Title of Collection
Scope and Content Note
This collection includes biographical materials and information about Goodpasture’s family, his sermons, and Goodpasture’s correspondence. The collection also includes correspondence from H. Leo Boles (with E. R. Harper, R. H. Boll, F. L. Rowe, Clinton Davidson, N. B. Hardeman, Claud F. Witty, and more) and J. W. Shepherd, which was later acquired by Goodpasture. The materials provide look into Goodpasture’s career and work as editor of the Gospel Advocate, which includes insight into some of the most divisive issues among the Churches of Christ during the twentieth century. Additionally, there is information about and correspondence with Marshall Keeble due to Goodpasture’s editing of Biography and sermons of Marshall Keeble, Evangelist.
Benton Cordell Goodpasture was born on April 9, 1895, in Livingston, Tennessee. He attended Nashville Bible School, where he studied under H. Leo Boles. Goodpasture married Emily Cleveland Cliett in 1918, and then preached in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia until 1939. In 1939 Leon McQuiddy selected Goodpasture to become the editor of the Gospel Advocate. During his time as editor, Goodpasture dealt with a number of issues facing the Churches of Christ including, the premillennial controversy, unity meetings, issues due to WWII, and the institutional conflicts. Goodpasture continue to preach in Nashville at Hillsboro Church of Christ from 1939-1951, and then served as an elder until his death. After his wife, Emily, died in 1964, he married Freddie Joan Goetz in 1965. He died on February 18, 1977, in Nashville, Tennessee.
J. Cliett Goodpasture
The collection remains in the order in which it was received from DCHS. It will be further arranged and processed at a later date. The collection has been consolidated, and some published items have been removed. Otherwise, the collection remains in the order in which it was received from the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.
I. Biographical Material II. Clippings and Pamphlets III. Sermons and Materials from Churches IV. Correspondence V. Materials Acquired by Goodpasture
Extent of Collection
6.66 linear feet (5 boxes)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #464
Center for Restoration Studies
[Identification of item], File or Folder Name, Benton Cordell Goodpasture Papers, 1854-1991. Center for Restoration Studies MS #464. Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
Finding Aid created by
Goodpasture, Benton Cordell; Boles, H. Leo; Keeble, Marshall; Shepherd, J. W.