Title of Collection

White's Ferry Road School of Preaching Collection

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span


Inclusive Dates--Bulk


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains documents from the White's Ferry Road School of Preaching (1950-1972) which includes syllabi, lesson plans, lecture manuscripts, sermons, polemics and apologetic materials. Materials included within this collection are exclusively textual. The function of this collection is teaching materials for classes at the school of preaching. The lion’s share of documents within this collection are either loosely exegetical or homiletic materials concerning the biblical text. A smaller portion of the collection is devoted to practical theological matters concerning the Churches of Christ as well as apologetic and polemic materials. The polemics contained within collection are relatively expansive in their critique of religious factions (included within this collection is everything from other Christian denominations to different religions). The most prolific contributors to this collection of texts include Ed Sanders, William H. Smith, Harold G. Taylor, and J.J. Turner. Other notable authors whose documents are included within this collection are J.D. Bales, L.V. Pfeifer, and Paul C. Witt.

Biographical Note

White’s Ferry Road School of Preaching was founded in 1964 in West Monroe, Louisiana as part of a wave of schools of preaching founded in the 1960s in response to the lacuna that was preaching vacancies. The school was pietistic in its theological approach. The curriculum was heavily bibliocentric with, essentially, all of its documents explicitly or implicitly pertaining to the biblical text. White’s Ferry Road School of Preaching is no longer in existence, however, the latest documents within this collection date to 1972.

Donor Note

Tim Bench


This collection remains in the order in which it was received. It appears that the composer of the collection arranged the subject matter by its relation to the Biblical canon along with supplemental Church material.

Content List

See finding aid for details


Churches of Christ -- Doctrines Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century Churches of Christ -- Sermons Manuscripts Sermons



Extent of Collection

1.33 linear feet (1 box)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #471

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Chance Juliano

Subjects--Personal Names

Bales, J.D.; Pfeifer, L.V.; Sanders, Ed; Smith, William H.; Taylor, Harold G.; Turner, J.J.; Witt, Paul C.


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