Title of Collection

Prentice Avery Meador, Jr. Papers, 1953-2008

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span

1930 - 2008

Inclusive Dates--Bulk

1985 - 2008

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes detailed church service records (1974-2000) from South National Church of Christ and Prestoncrest Church of Christ, detailed sermon notes and outlines (1974-2007), "Searcher's Class" notes, various church ministry materials, undergraduate and graduate school notes and papers, research and presentations on C.S. Lewis, various personal items, and framed awards and photos.

Biographical Note

Meador was a former ACU board of trustee member and the Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching at Lipscomb University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University in 1960, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Meador began teaching at UCLA as an assistant professor of communication in 1963. He then went on to teach at the University of Washington, Missouri State University and ACU. His main two preaching stints were at South National Church of Christ (Springfield, MO), and Prestoncrest Church of Christ (Dallas, TX).

Donor Note

Mark Meador


The church records, sermon outlines, and ministry materials were arranged in chronological order. Most everything has been left in it's original order, with the exception of loose papers that were organized based on series and chronology. The collection was donated in a very well ordered format, and we have preserved that.

Content List

Series I: Ministry - “Minister’s Personal Records” - 1953-1971 (I/1-2) - “Day-by-Day Ready Record” - 1966-1968, 1971-2000 (I/3-19) - South National Church of Christ Directories - 1988 & 1991 (I/20-21) - Planners - 1978-1981, 1985-2000 (I/22-39) - Detailed and organized sermons - 1974-2007 (I/40-60) - Romans Sermons Research (I/61-78) - Race Relations (I/81) - ‘Koran’ (I/82) - Jesus in Church History (I/83-89) - “Searcher’s Class” (I/91-171) - Men’s Retreat Curricula, Worksheets, and feedback (I/172-185) - Family Ministry - Church Growth - Walk with Me - Meador and Chisolm - With personal Notes (I/204) - Cassettes, CDs (Teaching series, and Family photos), 1 VHS, Flashdrive (Box 12) Series II: Academic - Undergraduate and graduate course notes and papers (II/1-42) --Bible, History, Communications, Speech - C.S. Lewis research and presentations (II-43-57) Series III: Personal Items - Family Bible (III/1) - Rollie Polk’s Bible Notes (III/3) - Dad’s Notes (III/6-10) - September 18, 1984 - “McEnroe” Tennis (III/22) - Byron Nelson (III/23) - Meador Family - 1996-1997 (III/24-25) - Congressional Prayer (III/26) - “God’s Eternal Purpose” - Lesson Series - Howard P. Horton (III/34) - “Spiritual Gifts for Building the Body” - Lesson Series - D. Malone (III/35) Series IV: Framed Items Box 13 - National Forensic League Membership - 1953 - The Danforth Foundation ‘I-Dare-You Honor Roll’ - May 5, 1956 - David Lipscomb High School Diploma - David Lipscomb College Bachelor of Arts Degree - University of Illinois Master of Arts Degree - University of Illinois Doctor of Philosophy Degree - Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge - Principal Award: Individual Achievement - 1985 - Letter from U.S. Senator John C. Danforth - July 18, 1988 - ‘Our Friends in Russia: THe Heart Behind the Headlines’ - Presented by Dr. Prentice A. Meador, Jr. - October 24, 1991 - Letter from President George W. Bush - March 5, 2003 - Distinguished Alumnus of Lipscomb University - July 1, 2004 - Lipscomb University College of Bible and Ministry Alumnus of the Year - 2007 - ‘A Tribute to Prentice Meador’ Box 14 - Three trophies from high school and college events - Outstanding Young Men of America - 1965 - Letter from Missouri Governor Christopher S. Bond - September 30, 1981 - Letter from Missouri Governor John Ashcroft - March 5, 1986 - Letter from Missouri Governor John Ashcroft - April 19, 1988 - Photo with President George W. Bush - ACU sports banner signed by Bobby Morrow and Earl Young Box 15 - Framed tribute to ten years (August 1988 - August 1998) at Prestoncrest Church of Christ


Churches of Christ--Texas



Extent of Collection

15 Boxes

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #325

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Milliken Special Collections to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox; Mac Ice


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