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Dyrness, Enock.


Biographical Statement

Enock C. Dyrness grew up in a pastor's home and was born to Christian T. and Hilda Erickson Dyrness on September 23, 1902. He earned his A.B. at Wheaton College in 1923, and his M.A. in educational administration from University of Chicago in 1924. That same year he married Grace Williams and together they had three children: Virginia, C. Theodore and William Arthur. He was honored with an honorary doctor of laws degree from Houghton (NY) College in 1945. Dyrness died January 15, 1986.

He taught as assistant professor of education and was principal of the Academy, acting as dean of Wheaton Academy from 1924- 1927. While at Wheaton College he held positions of associate professor of education, vice-president in academic administration, assistant dean of men, director of summer school, director of admissions, registrar, and (1928-1969) and professor of education.

Dyrness was a nationally known leader in professional and religious organizations and was listed in "Who's Who in America" from 1946-69. He served as treasurer of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers from 1934 to 1944 and later as vice president for professional activities and as associate editor of their journal. He was president of the National Association of Christian Schools (1958). Dyrness also served as a Chief Examiner for the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges. Dyrness served as the president of the North Central Conference on Summers Sessions from 1949 to 1951. He was also a member of National Association of Evangelicals, Wheaton College Scholastic Honor Society, National Education Association, American Conference of Academic Deans, and the American Association for Higher Education. In 1931, then president of Wheaton College, J. Oliver Buswell noted that Dyrness had done more than any other member of the staff to raise the standards and to secure scholastic recognition for Wheaton College.

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff
Faculty personnel file.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Collection 460 Oral History Interviews with Phyllis E. Taylor

Identifier: CN 460
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Phyllis Evelyn Taylor in which she discusses her childhood and conversion to Christianity; education at Wheaton College; her experiences as a Christian and Missionary Alliance teacher and evangelist among the Bantu people in the Belgian Congo from 1952-1966; her work in Taiwan from 1968 as an independent missionary; and teaching English as a means of evangelism. Other topics discussed include attending Nyack Missionary Training Institute; memories of the 1950...
Dates: Created: 1992

Collection 487 Oral History Interview with Kathryn M. Feldi

Identifier: CN 487
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Kathryn Marie Hess Feldi (1912-2015) in which she describes her parents, who were Africa Inland Mission workers in Tanzania; mother's conversion at a Billy Sunday campaign; her own attendance at Wheaton College; memories of Billy Graham as a college student; the Wheaton revival of 1943; favorite professors; and the effect of World War II on the Wheaton campus. The time period covered by the interviews is 1922 to 1993.Kathryn Marie Hess Feldi was...
Dates: Created: 1993

Collection 491 Oral History Interview with Chester Terpstra

Identifier: CN 491
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Chester Terpstra (1917-2007) in which he discusses his years as a student at Wheaton College (1939-1943); his friendship with Billy Graham; and his later ministry in Micronesia and Hawaii. Other topics discussed include the religious culture of Hawaii during World War II and after; the prevalence of pre-millenialism at Wheaton College and among evangelical missionaries; and the 1943 revival at Wheaton College. The time period covered by the interviews is 1939 to...
Dates: Created: 1993

Collection 539 Papers of Joy and Dicran Kassouny

Identifier: CN 539
Scope and Contents Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other material relating to the ministry of Joy and Dicran Kassounys. Topics referenced in the materials are Joy Arousiag's escape from a massacre of Armenians as a child; her education in the United States, particularly Wheaton College; her work as a trainer of teachers in Lebanon, his work as a pastor and a leader of Christian Endeavour campaigns in Syria and Lebanon; the Kassouny's courtship and early married years; and the Armenian church in the...
Dates: Created: 1928-1979

Collection 565 Ephemera of J. Elwin Wright

Identifier: CN 565
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, photo albums, photographs, films, reports, clippings, minutes, slides and other materials relating to J. Elwin Wright's activities as leader of the New England Fellowship and a founder and leader of the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Evangelical Fellowship.The bulk of the collection documents several overseas trips Wright took for the NAE and WEF between 1945 and 1955.

Dates: Created: 1897-1986

Collection 567 Papers of H. Wilbert Norton

Identifier: CN 567
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews, photographs, correspondence, reports, minutes, budgets, pamphlets, and manuscripts relating to Gustav H.W. Norton's (1915-2017) work as an administrator and professor of theology and missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Wheaton College, as well as his involvement with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Evangelical Literature Overseas, and Mid-American Keswick. The collection documents Norton’s childhood, education, and career as professor of missions...
Dates: Created: 1950-2000

Enock Dyrness Papers

Identifier: SC-085
Scope and Contents

The papers of Enock C. Dyrness contains one folder containing biographical material; however, the bulk of the collection deals primarily with his professional interests, including correspondence with Henry C. Thiessen, and later Thiessen's estate. Secondary material includes pamphlets and surveys about Wheaton College and various mission agencies. The collection occupies .42 linear ft.

Dates: Created: 1931-1969; Other: Majority of material found in 1944-1952

MSS | Enock Dyrness and family {2021-0018}

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1-2
Identifier: 2021-0018
Dates: Majority of material found within 1910 - 1986

Torrey Maynard Johnson, Sr., Papers.

Identifier: CN 285
Scope and Contents Correspondence, oral history interviews, scrapbooks, sermons, minutes, reports, photos, posters, newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, audio recordings, video recordings reflecting Johnson’s life as an influential American Protestant from the 1930s through the 1990s. Besides documenting Johnson’s pastorates of Midwest Bible Church (Illinois) and Bibletown Community Church (Florida), his leadership of Youth for Christ International, and his activities as an independent evangelist, the...
Dates: Created: 1919 -2001

Additional filters:

Collection 8
Unprocessed Material 1
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Alumni. 6
Evangelistic work. 5
Conversion. 3
Evangelistic work -- United States. 3
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Faculty. 3
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Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Religious life and customs. 3
World War, 1939-1945. 3
Church work with students -- United States. 2
Church work with students. 2
Church work with youth. 2
College students -- United States 2
College students -- United States -- Religious life. 2
College students. 2
Depressions 2
Depressions -- 1929 2
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States. 2
Evangelicalism -- United States. 2
Evangelicalism. 2
Fundamentalism. 2
Interdenominational cooperation -- United States. 2
Interdenominational cooperation. 2
Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election. 2
Missionaries. 2
Missions -- Congo (Democratic Republic). 2
Missions -- Educational work. 2
Alcoholism -- United States 1
Alcoholism. -- United States -- Foreign relations 1
Alcoholism. -- United States -- Foreign relations -- Taiwan. 1
Animism -- Congo. 1
Animism. 1
Annual Reports 1
Armenian massacres, 1
Armenian massacres, -- 1915-1923. 1
Armenians. 1
Bantu-speaking peoples. 1
Belgium. 1
Belgium. -- Colonies 1
Belgium. -- Colonies -- Africa. 1
Boca Raton (Fla.) 1
Buddhism -- Christianity. 1
Buddhism. 1
Catholic Church -- Protestant churches. 1
Catholic Church. 1
Chapel Hour (Radio program) 1
Chaplains, Military 1
Chaplains, Military -- United States. 1
Chicago (Ill.) 1
Chicago (Ill.) -- Religion. 1
Children -- United States 1
Children -- United States -- Religious life. 1
Children of missionaries. 1
Children. 1
Christian Beacon (Periodical) 1
Christian education -- Taiwan. 1
Christian education. 1
Christian literature -- Publication and distribution -- Taiwan. 1
Christian literature -- Publication and distribution. 1
Christian literature. 1
Christmas. 1
Church and state -- Congo. 1
Church and state. 1
Church work with military personnel -- United States. 1
Church work with military personnel. 1
Church work with older people. 1
Church work with youth -- Lebanon. 1
Church work with youth -- Syria. 1
Church work with youth -- United States. 1
College students in missionary work -- United States. 1
College students in missionary work. 1
Commencement ceremonies. 1
Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- Civil War, 1960-1965. 1
Conversion -- Hymns. 1
Conversion -- Personal narratives. 1
Correspondence 1
Ecumenical movement. 1
English language 1
English language -- Foreign speakers. 1
Evangelical Free Church of America -- Missions. 1
Evangelicalism -- Asia. 1
Evangelicalism -- Belgium. 1
Evangelicalism -- Europe. 1
Evangelicalism -- France. 1
Evangelicalism -- Germany. 1
Evangelicalism -- Great Britain. 1
Evangelicalism -- Greece. 1
Evangelicalism -- India. 1
Evangelicalism -- Israel. 1
Evangelicalism -- Japan. 1
Evangelicalism -- Korea. 1
Evangelicalism -- Latin America. 1
Evangelicalism -- North America. 1
Evangelicalism -- Pakistan. 1
Evangelicalism -- Philippines. 1
Evangelicalism -- Relations -- Judaism. 1
Evangelicalism -- Singapore. 1
Evangelicalism -- South America. 1
Evangelicalism -- Sri Lanka. 1
Evangelicalism -- Switzerland. 1
Evangelicalism -- Vietnam. 1
Evangelistic invitations. 1
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