “Spiritual Enrichment Time,” Montgomery, AL.

4/15/83

T13

R

3 3/4

45

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Rally for the supporters of the July 1983 evangelistic meeting in Jackson, MI. The tape ends abruptly before the end of the rally.

Early 1983

T42

C

--

--

--

Bill Glass Crusade Spiritual Preparation Rally #1/Dick Rohrer, “Introduction to Christian Living.”

2/21/84

T43

C

--

--

--

Bill Glass Training Seminar Session #2/ Dick Rohrer, “Seven Steps & Romans Road, Basic Beliefs.”

2/27/84

T44

C

--

--

2

NAE, Pres. Reagan Address.

3/?/84

T45

C

--

--

--

Bill Glass Crusade, Spiritual Preparation Rally #4, Dick Rohrer, “Types of Seeker, Personal Evangelism.”

3/4/84

T46

C

--

--

--

Dallas Banquet.

11/16/84

T47

C

--

--

--

Bill Glass Southfork Banquet (Bill’s Message Only).

?/?/85

T48

C

--

--

2

Leadership Rally Toledo Ohio, Jim Hollis/ministers, Q&A.

1/22/85

T49

C

--

--

--

Sp. Prep Meeting, George Huey.

3/24/86

T50

C

--

--

--

S.P.R. George Huey Tape 2.

3/24/86

T51

C

--

--

2

Be A Witness, Exeter, CA/No Fear of God, Visalia, CA.

6/14/87

T52

C

--

--

--

The Blessing, Visalia, CA.

6/15/87

T53

C

--

--

--

One More Night With The Frogs, Visalia, CA.

6/16/87

T54

C

--

--

--

Victory Over Problems, Visalia, CA.

6/17/87

T55

C

--

--

--

The Prodigal Son-Youth Nite, Visalia, CA.

6/18/87

T56

C

--

--

--

Be A Winner, Visalia, CA.

6/19/87

T57

C

--

--

--

4 Lies of Satan (Death), Visalia, CA.

6/20/87

T58

C

--

--

--

In Everything Give Thanks, Defiance, Ohio.

7/13/87

T59

C

--

--

--

Witness, Defiance, Ohio.

7/14/87

T60

C

--

--

--

4 Lies Of Satan, Defiance, Ohio.

7/19/87

T61

C

--

--

--

Excuses, Morrow County.

3/25/88

T62

C

--

--

--

“When The Roof Caves In,” Bill Glass at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

7/10/88

T63

C

--

--

--

Dr. Dobson, Ted Bundy Interview.

2/2/89

T64

C

--

--

--

Charles Colson, Character, Commitment and Conscience in an Age of Unbelief, Asbury Commencement.

5/29/89

T65

C

--

--

2

Dr. Richard Halverson, Williamsburg, Fri. Eve./Sam De Palma, Dr. Halverson, Fred Smith, Sat. A.M.

9/22/89, 9/23/89

T66

C

--

--

--

Williamsburg, Sat. Eve., Bill Glass & Sam De Palma.

9/23/89

T67

C

--

--

2

Rich Young Ruler, Bill Glass, Sequin, TX.

?/?/90

T68

C

--

--

--

A Roof Caves In, Weatherford.

?/?/90

T69 R

C

--

93

2

Planning meeting by the baord members and senior staff of the organization, including Bill Glass, Bunny Martin and others, dealing with staff, future plans, policies, etc. of the organization.

1/16/90

T70 R

C

--

94

2

Continuation of T69

1/16/90

T71

--

--

--

--

no tape

--

T72 R

C

--

93

2

Continuation and conclusion of T71.

1/16/90

T73

C

--

34

1

A Father’s Blessing. Sermon by Bill Glass.

5/?/90

T74

C

--

--

--

Ruler, Sequin, TX.

6/?/90

T75

C

--

--

--

Roof Caves In, Lewisburg, PA.

7/16/90

T76

C

--

--

--

How To Win When Roof Caves In, Bill Glass.

4/15/91

T77

C

--

--

2

4 Lies of Satan, Bill Glass/ Corvalles.

4/18/91

T78

C

--

--

--

NEC Headquarters, N.A.E. Census Update, “Win Our City To Jesus.”

9/20/92

T79

C

--

--

--

Dr. Randy Smith, Spiritual Enrichment-Weekend of Champions, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

2/11/94

T80

C

--

--

--

Max Jones, Spiritual Enrichment-Weekend of Champions, Columbia, SC.

4/15-17/94

T81

C

--

--

--

Paul Wrenn, Spiritual Enrichment-Weekend of Champions, Seattle, WA.

7/8-10/94

T82

C

--

--

--

Don Smarto, Spiritual Enrichment-Weekend of Champions, Indiana.

9/9-11/94

T14

R

3 3/4

46

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass on "Four Soils" (Matthew 13:1-18). The last few minutes, which were on the reverse side of the cassette, may be from a different sermon.

N.d.

T15

R

3 3/4

30

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass on "The Second Coming" (II Timothy 3:1-5).

N.d.

T16

R

3 3/4

30

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass on "The Blessing" (Genesis 27).

N.d.

T17

R

3 3/4

30

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass on "A Bold Faith" (Hebrews 11).

N.d.

T18

R

3 3/4

30

1

  Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass on the topic of "Don't Worry."

N.d.

T19

R

3 3/4

35

1

  Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass entitled "Excuses."

N.d.

T20

R

3 3/4

28

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass entitled "The Rich Young Ruler" (Matthew 19:16-22).

N.d.

T21

R

3 3/4

28

1

  Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass entitled "Marriage" (Genesis 2:21-24).

N.d.

T22

R

3 3/4

30

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass entitled "Why Men Continue to Do Evil."

N.d.

T23

R

3 3/4

35

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass entitled "Cabul" (I Kings 9:10-14). Glass discusses the philosophy of existentialism.

N.d.

T24

R

3 3/4

30

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass entitled, "God See, Knows, Cares and Judges"

n.d.

T25

R

3 3/4

7

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Message by Glass, apparently broadcast over the radio, entitled "Christ's Control" (Romans 12:1)

n.d.

T26

R

3 3/4

30

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Sermon by Glass entitled "Ladder to Your Dreams." Glass had versions of this talk adapted for religious and secular audiences. There is an extended evangelistic invitation at the end of the sermon.

n.d.

T27

R

3 3/4

18

1

Copied from a cassette copy. Two sermons by Glass, apparently broadcast over the radio on consecutive days, entitled "The Pearl of Great Price" (II Corinthians 4:7)

n.d.

T83

C

--

--

--

Promotional Ad for Spiritual Enrichment Days.

n.d.

T84

C

--

--

--

Banquet Organization.

n.d.

T85

C

--

--

--

Russ Kaemerling, Spiritual Prep #7.

n.d.

T86

C

--

--

--

Knowing God’s Will.

n.d.

T87

C

--

--

--

Bill Glass, Christ’s Control.

n.d.

T88

C

--

30

2

“Sample Broadcast” Crusade Update, 2 programs.

n.d.

T89

C

--

9

1

Lessons From Prison, Radio Tape, Bill Glass.

n.d.

T90

C

--

--

--

Peton Experiences, Bill Glass.

n.d.

T91

C

--

--

--

Pearl Of Great Price, Part 1, Bill Glass.

n.d.

T92

C

--

--

--

Pearl Of Great Price, Part 2, Bill Glass.

n.d.

T93

C

--

--

--

The Kind Of Father Every Child Needs, Charles Stanley.

n.d.

T94

C

--

--

--

Jack Murphy testimony.

n.d.

T95

C

--

--

--

Bunny Martin.

n.d.


*****

LOCATION RECORD
Type of material: Films
Accession: 85-161, 95-161

The Archives has one copy of each film, in 16mm format, unless otherwise noted. The following items are in the FILM FILE:

Film #

b&w / c

Length in minutes

Title

Description

Date


F1

b/w

2

--

Glass talking to and playing football with high school and college age boys; preaching at the North Fort Worth Baptist Church.

Ca. 1958

F2

c

3

--

Glass at home, playing football with his sons, horsing around with all three of his children, standing and talking with his wife Mavis.

ca. 1965

F3

c

5.5

--

Segment of F5 that relates to Bill Glass. Scenes from Glass' evangelistic meetings in Marietta, Georgia and comments by him about his conversion and his ministry, and the reason he as a Christian plays a violent sport such as football. Use V1.

ca. 1968

F4

c

4.75

--

This film appears to be incomplete. The same film as number F3, except that it is missing the introduction and a few other seconds of film.

Ca. 1968

F5

c

28

They Live Two Lives

Production of NFL films. The program shows the off field activities of several professional football players. Introduced by Frank Gifford and narrated by Pat Summerall. There is a segment for Bill Glass (evangelist), John Hilton (steel mill worker), Ken Graves (cattle rancher), Bruce Bosley (restoring old house), Jerry Kramer (deep sea diver), and Rosy Grier (folk singer). Color badly faded

Ca. 1968

F6

c

27

Get in the Game

Program apparently intended to introduce churches and other organizations to the work of Bill Glass. Includes some footage from They Live Two Lives. Also includes scenes of Glass talking to football players about mental preparedness and social responsibility; scenes from a Billy Glass evangelistic service at Massillion, Ohio, in July 1970 (including testimony by Jim Houston and a song by Suzanne Johnson); a sermon by Glass on being a Christian which uses sport analogies. The film concludes with an afterword in which Glass talks about the purpose of his ministry.

1970

F6a

--

--

--

Color negative of F6

1970

F6b

--

--

--

Soundtrack of F6

1970

F7

c

45

The Bill Glass Prison Ministry

Intended to introduce the ministry to churches, prison officials, potential volunteers and supporters. Includes excerpt of Billy Graham introducing Glass in 1965, a brief history of the work, scenes from a Total Person Weekend, including briefing of the counselors, planning, the program put on for the prisoners by Tanya Crerier, Paul Wrenn, Bob Cole, coach Sam Rutigliano, Johnny Ray Watson, and Bunny Martin. Scene of Vietnam veteran Bob Van Buskirk speaking to imprisoned Vietnam veterans. Extended segments of testimonies and sermons by Bill Glass and Jack Murphy. Several testimonials to the work by chaplains, prison officials, prisoners, and Christian workers such as Don Smarto (who also directed the film). Produced by the Institute for Prison Ministries of the Billy Graham Center

1988


*****

LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 85-161
Type of material: Negatives

The following items are located in the NEGATIVE FILE; request by Folder Titles (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below. All the negatives are black and white, unless otherwise noted.


BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1981. Scenes from the 1981 city-wide evangelistic meetings in Bend, Oregon and prison weekend meetings in Kentucky. Ninety-nine 35mm b&w in 24 strips.


FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES. Scenes from a FCA meeting, probably in 1972, in which Glass participated. Three b&w 8x10.



LOCATION RECORD

Accession: 95-161

Type of material: Phonograph Records

The following items are located in the PHONOGRAPH RECORD FILE:


Item#, size, speed, length per side, contents , date.


 #

Size

Speed

Min. per side

Record Company

Contents

Date

P1

12"

33-1/3

21.5

UP, Inc.

Side 1: Life’s Winning Game Plan. Message by Bill Glass for young people on morality and the Christian faith. Introduced by Bob Kurtz (sp?). The record comes with am album cover that has on the back a prayer by Bill Glass at July 4, 1971 Stars and Stripes presentation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. 2 copies

Ca. 1971

Side 2: Sermon on the meaning of the Christian faith.

P2

12"

33-1/3

17

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Side 1: The Most Important Thing. Series of brief inspirational messages and anecdotes told by Bill Glass about the Christian life, using many examples from professional sports. The four message on this side are: “The Most Important Thing,” “Giving All of Oneself,” “A Touchdown Play,” and “Trap Play.” 2 copies.

N.d.

Side 2: Continuation of side 1. The five message on this side are: “Know Your Opponent,” “The Frustrating Official,” “The Wedge Play,” “Why the Uniform, Coach,” and “Case of the Injured Shoulder.”


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LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 85-161, 95-181
Type of material: Photographs

The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by folder title (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1969. 25 b&w. Pictures of the advertising, local leaders, Bill Glass and associates, and preparations for the city-wide meetings held in Greenville, Mississippi. Also one picture from the meeting in Memphis, TN.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1971. 1 b&w. Glass and others in a prayer meeting before the start of an evangelistic meeting in Findlay, OH, probably in 1971.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1973. 1 b&w. Glass, staff, and volunteer counselors lined up and waiting to enter the prison in Mansfield, OH.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1974. 7 b&w. Counselors talking with prisoners and guards during the Eddyville, Kentucky prison meetings; Glass preaching to crowd, counselors meeting with inquirers, other scenes from the Ashtabula, OH meetings.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1979. 68 color. Snapshots of a prison meeting, including a baseball game between the counselors and the inmates, preaching by Glass, sports performances by Mike Crain and others, individual discussions between counselors and inmates.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1980. 2 b&w. Group shots of male and female volunteer counselors standing in front of the prison in Ocala, FL.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1981. 108 b&w. Scenes from prison visits in Texas, Indiana, New Mexico, Florida, and Kentucky including the orientation sessions with the male and female counselors; group shots of the counselors; Glass, Bunny Martin, Mike Crain, Tanya Criever, Bob Cole, and others giving exhibitions, playing games with the prisoners and talking with inmates; prisoners in solitary confinement; scenes of prison life; and counselors and prisoners eating and talking together. Scenes of the city-wide evangelistic meetings in Bend, OR including Glass preaching, the choir, inquirers coming forward to shake Glass's hand, the crowd being led in hymns.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1982. 13 b&w. Scenes from prison visit in Florida, including Bill Glass, Tanya Criever, Bob Cole, Paul Wren, McCoy Lemore and others giving exhibitions and talking with inmates; scenes of prison life and counselors and prisoners eating and talking together.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1986. 2 b&w. Scenes from a prison visit in Oklahoma, including a group show of the counselors and Bill Glass speaking to a group of prisoners.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1988. 4 b &w. Scenes from prison visits in Columbia, South Carolina, and Chicago, Illinois, including group shots of counselors and counselors with prisoners.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - 1989. 15 b&w proof sheets, each sheet containing 36 images. Scenes from a prison visit to Joliet, Illinois. Included in the pictures are Bill Glass and visit prison chaplain Consuella York.

BILL GLASS MINISTRIES - N.d. 167 b&w, 19 color. Scenes from prison visits in unidentified locations including the orientation sessions with the male and female counselors; group shots of the counselors; Glass, Bunny Martin, Mike Crain, Paul Wren, Bob Birdsong, Tanya Criever, Bob Cole, Earl Campbell, Frank Kaczmark, John Westbrook and others giving exhibitions, playing games with the prisoners and talking with inmates; prisoners in solitary; scenes of prison life; and counselors and prisoners eating and talking together. Portrait photos of sports figures who participated in CFL's meetings, including McCoy Lemore, Bill Currier, Joe Greene, Blair Williams, Iris Urey, Dave Washington. Pictures of CFL Board members. A few scenes from city-wide meetings. 167 b&w, 4 color.

FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES. 20 b&w. Glass at an FCA meeting, probably in 1972; undated portrait photos of sports figures such as Jim Ray Smith, Steadman Shealy, Oscar and Linda Roan, Andre Thorton, Norm Sonju, Don Cockroft, John Niland, Billy Johnson, Frank Kaczmark, and Charlie Waters.

GLASS, WILLIAM SHEPARD. 4 color. Glass preaching; meeting people at evangelistic rallies, in prisons and at dinners; playing professional football; a variety of informal poses; speaking at one of the multi-media presentations of the Gospel which he organized in the 1970s. 1967-1974; N.d. 94 b&w,

GRIER, ROOSEVELT. 2 b&w. Posed shots of Grier in his football uniform. N.d.

HARRINGTON, BOB. 2 b&w. Harrington with Art Linkletter of the television program Art Linkletter's House Party in 1966. Harrington posing with his Bible on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, N.d.

RICHARDSON, BOBBY. 1 b&w. Richardson in uniform at bat for the New York Yankees. N.d.

TELEVISION PROGRAM: SPORTSIGHT. 6 color. Glass with Paul Wren and unidentified other guest on the interview program.



LOCATION RECORD

Accession: 95-181

Type of material: Photo Albums

The following items are located in the PHOTO ALBUM FILE; request by Folder Titles (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

CFL - I: Scrapbook of materials from th Mid-Michigan Crusade for Christ, held in Jackson, Michigan July 24-31, 1983. The book includes local newsletters, newspaper coverage, programs, form letters, handbills, tickets and other materials created for the evangelistic campaign.    There are some loose materials. Album has a reddish-brown cover.

CFL- II. Scrapbook of materials from th Mid-Michigan Crusade for Christ, held in Warren, Ohio August 3-10, 1983. The book includes newsletters, newspaper coverage, photos, programs, form letters, handbills, tickets and other materials created for the evangelistic campaign. There are some loose materials. Album has a brown cover.

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LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 85-161
Type of material: Slides

The following items are located in the SLIDE FILE. All of the slides are in color, unless otherwise noted.


SLIDE FILE BOX 10:

S1-S56 - Pictures from the prison evangelistic meetings led by Bill Glass at State Prison in Waupan, WI on September 14-16, 1973. Includes shots of the group of volunteer counselors, the prison buildings, Glass, Bill Carlson, Mike Crain, John Westbrook, McCoy Lemore, Paul Anderson giving sports exhibitions and their Christian testimony and the volunteer counselors talking to prisoners.

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LOCATION RECORD
Type of material: Videos
Accession: 85-161, 95-181

The Archives has one copy of each video, unless otherwise noted. The following items are in the Video FILE

Video

#

Type

b&w / c

Length in minutes

Title

Description

Date 


V1

VHS

C

5.5

--

Copy of F3

Ca. 1968

V2

U-matic

c

29.5

Sportsight

Program 63. Glass interviews pro football player Don Crockroft about his career and Christian faith. Fred Smith makes comments.

Ca. 1980

V3

U-matic

c

58

The Lock and the Key

An NBC news documentary produced in association with the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission. It was hosted by Edwin Newman, about the purpose of America’s prison systems and attempts to help prisoners reform. Includes segments on evangelistic work in prisons by Charles Colson, Harold Hughes, and Bill Glass, as well as visits to prisons and interviews with prison official and inmates.

11/21/1982

V4

U-matic

c

9.5

The Major Monday Interview

Episode of a television news program on a Sioux City, Iowa televisions station. Bill Glass and the crusade planned in the city. Tape is in bad condition and followed by two brief ads for a Bill Glass meeting in Toledo, Ohio.

4/1983

V5

U-matic

c

6

--

Brief segments apparently intended for a general audience showing and explaining Bill Glass’ evangelistic ministry

7/26/1983

V6

U-matic

c

53

Christian Family Leadership with Bill Glass

Talk by Glass to an unseen audience on the need for parents to be good role models on Biblical principles for children. Program was produced by the Tom James Company.

1984

V7

VHS

c

3

--

Program apparently intended to ne used at an event sponsored by Baylor University. It describes Glass’ football career at Baylor, his subsequent life, including his ministry, and his ongoing involvement with the university.

ca. 1985

V8

VHS

c

40

Celebrate Excellence

Bill Glass speaking in Chicago, Illinois at a meeting of representatives of the Aid Association for Lutherans

5/30/1986

V9

VHS

c

108

--

Different segments shot by television station KJHC-TV in Lexington, Oklahoma of a Total Person Weekend, including interviews of participating counselors, Bill Glass, Johnny Ray Watson, Robert Van Buskirk, and Bunny Martin.

1986

V10

VHS

c

102

Visalia 87

Program with information about the plans for an evangelistic crusade in Visalia, California; followed by a crusade service, including a sermon and invitation by Bill Glass.

6/1987

V11

VHS

c

--

--

A program at an unnamed high school, in which athletes such as Mike Ditka give their testimony and Bill Glass gives a brief message on the Christian life

7/17/1987

V12

VHS

c

59

Straight Talk

Television call-in program hosted by Steve Ross. This segment was on the families of people in prison. Bill Glass was one of the guests.

7/28/1988

V13

VHS

c

6

--

Promotional program intended for the general public explaining Bill Glass prison ministries. Produced by the Institute of Prison Ministries of the Billy Graham Center.

1988

V14

VHS

c

5.5

--

Promotional program intended for prison official explaining Bill Glass prison ministries. Produced by the Institute of Prison Ministries of the Billy Graham Center.

1988

V15

VHS

c

25

Twenty Years

Program perhaps meant to be shown at dinners for supporters of the Billy Glass Evangelistic Association. Video celebrates the 20th anniversary of the ministry and retells the highlights of Glass’s life in sports and ministry and the development of association, with comments from Doug Atkins, Clyde Dupin, Jack Ekert, Terry Meeuwsen, Sam Ritigliano, and Don Smarto

1989

V16

VHS

c

11

National Evangelistic Census

Program encouraging radio and television ministries to participate in a nationwide effort in the United States to convert people to the Christian faith. The program was developed and promoted by Charles and Francis Hunter

2/1992




BOX LIST

Box

Folders

First Folder/Last Folder

Dates

I. General Files

1

17

Adventures in Christian Living / Board of Directors: Materials

1957-1978

2

7

Board of Directors: Materials / Board of Directors: Materials

1970-1983

3

18

Cassettes and Records /Executive Committee Meeting Materials

1969-1980

4

18

Executive Committee Meeting Materials / Fund Raising

1964-1982

5

19

Fund-Raising Letters Sent / National Speakers Association

1967-1983

6

22

Navajo Missions Inc. / Schedule Refills

1965-1985

7

12

Sermons / Speaking Engagements: Secular

1971-1980

8

5

Speaking Engagements / Speaking Engagements

1974-1977

9

5

Speaking Engagements / Speaking Engagements

1977-1980

10

7

Speaking Engagements / Staff

1969-1982

11

15

Staff: Statistics / VIP: Contributors

1969-1981

12

5

VIP: Contributors / Youth Report newsletter

1970-1974

21

22

Clippings / Newsletters: Prison Gang

1962-1995

22

16

Correspondence: A-B / Jericho Road Foundation

1982-1985

23

18

Correspondence: K-L / Board Meeting

1983-1985

24

9

Board Meeting / Travel Plans

1987-1991

25

11

Correspondence: Bill Glass / Clyde Dupin

1986-1991

26

4

Correspondence: Bill Glass / Correspondence: General

1992

27

3

Correspondence: Bill Glass / Prison Materials

1982-1992

28

4 R

Speaking Engagements / Correspondence: Bill Glass

1992-1993

29

6 R

Correspondence: General / Misc.

1976-1995

II. City Crusade Files

12

13

Basic Concept of Crusade Organization / City Wide Crusades

1967-1977

13

13

City Wide Crusades / Team Members

1970-1981

38

1 (folder 26)

Corvallis, Oregon

1991

III. Prison Ministry Files

13

2

Address Changes Corrected / Correspondence: Rainwater, John

1981

14

6

Correspondence: Rainwater, John / Friend of a Prisoner (FOAP): Applications

1974-1983

15

10

Friend of a Prisoner (FOAP): Correspondence / Prison Crusade

1973-1982

16

11

Prison Crusade Film and Tape Information / Prison Visits: Florida

1974-1982

17

6

Prison Visits: Florida / Prison Visits: Illinois

1981

18

4

Prison Visits: Indiana / Prison Visits: Kentucky

1980-1981

19

9

Prison Visits: Kentucky / Prison Visits: Texas

1981-1983

20

35

Prison Visits: Texas / Total Person Weekend Counselor Training Material

1972-1982

30

20

Prison Files / Florida Prison Crusade

1974-1979

31

4

Arkansas Prison Crusades / Florida

1980-1982

32

5

Illinois / Financial & Prison reports

1982

33

5

Alabama / Financial Reports & Prison Reports

1983

34

6

Okechobee Youth Camp, Florida / California

1984-1985

35

7

New Jersey / Oklahoma

1985-1986

36

13

Ocala / Dover, Delaware

1987-1989

37

12 R

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania /Morgantown, North Caroline

1989-1993

38

24 R

Montgomery, Alabama / Warden Letters

1975-1993




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