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Collection 442 Papers of Philip R. Foxwell, Sr.

Identifier: CN 442

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview and one folder relating to the ministry of Philip R. Foxwell with the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions and later World Presbyterian Missions.

Series: Audio Tapes

Oral history interview with Philip R. Foxwell in which he describes his youth, conversion, magician career, education at Wheaton College, decision to become a missionary, preparation and orientation for missionary work in Japan with the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions and later the World Presbyterian Missions, the Japanese church, theological training, Christianity in Japan and its relationship to culture, Japan during and following the post-World War II American occupation, the Billy Graham 1967 Tokyo Crusade, the role of women in Japan and women missionaries' role in that context, his father-in-law, J. Oliver Buswell and Tokyo Christian Theological Seminary which he founded, and other topics related to missions to Japan. The time period covered by the interview is approximately from the 1920s to 1991.

Philip Ross Foxwell was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on May 17, 1991.

Series: Box List

This collection contains one folder which includes a brochure on Tokyo Christian University, a newsletter from Tokyo Christian Institute, and an excerpt from Philip Foxwell's memoirs (folder 1).


  • Created: 1990-1991

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Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Philip Ross Foxwell

Birth Date: October 28, 1914

Birth Place: Madison, Wisconsin

Death Date: September 29, 2013 in California


Parents: Daniel D. and Hazel Pennewell Foxwell

Siblings: Philip the oldest of two children

Marital Status: Married to Jane Alice Buswell, 1945 (daughter of J. Oliver Buswell, president of Wheaton College)

Children: Mary, Martha, Linda, Philip Jr.

Conversion: circa 1933

Denominational Affiliation: Baptist, Wheaton Bible Church, Presbyterian


1932 Graduated from high school

1942 BA, Wheaton College, major in Bible

1944 MA, Wheaton College Graduate School

1946 BD, Northern Baptist Seminary

1947 TSM (Master of Sacred Theology), Faith Theological Seminary


1932 Professional magician 1948 Seminary teacher, Yokkaichi City, Honshu, Japan

1963 Seminary teacher, Tokyo, Japan

1972 Affiliated with World Presbyterian Missions (WPM); Japan Christian Mission

1980 Returned from Japan

1981 U.S. Center for World Mission, Mobilization Dept.

Other responsibilities:

Foxwell lectureship established at Tokyo Christian Seminary

Chairman of Japan field for WPM

Founder and president of Tokyo Christian Theological Seminary (Japan Christian Theological Seminary

Oversaw merger between Tokyo Christian College and Kyoritsu Women's Bible School

President of Japan Bible Council


Philip Foxwell: Missionary Magician. William Carey Library, 1989 (autobiography)


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1 Folder

3 Audio Tapes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Philip Foxwell in May 1991.

Accession 91-51

June 30, 1997

Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Collection 442 Papers of Philip R. Foxwell, Sr.
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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