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Collection 423 Oral History Interviews with Rodrigo Chavarria

Identifier: CN 423

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Rodrigo Chavarria (1956-2015) in which he discusses his childhood in Costa Rica, his conversion to Christianity; spiritual development; his theological education in Costa Rica and the United States; relations between Protestants and Catholics in Costa Rica; relations between the church and the state; Pentecostalism in Costa Rica; liberation theology; and evangelical institutions in Costa Rica. Other topics include a discussion of Escuela des Estudios Pastorales (ESEPA), Association of Bible Churches of Costa Rica (AIBC), Seminario Biblico Latino-Americano; theological issues in Costa Rica; the Costa Rica Evangelical Alliance; Good Will Caravans; and the unity of the Costa Rican church. The time period covered by the interviews is 1956 to 1989

Rodrigo Chavarria was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 8 and December 1, 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 Information

Full Name: Rodrigo Chavarria Birth date: March 22, 1956

Death Date: December 4, 2015

Birth Place: San Jose, Costa Rica

Parents: Alberto and Virginia Chavarria

Conversion: April 4, 1982, at a service by Dr. Wilton Nelson

Marital Status: Married Emilia Marin in 1977

Children: oldest Laura, two younger children


Liceo de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica--graduated 1973

Escuela des Estudios Pastorales, San Jose, Costa Rica--1984

Columbia Bible College, Columbia, SC--

B.A. in Bible-Pastoral Ministries, 1989

Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton IL-- M.A. in Theological Studies, 1991 (degree completed after interviews)


1984 Escuela des Estudios Pastorales, San Jose, Costa Rica Secretary

1984-1985 Association of Bible Churches of Costa Rica (AIBC) Administrator

1987 Counselor at the Billy Graham South Carolina Crusade

1990 Founded the Hispanic congegration (Iglesia Del Pubelo) of the Wheaton Bible Church, Wheaton, Illinois

1991-2015 With his wife had a ministry of teaching and evangelsim in Central America


3 Audio Tapes

155 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

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

Accession 89-118, 89-126

May 11, 1995

Mark Congdon

Paul A. Ericksen

Collection 423 Oral History Interviews with Rodrigo Chavarria
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187 US