The Marion E. Wade Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary (1965-2015) and dedicated the new Bakke Auditorium addition on October 29, 2015. Photos in this gallery were taken by Maas Photography.
A view of the Bakke Auditorium the night of the event.
View of the audience.
Lyle W. Dorsett, Director Emeritus of the Wade Center (1983-1990), gave a talk titled: "A Lamp-Post in a Dark World: Fifty Years of Light from the Marion E. Wade Center." Dr. Dorsett served as the second director of the Wade Center, and is now the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Program participants (l to r): Walter Hansen, Philip G. Ryken, Lisa Welchert, Lyle W. Dorsett, Marjorie Lamp Mead, Jerry Root, Luci Shaw, Jeannette Bakke, Carolyn Hart, Stan Bakke, William Phemister.
Lisa Welchert, Wade Family representative, with Friends of the Wade Larry and Anita Maxwell.
Program from the event. You can see the full image on our 50th Anniversary page.
Music for the evening was provided by Carolyn Hart (left), Associate Professor of Voice at Wheaton College and William Phemister (right), Professor Emeritus of Piano at Wheaton College.
Luci Shaw, Poet and Wade Board Emerita, with Marjorie Lamp Mead, Interim Director, Wade Center.
Booklets containing the poem "The Space Within" by Luci Shaw, which was written specifically in honor of the Wade Center's 50th Anniversary. These booklets were given to guests on the evening of the anniversary event. You can see the complete poem on our 50th Anniversary page.
The dedication of the Wade Center's new Bakke Auditorium was also celebrated on the evening of October 29, 2015. Jeannette and Stan Bakke stand outside of the new addition near the entryway.
Dedication plaque for the Bakke Auditorium.
L to R: Friends of the Wade Chris and Heidi Truty, Marjorie Lamp Mead, Jeannette and Stan Bakke.
International guests who attended the anniversary event included (l to r): Royce and Susan Johnson from Northern Ireland; Stephen Johnson from Paris, France; and Olga Lukmanova from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Wade Board member Walter Hansen with his wife Darlene.
Friends of the Wade Sally and Brian Oxley with Marjorie Lamp Mead.
Lyle W. Dorsett speaks with guests Kevin and Jan Engel.
Current and former members of the Wade Board (l to r): Jerry Root, Lyle W. Dorsett, Carol Kraft, and Walter Hansen.
Friend of the Wade Julie Mitchell with Jerry Root.
Current Wade Center staff (l to r): Beatrice Schoenrock, Marjorie Lamp Mead, Laura Schmidt, Elaine Hooker, Shawn Mrakovich, and Carla Mayer.
Display about the Wade Center's 50th Anniversary in the Museum area of the Wade Center. Designed and created by Shawn Mrakovich and Marjorie Lamp Mead.