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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Biography

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

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

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Transcript 1



Collection 609
[February 1, 2005]

Ferris, Frederick George; 1911-1998

Interviews; 1911-1988

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.





Biography


Full name

Frederick George Ferris

Birth

September 13, 1911, Detroit, Michigan

Death

December 13, 1998

Family

 

Parents

George Albert and Rose (Dara) Ferris

 

Siblings

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

 

Marital Status

Married Inez Irene Weston, March 27, 1934

 

Children

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

Conversion

At the age of 16

Education

 

1935-1936

Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois

 

1936-1942

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

1942-1943

Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois

Career

 

1938-1944

Pastor of First Baptist Church, Somonauk, Illinois

 

1944-1951

Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lorraine, Kansas

 

1940s

Mission secretary, Southwest Regional Conference, Northern Baptist Association

 

1949

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

 

1951-1953

Pastor of a church in Muscatine, Iowa

 

1953-1957

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

 

1957

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

 

1958-1962

International executive secretary of World Evangelical Fellowship

 

1962-1979

Pastor of Strathmoor Judson Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan

 

1977

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

 

1977

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.



Provenance

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





LOCATION RECORD

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.


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R/C

speed

length

Sides

Contents

Dates

 T1

C

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60 min.

 2

Interview with Frederick George Ferris by Rosalyn S. Ferris

10/22/1988





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