The Finding Aid of the Morris M. Womack Research Materials on J.P. Sanders 0061

Finding aid prepared by Katie Richardson and Lindsey Gant
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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September 2012


Title: Morris M. Womack Research Materials on J.P. Sanders
Identifier/Call Number: 0061
Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.42 linear feet (2 boxes)
Date: 1970s-1980s
Abstract: The collection includes research materials that Morris M. Womack used to write the biography J.P. Sanders: A Champion of Christian Education. Newspaper clippings, taped interviews with Sanders and others who knew him, as well as typed interview transcripts of the recordings, are part of the collection.
Creator: Womack, Morris M.

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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Morris M. Womack Research Materials on J.P. Sanders, Collection no. 0061, Churches of Christ Heritage Center, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

Biographical note

Joel Pliant (J.P.) Sanders was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1906. He received a bachelor of science from Texas Christian University in 1927, a bachelor of divinity from Vanderbilt University in 1931, and a PhD from the University of Southern California.
Upon completion of his doctoral program, Sanders took a part-time teaching position at David Lipscomb College. During this time, he also served as a minister for various churches in the area including the Hillsboro Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Walnut Street Church of Christ in Sherman, Texas.
In 1938, Sanders and M. Norvel Young started the publication 20th Century Christian. Sanders served as founding editor of the publication. Today, the publication is called 21st Century Christian.
In 1939, Sanders accepted the position of chairman of the religion department at Pepperdine College. While at Pepperdine, Sanders met and married Gloria Millay in 1941. In 1942, the couple moved to Nashville, where Sanders assumed the role of academic dean at David Lipscomb College. In 1957, Sanders' longtime friend, M. Norvel Young, became the president of Pepperdine College and asked Sanders to return to Pepperdine to serve as dean, which Sanders accepted.
In 1970, Sanders left Pepperdine for the chance to serve as executive vice president of Columbia Christian College (now Cascade College) in Portland, Oregon. After four years, he moved to the role of president of the college. In 1982, Sanders left his position to return to Pepperdine to serve as a professor in the religion division. Sanders also resumed his role as a minister preaching at Conejo Valley Church of Christ in Thousand Oaks, California.
At the age of 81, Sanders retired from his duties and settled in Nevada. On October 30, 2002, Sanders passed away at the age of 96 in Reno, Nevada.

Biographical note

Morris M. Womack was born on December 12, 1927, in Daylight, Tennessee, to Oscar and Ida Lee Womack. Womack attended Butler University where he received a bachelor of arts in 1954 and a bachelor of divinity in 1958. He earned a PhD from Wayne State in 1967.
Womack began preaching for the Church of Christ at the age of 17 and continued for over 50 years. He preached in a variety of places including the following states: California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Womack worked at Pepperdine University from 1967-1999, first as an administrator, and then as a Professor in the Communication Division. He published more than a dozen books and also worked as a visiting professor for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. While involved with the department, he served as a member of the Master Planning Committee for LEEP (Law Enforcement Education Program), a Pepperdine graduate program which assisted policemen and district attorney personnel.
Up until the time of Morris' death, he was very active in the Simi Valley Church of Christ where he preached for a number of years. On September 17, 2011, Womack passed away in Ventura County at the age of 83.

Scope and Content

The collection includes research materials that Morris M. Womack used to write the biography J.P. Sanders: A Champion of Christian Education. Newspaper clippings, taped interviews with Sanders and others who knew him, as well as typed transcripts of the recordings, are part of the collection.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series: 1. Interview Transcripts and Tape Recordings; 2. Research Materials.

Related Archival Materials

Morris M. Womack, J.P. Sanders: A Champion of Christian Education (Agoura, CA: Professional Communication Services: In cooperation with Pepperdine University Press, 1988). Pepperdine University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives.
J.P. Sanders Sermons, 0059, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Sanders, J. P. (Joel Pilant), 1906-
Womack, Morris M.
Audiocassettes
Biography
Christian education
Churches of Christ--History--20th century

Box 2, Folder 1-11, Box 1, Folder 1-41

Series 1: Interview Transcripts and Tape Recordings 1986-1987

Scope and Content

The interview transcripts and tape recordings include interviews with Sanders, Norvel and Helen Young, Howard A. White, and various family members of Sanders, such as his wife, Gloria Sanders, and his son, Rick Sanders.
Box 2, Folder 12-18

Series 2: Research Materials 1970s-1980s

Scope and Content

The series includes research materials such as newspaper clippings, personal letters, and other documents relating to the life of J.P. Sanders that Womack used to write the biography.