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Collection 447 Oral History Interview with Scott J. Harbert

Identifier: CN 447

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

Conditions Governing Access

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

281 Minutes

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

J. Nasgowitz

Collection 447 Oral History Interview with Scott J. Harbert
Paul Ericksen
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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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