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Armerding, Hudson T.


Biographical Statement

Hudson Taylor Armerding was born to Carl and Eva Mae Taylor Armerding in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 21, 1918. He and his three younger sisters were raised in Albuquerque, Dallas, and San Diego. During Hudson’s childhood, his father served Native American communities and was an itinerant preacher in the American Southwest.

In 1937, he began his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, graduating in 1941 with a degree in history. Fellow students regarded him as an outstanding scholar and campus leader. Hudson went on to earn a master's degree in International Affairs from Clark University Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1942. The day before graduation, he was sworn into the United States Navy.

For three years during World War II, Armerding served on the USS Wichita, a heavy cruiser in the Pacific Theater. This experience shaped him; his awareness of God’s guidance and protection endured throughout his life.

The Wichita participated in 11 naval engagements, including the invasion of Okinawa. During his service in the Pacific, Armerding was promoted to Senior Grade Lieutenant. After Japan surrendered in August 1945, Armerding and his unit liberated a prisoner of war camp south of Nagasaki.

While serving in the Navy, Armerding spent time on leave in Wheaton, Illinois, with his parents. His father was then serving on the advisory board of the Central American Mission and was on the Bible faculty at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

On these visits home, Hudson courted Miriam Lucille Bailey, a 1942 Wheaton graduate and faculty member of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Miriam was celebrated for her exquisite voice and had opera training in New York City. The two corresponded while Armerding was in the Navy. They were married on December 26, 1944 while he was on a short leave from the Wichita.

After the war, he returned home to his wife and attended the University of Chicago, earning a Ph.D. in history in 1948.

After graduating from the University of Chicago, Dr. and Mrs. Armerding resolved to serve as missionaries in China. The couple, already the parents of two young children, moved to Boston to study Chinese at Harvard University. The Armerdings’ plan, however, was blocked when in October 1949 the People’s Republic of China was established, and the Armerdings’ sponsoring mission withdrew staff from the newly Communist country.

When he heard of the Armerdings’ obstructed plans, the president of nearby Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts invited both Dr. and Mrs. Armerding to join Gordon’s faculty. Dr. Armerding joined the history faculty; his wife became a music professor there.

While at Gordon College, Dr. Armerding joined the Naval Reserve, retiring in 1966 at the rank of Commander.

After a semester of teaching at Gordon, Dr. Armerding was asked to serve as acting dean of the college – an appointment that soon became permanent. For a time, he served as acting president of the college as well.

While he was acting president, Dr. Armerding met then Wheaton College president, Dr. V. Raymond Edman. Dr. Edman asked Dr. Armerding to return to Wheaton to join the history faculty.

About a year after accepting the position at Wheaton, Dr. Armerding was asked to become the College’s first provost. Two years later, he was inaugurated as Wheaton’s fifth president, serving from 1965-1982.

During his tenure as president, Dr. Armerding established the Faith and Learning Seminar, in which Wheaton faculty continue to participate to this day. Faculty members from that era remember an intellectually rigorous president who grew the College’s enrollment.

During the difficult years of the Vietnam War, Dr. Armerding wrestled with the challenges of leading a college community. He worked, despite his military background, to accept with grace those students who protested the war.

During his tenure, a new library, science building, and the Billy Graham Center were constructed on Wheaton College’s campus.

An ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Dr. Armerding wrote countless sermons, commencement addresses, and articles during his tenure at Wheaton and throughout the course of his life. He authored A Word to the Wise (Tyndale House Publishers, 1980), The Heart of Godly Leadership (Crossway Books, 1992), and The Hand of God (Wheaton College, 2004).

Dr. Armerding served as the President of National Association of Evangelicals (1970-72) and President of the World Evangelical Fellowship. He was Director of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities; Chairman of the Board, Columbia International University; and Executive Committee member, Christian College Consortium. He also served on the U.S. Council of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship and was on the Board of the Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1997, the National Association of Evangelicals presented Dr. Armerding with the J. Elwin Wright Award for his contributions to “evangelical cooperation through international and national efforts.”

In 1985, Dr. Armerding was diagnosed with lymphoma. After multiple treatments his cancer went into remission, and for the last 18 years of his life, Dr. Armerding remained cancer-free.

From 1985-1999, Dr. Armerding served as the vice president of the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community in Pennsylvania, where he and Miriam Armerding resided. He was counselor in residence there until 2006, when he moved to Windsor Park Manor Retirement Community in Carol Stream, Illinois. Hudson T. Armerding died on December 1, 2009 and was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Miriam Bailey Armerding, on July 1, 2006.

Dr. Armerding was survived by his five children, Carreen Smith ’68; Hudson Taylor II ’70; Paul ’75; Miriam Swisher ’76; and Jonathan ’79; as well as 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Found in 31 Collections and/or Records:

Baccalaureate Address - Hudson T. Armerding

 Digital Record
Identifier: 746-7
Dates: Digitized: 1974

Billy Graham Center (BGC) Administration records.

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1
Identifier: 1989-122
Dates: 1975-1978

Christianity Today Records

Identifier: CN 008
Brief Description Correspondence, memos, forms, financial reports, minutes of meetings, study papers, clippings and other records of the Evangelical Christian publishing organization. The records describe the founding of the organization to publish the magazine Christianity Today and its creation or acquisition of other publications such as Campus Life, Leadership, Leadership 100, Partnership, and Your Church. Besides material on the editing, publishing and distribution of these periodicals, the files also...
Dates: Created: Majority of material found within 1930, 1954-2002

Collection 46: Lausanne Movement Records

Identifier: CN 046
Brief Description Correspondence, minutes, memos, reports, manuscripts of speeches, press releases, newsletters, staff manuals, audio and video tapes of sponsored events, photographs of events and personnel, and other administrative materials of the Lausanne Movement, originally called the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. The Committee grew out of the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization. Its basic doctrinal statement was the Lausanne Covenant and it had the mission Ato encourage...
Dates: Created: 1949, 1969-2014

Collection 105 Oral History Interview with Paul D. Votaw

Identifier: CN 105
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Paul Dean Votaw (1917-2007) in which he describes his childhood; education at Wheaton College, Dallas Seminary, and Princeton Seminary; and missionary activities in Syria and Lebanon. The time period covered by the interview is roughly 1917-1954.Reverend Paul Votaw was interviewed by Robert Shuster on March 4, 1980, at the Graham Center offices in Wheaton. The first ten minutes of the interview are barely decipherable due to technical difficulties. The...
Dates: Created: 1980

Collection 111 Papers of Charles H. Troutman, Jr.

Identifier: CN 111
Scope and Contents Correspondence, minutes, reports, manuals, and other records documenting Charles Troutman's career in Christian ministry among university students, first with Inter-Varsity in the United States and Australia and then with Latin America Mission. This collection also contains a great deal of information on evangelical Christianity in the United States, Australia and Latin America; Troutman's letters from his service in the Pacific in World War II; and reports and other information relative to...
Dates: Created: 1924-1992

Collection 180 Papers of Carl Armerding

Identifier: CN 180
Scope and Contents Diaries, correspondence, scrapbook, travel documents, oral history interview, sermons and other materials documenting Carl Armerding's career and ministry, especially his work as a Bible teacher, preacher, and leader of Central American Mission.Interview topics covered include Armerding's family background, education, recollections of Billy Sunday, Gipsy Smith, Henry Ironside and Will Houghton, missions and evangelism in Honduras and the Bahamas, speaking engagements, teaching...
Dates: Created: 1903-1987

Collection 192 Papers of Harold Lindsell

Identifier: CN 192
Scope and Contents Collection contains correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, manuscripts, and other materials documenting the career and life of Harold Lindsell as a theologian, author, speaker and editor, dating primarily from his becoming Associate Editor of Christianity Today magazine in 1964. Collection contents contain considerable information on Christianity Today, Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Westmont College, the Simon Greenleaf School of Law, and Lindsell's research on the...
Dates: 1938-1994

Collection 284 Oral History Interview with Gladys Wright

Identifier: CN 284
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Gladys Lyle Wright (1902-1994), in which she discusses her work as a teacher in Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo). Topics discussed include: Wright's family background, education at Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute, her work as a missionary in the Belgian Congo for the Africa Inland Mission, memories of the Congolese people and culture, and her experiences at Wheaton when she was on the staff of the College after retriring from the mission...
Dates: Created: 1984

Collection 344 Oral History Interview with Paul B. Long

Identifier: CN 344
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Paul Brown Long in which he discusses his childhood, attendance at Wheaton Academy and Wheaton College (including individuals Hudson, Taylor Armerding, Edward A. Coray, V. Raymond Edman, Billy Graham, Ruth Bell Graham, Clarence Jaarsma, Clarence Simpson, C. Gregg Singer), missionary work in education, evangelism, and church planting in the former Belgian Congo and in Brazil. Other topics include animism, church discipline, Christianity and culture, rearing a...
Dates: Created: 1986

Collection 382 Oral History Interview with Paul E. Freed

Identifier: CN 382
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Paul Ernest Freed (1918-1996) in which he describes the founding of Trans World Radio in 1952, the history of the development of its administrative policies and work from that time to 1981, and about the use of radio in missionary work. Other topics discussed include: Freed's childhood as the son of Christian and Missionary Alliance workers in Syria, his education in Jerusalem and at Wheaton College, the business he started to help pay his way through college...
Dates: Created: 1981

Collection 398 Oral History Interview with Wayne L. Gordon

Identifier: CN 398
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Wayne LeRoy Gordon, pastor of Lawndale Community Church, a nondenominational church in Chicago's predominantly black community, Lawndale. Topics covered include Gordon's youth, the influence of his family on his spiritual growth, his call to work in the black community, his education at Wheaton College, ministry through Lawndale Community Church in Chicago (its structure, various ministries, including health care, education, and recreation), and the African...
Dates: Created: 1988

Collection 588 Oral History Interview with Richard C. Rung

Identifier: CN 588
Scope and Contents

Oral history interview wtih Richard C. Rung, in which he describes his memories of Percy Crawford and King's College during Rung's tenure on the faculty at King's College. The time period covered by the interview is 1955-1963.

Richard Rung was interviewed by Robert Shuster on August 14, 2003.

Dates: Created: 2003

Collection 597 Papers of Clyde W. Taylor

Identifier: CN 597
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports, minutes, lists and other materials mainly relating to a series of Protestant Evangelical international evangelism congresses which Clyde Taylor helped plan and organize between 1966 and 1974. There is also some material about his leadership in the World Evangelical Fellowship.

Dates: Created: 1950-1980

Collection 698 Papers of Lois R. Ferm

Identifier: CN 698
Scope and Contents Correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other documents relating to Lois R. Ferm’s work as a personal assistant to Billy Graham and particularly relating to the Billy Graham Center, Graham’s personal library, and the BGEA Oral History Project.This collection consists of materials documenting Ferm’s work as a personal assistant to Billy Graham and Resource Coordinator of the BGEA. Although there are a few earlier items, almost everything in collection dates from 1970 or later. The...
Dates: Created: 1967-2000

Congress on the Church's Worldwide Mission Records

Identifier: CN 021
Scope and Contents Materials relating to the Congress on the Church's Worldwide Mission which was held on the Wheaton College campus in 1966 and was jointly sponsored by the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association and the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association. Audio tapes document various sessions of the Congress, including biblical expositions, study papers (on subjects like syncretism, church growth, cooperation, the Catholic Church and social issues), reports on missions on the world's...
Dates: Created: 1964-1967

David Howard papers.

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 4
Identifier: 2021-001
Dates: 1946-2019

Donald Hoke papers related to Billy Graham and Billy Graham Center (BGC).

 Unprocessed Material — Folder: 1
Identifier: 1998-083
Dates: 1974-1998

Evangelical speakers audio tapes.

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 2
Identifier: 2005-027
Dates: 1959-1967

Herbert J. Taylor Papers

Identifier: CN 020
Brief Description Correspondence, photographs, reports, publications, posters, minutes of meetings, and other documentation of Herbert J. Taylor's long involvement in the leadership of such organizations as Child Evangelism, Youth for Christ, Christian Service Brigade, Pioneer Girls, Young Life, National Association of Evangelicals, Fuller Seminary, Christian Workers Foundation, and Inter-Varsity as well as his role in the planning and development of Billy Graham's Chicago crusades and of Key '73. Other...
Dates: Created: Ca. 1916-1979

Hudson T. Armerding miscellaneous files.

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1, loose: 2
Identifier: 1981-080
Dates: 1942-1979

MEM | Hudson T. Armerding Memorabilia

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2010-1005

MEM | Retirement gift for Dr. Russell Platz {2021-0024}

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1
Identifier: 2021-0024
Dates: Majority of material found in 1980 - 1980

MSS | Class of 1941 15th reunion booklet {2021-0029}

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1
Identifier: 2021-0029
Dates: Majority of material found within 1941 - 1956

Office of the President Records (Hudson T. Armerding)

Identifier: RG-02-005
Scope and Contents

Records of the President Hudson T. Armerding include subject files, correspondence, sermons, writings, budget and committee materials.

Dates: Created: 1927-2014; Other: Majority of material found in 1963-1982

Office of the Provost Records (Hudson T. Armerding)

Identifier: RG-03-001
Scope and Contents

Records of the Office of the Provost include departmental ten-year reviews, faculty grant information, faculty notices, academic committee minutes and correspondence.

Dates: Created: 1952-1965; Other: Majority of material found in 1963-1965

Oral History Interview with Ray H. Smith

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2024-0040
Dates: 5 June 2024

Oral History Interview with Ray H. Smith

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2024-0048
Dates: 19 June 2024

Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Records

Identifier: CN 003
Brief Description Correspondence, proposals, reports, minutes, programs, publications brochures, budgets, audio tapes, clippings, photographs, and video tapes related to the founding, ground breaking and dedication and continuing work of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College as a research and training center in evangelism, and its ongoing activities. Includes audio and video recordings of Center-sponsored conferences (on themes including evangelism and evangelistic preaching, outreach to various...
Dates: Created: 1919-2011

Wheaton College Revivals Collection

Identifier: CN 514
Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews, questionnaires, reports, videos, and other materials relating to spontaneous revivals on Wheaton College campus in the twentieth century. There are restrictions on some material in this collection. The collection primarily documents the March 1995 revival at the College, largely through oral history interviews conducted during or shortly after the event; also included are thirteen follow-up interviews conducted two years after the revival.

Dates: Created: 1936-1997; Other: Majority of material found in 1994-1995

World Evangelical Fellowship Records

Identifier: CN 338
Brief Description Correspondence, reports, minutes, budgets, audio tapes, photographs. Topics documented included the formation of the WEF in 1951 to foster fellowship, cooperation, and communication between evangelical national and regional associations around the world; the gradual growth of influence by non-Western associations; the activities of Evangelical Protestants in many different parts of the world; the leadership of J. Elwin Wright, Clyde Taylor, Waldron Scott, and David Howard, among others. Many...
Dates: Created: 1926-1992, undated; Other: Majority of material found in 1948-1986

Additional filters:

Collection 20
Unprocessed Material 10
Digital Record 1
Evangelistic work. 15
Evangelicalism. 10
Evangelistic work -- Congresses 9
Evangelistic work -- United States. 9
Evangelicalism -- United States. 8
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Missions -- Congresses. 8
Church and social problems. 6
Church and state. 6
Missions -- Interdenominational cooperation. 6
Religious institutions. 6
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Alumni. 6
Catholic Church. 5
Christian leadership. 5
Church growth. 5
College students. 5
Conversion. 5
Evangelistic work -- Philosophy. 5
Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election. 5
Missions -- Educational work. 5
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Faculty. 5
Women 5
Women -- Religious life. 5
Catholic Church -- Relations -- Protestant churches. 4
Christianity and culture. 4
College students in missionary work. 4
Ecumenical movement. 4
Fund raising. 4
Mass media in religion. 4
Missionaries. 4
Preaching. 4
Sermons, American. 4
Theology 4
Theology -- Congresses. 4
African Americans. 3
Animism. 3
Bible. 3
Church and state -- United States. 3
City missions. 3
College students -- United States 3
College students -- United States -- Religious life. 3
Education 3
Evangelistic work -- Asia. 3
Evangelistic work -- Australia. 3
Evangelistic work -- North America. 3
Fundamentalism. 3
Great Commission (Bible) 3
Indigenous church administration 3
Language in missionary work. 3
Liberalism (Religion) 3
Mass media in religion -- United States. 3
Missionaries -- Training of. 3
Missions to Muslims. 3
Missions. 3
Organizational change. 3
Pentecostalism. 3
Persecution. 3
Prayer. 3
Radio in religion. 3
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Employees. 3
World War, 1939-1945. 3
Youth 3
Abortion -- Religious aspects -- Christianity. 2
Abortion. 2
African Americans -- Social conditions. 2
Annual Reports 2
Authors and readers -- United States. 2
Businesspeople -- Religious life -- United States. 2
Chicago (Ill.) 2
Children -- United States 2
Children -- United States -- Conversion to Christianity. 2
Children -- United States -- Religious life. 2
Children of missionaries. 2
Children. 2
Christian education. 2
Christian literature -- Publication and distribution. 2
Christianity and culture -- United States. 2
Church -- Biblical teaching. 2
Church development, New. 2
Church work with children. 2
Church work with prisoners. 2
Church work with students. 2
Church. 2
College students -- Religious life. 2
Communism. 2
Community development. 2
Correspondence. 2
Ecumenical movement -- Congresses. 2
Education -- Congo (Democratic Republic) 2
Evangelicalism -- Africa. 2
Evangelicalism -- Asia. 2
Evangelicalism -- Australia. 2
Evangelicalism -- Congresses. 2
Evangelicalism -- Europe. 2
Evangelicalism -- North America. 2
Evangelicalism -- Oceania. 2
Evangelicalism -- Relations -- Catholic Church. 2
Evangelicalism -- South America. 2
Evangelistic sermons. 2
Evangelistic work -- Africa. 2
Evangelistic work -- Brazil. 2
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