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Some Events in the Life of Melvin E. Lorentzen



November 17, 1925

Born to Rev. Peter and Anna Lorentzen in Chicago

ca. 1943

Graduated high school in LaCrosse, Wisconsin

1947

Editor of The County Post of Waupaca, Wisconsin

1949

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honor) from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

1950s

Wrote Sunday School curriculum materials for Scripture Press, Gospel Light Press, David C. Cook Publishing

1951-1954

Youth Director at Morgan Park Baptist Church

1953

Graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Northern Baptist Seminary

1953-1955, 1957

Instructor in Greek, Literature and Homiletics at Northern Baptist Seminary

1954-1955

Graduate study in English at Northwestern University

1955-1958

Associate Pastor of the North Shore Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, where he was ordained

1956

Instructor in Writing and Literature at the Baptist Missionary Training School

1958-1990

Joined the faculty of Wheaton College, where he taught English, English Literature, Writing, Christian Ministry, and Communications over the next decades, as well as being actively involved in many other parts of the college life, such as serving as advisor to the campus newspaper and yearbook

1959

Graduated with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Northern Baptist Seminary

 

Interim pastor as several churches, taught creative writing seminars during the summer for many years as Green Lake Wisconsin, and actively involved in the New York City Fine Arts Group, a fellowship of Christian artists

1979-1990

Associate director of the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College

1980s

Assisted Bill Walton, founder of the Holiday Inn hotel chain, write his autobiography, Innkeeper (1987) and a second book The New Bottom Line: People and Loyalty in Business (1986).

1988-?

Chaplain of Windsor Park Manor in Carol Stram, Illinois

1988-1995

Served as a researcher and writer in the preparation of Billy Graham’s autobiography, Just As I Am(1997).

1990

Retired from Wheaton College. Continued to speak, write and lead seminars around the country

January 15, 2005

Died at Windsor Park Manor



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