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Interview with Jeffrey R. Wetherill - Collection 494

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Brief Description. One oral history interview in which Jeffrey Wetherill discusses his childhood, parents, interest in sports, conversion, involvement with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, work as a Youth for Christ club director, youth pastor at an Evangelical Mennonite Church, joining Greater Europe Mission (GEM), youth work in Dublin, Ireland, relations between Irish Catholics and evangelical Protestants, and GEM methods of ministry in Ireland.

Collection 494
[April 17, 2001]
Wetherill, Jeffrey Robert 1966-
Interview; 1993
Audio Tapes


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Full name Jeffrey Robert Wetherill
Birth March 28, 1966, Columbus, Ohio
Parents Robert and Dionne Wetherill
Marital Status Married Susan Kienle, August 1988
Conversion August 1983
1984-1988 Taylor University (BA)
1993-1995 Wheaton College (MA)
1985-1987 Club director, Youth For Christ, Taylor University, Gas City, Indiana
1987-1990 Youth pastor, Upland Evangelical Mennonite Church, Upland, Indiana
1990- Youth ministry in Dublin, Ireland, with Greater Europe Mission

Scope and Content

This collection consists of one oral history interview with Jeffrey R. Wetherill who was interviewed by Robert Shuster on October 1, 1993, at the Archives of the Billy Graham Center. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1966-1993.

T1 (70 minutes).

Family background, involvement in sports activities while growing up, attending church to please his parents, leading a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) group, conversion at age seventeen, characteristics and traits of parents, work ethic, importance of sports, sports injury, involvement in DECA (Distributive Educational Clubs of America), opportunities to use leadership and speaking skills, a typical FCA meeting, importance of Bible, prayer, and church attendance, reaction of his minister and peers to his conversion, influence of eighth grade teacher, impressions of Taylor University, seeking God's direction for his future, incidents leading up to interest in youth ministry, leading Campus Life (Youth For Christ) group, influence of others, difficulties and rewards of working with teens, activities of youth groups, contrasting ministry as a YFC worker and a youth pastor, meeting future wife at college, reasons for staying with the Evangelical Mennonite Church, interest in Greater Europe Mission (GEM), attending an Operation Mobilization short term mission trip in Belgium, desiring to work in a cross-cultural setting, events which caused him to go into missions, applying to GEM and EMC for missionary status, missionary internship

T2 (40 minutes).

Challenges in working with Irish youth, struggles with developing a context for his ministry, primary focus was to assist the Evangelical church in Ireland by working with youth and youth leaders, need for youth work in Ireland, needs of the Irish Evangelical churches, involvement at Groverner Road Baptist Church, youth activities there, helping organize Shout (a city wide evangelistic meeting in Dublin), developing training clubs for youth leaders and teens, organizing an annual conference for Irish youth workers, relations between Irish Catholics and Evangelical Protestants, effect of 1992 Luis Palau Crusade, Irish youth questioning their Catholic up-bringing, religious education in schools, contrasting youth work in the US and Ireland, problems in Northern Ireland, strengths and weakness of Irish Evangelical church, GEM methods of ministry in Ireland, plans for return to Ireland



The materials in this collection were received by the Center in October 1993 from Jeffrey R. Wetherill.

Accession: 93-110
April 10, 2001
Wayne D. Weber

Accession: 93-110
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the Audio Tape file.

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 70 minutes, one side only. Interview with Jeffrey R. Wetherill by Robert Shuster on October 1, 1993.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 40 minutes, one side only. Continuation of interview with Jeffrey R. Wetherill by Robert Shuster on October 1, 1993.

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