Winona at 100 Third Wave Rising
The charming little village of Winona Lake, Ind., is once again a tourist destination as lovers of art, culture, education, and good food come to experience life at the little artisan village nestled on the eastern shore of Winona (formerly Eagle) Lake in north-central Indiana.
Winona is currently in its third wave of development and popularity. In its first wave—beginning in 1881 and culminating in Spring Fountain Park and the religious Chautauqua programs that drew thousands for its rich offerings in the early 1900s. Then, after a period of decline, the town revived for its second-wave popularity as the home of the world’s largest Bible conference, the founding place of Youth for Christ, the launching pad for Billy Graham’s ministry, the home of baseball evangelist Billy Sunday and his songleader/publisher Homer Rodeheaver and much more.
Now, in its third-wave rising, Winona is once again a beehive of activity through Grace College and Seminary, cultural festivals, the emergence of the Village at Winona with its many shops, programs, world-class restaurants, and more.
Enjoy the history—and some little-known anecdotes—from two who have lived in, and loved, Winona Lake for many years. This centennial history celebrates the unique town that was incorporated on June 2, 1913, and has had worldwide impact.
Terry D. White, Ed.D., entered Grace College as a freshman the fall of 1960 and lived and worked in Winona Lake until 1977. He served in town government, held multiple positions at Grace College and Seminary, was board chair of his local church, and owned a number of local businesses. After being employed in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., he returned in 2003 to re-vitalize and direct the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. and BMH Books. He is married to the former Sharon Auxt, and they are the parents of an adult son and a deceased daughter.
Stephen A. Grill, Ed. D., is Dean of The School of Adult and Community Education at Grace College. He is a 1970 graduate (magna cum laude) of Grace College, taught at Grace College for 17 years, then served as the Director of Ivy Tech State Community College/ Warsaw for 12 years before returning to Grace in 1999. Dr. Grill moderated the Kosciusko Leadership Academy for 25 years. He was a founding member of The Winona Lake Historical Society and he launched The Reneker Museum of Winona History in 2000 serving as its only Director. His wife, Susan, is an interior designer and was a long-time Winona shop owner.