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William H. Leslie Papers, 1960-1993 | College Archives & Special Collections

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ID: SC/075

Primary Creator: Leslie, William H. (1932-1993)

Extent: 89.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1994

Subjects: Chicago (Ill.) - History., LaSalle Street Church (Chicago, Ill.), Leslie, William H., 1932-1993, Leslie, William H., 1932-1993 - Correspondence., Leslie, William H., 1932-1993 - Sermons., Marriage - Religious aspects - Christianity., Pastoral duties, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Wheaton College (Ill.) - Alumni.

Forms of Material: Articles, Audiotapes, Correspondence, Illustrations, Lecture notes, Lectures, Photographs, Publications, Serials, Sermons, Syllabi, Theses, Videotapes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The William Leslie Papers offer a rare primary source for urban ministry. The collection is organized with five main series (Biographical, Ministry, Correspondence, Publications and Media). The Biographical series contains material relating to travel and education with the education sub-series containing the bulk of the series and is composed of materials from Leslie's graduate studies. The Ministry series is the largest single series detailing Leslie's ministry and further organized into several sub-series: Pastoral, Teaching and Community Involvement. Correspondence measures less than one linear foot and is organized alphabetically. Publications are mainly secondary and relating to Chicago, its history and character. Media contains photographs and audio-visual materials. The collection contains over one hundred cassettes of Leslie's sermons and addresses, as well as others speaking at LaSalle Street Church.

Biographical Note

William Houghton Leslie was born July 10, 1932 in Milan, Ohio to William Houghton and Mildred (Wilkinson) Leslie. His father, born in West Africa, had been a teacher and minister. Leslie graduated from Bob Jones University in 1953. He then attended Wheaton College and graduated in 1954 with honors. In 1956 he married Adrienne Andrews, together they had two daughters and two sons.

The same year he became pastor of First Baptist Church in Pekin, Illinois, a position he held for three years. In 1959 he became an assistant pastor at Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, working with Alan Redpath. During this time he began graduate studies in Wheaton College’s Graduate School and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1961.

After his studies were completed he assumed the pastorate of LaSalle Street Church in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood, a position he would hold for nearly thirty years. Early in his pastorate he began studies at Northwestern University, receiving a Master of Arts degree in 1965. He was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Northwestern from 1969 to 1970. During this same period, until 1973, Leslie was an Adjunct Instructor at Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois.

In 1976, Leslie was granted a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His dissertation was written on the concept of women in the Pauline corpus in light of the social and religious environment of the first century. The following year he served as adjunct instructor at North Park Seminary in Chicago. This began a decade and a half career educating urban pastors, mainly with the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education in Chicago. During this time he also served as an adjunct instructor at Wheaton Graduate School, Ontario Theological Seminary and Bethel Theological Seminary.

In 1985 Leslie was elected to Board of Community Renewal Society and served as its president in 1992. He was also U.S. Director for International Urban Associates from 1989 to 1990. Concurrently, until 1993, Leslie was a Senior Associate with Mid-America Leadership Foundation, serving as Director of the Church and Ministry Division.

In June 1993 Leslie married Michelle R. (Santy) Prentice. In August of that year Leslie died of a heart attack.

Subject/Index Terms

Chicago (Ill.) - History.
LaSalle Street Church (Chicago, Ill.)
Leslie, William H., 1932-1993
Leslie, William H., 1932-1993 - Correspondence.
Leslie, William H., 1932-1993 - Sermons.
Marriage - Religious aspects - Christianity.
Pastoral duties
Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education
Wheaton College (Ill.) - Alumni.

Administrative Information

Repository: College Archives & Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 35 linear feet

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: William Leslie

Preferred Citation: William H. Leslie Papers (SC-75), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other Note: The papers and library of William Houghton Leslie highlight urban ministry and the work of a pastor of an urban church on Chicago

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu

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[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Ministry],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Publications],
[Series 5: Media],

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