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Collection 439 Papers of Randolph L. Capp

Identifier: CN 439

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews, newsletters, brochures, and photographs relating to the ministry of Randolph L. Capp with Middle East Media and Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services from 7978 to 1989.

[NOTE: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "Folder 2-6" means Box 2, Folder 6.]

Series: Audio Tapes

Tape 1: Audio tape of lunch seminar presented by Capp on obstacles to integrating Muslim converts into the church in Egypt.

Tape 2 to Tape 5: Oral history interviews with Randolph L. Capp in which he describes his conversion and decision to become a missionary, work as a graphic artist on a magazine for Arabic speaking young people in the Middle East with Middle East Media, work as an artist in the literature division of Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, Egyptian and Arabic culture, and interpersonal conflict. In the second interview, Capp describes his evangelistic ministry through chalk drawings, the Egyptian church in Egypt, family life and raising children on the mission field, observations about the American church and readjustment to America during furlough, etc. The time period covered by the interviews is approximately 1953 to 1991.

Randolph Capp was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on on January 28 and February 4, 1991, at the Archives of the Billy Graham Center.

Series: Photographs

Two color shots of Capp with Egyptians and examples of his chalk drawings. Also an example of a book cover. 3 color photographs.

Series: Paper Records (Box List)

Prayer letters (1991-1997) and a brochure describing CEOSS (Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services), which together describe or illustrate Capp's ministry.


  • Created: 1987-1997

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may only be accessed in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Randolph Lee Capp

Birth Date: October 3, 1953

Birth Place: Waukegan, Illinois (raised in Zion, Illinois) Family:

Siblings: Four brothers, one sister (Capp is the middle child)

Marital Status: Married to Nancy Elizabeth Capp (nee Williams) in August 1978

Children: Christopher (b. 6/81) and Stephanie (b. 9/85)

Denominational Affiliation: Christian Catholic Church in Zion, Illinois

Conversion: Accepted Christ in August 1975 through the influences of a Bill Gothard Institute of Basic Youth Conflicts seminar and Inter-Varsity staff worker Neil Rendall


1971-1976 Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Fine Arts

1983 Moody Bible Institute - Advanced Studies Program

1990-1991 Wheaton College Graduate School - MA in Missions/Intercultural Studies


1972-1976 Political cartoonist for the Waukegan News-Sun

1975-1976 Designer at Northern Illinois University, Publications Design Office

1976-1978 Package designer for Container Corporation of America

1978-1982 Art director for Magalla magazine, produced by Middle East Media in Cairo, Egypt

1983-1986 Art consultant to Dar El-Thaqafa in Cairo, the publishing arm of Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS)

1986-1989 Art director of Dar El-Thaqafa in Cairo

1989 Associate Director of CEOSS in Cairo


1 Boxes (DC)

5 Audio Tapes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials for this collection were received by the Billy Graham Center Archives in December 1990 and January and February 1991 from Randolph Capp. The Capps' periodic newsletters were added to Accession 91-19 as they were received; subsequent newsletters were added to the collection.

Accessions 90-126, 91-9, 91-19, 91-20

October 30, 1997

Mark Congdon

P. Ericksen

Collection 439 Papers of Randolph L. Capp
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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