Library celebrates opening of Wellington Boone Collection

Written by Robert Sivigny, Special Collections Librarian

On Thursday, April 22, the Library celebrated the Wellington Boone Collection with an exhibit ribbon cutting in the Library at 2:00 and a formal recognition reception at 4:00 at the Founders Inn. Over 100 members of the Regent community and visitors attended each event. Special guests included Mr. William E. Harrell, City Manager for the City of Chesapeake; Bishop Ronnie Crudup, representing the Fellowship of International Churches; daughter Nicole Boone who serves as a missionary with Goshen International in South Africa; Cynthia Ellenwood, Executive Editor with Wellington Boone Ministries; Dr. Michael Palmer, Dean of the School of Divinity; Dr. Carolos Campo, Regent President-Elect; Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, Chancellor of Regent University; and School of Divinity student Rodney Platt. Friends, parishioners, and associates from Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, Wisconsin, Texas, and several other places across the country were among the special guests in attendance.

Donated by Wellington Boone Ministries through the assistance of Cynthia Ellenwood, the Wellington Boone Collection comprises a rich selection of materials related to the ministry and life of Bishop Wellington Boone. An internationally recognized speaker for Promise Keepers, a pastor, and author of best-selling books, Bishop Wellington Boone was ordained into the ministry in 1973, the same year he married his childhood sweetheart, Katheryn. Wellington Boone Ministries, founded in 1986, seeks to disciple this generation to a level of holiness and consecration that brings the healing power of unconditional love to every person, home, church, and community. He currently pastors The Father’s House church in Norcross, Georgia and serves as a trustee of Regent University.

The Wellington Boone Collection includes office files, audiotapes, videotapes, sermon notes, articles, promotional items, photos, notebooks, CDs, Promise Keeper materials, devotionals, brochures, books, plaques, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. Included are several videos of selected Wellington Boone guest appearances on the 700 Club, TBN, James Robison, and Promise Keeper programs.

Also in the collection are several of Bishop Boone’s books and videos including Your Wife is Not Your Mamma, How to Have Heaven in Your Marriage, Women are Kingmakers!, Celebrating God’s Great Idea: Women!, Breaking Through, and The Low Road to New Heights. DVDs include Husbands Going the Distance, Going All Out for Your Wife, Daring to Hope, Heaven in Your Home, and the Total Domination: Taking Responsibility for Every Area of Life series: Character, Leadership, Relationships, and Christian Lifestyle.

The exhibit will remain open through the first week of May. Inquiries may be directed to Special Collections librarian, Robert Sivigny, or Donald Gantz, Assistant Supervisor of Special Collections.