Crown College (Minnesota)

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Crown College
MottoCalled to Serve. Prepared to Lead
AffiliationChristian and Missionary Alliance
PresidentDr. Joel Wiggins
Academic staff
Location, ,
Campus215 acres (87 ha) located on Lake Parley
AthleticsNCAA Division IIIUMAC

Crown College is a private Christian college in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, a small town located 30 miles west of Minneapolis. The college has both on-campus and online programs.[1] 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,[2] and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.[3] The college is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).[4]


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.


Founded in 1916 as The Alliance Training Home in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[5] In 1922 the name was changed to the St. Paul Training School of the Christian Missionary Alliance.[6] In 1935, the school moved from Sherburne Ave to Englewood Ave also in Saint Paul. In 1936, the name was changed again to the St. Paul Bible Institute.[7] On January 1, 1959, the new name, St. Paul Bible College, became official.[8] In 1969 land was purchase in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota for a new campus.[9] The school opened in St. Bonifacius in fall 1970.[10] The school was renamed Crown College in 1992.[11]

Student life[edit]


Main Hall[edit]

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.[12]

Miller Hall[edit]

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.[13]

Strohm and Richardson Halls[edit]

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.[14]

Weldin and Tewinkel Halls[edit]

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.[15]

Hardwick Hall[edit]

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.Hardwick Hall is unused but remains on campus.[16]

Faith Village[edit]

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.[17]

Campus services[edit]

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.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

All students enrolled, whether full-time or part-time, are members of the Crown College Student Association (CCSA).[18]

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."[19] 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 [20]

Clubs and organizations[edit]


Crown College offers over 40 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.[23]

The School of Online Studies and Graduate School offers over 20 different degrees that can be completed entirely online. Crown College offers 3 associate degree programs, 10 bachelor's degree programs, and 7 master's degree options including an MBA, MA in Counseling, MA in Ministry Leadership and an MDiv program. Several Bible certificates are also available.[24]


The Wild Athletic Center

Crown College's intercollegiate sports team nicknamed "Storm" is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and competes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). Crown is the UMAC's second-longest tenured school and has been with the UMAC for the entire NCAA-era (since the 2008-09 season). Prior to 2002 the school's nickname was the Crusaders.

Crown offers a variety of athletic opportunities including: football, baseball, volleyball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, indoor and outdoor men's and women's track and field, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's golf, and added tennis during the 2017-18 season.[25]

Crown College won its first UMAC conference banner in 2006 in men's golf.

In 2010, John Auer, head coach of the football program, was nominated for the Liberty Mutual Division III coach of the year[26]

KleinBank Stadium, a $2.4 million, 1,400-seat stadium, is the home of the school's football and soccer teams and opened during the 2013 football season.[27]

Accreditations and affiliations[edit]


  • The Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association (NCAHLC)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)[28]


Notable alumni[edit]


  • 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)[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crown College Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Higher Learning Commission". Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  3. ^ CCNE
  4. ^ "CCCU : Members - Crown College". 1 December 2005. Archived from the original on 1 December 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  5. ^ "1910s". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  6. ^ "1920s". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  7. ^ "1930s". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  8. ^ "1950s". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  9. ^ "1960s". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  10. ^ "1970s". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  11. ^ "1990s". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Mail Hall | Student Housing | Crown College". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Miller | Crown College". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Strohm and Richardson | Crown College". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Weldin and Tewinkel | Crown College". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Hardwick Hall | Student Housing | Crown College". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Faith Village | Crown College". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  18. ^ Extracurricular Activities Archived 2012-08-03 at
  19. ^ Staff, PDGA (2 September 2009). "Crown College Disc Golf Course". Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  20. ^ Shows on Crown Radio Archived 2012-08-05 at
  21. ^ "Crown Radio Homepage". Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Clubs and Organizations". Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  23. ^ "catalog". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  24. ^ "online degree programs". Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  25. ^ [1]
  26. ^ [2]
  27. ^ Jim Hammerand, Crown Bank's donation secures college stadium naming rights, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, July 15, 2013, accessed July 16, 2013.
  28. ^ Accreditations Archived 2012-07-24 at
  29. ^ "Affiliations". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  30. ^ Tewinkel, J. (1995). Crusaders: A History of Crown College. St. Bonifacius: Crown College

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