Loma Linda University

Prospective Students | Class Registration
Call Us At: 1-909-558-1000

News and Events > Today News > Today Story

TODAY news for Thursday, April 20, 2006

Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center news

Campus Dedication Service held April 15, exactly 100 years after first dedication


Randy Roberts, DMin
John Burden, portrayed here by Randy Roberts, DMin, pastor of Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists, reminisces about the beginnings of Loma Linda and the divine leadership that resulted in its purchase by the fledgling Adventist Church. This portrayal of John Burden was part of a Campus Dedication Service, held 100 years almost to the exact hour after the first “Dedication Exercises” attended by Mr. Burden and Ellen G. White. The pulpit in the photo was provided by the LLU Heritage Room and is the original pulpit used for the Chapel. Mrs. White spoke from this pulpit.
Loma Linda Men�s Chorus
The Loma Linda Men’s Chorus opened the Campus Dedication Service, held on April 15 at LLU Drayson Center, with a rousing rendition of some early Advent hymns typical of 1906. The canopy recreated in Drayson Center’s Opsahl gymnasium is similar to the canopy set up in 1906, somewhere near the southwest corner of the Loma Linda Sanitarium.

B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS
B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president and CEO of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (LLUAHSC), leads her colleagues and the audience in the reading of a special dedication litany to commemorate the day and rededicate the campus.

Rich Hofmann
Rich Hofmann provided a trumpet solo in 2006. Mabel Knox performed on her cornet for the first dedication service held in 1906.
Ellen G. White
On April 15, 1906, Ellen G. White was the last to speak for the “Dedication Exercises,” which began at 1:30 p.m. and went until 3:00 p.m. Seated to the far left under the canopy is John Burden, who followed Mrs. White’s counsel to purchase Loma Linda. Mr. Burden later became the administrator for Loma Linda.
Randy Roberts, DMin
John Burden lived in Loma Linda for many years. He suffered a somewhat tragic death when he was struck by a car as he walked along Barton Road.
Part of the dedicatory program
Pictured above is the original program for the “Dedicatory Exercises” held on April 15, 1906. Many of the details were reproduced on April 15, 2006.
Part of the dedicatory program
Pictured above is part of the original program for the “Dedicatory Exercises” held on April 15, 1906.
Refreshments
Those attending the Campus Dedication Services in 2006 enjoyed some refreshments following the program, including many of the very items on the first menu—such as egg salad sandwiches, nuts, dates, jelly roll cake, and lemonade.

TODAY news for Thursday, April 20, 2006