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Collection 424 Oral History Interviews with Ruth L. Maxwell

Identifier: CN 424

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Ruth Lillian Maxwell in which she talks about her family background, including her grandfather, L.E. Maxwell, founder of Prairie Bible Institute, and her parents, missionaries with Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) in Nigeria; Nigerian village life; experiences at boarding school; conversion to Christianity; spiritual development; education in Canada at Prairie Bible Institute; joining SIM; missions work in Liberia teaching the Bible and leading study groups for women. Other topics discussed include: the state of the Christian church in Liberia; worship practices; indigenous church leadership; syncretism and animism in Liberia; traditional gender roles in Liberian society; the Biafra Civil War; singleness and missionary work; and education at Wheaton College Graduate School. The time period covered by the interviews is 1855-1989.

Ruth Lillian Maxwell was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 21 and December 8, 1989, at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1989

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Ruth Lillian Maxwell

Birth Date: January 10, 1955 Birth place: Jos, Nigeria

Parents: Ernest and Freeda Maxwell, Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) missionaries to Nigeria Grandfather: L. E. Maxwell, founder of Prairie Bible Institute

Siblings: Two brothers: David older, Mark younger

Conversion: Accepted Christ in grade 2 at Kent Academy in Nigeria

Marital Status: Single


Prairie High School, Three Hills, AB, Canada--graduated June 1973

Prairie Bible College, Three Hills, AB, Canada--ca. 1973-1977 major: Bible/Missions, degree: BRE

Columbia Graduate School--Cross Cultural Communications Course

Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL-- M.A. in Missions/Intercultural studies, 1990 (degree completed after interviews)


1978-1981 Assistant Dean of Women, Prairie Bible Institute

1981 Team Leader of SIM Student Missionary Interns

1982-1983 Dean of Women, Prairie Bible Institute

1984-1985 Church Secretary, Prairie Tabernacle

1986-1989 SIM missionary to Liberia

Future Plans: Continue work for SIM in urban church planting and counseling of short term missionaries.


4 Audio Tapes

187 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Ruth Maxwell in November and December 1989.

Accession 89-123, 89-130

April 25, 1995

Mark Congdon

Collection 424 Oral History Interviews with Ruth L. Maxwell
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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Wheaton IL 60187 US