Daniel E. Venden
1899 - 1973
Dan Venden, a singer, was widely known as a Seventh-day Adventist administrator and evangelist. He and his brother Melvin formed a team called the Venden Brothers, Gospel Singers and Evangelists, in the late 1920s and held meetings in Oregon and larger cities in Michigan and the eastern United States until the 1940s, when he became pastor of the College View Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. They again did evangelistic work in the late 1940s and from 1950 to 1955 held meetings in California and Arizona until he became president of the Central California Conference of SDA's.
Venden was born in Wisconsin, the fifth child of Christine Hovrud and Nels Venden, immigrants from Norway. Shortly after the turn of the century, the family moved to the state of Washington. Melvin attended Columbia and Laurelwood academies and graduated from Walla Walla College, now University, in 1923.
Following his marriage to Nellie Edna Schnepper, they accepted teaching positions at Columbia Academy, now Columbia Adventist Academy, where he also served as boys' dean and principal during their three years there. While he was serving as Missionary Volunteer Secretary in the Oregon Conference from 1926 to 1930, he and his brother formed their evangelistic team.
While at WWC, he and his brother actively participated in the music program, both singing in the Male Glee Club, a select twelve-member ensemble. They were well known for their singing in Adventist circles and were chosen as a team to assist as choristers at the 1936 General Conference Session of the SDA church.
Sources: Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, Volume 11, Second Revised Edition, 1996, (Review and Herald Publishing Association) 831; Unpublished Venden Family Tree; 1920 U.S. Census Records; Dan Shultz, A Great Tradition; Music at Walla Walla College 1892-1992, 43; obituary, Review and Herald, 26 October 1973, 23.