Crown College (Minnesota)

Crown College (Minnesota)
Crown College
Motto "Called to Serve. Prepared to Lead"
Established 1916
Type Private
Religious affiliation Christian and Missionary Alliance
President Dr. Rick Mann
Academic staff 81
Students 1,220
Location St. Bonifacius, MN, USA
Campus 215 acres (87 ha) located on Lake Parley
Mascot Storm

Crown College is a private Christian college in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, an exurb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. 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,[1] and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.[2] The College is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).[3]


Mission Statement

"The mission of Crown College is to provide a biblically based education for Christian leadership in The Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church-at-large, and the world."[4]

Main Building Entrance

Statement of Faith

The College is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), an evangelical Protestant denomination. Therefore, Crown College shares the beliefs and values of the C&MA. Crown's statement of faith can be found at


Crown College is situated on a 215-acre (87 ha) campus near the communities of Waconia and St. Bonifacius. Nestled among the rolling hills of one of the most beautiful lake-dotted regions of Minnesota, the College is just minutes west of the bustling Twin Cites of Minneapolis and St. Paul, offering a place of retreat for learning and growth.[5]


For over 90 years, Crown College has existed to prepare people for life and ministry. Beginning in 1916 with four students who wanted to study the Bible, it 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, gaining a solid reputation as a leader in the Bible college movement throughout the Midwest.

In the late '50s, the name was changed to St. Paul Bible College, and accreditation was obtained through The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). In the early '70s the College 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.[6]

Community Covenant

As a community of growing Christians, Crown College has chosen to adopt principles and standards that reinforce and support a biblical worldview and lifestyle. These guidelines are at the heart of who Crown College is and all that the College does as faculty, staff, students, and trustees. Crown believes in a covenant-keeping God, and therefore is committed to the principles and standards of the Community Covenant and the expectations outlined in the student and employee handbooks in order to maintain the spirit and health of the community.[7]

Student Life


Main Hall

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.[8]

Miller Hall

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.[9]

Strohm and Richardson Halls

Used mainly for first-year residents, Strohm and Richardson Halls are all female halls with approximately 90 beds each. Strohm Hall offers the unique opportunity for all class levels to live together. 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 1943-1959. Richardson Hall was built in 1977 and named after Stanton & Hazel Richardson. Dr. Richardson taught Bible & Theology at the College for 38 years.[10]

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.[11]

Hardwick Hall

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 1959-1968.[12]

Faith Village

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.[13]

Campus Services

Crown College offers a variety of services to students. The College meets student's spiritual, emotional, and physical needs by providing services such as: counseling, health, career, and food services, study lab, information technology, Watne Memorial Library, and the campus bookstore.

Intercultural Experiences

Opening doors to international experiences for students has been a vital part of Crown College tradition. The International Service-Learning (IS-L) Office exists to provide opportunities for outreach, study, and service around the world. Crown College's Intercultural Experience Program is available on a credit or non-credit basis.[14]

Extracurricular Activities

Crown offers multiple opportunities to get involved with on-campus activities and clubs. All students enrolled, whether full-time or part-time, are members of the Crown College Student Association (CCSA). The CCSA is organized to minister to the spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social needs of the student body, and to encourage standards of personal excellence as well as providing students with involvement in decision-making, programming, and outside-of-the classroom education.[15]

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."[16] 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.

Clubs and Organizations

  • C.O.R.E.
  • Global Impact Team
  • Storm Chaser Newspaper
  • Storm Tracker Yearbook
  • Student Activities Board
  • Student Senate
  • Acting Up Drama Club
  • Hmong Student Fellowship
  • Men's Ministry
  • MuKappa
  • Outdoor Adventure Club
  • The Reel Film Club
  • SIFE
  • Women's Ministry
  • Welcome Weekend
  • Intramural Sports[17]


Crown College offers over 35 undergraduate degree programs in numerous fields of study. These programs include: Biblical and Theological Studies, Business/Sport Management/Social Entrepreneurship, Christian Ministry, Communication Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science, Music, Nursing, and Teacher Education.[18]

The Adult & Graduate Studies (AGS) program offers individuals the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways. Degrees can be completed online, on-campus, or the extension site at the Owatonna College & University Center. Crown College offers 7 master degree options, and several certifications and licensures.[19]


The Storm Logo
The Wild Athletic Center

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: men and women's basketball, cross country and soccer, women's softball and volleyball, and men's football, golf and baseball.

In 2010, John Auer, head coach of the men's football program, was nominated for the Liberty Mutual Division III coach of the year[20]

Accreditations and Affiliations


  • The Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association (NCAHLC)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)[21]


  • American Association for Employment in Education
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Association of Christians in Student Development
  • Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA)
  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
  • Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Minnesota College and University Career Services Association
  • Minnesota College and University Professional Association
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP)
  • Upper Midwest Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers[22]

Notable Alumni

  • Dr. Gary M. Benedict, president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (2005–present)
  • Phil Vischer, co-creator and writer of Veggie Tales (did not graduate)
  • Mike Nawrocki, co-creator and writer of Veggie Tales (did not graduate)
  • Dan Adler, Heart of the City Ministries


  • 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–Present)[23]

Notes and references

External links

Coordinates: 44°53′06″N 93°44′32″W / 44.88513°N 93.74235°W / 44.88513; -93.74235

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