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Collection 404 Oral History Interview with Rosanna Formanek

Identifier: CN 404

Scope and Contents

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: 1988

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical 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)


2 Audio Tapes

108 Minutes

Language of Materials


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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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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