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Collection 203 Ephemera of Luke Rader

Identifier: CN 203

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one audio tape of brief radio broadcast messages by Luke Rader, "America's Pioneer Radio Evangelist," including hymns, poems, songs, and scripture readings by Rader accompanied by organ, piano and orchestra. The first side of the tape records short radio messages by Rader with anecdotal stories and pithy comments on their biblical significance. The second side of the tape is almost entirely short segments of musical selections, including hymns presumably sung by Rader, though he is not introduced or identified. The hymns include: "Where He Leads Me I Will Follow," "God Be With You Til We Meet Again," "Brighten the Corner Where You Are," "When Jesus Comes to Stay," "I Shall See Him Face to Face." Musical accompaniment includes organ, brass ensemble, orchestra, and piano. Readings by Rader include a poem, the Beatitudes (almost unintelligible), and a reading from Mark's Gospel. Approximately half of the second side is of poor technical quality.


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Conditions Governing Access

Copyright information can be obtained from: Resurrection Radio, 1106 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Biographical Information

Luke Rader was born at the end of the nineteenth century in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the son of Daniel L. Rader. Daniel was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado, where his children grew up and attended college. Luke Rader emerged from college as an agnostic, but was led back to the faith of his parents after the birth of a son impressed on him the responsibility for spiritual guidance of his children.

Luke became a successful evangelist-pastor working in the River Lake Gospel Tabernacle in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a similar ministry to that of his brother Paul, who was pastor of Chicago Gospel Tabernacle from 1921 to 1933. He was a forceful preacher, particularly interested in prophecy, whose ministry was primarily centered in the Tabernacle rather than in itinerant evangelism, though he did preach occasionally in Chicago at the Gospel Tabernacle. Rader's fine singing voice was a particular asset in his work, which also included a radio ministry. He died in Minneapolis in 1952.


1.00 Audio Tape

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Accruals and Additions

This material in this collection was purchased by the Billy Graham Center Archives in December 1981 from Resurrection Radio of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Accession 81-151

May 27, 1982

Frances L. Brocker

J. Nasgowitz

Collection 203 Ephemera of Luke Rader
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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