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[March 5, 2012]
Hart, B. Sam 1931-
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Full name: Berlyn Samuel Iles Hart
Birth date: April 8, 1931, New York City
Death date: January 19, 2012
Parents: Arthur Iles Hart and Doris C. (Miller) Hart
Siblings: Four brothers (Arthur Jr., Charles), five sisters
Marital Status: Married to Joyce, June 1951
Children: Bradley (deceased), Anthony, and three others
Conversion: At the age of eleven
ca 1943-1948 Jamaica College (private boarding school)
ca 1949- Gordon College, Boston, Massachusetts
ca. 1945 Began preaching
1961 Founded the Grand Old Gospel Fellowship
1962 Started the Grand Old Gospel Hour on radio
1967 Founded the Arthur and Doris Hart Children's Home in Jamaica along with two of his brothers
Other significant information:
1932-1948 Grew up in Clowmill, Jamaica
Scope and Content
B. Sam Hart was interviewed by Robert Shuster on June 20, 1996, at Hart's home in Ambler, Pennsylvania. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1931to about 1996. Hart is sometimes difficult to hear because of recording problems and there is a continuous, rhythmic clicking (possibly the recorder counter sticking) throughout tape and loud sounds periodically heard when one of the microphones is moved.
Tape 1 (90 minutes)
Parents' missionary work in Jamaica, being named for B.M. Nottage and the prophet Samuel, early determination to preach the gospel, family history, growing up in Jamaica, parents' missionary work, character and influence, family life and childhood in Jamaica, childhood preaching to banana trees and friends, father's and his own church planting methodology, developing and overseeing young leadership, young leader's over sensitivity and elder white missionary's racial insensitivity, more family history and childhood memories, conversion while listening to his father's preaching, first preaching and crusade, preaching philosophy, father's preaching, education focused on preparing to preach, education and life at private boarding school and Gordon College, significance and experience of preaching, comparing preaching to live and radio audiences, comparing Jamaican and U.S. congregations, shock at encountering segregation in US churches, racial attitudes in Jamaica, experience of actor Errol Flynn in Jamaica, class divisions in Jamaica, philosophy of preaching and crusades, reasons for attending college in the US and philosophy of education, being denied admission to Bob Jones College because of his race, encouragement and help to attend Gordon College, B.M. Nottage's character and influence
The materials in this collection were received by the Center in June 1996 from B. Sam Hart.
December 13, 2000
Wayne D. Weber
T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 90 minutes, one side only. Interview with B. Sam Hart by Robert Shuster on June 20, 1996.