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Collection 431 Oral History Interviews with T. Michael Flowers

Identifier: CN 431

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with T. Michael Flowers (1920-2015) in which he describes growing up in the Bahamas, the influence on his life of W. H. Farrington, his conversion, his evangelistic work in the Bahamas, his education in Scotland, a brief description of Billy Graham in Scotland in 1946, and the beginning of his evangelistic work in the United States. The second interview covers Flowers' ministry in Canada, Whitfield and B. M. Nottage, the Plymouth Brethren church and its church planting, his call to ministry, his wife's role, race relations in the US, ministry in Georgia, church discipline, Tom Skinner, evangelistic use of radio, United Bible Conference and United Missionary Conference, Southern Gospel Mission Association, Tony Evans, John Perkins, Bill Pannell, preaching, Billy Graham's 1994 Atlanta crusade, and other evangelism-related subjects. The time period covered by the interviews is 1920-1994.

Michael Flowers was interviewed by Robert Shuster on June 14, 1990 in Dayton, Tennessee and by Paul Ericksen on January 20, 1995 in Lethonia, Georgia.


  • Created: 1990-1995

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Full Name: Rev. Theodore Michael Flowers

Birth Date: March 28, 1920 (officially April 1)

Birth Place: St. Andros Island, Bahamas

Parents: Alfred and Hilda Flowers--father a fisherman and sponger

Conversion: Age 17 in Nassau, Bahamas

Marital Status: Married Ella Mons on December 15, 1951

Children: Sharon Lynette and Talbot Martin

Education: Glasgow Bible Institute; 1947-1949


1942-1947 Factory work in England

1949 Committed to the ministry by the Bahamas Assemblies (Plymouth Brethren)

1951-1954? Grace Tabernacle, Detroit

1955 Moved to Savannah, GA

1967 Planned Tom Skinner crusade in Savannah

Began the Good News radio program

1969 Started the United Bible Conference

1978 Started the United Missionary Conference

1982 Moved to Atlanta, GA

1990 Received honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Carver Bible Institute


?-1994 Southern Gospel Mission Association, President and Executive Director

1981-1989 Columbia Bible College, Board of Directors


6.00 Audio Tapes

324 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials for this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by T. Michael Flowers in June 1990 and January 1995.

Accession 90-66, 95-16

July 26, 1995

Mark Congdon

J. Nasgowitz

Collection 431 Oral History Interviews with T. Michael Flowers
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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