Billy Graham Center

Interview with Lynfred "Lynn" T. Charter -
Collection 620

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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


Audio file and written transcript for T1

Audio file and written transcript for T2

Collection 620

[August 17, 2011]

Charter, Lynfred “Lynn” T.; 1921-2009

Interview; 2005

2 Audio tapes

Brief Description: An oral history interview in which Charter describes his childhood, parents, conversion, baptism in the Spirit and speaking in tongues, early days in the Foursquare Church, activities of LIFE Bible College, impression of Aimee Semple McPherson and her work in Los Angeles, Angelus Temple, evangelistic tour of the Far East, changes in the Foursquare Church during his lifetime, and Rolf McPherson.

Restrictions: None


Full name

Lynfred “Lynn” T. Charter


January 31, 1921, Vinton, Iowa


April 9, 2009, DeKalb, Illinois




Edward J. And Pauline M. (Brown) Charter



Older sister Maxine


Marital Status

Married Mary Elizabeth (1923-2000)



Paul L. Charter, and Carolyn (Charter) Dial


At the age of 11


By Aimee Semple McPherson in 1943



1938- 1941

Graduated from LIFE Bible College, Los Angeles, California




Pastor in Norwalk, Ohio


c. 1942-1949

Pastor in Vinton, Iowa


c. 1949-1950

Pastor in Rhinelander, Wisconsin



Evangelistic tour of the Far East (4-1/2 months)


c. 1950-1953

Pastor in Kenosha, Wisconsin


c. 1954-1957

Evangelistic work in Vinton, Iowa


c 1957-1959

Pastor in DeKalb, Illinois


c 1960

Six month sabbatical in Marion, Iowa


c. 1960-1964

Pastor in Waterloo, Iowa


c. 1964-1975

Pastor in Ferndale, Michigan



Supervisor of the International Church of the Foursquare Great Lakes District




Scope and Content

Lynn Charter was interviewed by Robert Shuster on September 26, 2005 at the offices of the Billy Graham Center Archives. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1921-1987.

T1 (94 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape).. Family background, describes father and mother, attends a Christian church and is baptized there but is not “born again,” mother leaves his father because of his alcoholism, effect of living during the Great Depression, childhood ambition to become an artist, conversion, reaction of his friends, his mother’s heading, his baptism in the Spirit and speaking in tongues, effect of his conversion on his life, hunger for God, mother’s divorce and remarriage, attending LIFE Bible College in Los Angeles, working to earn money to attend college, description of Angelus Temple, Aimee Semple McPherson: her meetings and preaching style, work as an usher and a janitor at Angelus Temple, praying at the Angelus Temple and at school, classes he took, selling vanilla extract and upholstering furniture, his ministry at the Saturday night mission on skid row, his mother attending LIFE Bible School, the kidnaping of McPherson, the services at Angelus Temple and the people who came, Phil Kerr interviewing those who attend the services, opening of the Dream Center, Charter ordained by McPherson, impact of the death of McPherson on the church, decision to go on an evangelistic tour of the Far East with Dr. Harold Chalfant.

T2 (25 minutes, click to link to the audio and transcript of this tape)

. Far East tour (Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan), draws pictures and plays his guitar at the meetings and preaches at some them, the churches he served in for the Foursquare Church, changes in the Foursquare Church when the charismatic movement came in, Rolf McPherson, his prayer life.


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Lynfred T. Charter in September 2005.

Accession: 05-57

August 17, 2011

Wayne D. Weber


Accession: 05-57

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.













Interview of Lynn Charter by Robert Shuster, continues on tape T2







Continuation of interview of Lynn Charter by Robert Shuster


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