Billy Graham Center

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


Editor of The County Post of Waupaca, Wisconsin


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


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


Youth Director at Morgan Park Baptist Church


Graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Northern Baptist Seminary

1953-1955, 1957

Instructor in Greek, Literature and Homiletics at Northern Baptist Seminary


Graduate study in English at Northwestern University


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


Instructor in Writing and Literature at the Baptist Missionary Training School


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


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


Associate director of the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College


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).


Chaplain of Windsor Park Manor in Carol Stram, Illinois


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


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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