Billy Graham Center

Interview with Frederick George Ferris -
Collection 609

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Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection


An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Transcript 1

Collection 609
[February 1, 2005]

Ferris, Frederick George; 1911-1998

Interviews; 1988

Audio Tapes (0.004 cubic feet)

Brief Description: Oral history interview with Frederick George Ferris a Baptist pastor, officer with World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) and the National Association of Evangelicals, and missionary to Liberia, West Africa. Ferris talks about his family, conversion, various church pastorates, church planting and animist worship in Liberia, and work with WEF.

Restrictions: None.


Full name

Frederick George Ferris


September 13, 1911, Detroit, Michigan


December 13, 1998




George Albert and Rose (Dara) Ferris



Mercedes Irene (born 1910), Clarence (born 1913)


Marital Status

Married Inez Irene Weston, March 27, 1934



Robert Weston (born 1940), Beverly Jane (born 1946), Marjorie Ann (born 1948)


At the age of 16




Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois



Northern Baptist Theological Seminary



Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois




Pastor of First Baptist Church, Somonauk, Illinois



Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lorraine, Kansas



Mission secretary, Southwest Regional Conference, Northern Baptist Association



Visited Cameroon, West Africa to survey the Northern Baptist Association’s mission work



Pastor of a church in Muscatine, Iowa



Director of Evangelism for the LeTourneau Foundation, Liberia, West Africa where 26 churches were planted (based in Baffu Bay, Liberia)



Executive director of the National Association of Evangelicals for World Evangelical Fellowship



International executive secretary of World Evangelical Fellowship



Pastor of Strathmoor Judson Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan



Resigned from Farmington Hills Baptist Church

Other significant information


ca. 1914-1918

Lived mostly in London, England, while his father served with the Canadian military during World War I



Retired to New Port Richey, Florida

Scope and Content

Frederick George Ferris was interviewed by his granddaughter, Rosalyn S. Ferris, on October 22, 1988, at the Billy Graham Center. This interview was conducted as part of a Wheaton College class assignment. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1911-1988.

T1 (60 minutes). (Click to link to the transcript of this tape) Family background, conversion (grandmother, a captain in the Salvation Army, prayed for his salvation), calling to the Lord’s ministry, preaching by age 18, influence of a deacon at his church, church pastorates, how God opened the door for missionary work in Liberia with the LeTourneau Foundation, Robert G. LeTourneau’s vision for Liberia, mission work (treks into the interior of Liberia, evening meetings), description of worship services, example of native Christians breaking animistic taboos, words to a chorus in the Kroo language, training of local leaders, describes tribal authority structure, animist worship, example of who’s God is more powerful (attempt to sacrifice a baby), describes the church in Liberia, LeTourneau school work and medical clinic, Liberian President Tubman’s support for Christian work, evaluation of Tubman’s administration, development of industries by joint efforts of Americans and Liberians, effect of sun rays on individuals, work with World Evangelical Fellowship as the executive international director, growth of the WEF, end of the LeTourneau Foundation’s work in Liberia (except the mission work), native churches’ outreach to other villages, reflects on years in Liberia.


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Frederick George Ferris and Rosalyn S. Ferris in January 1989.

Accession: 89-6

February 1, 2005

Wayne D. Weber


Accession: 89-6

Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

Item# - Reel or cassette, speed, length, number of sides, contents (title of session, participants) according to the program, date.











60 min.


Interview with Frederick George Ferris by Rosalyn S. Ferris


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