Duane Pederson, Jesus People International, and the Hollywood Free Paper had a significant role in the development of the
Jesus People Movement beginning in the late 1960s. The diversity of materials in the collection attests to Pederson’s range
of ministry involvement and his ongoing commitment to work with the poor and with prisoners. The collection includes a complete
set of all issues of the Hollywood Free Paper, various Jesus People publications, ministry newsletters, correspondence, recordings,
films, posters, artwork, memorabilia, and over 15,000 photos preserved by Duane Pederson. Awards, clippings, and other documentation
are also found in the collection. Additionally, materials relating to the Jesus People Opening at Fuller on May 15-16, 2010
are included as well.
Duane Pederson (1938-), a key figure in the Jesus Movement, was raised in Minnesota and moved to California to pursue a career
as an entertainer. He started the Hollywood Free Paper in 1969 as a Christian response to the countercultural underground
newspapers. Circulation grew rapidly and the HFP became the most widely distributed Jesus paper, spreading news of the Jesus
Movement from California to Europe. In an interview with a reporter, Pederson coined the term “Jesus People.” Through the
Hollywood Free Paper, he became a well-known voice for the Jesus People throughout the 1970s, providing leadership and bringing cohesion to the
Movement from California to Europe and Asia. Additionally, he sponsored many of the concerts at the Hollywood Palladium that
drew together some of the best Christian musicians of the day. From the beginning, his ministry extended to the poor and marginalized.
He worked extensively with Corrie ten Boom in ministry to prisoners, and he served as pastor of a church in Venice with an
active ministry to street children. In the 1980s, Pederson became an evangelist in the Missionary Church and was later ordained
as a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. As of 2010, Pederson continues his ministry to prisoners and the poor.