Billy Graham Center

Interview with Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens -
Collection 612

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Table of Contents

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)

Collection 612

[March 4, 2005]

Stevens, Brenda (Gatlin); 1958-

Interviews; 1958-1988

Audio Tape (0.004 cubic feet)

Brief Description: Oral history interview with Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens an agricultural missionary with Mission to the World in Uganda. Stevens talks about her family, conversion, agricultural work in Uganda.

Restrictions: None


Full name

Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens


October 12, 1958, Charlotte, North Carolina




Mr. & Mrs. Carl Gatlin



Older brother and older sister


Marital Status

Married Jeffrey A. Stevens, July 16, 1988





In tenth grade (about 16 year old)




University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina



Graduated from North Carolina State, Raleigh, North Carolina (majored in agronomy)



Attended Columbia Bible College for one year



ca. 1986

Joined Mission to the World (Presbyterian Church in America)



Under the auspices of Campus Crusade for Christ in Uganda as an assistant farm manager at a boys boarding school



On staff with Navigators in Wheaton, Illinois

Scope and Content

Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens was interviewed by Christl E. Kirchner on December 6, 1988, at the home of Stevens in Wheaton, Illinois. This interview was conducted as part of a Wheaton College class assignment. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1958-1988. The tape abruptly ends in mid-sentence on side two.

T1 (60 minutes). Family background, conversion, interest in agricultural missions, joins Missions to the World, internship in Detroit, Campus Crusade for Christ, works on a school farm, education system in Uganda, a typical day, adjusts to various problems, tribal conflicts, contrasts Ugandan and American life styles, difficulty in reaching Ugandans for Christ, first impressions of Uganda, need for stronger Christian life for Ugandan believers, difficulties in living in a foreign culture, Ugandan’s values system, God’s call for service in Africa, cultural barriers, Ugandan health problems.


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens and Christl E. Kirchner in January 1989.

Accession: 89-6

March 4, 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 of Brenda (Gatlin) Stevens by Christl E. Kirchner

Dec. 6, 1988

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