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Donald P. Flick Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Mss.Coll.028

Scope and Contents

Dr. Donald P. Flick compiled the contents of this collection during his research for a book on the history of the UCC churches and institutions of the Western North Carolina Association of the Southern Conference. This book, Churches Related, was co-authored by Dr. Flick and Dr. Thomas R. Hamilton and was published in 2008. Churches Related records the history of the last forty years (1965-2005) of the Evangelical and Reformed churches and institutions of the former Southern Synod, the former Congregational Christian churches which are now a part of the Western North Carolina Association, and churches that are new to the Association within the last forty years. This project was commissioned by the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society of the Southern Conference and supported by the Western North Carolina Association. Previously, Rev. Banks J. Peeler had authored a history of the Southern Synod, A Story of the Southern Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, which was published in 1968. Since that time, the Southern Synod had become a part of the Southern Conference of the UCC. Though this project did not want to duplicate Rev. Peeler's work, Churches Related was meant to be a standalone work, not a continuation of or companion to the 1968 publication. Therefore, Churches Related provides a brief but comprehensive historical sketch for each church and institution, with an emphasis on events and ministry since 1965. A central component of Dr. Flick's methodology for this research was the questionnaires sent to local churches and the educational or benevolent institutions within the bounds of the Western North Carolina Association. Completed questionnaires in this collection returned by churches provide valuable facts and statistics regarding leadership, membership, and budget since 1965. The forms also asked churches about significant events, mission projects, and building programs their congregation had undertaken in that time. Questionnaires for educational and benevolent institutions contained slightly different questions and were returned at a lower rate; these forms asked for the institution's mission, leadership history, and significant accomplishments since 1965. The most common form of material in this collection is photographs. Most photographs were taken in 2000 by Jack Leonard or Dr. Flick as a part of the research for Churches Related. Occasionally additional photographs were submitted by individual churches and institutions. Other forms of material to be found in this collection include books and essays of church/institutional history, informational brochures, programs from worship services, membership directories, newspaper clippings, and newsletters. Some of this material was submitted by churches or institutions as a supplement to the history provided in the questionnaire; other material was collected in place of an unreturned questionnaire. The amount of material covering each individual church or institution varies. Some submitted extensive amounts of additional material along with the questionnaire; others simply returned the questionnaire alone. Many churches failed to return the questionnaire and have only a photograph representing them in this collection. The bulk of the material in this collection dates from 2000 to 2008, though some older material (largely newspaper clippings) date back as far as 1955. Geographically, the material documents churches and institutions within the bounds of the Western North Carolina Association. With the exception of two churches in southwestern Virginia close to the state line, all churches and institutions found within this collection are located in the western half of North Carolina. The research files are arranged here in Dr. Flick's original order. Material is first divided into three series according to the type of institution. Series 1 contains information collected from Churches that are part of the Western North Carolina Association. Series 2, Organizations, documents benevolent institutions and ministries of the UCC that are physically located within the Western North Carolina Association, while Series 3, Educational Institutions, documents institutions of higher education historically linked to the UCC that fall within those same geographical boundaries. These series are then organized alphabetically by location and subsequently by name, as Dr. Flick's files were originally arranged. The fourth and final series, Manuscript, represents the product of this research. It contains a draft copy of Churches Related with notes for the publisher. A copy of the book as published is not a part of this collection, but can be found in the Belk Archives Church History Collection at Elon University using the online library catalog.

Dates

  • 1955 - 2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Personal and Family Information: * Born February 10, 1930 in Rimersburg, PA * Parents: Herman L. and Mamie K. Flick of Kittanning, PA * Living in Taylorsville, NC as of 2008 * Wife: Jo Anne Townsend Flick of Hickory, NC * Graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College; graduate work at Lancaster Theological Seminary * Employment: 1973-1975: Director of Volunteer Services at 200-bed health care center; 1977- 1981: Director of Life Support Program for Washington County Commission on Aging, Hagerstown, MD; 1982-1992: Administrative Assistant for Independent Living, United Church Homes, Newton, NC Children: * Jodon Anne (Jodi) Flick: MSW University of Tennessee; employed (as of 2008) by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC * Dona Leah Richards: BSN, employed (as of 2008) by Hickory Family Practice, Hickory, NC * Paul Townsend Flick: law degree, Managing Partner of Jordan, Price, Wall, Gray, Jones, Carlton law firm * Conrad Lloyd Flick: MD, Managing Partner of Family Medical Practice, Cary, NC Education: * 1948: Kittanning High School, Kittanning, PA * 1952: BS, Chemical Engineering, Grove City College, Grove City, PA * 1956: BD, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA * 1973: M. Div., Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA * 1981: D. Min., Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA Specialized Education: * Clinical Pastoral Education, Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC * Continuing Education Classes, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA * Special classes, seminars, workshops, courses, etc. in areas such as health care management, nursing home administration, housing, funding, group process * Graduate classes in Social Gerontology, Hood College, Frederick, MD Career: * Ordained Minister, United Church of Christ * 1956-1963: Organizing Pastor at Church of the Holy Trinity, Hagerstown, MD - led congregation through two building programs * 1964-1969: Organizing Pastor at Church of the Master, Hickory, NC - led congregation through two building programs * 1969-1975: Pastor-Administrator at Church of the Savior, Knoxville, TN - relocated congregation from inner city * 1974-1975: Director of Development (part-time) at Uplands Retirement Center, Pleasant Hill, TN * 1975-1977: Associate Executive Director at Homewood Retirement Centers, Williamsport, MD - responsibilities in planning and public relations * 1977-1980: Co-Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, Waynesboro, PA - responsibilities for administration and program development * 1981-present (as of 2008): Director of Development at United Church Retirement Home, Newton, NC * 1982-1984: Administrator of Continuing Care Retirement Community, Licensed Long-Term Health Care Administrator at United Church Retirement Home, Newton, NC * 1984-1997: Executive Director (CEO) of Corporation at United Church Retirement Home, Newton, NC Special Activities and Interests: * Helped organize and staff chaplaincy program in two county hospitals * Active in denomination and interdenominational work, serving on Board for Homeland Ministries of the UCC, ecumenical endeavors such as the Commission on Religion in Appalachia, Youth Associate for the Evangelical and Reformed Church, camp director for various camping projects, mission trips to the Gulf Coast, Massachusetts, and South Africa * Organized project for Heifer Projects and took a load of milk goats to Ghana, Africa * Helped organize and incorporate two outreach groups to carry on social service activities in local communities * Served as administrator for kindergarten, nursery schools, and day care programs in three communities * Helped establish an Adult Day Care program for a multi-county area * Helped establish a Habitat for Humanity affiliate Writings: * Over 1000 sermons and special talks * Researched and authored: Realizing a Dream, Pursuing a Vision, a history of United Church Retirement Centers, 2001 * Researched and authored the church and institution history section of Churches Related, a history of the churches and institutions located in the geographical area of the former Southern Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church Biographical Sources: Flick, Donald P. Personal correspondence. November 19, 2008.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (2 archival boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Dr. Donald P. Flick compiled the contents of this collection during his research for a book on the history of the UCC churches and institutions of the Western North Carolina Association of the Southern Conference. This book, Churches Related, was co-authored by Dr. Flick and Dr. Thomas R. Hamilton and was published in 2008. The most common forms of material in this collection are survey questionnaires and photographs. Completed questionnaires in this collection returned by churches and institutions provide valuable historical facts and statistics since 1965. Other forms of material found here include books and essays of church/institutional history, informational brochures, programs from worship services, membership directories, newspaper clippings, and newsletters. Finally, the collection includes a draft copy of Churches Related with notes for the publisher. The bulk of the material in this collection dates from 2000 to 2008, though some older material (largely newspaper clippings) date back as far as 1955. Geographically, the material documents churches and institutions within the bounds of the Western North Carolina Association. The research files are arranged here in Dr. Flick's original order. The series are: Churches; Organizations; Educational Institutions; Manuscript.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series. The first three series (Churches; Organizations; Educational Institutions) are arranged alphabetically by location, then by the name of the institution, then by type of material. North Carolina locations are filed before Virginia locations. The fourth series (Manuscript) is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Physical Location

The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift. Please refer to the Correspondence Legal file for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

#2008.54.1

Related Materials

More information about individual churches in this collection may be found in the Church History vertical files in the Belk Archives. Please consult with the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for additional information about related materials to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Kristin Shaffer, November, 2008

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Encoded by Kristin Shaffer, December, 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

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