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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access Terms
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Kerr, Jack and Anna: Collection
    Dates: 1955-2011
    Identification: CFT00101
    Creator: Kerr, Anna Kerr, Jack
    Physical Description: 3.00
    Repository: David Allan Hubbard Library Archives
    135 N. Oakland Avenue
    Pasadena, CA, 91182-0002
    URL: http://library.fuller.edu/archives/
    Email: archives@fuller.edu
    Phone: (626) 584-5311
    Fax: (626) 584-5613

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Hollywood Presbyterian Church (Hollywood, Calif.)
    Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    Geographic Name:

    Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Religion.

    Personal Name:

    Mears, Henrietta C. (Henrietta Cornelia)
    Ogilvie, Lloyd John

    Topical Term:

    Amateur plays
    Bible -- Study and teaching
    Plays, Christmas
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

    Scope and Contents

    Jack and Anna Kerr are longtime pillars of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Jack first attended as a boy when his family moved to Hancock Park in the 1930’s. Stuart MacLennan was pastor then and highly recommended to the Kerr family by the pastor of their home church, Long Beach Methodist. When the new pastor, Louis Evans came to First Press, the family moved into the Kerrs’ neighborhood and young Jack was a big favorite with Mother Evans, pastor Evan’s mother. Her heart was with the poor and she often preached on street corners. Jack was later to follow in her footsteps with a ministry on skid row.
    When Anna was a teen she heard of the great college department at First Press and began attending, traveling by bus each Sunday morning, usually arriving too late to get a seat inside. But she listened to Henrietta Mears from the courtyard and was struck by her message as well as by her manner.
    When the Kerrs were married they naturally attended First Press together and began to develop their ministry skills there. Jack used his writing skills to write plays for the congregation, served as a deacon, then an elder and was on the search team which found Lloyd Ogilvie. Anna developed longstanding relationships with women prayer partners, served as a deacon, then an elder and took over the Missions department when the last pastor with that position left in 1994. She and Jack have been on many short term mission trips. She also leads the Women’s’ Ministry, organizing an annual conference called Faithlift. In addition to the papers, CD’s and DVD’s listed in this inventory, the collection also includes 2 extended audio recordings of oral history interviews with the Kerrs.