Billy Graham Center

Ephemera of Harold John Ockenga - Collection 629

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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 Record)
    Audio Tapes

[December 7, 2006]
Collection 629
Ockenga, Harold John; 1905-1985
Ephemera; 1979

Audio tapes (.008 cubic feet)

Restrictions: None

Brief Description. Two audio tapes of a sermon and an interview of Ockenga, one of the most prominent American Evangelicals of the mid-20th century. In the interview, Ockenga talks about the founding of the National Association of Evangelicals and the development of Evangelicalism.


Full name

Harold John Ockenga


July 6, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


February 8, 1985, in Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA




Herman and Angie (Tetzlaff) Ockenga



Two sisters


Marital Status

Married Audrey I. Williamson



Audrey Starr, Aldruth Sabra, Harold John


December 31, 1922, at the age of 17


1931, in the Presbyterian Church




Taylor University, B.A.



Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.(elected president of his class)



Westminister Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.



University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. PhD in Philosophy




Was one of a group of conservative students and faculty that left Princeton Theological Seminary over doctrinal disputes and started a new school, Westminister Theological Seminary



Assistant pastor to Clarence Macartney at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh



Pastor of Point Breeze Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh



Chaplain in the U. S. Naval Reserve with the rank of lieutenant (j.g.)



Pastor of Park Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He had previously served as temporary pastor there during the summer of 1934 and was the choice of the previous pastor, A. Z. Conrad. He accepted the call from Park Street Church in October 18, 1936. Among other activities, he greatly expanded the church’s mission program until by the time he left it was supporting ninety-two missionaries in forty-eight countries. He became one of the most prominent and influential conservative Protestant ministers in New England and a leader of the Evangelical movement that was developing in the country.



First president of the National Association of Evangelicals [of the United States]. Also served as chairman of the International Commission of the NAE. From this time on, Ockenga was usually referred to as one of the major leaders of the Evangelical or Neo-Evangelical movement in the United States.


1946, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1964

Guest minister at Westminister Chapel in London, England


1947-1954; 1959-1963

First president of Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA



Played the predominant part in arranging Billy Graham’s evangelistic meetings in Boston in these years and served on the crusade committee. Toured other New England cities with Graham in 1950.



Vice president of the World Evangelical Fellowship and president of its American board



Weekly program on Boston television, I Want An Answer



Chairman of the board of Christianity Today, Inc., and played an important part in the early planning of the magazine



Chairman of the board of trustees of Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA



Served on the executive committee for the Billy Graham Greater Boston Evangelistic Crusade



Speaker at the World Congress on Evangelism, held in Berlin, Germany



President of Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA



Co-chairman and featured speaker at the Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy held in Jerusalem



Speaker at the International Congress on World Evangelization, held in Lausanne, Switzerland

Other significant information


Served on the board of director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of the Christian Freedom Foundation


Honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including Suffolk University, Bob Jones University, Houghton College, Wheaton College, Norwich University, Seattle Pacific College, Chungang University, Gordon College, International Christian Graduate University


Author of more than a dozen books


Frequent speaker at conferences, congress and in pulpits in the United States and many other countries

Scope and Content

Arrangement: Chronological
Date Range: 1979
Volume: ,008 cubic feet
Geographic coverage: Nashville, Tennessee
Type of documents: Audio recordings of a sermon and an interview
Subjects: American Evangelicalism in the second half of the 20th century, Fuller Theological Seminary, the National Association of Evangelicals, Billy Graham, Carl McIntire, Charles Fuller, Harold John Ockenga
Notes: This collection consists of two tapes made by Dr. Ockenga in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1979.

Exceptional items:
T1 (30 minutes). Radio broadcast of a sermon Ockenga gave at the First Presbyterian Church, entitled “The Living Christ Speaks,” based on Matthew 28:18-20. He is introduced briefly by the church’s senior pastor Rev. Cortez Cooper. The sermon is interrupted shortly before its end (apparently because it was running long) by a short epilogue by Rev. Cortez, thanking people for listening and inviting them to listen next week.

T2 (33 minutes) (click for link to audio recording). Interview of Ockenga by James A. Hedstrom a couple days later. The interview was apparently for the purpose of gathering data for Hedstrom’s dissertation. During the interview, Ockenga talks about the founding of the National Association of Evangelicals and the growth of the Protestant Evangelicalism in the United States since 1945. He discusses in particular Carl McIntire, Billy Graham, Walter Maier and Charles Fuller.


The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by James Hedstrom in 1991.

Accession: 91-117 
December 7, 2006
Bob Shuster

Accession: 91-117
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

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











Radio broadcast of a sermon preached by Ockenga at the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, Tennessee. This cassette is a copy made by the Archives from the cassette donated to the Archives, which was no longer in a usable condition.






Interview of Harold John Ockenga by James Hedstrom. This cassette is a copy made by the Archives from the cassette donated to the Archives, which was no longer in a usable condition. The last few minutes of the tape could not be copied.


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