Trevecca Nazarene University - Darda Yearbook (Nashville, TN)

 - Class of 1928

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PICTORIAL NASHVILLE, TENN pastor of the church the following year. But Brother McCIurkan was never to return to San Jose and his beloved people. God was guiding his footsteps into an entirely different path, one which lead toward the founding of an institu- tion whose influence was to make itself felt around the globe. After resigning his pastorate, Brother Mc- CIurkan decided to return to the old homestead in Tennessee to rest the following year. But he found himself unable to resist calls to stop off at various points and hold evangelistic meetings. One meeting led to another, in the course of which he preached to great crowds and saw hun- dreds brought to the Lord. It was in these meet- ings that he began to see more clearly the need of a training school for Christian workers, for he met scores of young people who wanted to preach or become missionaries but who saw no way of obtaining the necessary training. After months of traveling and evangelistic meetinigs Brother McCIurkan with his family reached his old home in the spring of 1896. Here he planned to rest until he should return to Cali- fornia. But his plans were not God ' s plans. There soon came calls for evangelistic meetings, and though he had rested but a short while, he began to hold revival campaigns all over the state. Here again he met numbers of untrained workers, and was more thoroughly convinced of the need of a Bible training school. In the midst of these gracious revivals Brother McClurkan ' s only son became very ill, and the parents were urged to take him to Nashville for treatment. There was no thought of remaining there per- manently, nor any intimation that this city was to be the scene of his future work. Indeed, they were strangers in a strange place, without an in- come, and with a family of four children de- pendent upon them. There were hardships — many of them — during the first months, and then when summer opened, Brother McCIurkan be- gan a series of gospel tent meetings and preached full salvation without fear or favor. Soon he sur- rounded himself with a little group of men and women who were strong advocates of Bible holi- ness. These people became his associates and co- laborers in all of the work he afterwards under- took. At the close of a most successful summer campaign Brother McCIurkan was urged to locate the work and carry it on through the win- ter months. God opened the way, and a discarded Meth- odist church was secured in East Nashville. For the next three years the work grew by leaps and bounds, and then a more central location near the uptown section of the city was secured. Here, in addition to the regular evangelistic services, a Sunday school was organized, and street, jail and cottage prayer meetings were held. Missionary and Bible teaching conventions were put on in Nashville. In the summer tent and camp meetings were held not only in the state of Tennessee, but in adjacent states, until much of the whole southeastern territory was touched. Brother McCIurkan had a genius for organizing his forces and putting them to work. In order that they might be better equipped and work more effectively, he now opened a Bible class for his workers in the evenings of the winter months. The class grew, and in a short time other classes were added. The band of gospel workers increased ; it was the beginning of a Christian Workers ' Train- ing School. Brother McClurkan ' s plans reached out farther and farther until, as we have said, in the year 1901 Trevecca College formally opened its doors to students. In 1905 the school had grown so rapidly that it was necessary to obtain other quarters. Consequently a very good build- ing was secured in the uptown district of Nash- ville. It was here the school stayed eight years. During these years the school continued to grow. Although Trevecca began as a distinct Bible Training School, it was necessary to add literary courses from time to time until the school has at- tained its present standing. It now offers four years of Standard " A " grade high school work, and two years of standard college work. Tre- vecca graduates are given proper recognition and credit by any ' A " grade college or university in the country. Prospects are indeed bright for a standard senior college in the near future. Plans

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TREVECCA COLLEGE HISTORICAL Historical Sketch XN THE YEAR OF 1901 Trevecca College formally opened its doors to receive students. The school had for its objective the training of missionaries and Christian workers. Although 1901 is considered the date Trevecca was founded, when historical facts are examined, it is easy to see that ( iod had laid a great many foundation stones for the college prior to that. It reads almost like a drama — how ( rod dealt marvel- ously with Rev. J. (). McCIurkan, the founder of Trevecca, and also in the lives of his associates. The school was not the re- sult of some great mo- mentary vision. On the contrary, for a period of more than a dozen years (iod had been leading this servant step by step toward the great work which lay before him, preparing him for it mentally and physically, and giving him an ever deepen- REV. J. O. MCCLURKAN ing insight into the needs of such an institution. His own experience as a youth on a Middle Tennessee farm was the first stone laid in the foundation of Trevecca College. Born and reared in a section which was far removed from any but a graded country school, he knew what it was to feel the call of God to preach, yet to have to overcome almost insurmountable ob- stacles to obtain the necessary education and training. I his gave him a broad sympathy for other young people in similar circumstances, and a great desire to help them. In the early nineties we find Brother Mc- CIurkan a young minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in San Jose, Cal. His promotion in this de- nomination had come rapidly- Indeed, he was looked on with favor by the leaders in the church and con- sidered a fast coming man. God had been dealing with him. But while pastoring this church Dr. Carradine came to San Jose to preach the beautiful doctrine of heart pur- ity and perfect love — ■ needless to say, Broth- er McCIurkan, a god- ly man, saw the need in his own heart and sought a n d found sanctification. Imme- diately he began to preach full salvation to his church, and be- fore long a great many of his good parishioners had the " blessing. " His happiness was full and he preached with new zeal and force. It was a great blow to the young pastor a few months later to realize that his health was fail- ing, and to be told that he must give up his work and rest a year. His resignation was accepted with much sorrow by his devoted church mem- bers. It was tendered only temporarily, for he had no thought but that he would be back as



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TREVECCA COLLEGE HISTORICAL arc now on foot to supplement the two years of college work with two additional years work. Tin ' s will enable Trevecca to offer an acceptable Bachelor ' s degree to its graduates. The School of Religion which has played such an important part in the success of Trevecca, has also widened its scope and enriched its curriculum from time to time, and now offers the degree of Bachelor of Theology. In 191 3, just before the founder ' s death, the school had so grown and other considerations arose which made it necessary to secure a new location. A tract of eighty acres facing the Gal- latin road and in one of the most beautiful and attractive suburbs of Nashville was secured. Fif- teen acres were set apart for the campus. No more suitable location for a school could be found. For sheer beauty the campus with its graceful shade trees and bluegrass lawn is the admiration of all who see it. Buildings and equipment have been added from time to time to take care of the growing needs of the school. At the present time Trevecca College is splendidly equipped. The buildings and campus are evaluated at a conserva- tive estimate to be worth $175,000. Dr. Hardy was elected president after the death of Brother McClurkan, and held the posi- tion several years. Rev. S. S. White was presi- dent for one and a half years. In 1925 John T. Benson was elected president and served one year. Dr. A. O. H enricks was elected in June, 1926. Trevecca College is now the property of the Church of the Nazarene. It is the official col- lege of this church, and the only Nazarene school in this section. However, it is not sectarian in its policies. Any young man or woman who de- sires an education under the best of Christian in- fluences will find it congenial at Trevecca Col- lege. The history of this school has been one of marked success, and its students and graduates are now scattered all over the United States and in many foreign lands, carrying the good news of salvation and building the church. That vision granted to Brother McClurkan years before of an institution of this character has become a glorious reality, for " the sun never sets on Trevecca stu- dents. " For the past year a campaign has been running to free the school from debt. This campaign has been successful, and we are glad to report that the school is practically free from debt. With the outside property which the school owns, and other assets it can POSITIVELY BE ASSERTED THAT THE SCHOOL DEBT WILL BE ENTIRELY LIQUIDATED IN A SHORT TIME. The outlook for the future is bright. The favor of the Lord is upon us, and we are going forward to greater things. PANORAMIC VIEW OF COLLEGE

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