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Full name

Robert Philip Evans

Birth

February 21, 1918 in Baltimore, Maryland

Death

July 28, 2011 at the Shell Point Retirement Community in Ft. Myers, Florida

Family

 

Parents

Rowland and Bertha Evans, Presbyterian (U.S.A.) Missionaries in French Cameroon, where he grew up

 

Marital Status

Married to Jeannette Gruner

 

Children

 Alyce Anne, Bruce Philip

Ordination

1943, as a minister in the American Baptist Convention

Education

 

1935-939

B. A. From Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA

 

1941-1943

B.D. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

1972

PhD from the University of Manchester, England. Title of his 1971 dissertation: Contribution of Foreigners to the French Protestant Réveil, 1815-1950"

Career

 

1939-1940

Pastor, West Side Congregational Church, Dixon, Illinois, USA

 

1943-1946

Chaplain in the United States Navy and Marine Corp.

 

1946-1948

Executive Secretary and Vice President, Youth for Christ, based in Chicago, Illinois but involving extensive travel in Europe

 

1949-1953

Founder and Professor of Bible at the European Bible Institute, Paris, France

  1952-1986 Founder and European Director of Greater Europe Mission (GEM), which grew out of the work of the European Bible Institute

 

1950s on

Advisor to Billy Graham on evangelistic work in Europe; played a major role in many Billy Graham Evangelistic Association campaigns in Europe, including the meetings in France in 1952. 1954, 1955, 1963, and 1986

 

Involvement in the planning and program of several major European evangelism congresses and conferences planned by the BGEA, including the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism (Berlin), the 1971 European Congress on Evangelism (Amsterdam), the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization (Lausanne), and the 1983 International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists (Amsterdam. He was a workshop leader at the 1986 International Conference for Itinerant Evangelistic, held in Amsterdam.

 

Visiting professor at several seminaries in Europe and the United States

Other significant information

 

1962

Honorary LL.D. from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA

 

1969

Honorary L.H.D. from Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Author of Let Europe Hear (1962) and Transformed Europeans (1962)

 

Received the Purple Heart, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Medal of Commendation, and the European Theater of Operations ribbon (with 4 combat stars) for his service as chaplain in World War II





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