The Rushford Center for Research on Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement
The Rushford Center is home to several scholarly programs, services, and resources, including the Churches of Christ Heritage Collection, the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement History Archives, the William M. Green Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program, and the Frank Pack Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program. Lucy Perrin, MLS, is the Center's director and archivist. The Rushford Center was founded by Jerry Rushford, PhD, who serves as curator.
The Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement is the American religious movement that gave
rise to the Churches of Christ. George Pepperdine, the founder of Pepperdine University,
was a life-long member of the Churches of Christ. The Rushford Center is vital to
the mission of Pepperdine University as it strengthens the university's ties to its
cultural and spiritual heritage.
Churches of Christ Heritage Collection
The collection includes both published and unpublished materials documenting the history of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement and the Churches of Christ. The collection is a repository of books, documents, photographs, religious periodicals, congregational histories, biographical studies, archival materials and artifacts, with specific focus on materials from the western United States and the Pacific Rim countries. More than 4200 volumes are held in the Churches of Christ Heritage Collection.
To further the mission of the Rushford Center, digitization of select materials from the Churches of Christ Heritage Collection is ongoing.
Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement History Archives
Archival collections held by the Rushford Center include personal papers and records of individuals, churches, and organizations integral to the history of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement and the Churches of Christ. The following highlighted archival collections illustrate the repository's strength in the history of Churches of Christ in the Western US and the Pacific Rim.
Jerry Rushford Digital Collection
This collection consists of historical photographs and documents collected by Dr. Jerry Rushford on the topic of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, the Churches of Christ, and Pepperdine University. This digital collection represents only a fraction of the materials in the Jerry Rushford Collection, which is housed in the Rushford Center for Research on Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.
Terry and Susan Giboney Digital Collection
This collection chronicles the life of Pepperdine alumni Terry Giboney ('61) and Susan Giboney ('62) during their time as Church of Christ missionaries in Omika, Japan from 1963 to 1966. The Giboneys worked primarily as educators with Ibaraki Christian College, but were also involved with the Hitachi Christian Camp, the Motosu Christian Camp, and the Nazare-En elderly Christian home.
J.M. McCaleb Papers
J.M. McCaleb was a Church of Christ missionary who spent nearly fifty years of service in Japan from 1892-1941. The collection includes scrapbooks, clippings, correspondence, and publications both written and compiled by McCaleb.
Restoration Movement Publications Collection
The periodical collection, which dates from 1808, consists of more than 600 titles. The periodicals are international in scope and document the history of theological thought and religious practice in the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. The writers, editors, and publishers were local church leaders, preachers, missionaries, and leaders in the ministries and colleges associated with the movement. The periodicals cover the work of educational institutions and children's homes associated with the movement, as well as services to the deaf, the aging, single parents, and the armed forces. Some of the periodicals are communications from poverty-relief efforts, hospital ministries, bus ministries, broadcast ministries, marriage ministries, and ministries to divorced Christians. Many of the periodicals in this collection are reports from and about evangelistic mission efforts of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement churches across the globe.
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Consult the Churches of Christ Heritage Collection research guide for more information on archival collections.
Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Programs
The Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Programs of the Rushford Center provide a forum for the advancement of Christian scholarship.
The William M. Green Lecture, which began in 1980, brings an outstanding scholar from the Churches of Christ to the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University each year. Beginning as the Thomas F. Staley Lecture in 1981, the Frank Pack Lecture continues the annual tradition of bringing a distinguished Christian scholar from outside the Churches of Christ.
The named lectures honor the memory of two distinguished Christian scholars from Pepperdine University, William Green and Frank Pack. William Green (1897-1979) was professor of classics at University of California, Berkeley, from 1927 to 1962, and he was professor of ancient Christian literature at Pepperdine University from 1962 to 1974. Frank Pack (1916-1998) served for sixty years as a preacher in Churches of Christ and for more than forty-five years as a distinguished professor of biblical studies in three colleges related to Churches of Christ: David Lipscomb College (1940-1944), Abilene Christian College (1949-1963), and Pepperdine University (1945-1949 and 1964-1990).
43rd Annual William M. Green Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture: Richard Beck
Wednesday, October 18, 7 – 8 PM
The Pepperdine Libraries' Rushford Center for Research on Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement is honored to present the forty-third annual William M. Green Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture. This year’s featured speaker is Richard Beck, professor and department chair of psychology at Abilene Christian University. The title of Dr. Beck's presentation is "Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise," the subject of his 2017 book of the same name. The author of seven books, his most recent is Hunting Magic Eels: Recovering an Enchanted Faith in a Skeptical Age. Dr. Beck also serves as a prison chaplain at the maximum-security French Robertson Unit where he leads a weekly Bible study.
Hours and Location
The Rushford Center is located on the second floor of Payson Library. Books may be
browsed whenever Payson Library is open. View Payson Library hours. To view archives materials, please contact staff to make an appointment in advance of your visit.
Other Repositories of Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement History
- Abilene Christian University Stone-Campbell Resources
- Abilene Christian University Center for Restoration Studies
- Disciples of Christ Historical Society
- Freed-Hardeman University Archives and Special Collections
- Harding School of Theology Meredith Restoration History Archive
- Harding University Archives and Special Collections
- Lipscomb University Beaman Library Archives and Special Collections
- Oklahoma Christian University Library Restoration History