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Mr. Awana: Over 60 Years of Impacting the World for Christ

Over 60 Years of Impacting the World for Christ

Art Rorheim

Art Rorheim was born in 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. After becoming a Christian when he was 9 years old, Rorheim began attending the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle, an evangelistic church established by nationwide radio preacher Paul Rader. There, Rorheim met Lance Latham through the musical group Latham supervised. In the 1930s, Rorheim volunteered in the youth program at the newly established North Side Gospel Center. He was selected to direct one of Latham's clubs for boys in 1935. During World War II, Rorheim joined the Gospel Center staff as the full-time youth director. As director, he conceived many of the features that distinguish Awana today. Rorheim used uniforms, handbooks, a system of awards and badges and a game circle to capture the interest of unchurched and churched children alike. He eventually named the program Awana, based on its key verse, 2 Timothy 2:15 - Approved …Workmen … Are … Not … Ashamed.

Rorheim served as executive director of the Awana Youth Association when it was officially founded in 1950. Working with Awana President Lance Latham, Rorheim guided the infant organization into a worldwide ministry. Rorheim was instrumental in developing Olympic-style competitions, camps and leader training conferences, and he helped spread the program to churches around the world. In 1990, Rorheim's tenure as executive director ended when he was named president of Awana. Nine years later, Jack Eggar took over as President/CEO and Rorheim was named Founder/President Emeritus. Under Rorheim's leadership, Awana went from an idea in a Chicago pastor's mind to a worldwide ministry in over 110 countries.