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Rev. Jeff Lowrance Papers

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Inventory of the Rev. Jeff Lowrance papers
MS0390

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Lowrance, Jeff
Title
Rev. Jeff Lowrance papers
ID
MS0390
Date [inclusive]
1975-2007
Extent
7.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Collection 390 contains the papers of Reverend Jeff Lowrance (1951-2007), a Presbyterian minister, who served six different congregations from 1975 to 2007. During his thirty-two year career he wrote over 1200 sermons, which make up the majority of this collection. In addition, this collection also includes notes on a variety of subject matter related to Christian and ministerial matters. Rev. Lowrance died of colon cancer on May 30, 2007.

Preferred Citation note

Rev. Jeff Lowrance papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Jeff Lowrance was born in Mooresville, North Carolina on January 20, 1951 to William and Betty Jo Lowrance, and he spent most of his life in the Tar Heel State. He attended public schools in Mooresville and matriculated through Davidson College from 1969 to 1973—graduating cum laude. From there, he went on to the Union Theological Seminary from 1973 through 1977. While a seminarian from 1975 to 1977, he served at the First Presbyterian Church in Carthage, and the First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, North Carolina. After his ordination on June 26, 1977, he served a three church yoked field in Ashe County, North Carolina (Lansing Presbyterian Church, Gillespie Chapel, and Foster Memorial Chapel) from June 1977 to November of 1980. From there, he moved to Lenoir, North Carolina and served the First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir from 1980 to 1986. In September of 1986 he and his family moved to the Tazewell Presbyterian Church in Tazewell, Virginia—remaining there until July of 1993. It was then that he moved to his last congregation—the Hopewell Presbyterian Church near Charlotte, North Carolina, where he remained until his death. In mid October of 2004, Reverend Lowrance was diagnosed with colon cancer. He preached his last sermon on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007 and died on May 28, about six weeks later. During his many years in Christian service, he served on a number of committees and ministries, including the Committee on Women, the Outdoor Christian Ministry, the Committee on Ministry, the Committee on the Preparation for Ministry, the Special Committee for Elderly Housing, the Committee for Clergy Education; and he also served as a delegate to the General Assembly in 1985 and in 1993. He married Anne Doll, a certified Director of Christian Education, on June 18, 1978, and with her had two daughters—Claire Noelle and Erin Anna Lowrance. Among his hobbies and interests were literature, music, film, ACC basketball and history. In addition to his committee service, he also served on the boards of Latta Plantation, Historic Rural Hill Farm, the Hugh Torrance House & Store, and was instrumental in adding the Hopewell Presbyterian Church to the National Register of Historic Places. He helped locate and preserve a number of slave cemeteries in the Hopewell area and also served as chaplain of the Loch Norman Highland Games for ten years. HISTORICAL NOTE: The Hopewell Presbyterian Church (the last church where Rev. Lowrance served) can trace its origins to Reverend Alexander Craighead, who moved to North Carolina from Virginia in 1758 to preach at the Rocky River Presbyterian Church. Craighead is known as the ‘father of the seven colonial churches’ in the Charlotte area (the others being Hopewell, Sugaw Creek, Center, Providence, Poplar Tent, and Steel Creek Presbyterian churches). The Hopewell church recognizes the year 1762 as the year of its founding, and the first meeting house was a log structure, built around 1765. Since then, the members have had a number of building projects and expansions. In 1830, the congregation built a large sanctuary, which is still in use today. In 1860, a vestibule was built on the south side of the building; in the 1920s they built an education building; in 1953, a fellowship hall; and in 1964 they built a recreation building. As the area surrounding the Hopewell church experienced rapid growth in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the HPC experienced a corresponding growth in membership.

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Scope and Contents note

The Reverend Jeff Lowrance collection contains over 1200 sermons that he wrote over the course of his thirty-two year career as a Presbyterian minister; and two other series in the collection contain additional materials pertinent to Presbyterianism (a small quantity of church records and several files on subject matter). Such a collection as this contains a wealth of information about Presbyterian theology and should be valuable to scholars of religion and also to ministers. Even in the age of typewriters, computers and word processing, Reverend Lowrance always wrote his sermons long-hand and his files contain a nearly complete accumulation of his written work. Though he originally kept each sermon in its own folder, his labeling scheme changed over time, and he did not always include a sermon title on the folders, and he almost never wrote the title, date or scriptural reference on his sermons. It seems that while he served the congregation at the Tazewell Presbyterian Church a secretary made typed transcriptions of his sermons and the transcriptions typically contained titles, dates and scriptural references. Lowrance usually retained copies of the church bulletins to accompany the sermons; and the bulletins usually provide these data elements. The sermons whose dates could not be determined had to be arranged either according to a scriptural reference (some of the original folders had this information), or according to topic. Another series in this collection contains a small quantity of records of the churches where he served. These include a small quantity of church bulletins (arranged chronologically), a few items of correspondence, a few things from the Presbyterian General Assembly and a few records from the Hopewell, Prospect and Tazewell Presbyterian churches. The last series contains files on a wide range of subject matter concerning issues that the Presbyterian clergy had to deal with in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2008

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from Mrs. Anne D. Lowrance, in 2008.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Hopewell Presbyterian Church records, mss 245 ; Sharon Presbyterian Church records, mss 385 ; Pharr-Walker family papers, mss 197.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Presbyterian Church (Charlotte, N.C.).
  • Presbyterian Church--Clergy.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Church history
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Religion

Personal Name(s)

  • Lowrance, Jeff

Subject(s)

  • Church records and registers

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Sermons

Subseries a. Sermons by date, 1975-2007 1975-2007

Box Folder

Union Theological Seminary 1975

1 1

First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, NC 1975

1 2

First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, NC 1976

1 3

Lansing Presbyterian Church 1977

1 4

Lansing Presbyterian Church 1979

1 7-8
Box Folder

Lansing Presbyterian Church 1978

1 5-6

Lansing, First Pres. Ch. of Lenoir 1980


Box Folder
Mixed materials 2 1
Box Folder
Mixed materials 1 9

Box Folder

First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir 1981

2 2-3

First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir 1982

2 4

First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir 1983

2 5

First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir 1984

2 6

First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir 1985

2 7

First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, Tazewell Presbyterian Church 1986

3 1-3

Tazewell Presbyterian Church 1988

4 1-3

Tazewell Presbyterian Church 1987

3 4-7

Tazewell Presbyterian Church 1989

4 4-6

Tazewell Presbyterian Church 1990

5 1-4

Tazewell Presbyterian Church 1991

5 5-7

Tazewell Presbyterian Church 1992

6 1-3

Tazewell Presbyterian Church 1993

6 4-6

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 1994


Box Folder
Mixed materials 6 7-9
Box Folder
Mixed materials 7 1-2

Box Folder

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 1995

7 3-5

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 1996

7 6-8

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 1997

8 1-3

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 1998

Box
8
Folder
4-6

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 1999


Box Folder
Mixed materials 8 7-9
Box Folder
Mixed materials 9 1

Box Folder

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 2000

9 2-4

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 2001

9 5-7

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 2002

10 1-3

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 2003

10 4-6

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 2004


Box Folder
Mixed materials 10 7-9
Box Folder
Mixed materials 11 2

Box Folder

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 2005

11 3-5

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 2006

11 6-8

Hopewell Presbyterian Church 2007

12 1

Subseries b. Sermons by scripture

Box Folder

Exodus 34

12

Deuteronomy 8

12 3

1st Samuel 4

12 4

Isaiah 7

12 5

Matthew

12 6

Mark

12 7

Luke

12 8

John

12 9

Ephesians

12 10

1st Corinthians

12 11

Philippians

12 12

Revelation

12 13

Subseries c. Sermons by topic

Box Folder

Advent

12 14

Agnes

12 15

Barreness, Abraham & Nicodemus

12 16

Being Special

12 17

Ben Barker

12 18

Christmas

12 19

Communion

12 20

Death

12 21

Disturbing the Peace

12 22

Easter in Russia

12 23

Exorcist

12 24

God’s Grace

12 25

Holy Week

12 26

Holy Week—Wednesday-Receptivity

12 27

Holy Week—Maundy Thursday

12 29
Box Folder

Holy Week—Holy Thursday

12 28

Holy Week—Good Friday

12 30

Holy Week—Easter Sunrise

12 31

Hope

13 1

John the Baptist

13 2

Leaving Jesus Behind

13 3

Living Life to the Fullest

13 4

Music

13 5

Officer Election Sermon

13 6

Physics

13 7

Predictable Behavior

13 8

Rejection

13 9

Remembering & Forgetting

13 10

Resurrection

13 11

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Series II. Church records 1980-2007

Box Folder

Bulletins 1980-1985

13 12

Bulletins 1985-1993

13 13

Bulletins 1993-2007

13 14

Correspondence 1980-1992

13 15

General Assembly 1980-1998

13 16

Hopewell Presbyterian Church

13 17

Prospect Presbyterian Church

13 18

Tazewell Presbyterian Church

13 19

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Series III. Subject files

Box Folder

Advent—greening

13 20

Altar guild

13 21

Ash Wednesday services

13 22

Ashe County churches—history

13 23

Baptism: explaining with graphics

13 24

Bible Survey International

13 25

Campbell, Will

13 26

Celtic Christmas services

13 27

Celtic Christmas wedding ceremony

13 28

Children’s worship

13 29

Christ’s resurrection

13 30

Contemporary writers

13 31

Continuing Education Seminar (Kelly Belmar)

13 32

Crucifixion

13 33

Cults

13 34

Dancing

14 1

DaVinci Code

14 2

Exegeses—loose notes

14 3

Foundation for Community Encouragement

14 4

Games, songs, puzzles, jokes

14

Gospel of Judas

14 6

Holy Spirit

14 7

Homosexuality

14 8

How To Have a Soul

14 9

Jesus of Nazareth—TV

14 10

Latta Plantation

14 11

Lessons & carols, 1994

14 12

Life is Sacred

Box
14
Folder
13

Liturgical year—seminar

14 14

Loch Norman Highland Games

14 15

Lord’s Supper—Learning Center (see also a film strip, located in NST 3:38)

14 16

Magazine/newspaper articles

Box
14
Folder
17

Magazine/newspaper articles—Katallagete

14 18

Mark’s Gospel—Study

14 19

Marriage services, research on

14 20

Ministers’ Annuity Fund

14 21

Miscellaneous

14 22

Out-Door Christian Ministries Committee

14 23

Parenting, by John Rosemond

14 24

Prayer—introduction (4 parts)

14 25

Prayer—group

14 26

Radio devotions

15 1

September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Box
15
Folder
2

Scout Sunday

15 3

Sermon quotes

15 4

Spiritual development workshop

15 5

Spiritual disciplines

15

Standoffishness

15 7

Stephen ministry

15 8

Suddenly Single

15 9

Teen sexuality

15 10

Ten Commandments—Williamson—Exodus 20

15 11

VIM Dedication—Mexico 2002, Ignacio Zaragoza, Yucatan

15 12

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