Billy Graham Center

Brief Chronology of Events in the Life of Ted Engstrom

March 1, 1916

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Granville, Iowa, the son of a machine shop supervisor, the eldest of four children


Attended, majored in English and journalism, and graduated from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana

April 1, 1935

Accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour while a freshman at Taylor University


Worked at Higley Press in Butler, Indiana


Assistant to the president and director of public relations at Taylor University

1939 Married Dorothy Weaver. They had three children: Gordon, Don and Jo Ann
1940?-1951 Book editor, editorial director and general manager of Zondervan Publishing House


Served two years in the Army during World War II


Became local director of Youth For Christ chapter in Grand Rapids, Michigan

1947 Was instrumental in the chapter's invitation to Billy Graham to hold a crusade there


Delegate to the YFC World Congress on Evangelism in Beatenburg, Netherlands


Executive Director (1951-1957) and president (1957-1963) of Youth For Christ


Received honorary doctorate from Taylor University


Executive vice president (1963-1982), president (1982-1984), and president emeritus (1984) of World Vision, a major relief and development organization. Engstrom is credited with rescuing World Vision from the brink of financial ruin and transforming it from a small agency specializing in providing for war orphans into one of the world's largest and most extensive relief and development agencies.


Authored articles and over fifty books including Managing Your Time, The Making of a Christian Leader, and The Fine Art of Mentoring, and conducted managing your time seminars with Ed Dayton for pastors, administrators and business executives

  Board member of Christian organizations, including Taylor University and Azusa Pacific Unversity (1982-2000)


Interim president of Asuza Pacific University

January 28, 2005 Death of Engstrom's wife Dorothy

July 14, 2006

Died in Bradbury, California

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