Crown College (Minnesota)
|Motto||Called to Serve. Prepared to Lead|
|Affiliation||Christian and Missionary Alliance|
|President||Dr. Joel Wiggins|
|Location||Crown College won its first UMAC conference banner in 2006 in men's golf|
|Campus||215 acres (87 ha) located on Lake Parley|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III – UMAC|
Crown College is a private Christian college in St. Bonifacius, an exurb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The College is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
- 1 Location
- 2 History
- 3 Student Life
- 4 Academics
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Accreditations and Affiliations
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Presidents
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Crown College is situated on a 215-acre (87 ha) campus near the communities of Waconia and St. Bonifacius.
Prior to occupying its current campus in June 1970, the college had been located within the city of St. Paul and occupied several buildings in the block northeast of the intersection of Englewood Avenue and Albert Street. The old campus's Bethany Hall and library/classroom building remain, and part of the site is now occupied by the Friends School of Minnesota.
Beginning in 1916 with four students who wanted to study the Bible, Crown College quickly developed into a training school for those interested in ministry and missionary preparation. A few years later, it became known as St Paul Bible Institute.
In the 1950s the name was changed to St. Paul Bible College, and accreditation was obtained through The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). In 1970 the college moved from its original home in the city of St. Paul to a new location west of Minneapolis, and sought regional accreditation which was granted by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) in 1975. The college also is a member with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
In the following years the college expanded the curriculum with the introduction of many new majors and areas of study, as well as developing the campus with the addition of several housing facilities. In 1992, the name was again changed to Crown College.
Main Hall is the primary first-year student residence for men, housing approximately 85 students. Main offers traditional-style rooms with two or three occupants, as well as suites which house four students who share a living area. Each floor has a community bathroom, shower room, and laundry services. A lobby is located on the first floor.
Renovated in the summer of 2005, men's Miller Hall offers suite style housing and the opportunity for all class levels to live together. There are nine suites which house up to six students. The suites have three bedrooms, one bathroom, and individual heating and air conditioning control. Laundry facilities are located in the basement suite.
Strohm and Richardson Halls
Used mainly for first-year residents, Strohm and Richardson Halls are all-female halls with approximately 90 beds each. Both halls offer four person rooms with attached bathroom and built in furniture. Laundry facilities and kitchens are located on the first floor. The rooms are designed to accommodate four women each. There is a double vanity as well as a bathroom in each room. A central lounge area is located on each floor as well as laundry facilities and a kitchen in each building. Strohm Hall, built in 1976, was named after Dr. George D. Strohm who was a missionary in China and the Philippines. He served as President of the College from 1943 to 1959. Richardson Hall was built in 1977 and named after Stanton & Hazel Richardson. Dr. Richardson taught Bible & Theology at the College for 38 years.
Weldin and Tewinkel Halls
Built in 2001, Weldin and Tewinkel Halls offer apartment-style residences for upperclass men and women. Each residence provides a kitchenette (refrigerator, microwave, sink and cupboard area), living room, bathroom facilities and three double bedrooms. Apartments have individual heating and air conditioning control as well as modular furniture. There are two floors in each building with a lounge located on each floor as well as laundry facilities and a common kitchen on the first floor. Weldin accommodates 50 sophomore and junior women. Tewinkel accommodates 50 sophomore and junior men.
Hardwick Hall consists of four apartments, housing seven upper-class male students in each apartment. The apartments have two upstairs bedrooms, one basement bedroom, living room area, kitchen, 1 ½ bathrooms, balcony, and individual heating and air conditioning control. Laundry facilities are located in the basement. Hardwick Hall is located directly next to Miller Hall. Hardwick Hall was built in 1975 and named after Dr. Harry Hardwick, who was the President of the College from 1959 to 1968.
Located in Faith Village, Conley, Jones and Tanner Halls each consist of six two-bedroom apartments and three one-bedroom apartments. Amenities include laundry facilities and parking. Priority is given to senior men and women.
Crown College offers a variety of services to students, including counseling, health, career, and food services, study lab, information technology, Watne Memorial Library, and the campus bookstore.
All students enrolled, whether full-time or part-time, are members of the Crown College Student Association (CCSA).
There is a professional disc golf course on campus. Established in 2007, the 18 hole course has a "good mix of open and wooded holes along with a little water hazard on two holes. Some of the shortest (height) baskets you will ever see." The target type is mach5 and the tee type is concrete. 6 holes are under 300 ft, 8 are 300–400 ft, and 4 are over 400 ft in length.
Crown College also has an online radio station, Crown Radio, which streams a mix of non-mainstream and mainstream Christian music 24 hrs a day / 7 days a week. Crown Radio is staffed entirely by students at the college and is an outlet for students in the communication arts department, and some non-communication students to gain experience hosting a live radio show 
Clubs and Organizations
Crown College offers over 35 undergraduate degree programs in numerous fields of study. These programs include: Biblical and Theological Studies, Business/Accounting/Sport Management/Social Entrepreneurship, Christian Ministry, Communication Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science, Music, Nursing, and Teacher Education.
The Adult & Graduate Studies (AGS) program offers degrees that can be completed online, on-campus, or the extension site at the Owatonna College & University Center. Crown College offers 7 master's degree options, and several certifications and licensures.
The College's intercollegiate sports teams are called the "Storm". Crown College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and competes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.
Crown offers a variety of athletic opportunities including: football, baseball, volleyball, women's softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's golf.
KleinBank Stadium, a $2.4 million, 1,400-seat stadium, is the home of the school's football team and opened during the 2013 football season.
Accreditations and Affiliations
- The Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association (NCAHLC)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Peggy Bennett, Minnesota state legislator
- Mike Nawrocki, co-creator and writer of Veggie Tales (did not graduate)
- Phil Vischer, co-creator and writer of Veggie Tales (did not graduate)
- Rev. Joseph D. (J.D.) Williams (1916–1925)
- Rev. W.F. Christie (1925–1926)
- Rev. E.C. Swanson (1926–1935)
- Rev. J.A. Peterson (1935–1942)
- Dr. George D. Strohm, president emeritus (1943–1959)
- Dr. Harry T. Hardwick (1959–1968)
- Dr. Donald J. Trouten, interim president (1968–1970)
- Dr. Arthur P. Johnston (1970–1972)
- Dr. Francis W. Grubbs (1972–1980)
- Rev. Joe M. Tewinkel, interim president (1980–1981)
- Dr. L. John Eagen (1981–1987)
- Dr. Bill W. Lanpher (1987–1997)
- Dr. Gary M. Benedict (1997–2005)
- Mr. Timothy D. Savaloja, interim president (2005)
- Dr. Rick P. Mann (2005–2013)
- Dr. Joel Wiggins (2013–present)
- NCAHLC Crown College page
- Crown College CCCU profile
- History Archived October 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Mail Hall | Student Housing | Crown College". crown.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Miller | Crown College". crown.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Strohm and Richardson | Crown College". crown.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Weldin and Tewinkel | Crown College". crown.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Hardwick Hall | Student Housing | Crown College". crown.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Faith Village | Crown College". crown.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Extracurricular Activities
- Shows on Crown Radio
- Crown Radio Homepage
- Clubs and Organizations
- Undergraduate Degree Programs
- Adult & Graduate Studies
- Jim Hammerand, Crown Bank's donation secures college stadium naming rights, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, July 15, 2013, accessed July 16, 2013.
- Tewinkel, J. (1995). Crusaders: A History of Crown College. St. Bonifacius: Crown College
- Crown College website
- Crown College athletics website
- Crown College Collegebound website
- Crown College Adult and Graduate Studies website