Collection 447 Oral History Interview with Scott J. Harbert
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Scott Jeffrey Harbert in which he discusses his family, growing up, meeting his father as an adult, influences on his childhood and adolescence, contacts with Shintoism in Japan, problem with marijuana, conversion to Christianity and influence of Richard Foster, college education and participation in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, work as a staff member at the IVCF headquarters, marriage to Barbara Gration, the development of Concerts of Prayer, short-term assignment in Africa, joining Africa Inland Mission to return to western Kenya among the Luo people, responsibilities, characteristics of the people and the church, Kenneth Downing, prayer, national leadership of church and mission, and other mission-related subjects. The time period covered by the interviews is 1954 to 1992.
Scott Jeffrey Harbert was interviewed by Robert Shuster on October 15 and 29, 1991, and January 13, 1992 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.
- Created: 1992
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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Biographical or Historical Information
Full Name: Scott Jeffrey Harbert
Birth Date: July 23, 1954
Parents: Stephen Lee and Mary Elizabeth Mack Harbert, divorced; brought up by his mother and maternal grandparents
Siblings: One younger brother, Stewart
Marital Status: Married to Barbara Virginia Gration, 1981
Children: As of 1990, two children, ages five and one
Conversion: February 1977
Denominational Affiliation: Independent, Faith Community Bible Church
1972 Ashland Senior High School, Ashland, Oregon
Don Cook University, Tokyo, Japan
1980 B.S. in Business Administration, Southern Oregon State, Ashland, Oregon
1993 M.A. Wheaton College Graduate School
1980-1988 Business manager, fund raising, Missions Department with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, Wisconsin.
1981-1988 Leader of pastoral care house group
1984 Summer STIM short-term mission trip in Kenya
1986-1988 Participated with David Bryant in local Concerts of Prayer
1988-1992 Short-term missionary in Kenya under Africa Inland Mission (coordinator for the Theological Advisory Group for prayer renewal of the Africa Inland Church)
Other significant information:
Son-in-law of missionary and educator John Gration.
5.00 Audio Tapes
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Scott Harbert in October 1991 and January 1992.
Accessions 91-96, 91-101, 92-4
January 25, 2001
Paul A. Ericksen
- Africa Inland Church.
- Africa Inland Mission.
- Christian leadership.
- Christianity and culture -- Kenya.
- Christianity and culture.
- Church work with students -- United States.
- Church work with students.
- College students -- United States
- College students -- United States -- Religious life.
- College students in missionary work -- United States.
- College students in missionary work.
- College students.
- Downing, Kenneth L., 1908-1989.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Evangelistic work.
- Foster, Richard J.
- Fund raising.
- Gration, John Alexander, 1929-
- Harbert, Barbara.
- Harbert, Scott J.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Kenya.
- Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
- Kenya -- Religion.
- Lay missionaries.
- Luo (Kenyan and Tanzanian people)
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missions -- Kenya.
- Pile, George Opiyo.
- Prayer groups -- United States.
- Prayer groups.
- Religious institutions
- Religious institutions -- Kenya.
- Religious institutions -- United States.
- Sex role
- Sex role -- Kenya.
- Women missionaries.
- Collection 447 Oral History Interview with Scott J. Harbert
- Paul Ericksen
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