Billy Graham Center

Papers of Andrew Wyzenbeek - Collection 40

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions


An Essay on the Contents of the Collection

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection

List of the Contents of the Box of Paper Records in This Collection


Transcript 1 Transcript includes a link to a MP3 audio file of the entire interview

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Interview; 1978
Tape of interview with Chicago manufacturer and inventor who was very active as a layman in evangelistic work. Among other topics he discusses his acquaintance with Billy Sunday, Paul Rader, and Peter Deyneka; the beginnings of the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle; and the beginning of Paul Rader's radio ministry. The collection also contains a folder with a short handwritten autobiography. Interview transcripts are available.
Vol: 1 Box, 1 Reel of Audio Tape

Collection 40 [March 21, 2007]

Wyzenbeek, Andrew; 1888-1984

Interview; 1978

1 Box (DC; .25 cubic feet), 1 Audio Tape


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Andrew Wyzenbeek, a naturalized U.S. citizen who immigrated to the United States in 1907, was very active through most of his life in Christian evangelism and foreign missions. As a layman (he was a mechanical engineer, manufacturer, and inventor), he worked with such evangelists as Billy Sunday, Mel Trotter, Paul Rader, Peter Deyneka, Torrey Johnson, and Billy Graham. He also served on the advisory board of the Slavic Gospel Association, was active in the work of the Gideons, and was an important figure in two prominent Chicago churches--the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle and Moody Memorial Church.

Scope and Content

Andrew Wyzenbeek was interviewed by Robert Shuster on May 16, 1978, at the Archives of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The time period covered by the interviews is ca. 1900 to 1978. Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. The index is keyed to the cassette copy and not to the reel-to-reel original. Wyzenbeek talked about evangelistic work he had been involved in as well as about his early life in Holland, New York City, and Iowa at the turn of the century and about his travels in Central and South America.

The collection also contains some handwritten notes of Wyzenbeek's which describe his conversion and his contacts with famous evangelists.

Tape T1 - Side 1 (Click to link to the transcript and audio file of this tape)
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:40 Introduction
01:00 Family background in Holland
02:30 Immigration to the United States in 1907
04:00 New York City in 1907
05:15 Trip to Iowa
05:30 Iowa in 1907
06:30 First jobs in the United States
06:55 The Dutch and Theodore Roosevelt
07:30 First jobs in the United States
08:40 Move to Des Moines, Iowa
09:25 Work at the gas engine factory
10:50 First contact with the Gospel
13:30 Motorizing the Maytag washer and the Iowa State Fair of 1908
14:55 Move to Ottumwa, Iowa
17:00 Arrival of Billy Sunday in Ottumwa
17:35 Shop meetings held by Billy sunday staff members at local factories
18:00 The six dirty Swedes (Billy Sunday converts)
21:55 Attendance at the tabernacle
22:35 The service at the tabernacle
23:30 Hitting the sawdust trail
24:30 Session with a counselor
25:25 Follow-up work by the Presbyterian Church and the YMCA
27:55 Buying a Bible
29:30 Conversion to the Christian faith
30:30 Marriage
31:30 Meeting with Eugene Palmer, another Billy Sunday convert
32:40 Rescue mission work with Mel Trotter, M. R. DeHaan, and others in Ottumwa
37:05 Invention of a kick starter for automobiles in 1910
39:45 Move to Chicago in 1911
40:00 Chicago in 1911
40:10 Work as a mechanical engineer
41:05 Attendance at Moody Church
42:20 Paul Rader becomes pastor of Moody Church
43:50 Type of church services held by Paul Rader
44:15 Church music
44:50 People came to the church from very far away
45:25 Paul Rader as a speaker
46:20 Maranantha summer camp
47:00 End of side 1

Tape T1 - Side 2
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:05 Overlap from side 1
01:20 Paul Rader's radio programs. Pioneer radio broadcasts in Chicago in approximately 1928
02:25 Production of radio programs. The carbon microphone
03:15 The Back Home Hour
03:50 The Chicago Gospel Tabernacle
04:35 Paul Rader leaves Moody Church
05:00 Peter Deyneka, Sr., and the beginning of the Slavic Gospel Association
06:05 Impression of Peter Deyneka, Sr., as a young man
07:50 Work of Slavic Gospel Mission in South America
09:00 Last time Wyzenbeek heard Billy Sunday speak
09:30 Ma Sunday
11:00 Rescue mission work and Mel Trotter
14:15 V. Raymond Edman
15:30 Bob Van Kampen
16:00 Herbert J. Taylor
16:30 Work for the Gideons
16:45 Starting Gideon camps (chapters)
19:30 Support of the National Association of Evangelicals
20:00 Demise of the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle after Paul Rader left
21:15 Outgrowths of the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle
22:30 Acquaintance with Torrey Johnson
23:15 Founding of Youth for Christ
24:00 Youth for Christ rallies
24:30 Financing the Youth for Christ Rally at the Auditorium (Roosevelt University) in Chicago.
25:15 Programs of Youth for Christ rallies
26:00 Lack of Opposition to Youth for Christ
26:15 Impression of Billy Graham
27:00 Support for Billy Graham
27:15 Songs in the Night radio program
28:00 Travel in Europe, South America, and Mexico
31:30 End of tape


Interview was taped on May 16, 1978, by Robert Shuster for the Archives of the Billy Graham Center.

Accession #78-18
May 18, 1978
Robert Shuster

Accession # 78-18
Type of Material: Audio tapes
The tapes listed below are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3 3/4 ips, 79 minutes. Recorded on one side only. Interview with Andrew Wyzenbeek by Robert Shuster. Discussion includes Wyzenbeek's immigration to the United States, his first jobs, and his association with such people as Billy Sunday, Mel Trotter, Peter Deyneka, etc. May 16, 1978.


Box Folder Item
1 1 Interview with Mr. Andrew Wyzenbeek, 1978: Handwritten autobiography and "6 Dirty Swedes" by V. Raymond Edman (tract).

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