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Evans, Colleen Townsend, 1928-



  • Existence: 1928

Biographical Statement

Born and reared in Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Evans attended Hollywood High School and Brigham Young University (Utah). As a teenager, she was under contract for several years as an actress with Twentieth Century Fox Studios. During those years, she met a group of young people who both lived and spoke their faith. Sensing a spiritual need in her own life and impacted by the credible witness of her friends, she made a commitment to Jesus Christ.

In 1950, she married Louis H. Evans, Jr. The first years of their married life were spent at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California, followed by two years at New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Rev. and Mrs. Evans first served the Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles (Louis was founding pastor), the LaJolla Presbyterian Church, LaJolla, California, followed by 18 years at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The Evans returned to California where Louis served as part-time pastor-at-large at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Dr. and Mrs. Evans have four children.

Colleen served as a Corporator of Covenant Life Insurance Company (formerly known as Presbyterian Ministers Fund). She was a member of the Board of Directors of World Vision, U.S., a former board member of Presbyterians for Renewal, and has served as Renewal Associate of PFR. In addition, she has served on the Advisory Boards of the Christian College Coalition (now Coalition of Christian College and Universities), Evangelicals for Social Action and International Justice Mission.

In 1987, she was chair of the Greater Washington Billy Graham Crusade. In that same year, The Religious Heritage of America named her Churchwoman of the Year.

Colleen is the author of nine books, including A Deeper Joy, Vine Life, and most recently, Make Me Like You, Lord. With her husband, she is coauthor of a book on marriage entitled, Bold Commitment.

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Collection 357 Papers of Percy B. Crawford and Ruth Crawford Porter

Identifier: CN 357
Scope and Contents

Films, videos, audio tapes, correspondence, a book manuscript, sermon notes, and other materials documenting the evangelistic ministry of Percy and Ruth Crawford, particularly their radio and television work.

Dates: Created: 1922-1989

Colleen Townsend Evans Papers

 Collection — Container: Books
Identifier: SC-039
Scope and Contents The papers of the noted Christian author and churchwoman, Colleen Townsend Evans consist primarily of book manuscripts and published articles. Other materials include awards, biographical materials, photographs, and memorabilia. The collection occupies 16 linear inches. The manuscript series contains not only typescripts of books and articles, but also galley proofs and notes. They are arranged alphabetically by the title. Published articles, dating from 1948 to 1987 are also...
Dates: Created: 1948-1987; Other: Majority of material found in 1959-1987; Other: Date acquired: 1989

Additional filters:

African Americans -- Religious life. 1
African Americans. 1
Articles. 1
Audiotapes. 1
Bible. 1
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Bible. -- Versions 1
Children -- United States 1
Children -- United States -- Conversion to Christianity. 1
Children. 1
Christian education, Outdoor -- United States. 1
Christian education, Outdoor. 1
Christian life -- Presbyterian authors. 1
Christian life -- Sermons. 1
Christian life. 1
Christian women 1
Christian women -- Religious life. 1
Church work with youth -- United States. 1
Church work with youth. 1
Conversion. 1
Correspondence. 1
Evangelicalism -- United States. 1
Evangelicalism. 1
Evangelistic invitations. 1
Evangelistic sermons. 1
Evangelistic work -- Biblical teaching. 1
Evangelistic work -- Korea. 1
Evangelistic work -- Music. 1
Evangelistic work -- New York. 1
Evangelistic work -- Pennsylvania. 1
Evangelistic work -- United States. 1
Evangelistic work. 1
Faith -- Sermons. 1
Faith. 1
Fund raising. 1
Fundamentalism. 1
Gospel musicians. 1
Heaven 1
Heaven -- Sermons. 1
Hell -- Sermons. 1
Hell. 1
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Refugees. 1
Korean War, 1950-1953. 1
Lectures. 1
Mass media in religion -- United States. 1
Mass media in religion. 1
Memorabilia. 1
Photographs. 1
Pinebrook Praises (Radio program) 1
Prayer -- Christianity -- Juvenile literature. 1
Prayer. 1
Prodigal son (Parable) 1
Prodigal son (Parable) -- Sermons. 1
Radio in religion -- United States. 1
Radio in religion. 1
Salvation -- Sermons. 1
Salvation. 1
Sermons 1
Sermons, American -- 20th century. 1
Sermons, American. 1
Sin -- Sermons. 1
Sin. 1
Speeches (documents) 1
Storytelling -- United States. 1
Storytelling. 1
Television in religion -- United States. 1
Television in religion. 1
Thanksgiving Day 1
Thanksgiving Day -- Sermons. 1
Valentine's Day. 1
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns 1
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Guadalcanal Island. 1
World War, 1939-1945. 1
Youth on the March (Radio program) 1
Youth on the March (Television program) 1
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