Thursday, May 22, 2008

Lawrence W. Shultz

Although L.W. Shultz is most often connected with the development of Camp Mack, in later years he led groups of Brethren on tours that acquainted them with the European homes of their ancestors and brought them into contact with the Holy Land described in the New Testament.

Shultz was born October 24, 1892 in Huntington County, Indiana. He married Cora Winger June 1, 1915. He was elected to the ministry in 1910 and an elder in 1919. He graduated from Manchester College in 1914 and a master's degree from Northwestern University in 1924. He was a high school principal before joining the faculty at Manchester College in 1924 as a teacher and librarian.

Shultz was instrumental in the development of Camp Alexander Mack, and he and Cora were managers at the camp for over 30 years. He was active on a number of boards and committees for the Middle Indiana District from 1923-1946 and the Brethren Service Committee from 1939 to 1946. Shultz was active in book publishing writing seven books himself, assisting with six more, and helping to reprint many more which had been lost for some time. His topics covered Brethren history, geneology, and Indian lore.

One of his principal interests was leading Brethren tour groups from 1949 to 1970. He led at least 25 groups on tours to Europe, the Holy Land, and to points of Brethren interest in the U.S. and Canada. Several hundred people participated in these tours to more than 30 countries which brought many of them in close contact with their Brethren heritage for the first time.

Shultz was a resident of Indiana his entire life and died on this date, May 22, 1982. More memories of L.W. Shultz will follow tomorrow.

Source: Planting the Faith in a New Land