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Collection 404 Oral History Interview with Rosanna Formanek

Identifier: CN-404
Oral history interview with Rosanna Formenak in which she discusses her family background; conversion; education at Nyack College and Columbia University in nursing; experiences as a missionary in Gabon with the Christian and Missionary Alliance; youth work, relationship between church and state in Gabon; medical work; and the strengths and weaknesses of the church in Gabon. Other topics discussed include the influence of Word of Life and Youth for Christ on Formenak’s spiritual growth, short-term mission service in Indonesia and Benin; health problems on the mission field; Africa Evangelical Fellowship, Albert Schweitzer's work in Lambarene, and indigenous religions in Gabon. The time period covered by the interviews is 1952-1988.

Rosanna Formanek was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 16, 1988 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1952-1988

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2.00 audio_tapes

108 minutes other_unmapped

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Rosanna Formanek Birth date: November 11, 1952 Birth place: Pennsylvania


Parents: Henry and Dorothy Forman (name changed from Formanek)

Siblings: Two brothers, three sisters

Marital Status: Single

Conversion: Made public profession on March 4, 1966 Membership and Denomination: Christian and Missionary Alliance


1970-1972 Nyack College, Nyack, New York

1972-1974 B.S.N., Columbia University, New York City

1975-1976? Toccoa Falls College

1979 Studied French language in France

1988-1989 M.A., Missions--Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois


1977-1979 Deaconess (youth work, evangelism, Christian education), Orlando, Florida, and Watsontown, Pennsylvania

1979 Missionary, Sudan Interior Mission, Benin, West Africa (short-term)

1980-1988 Missionary, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Gabon, Africa, (nursing, evangelism, youth work, camping, Christian education, training school for national health workers)

Accruals and Additions

The material in this collection was given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Rosanna Formanek in 1988.

Accession 88-128

July 21, 1995

Janyce H. Nasgowitz
Collection 404 Oral History Interview with Rosanna Formanek
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Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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