Collection 609 Oral History Interview with Frederick G. Ferris
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Frederick George Ferris (1911-1998) a Baptist pastor, officer with World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) and the National Association of Evangelicals, and missionary to Liberia, West Africa. Topics discussed include Ferris’s family background; conversion to Christianity; various church pastorates; church planting; foreign mission work in Liberia with the LeTourneau Foundation; medical and educational work in Liberia; description of traditional tribal religious culture; role of animism; the state of the Christian church in Liberia; description of Liberian President Tubman’s administration and support of Christian missions; and later work with World Evangelical Fellowship. The time period covered by the interviews is 1911 to 1988.
Frederick George Ferris was interviewed by his granddaughter, Rosalyn S. Ferris, on October 22, 1988, at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.
- Created: 1988
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Full Name: Frederick George Ferris
Birth: September 13, 1911, Detroit, Michigan
Death: December 13, 1998
Parents: George Albert and Rose (Dara) Ferris
Siblings: Mercedes Irene (born 1910), Clarence (born 1913)
Marital Status: Married Inez Irene Weston, March 27, 1934
Children: Robert Weston (born 1940), Beverly Jane (born 1946), Marjorie Ann (born 1948)
Conversion: At the age of 16
1935-1936 - Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois
1936-1942 - Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
1942-1943 - Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois
1938-1944 - Pastor of First Baptist Church, Somonauk, Illinois
1944-1951 - Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lorraine, Kansas
1940s - Mission secretary, Southwest Regional Conference, Northern Baptist Association
1949 - Visited Cameroon, West Africa to survey the Northern Baptist Association's mission work
1951-1953 - Pastor of a church in Muscatine, Iowa
1953-1957 - Director of Evangelism for the Le Tourneau Foundation, Liberia, West Africa where 26 churches were planted (based in Baffu Bay, Liberia)
1957 - Executive director of the National Association of Evangelicals for World Evangelical Fellowship
1958-1962 - International executive secretary of World Evangelical Fellowship
1962-1979 - Pastor of Strathmoor Judson Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan
1977 - Resigned from Farmington Hills Baptist Church
Other Significant Information: ca. 1914-1918 Lived mostly in London, England, while his father served with the Canadian military during World War I. 1977 Retired to New Port Richey, Florida
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The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Frederick George Ferris and Rosalyn S. Ferris in January 1989.
February 1, 2005
Wayne D. Weber
- Animism -- Liberia.
- Church development, New.
- Ferris, Fred G.
- LeTourneau Foundation.
- LeTourneau, R. G. (Robert Gilmour), 1888-1969.
- Missions -- Liberia.
- Moody Bible Institute -- Alumni.
- Moody Bible Institute.
- National Association of Evangelicals.
- Tubman, William V. S.,
- World Evangelical Fellowship.
- Collection 609 Oral History Interview with Frederick G. Ferris
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