Billy Graham Center

Papers of Kenneth Lee Shingledecker - Collection 297

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Kenneth Lee Shingledecker

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Audio Tapes in This Collection

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

Brief Description
Oral history interview in which Shingledecker describes his work with college students in Student Training in Missions, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, planning Urbana '79 student missions convention, missionary work in Kenya for Daystar Communications, and the development of Christian leadership in the church in Kenya.

Collection 297 [July 13, 2000]
Shingledecker, Kenneth Lee; 1951-
Papers; 1985-1990
1 Folder, 1 Reel of Audio Tape


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Kenneth Lee Shingledecker was born in 1951 in Burundi, Africa, where his parents were missionaries with World Gospel Mission. He was converted following family devotions at the age of seven. He enrolled in Asbury College, but transferred after one year to Georgia Institute of Technology to study civil engineering. While at Georgia Tech, he became involved with an Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) chapter. He also attended an IVCF training camp and participated in the Urbana '73 student missions convention.

Shingledecker graduated from college in 1974 and moved to Michigan where work with a construction company enabled him to volunteer his services at Michigan State University with IVCF. He also worked with a roommate in IVCF's Student Training in Missions (STIM) program, based in Michigan, which trained students to spend a summer of ministry with missionaries overseas. In 1976, he took over as director of the STIM program and moved its offices to Inter-Varsity's national headquarters in Madison, WI, where his responsibilities included promotion and expansion of the STIM program throughout IVCF. Under his leadership in the next four years, students were recruited from more than thirty states, trained through a series of weekend sessions on cross-cultural communications, and placed to assist missionaries around the world for eight to twelve weeks during June through August. In 1978, he took a major planning and coordinating role in Urbana '79 student missions convention. This involved organizing elective workshops, inviting mission agencies and colleges, identifying key mission leaders, and coordinating programs at the convention itself.

In 1979, Shingledecker married Connie Cato. In 1981, they moved to Nairobi, Kenya, and joined the staff of Daystar Communications. The first four months were spent in learning Swahili and for the next two and a half years Ken coordinated the Unreached Peoples of Kenya Project. While engaged in this project, they interacted with Christian leaders all over Kenya and became involved in a local Africa Inland Mission congregation of Kenyan Christians. In 1985, Shingledecker earned an M.A. degree in intercultural studies at Wheaton College Graduate School. This was followed by appointment to the faculty of Daystar University College. In 1988, the Reformed Church in America appointed them as missionaries and sent them to Daystar University College to assist in developing the extension programs of the college.

The Shingledeckers have three children, Brian Norris (1981), Jason Frost (1983), and Stacie Mwende (1987).

Scope and Content

[NOTE: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2, folder 5.]

Folder 1-1 contains Shingledecker's prayer letters, 1985-1990.

Kenneth Shingledecker was interviewed by Robert Shuster on March 6, 1985. The dates of the events covered by the interview were approximately 1979 to 1985. Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. The index is keyed to a cassette copy and not to the reel-to-reel original. The boldfaced entries are intended to highlight the topics covered in the interview.

Tape T1 - side 1
00:00 Beginning of tape (no introduction)
02:15 Planning of Urbana '79 student missions convention, work with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship; the conference and missionary agencies; impressions of the Urbana conference; staff and student evaluations of Urbana; topic selection for conference sessions, e.g. Blacks and Mission, Missions to Muslims; leadership; facilities at Urbana
25:15 His work with Daystar Communications in Kenya; learning Swahili
35:00 Two and one half years spent on survey of Christian influence in tribal situations and results
46:50 Differences between Daystar's study and research of Dr. David Barrett
47:00 End of side 1

Tape T1 - side 2
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:30 Overlap from side 1
04:45 Dr. Barrett and the factors and complexities of his research; concept of reached and unreached peoples; personal impressions of Dr. Barrett
13:45 Contact with Inter-Varsity in Kenya; influence of FOCUS groups on Kenyan college campuses
16:00 Comparison between Inter-Varsity U.S.A. and the African student movements
22:30 Observations about the Christian church in Kenya; formal Christian education and facilities; Bible schools, denominational seminaries
29:00 African dependency on missionaries' decision making
32:00 Missionaries still needed in theological education and medical missions in rural settings; roles of Association of Evangelicals in Africa and Madagascar (AEAM), Evangelical Fellowship of Kenya, and National Christian Churches of Kenya (NCCK)
38:00 Work of Daystar in providing academic training for current church leadership in Kenya; needs of church in Africa
40:00 End of side 2


The audio tape in this collection was received by the Archives of the Billy Graham Center in March 1985 from Kenneth Shingledecker. Subsequent prayer letters were received and added to the collection, 1985-1990.

Accession 85-27
October 8, 1992
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
E. Diaz
D. Reifsnyder

January 14, 1994
Sara Henning
P. Ericksen
M. Larson

Accession 85-27
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The films listed below are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 i.p.s, approximately 87 minutes. Interview with Kenneth Lee Shingledecker by Robert Shuster. Discussion of work with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, particularly on the Student Training in Missions (STIM) program and Urbana student missions conventions; Daystar Communications in Kenya; the national church in Kenya; survey of effects of missionary work among tribes of Kenya; work of Dr. David Barrett; relationships between missionaries, national leaders, and the church. Recorded on March 6, 1985.

Box Folder Item
1 1 Prayer letters; 1985-1990

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