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[October 28, 2002] Gerber, Vergil Glenn; 1916-
12 boxes, Audio Tape, Photographs, Slides (4.62 cubic feet)
Brief Description. Correspondence, manuals, newsletters, reports and other materials relating to the Gerber's work as teacher, writer, and leader in church growth studies and Evangelical missions. The collection also contains information on Evangelical missions in the 1970s, especially in Latin America.
|Full name||Vergil Glenn Gerber|
|Birth||February 6, 1916, in Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Parents||Christopher Adolph and Anna Laura (Wonser) Gerber|
|Marital Status||Married to Dorothy Lois Bee, May 31, 1941|
|Children||Richard Lawrence (1943), Ruth, Judson, Jared, Janna|
|Ordination||Minister of the Conservative Baptist Association of America, 1942|
|1935||Diploma, Fort Wayne Bible College|
|1938||B.Mus, Taylor University|
|1946||B.Div.,Northern Baptist Theological Seminary|
|1969||M.Div, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary|
|1972||D.D. Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary|
|1943-44||Assistant pastor, Tremont Temple, Boston, Massachusetts|
|1944-48||Pastor, First Baptist Church, Perry, New York|
|1949-54||Conservative Baptist missionary to Ecuador and Argentina|
|1955-65||Conservative Baptist missionary to Costa Rica and Mexico|
|1955-?||First executive director of LEAL (English title, Evangelical Literature for Latin America). Among other publications, he started Verbo, a evangelistic magazine used in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries|
|1966||Coordinator of the Congress on Church's Worldwide Mission, held in Wheaton, Illinois|
|1967-1969||Missions Secretary, Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society|
|1967-?||Executive secretary of the Evangelical Committee on Latin America (ECLA), a joint committee of the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association (EFMA) and the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association|
|1969-1981||Executive director of the Evangelical Missions Information Service|
|Other significant information:
Editor of Missions in Creative Tension: the Green Lake '71 compendium (1971); Discipling Through Theological Education by Extension : A Fresh Approach to Theological Education in the 1980s (1980)
Author of God's Way to Keep a Church Going and Growing (1973) (also called A Manual for Evangelism/Church Growth)
Recipient of the Epsilon Chi award from the Accrediting Association of Bible Institute and Bible Colleges
Scope and ContentSeries: Papers
The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Vergil Gerber in October 1984. Duplicate materials were returned to him and various editions of The World Directory of Theological Education were passed on to the BGC LIBRARY (now Evangelism & Missions Collection of the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections), as were issues of the periodicals Africa Pulse, Asia Pulse, Chinese World Pulse, Emissary, Europe Pulse, Latin America Pulse, Missionary News Service, Muslin World Pulse,Papel y Tinta, Pulse: Special Report, Verbo.Accession: 85-124
|T1||C||28 min.||2||Soundtrack for two parts of a slide/tape program on Evangelism and Church Growth. The slides for parts I and II are slides S1-S107 in this collection. The soundtrack for Part I, the "Biblical Bedrock for Church Growth" is on side A and is 13 minutes long. Part II, on methods for evaluating church growth, is on side B and is incomplete, starting at the fifth slide (T55). This soundtrack is 15 minutes long. A beep is the signal to move on to the next slide. N.d.||N.d.|
CHURCH GROWTH-STUDY AND TEACHING. 68 b&w, 31 color. Snapshots of scenes at the workshops on evangelism and church growth which Vergil Gerber organized and or led in many countries around the world. Included are scenes from the workshops held in Argentina, Bolivia, Burundi, Chile, Haiti, India, Korea, Nigeria, the Philippines, Rhodesia, Taiwan, Tanzania, and Thailand. The pictures show the groups at the different seminars studying together, attending classes and in informal situations. Besides Gerber, there are also images of Paul Kiichi Ariga, Byang Kato, Donald McGavran, and Victor Musa. 1972-1976.
CONGRESS ON THE CHURCH'S WORLDWIDE MISSION. 87 b&w. Pictures of speakers, scenes of the Congress, the delegates listening to presentations, book tables. Among those pictured are Vergil Gerber, Wade Coggins, and Ralph Winter. 1966.
CONGRESS ON THE CHURCH'S WORLD WIDE MISSION. (Oversize) 1 b&w. Group shot of all the attendees to the Congress, standing in front of Centennial Gymnasium on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. April 1966.
EVANGELICAL MISSION INFORMATION SERVICE. 15 b&w, 13 color. Snapshots of the staff of EMIS and layouts of their publications. There are many pictures of Vergil Gerber and David Hofer. Ca. 1979.
GERBER, VERGIL G. 29 b&w, 3 color. Variety of portrait photos and informal shots by himself and with his family. Also a picture of Gerber with Ralph Winter, Donald McGavran, and C. Peter Wagner on the campus of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena California. Pictures of Gerber teaching church growth seminars and pictures of Gerber with Jack Frizen, Ben Armstrong and Waldron Scott. N.d.
FORD, LEIGHTON. 1 b&w. Ford speaking at the Consultation on World Evangelization in Thailand in 1980.
MCGAVRAN, DONALD M. 4 b&w. Candid shots of McGavran participating in church growth workshops in Taiwan and elsewhere. Ca. 1970s.
PALAU, LUIS. 21 b&w. Pictures of Palau leading evangelistic campaigns in Mexico and Argentina, including a picture of Palau at the opening of Eurofest, with Werner Burklin, Billy Graham, and Festo Kivengere. 1969-1977.
SCOTT, WALDRON. 2 b&w. Portrait photos of Waldron Scott. N.d.
S1-S50. Evangelism and Church Growth. Part I: "Biblical Bedrock for Church Growth" 50 color slides. Part of a slide/ tape presentation intended to train pastors and church leaders in how to evaluate their evangelism programs and effective grow and multiply churches. This part describes how the principles of church growth are illustrated in the New Testament. This is a different program from that of slides S51-S107. The Archives does not have a script this program. Tape T1 includes the audio soundtrack. Produced by Mission and Services of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. N.d.
S51-S107. Evangelism and Church Growth. Part II: 57 color slides. Part of a slide/ tape presentation intended to train pastors and church leaders in how to evaluate their evangelism programs and effective grow and multiply churches. There is a script for the in folder 10-11. Tape T1 includes the audio soundtrack. Produced by Mission and Services of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. N.d.
|Box||Folders||First Folder/Last Folder||Dates|
|Series IA: Individual church growth seminars|
|1||10||Argentina - Evangelism Church Growth Workshop / Brazil - National Symposium on Church Growth, Oct 17-20 '77||1972-1982|
|2||13||Brazil/Great Britain Evangelism-Church Growth Workshop||1972-1982|
|3||9||Guadeloupe - Evangelism-Church Growth Workshop/Federation of Evangelical Churches of India||1971-1980|
|4||15||Indonesia Workshop-1982/Madagascar Workshop||1973-1981|
|5||17||Minnesota-Evangelism-Church Growth Workshop/Singapore-Evangelism-Church Growth Workshop||1973-1984|
|6||14||South African Workshops/1972-1974 Venezuelan-Evangelism-Church Growth Workshop||1972-1981|
|7||9||Second Venezuelan Workshop/Case Studies||1967-1982|
|Series IB: General correspondence files|
|8||27||Evangelical Committee on Latin America / Norwegian Language||1966-1984|
|9||25||Brazil-Portuguese / Harvest Evangelism-Roseno - Uruguay Tums Edefardo Silvoso||1973-1983|
|10||11||Gerald Swank / Workshop script||1969-1982|
|Series IC: Conferences and Reports|
|10||1||EMIS Annual Reports||1970-1979|
|11||7||European Evangelical Communication Conference / TEDS 2nd Consultation on Theology and Missions||1967-1980|
|12||2||Urbana Conference / World Evangelical Fellowship General Assembly||1973-1980|