Collection 627 Papers of Harold E. Renfrow
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, forms, minutes, memos, budgets, incorporation papers relating to Harold E. Renfrow's work as executive secretary of the 1974 Cruzada Evangelística Billy Graham Grande-Rio, held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
[Note: In the Scope & Content section, the notation “folder 2-5" means “Box 2, Folder 5"]
Arrangement: Alphabetical by title. The titles of all of the folders were supplied by Renfrow, except for the following, which were supplied by the archivist: 1-1, 1-2, 1-6, 2-5, 2-6, 3-3, 4-2, 4-6, 4-7, 5-3, and 5-8
Date Range: 1972-1979
Volume: 2.75 cubic feet, 6 Boxes
Geographic Coverage: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Type of Documents: Correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, forms, minutes, memos, budgets, incorporation papers
Correspondents: Victor Davis, Nilson do Amarl Fanini, Billy Graham, Edgar Hallock, Henry Holley, Louis Knowlton, Victor Nelson, John Pollock, and Efrain Santiago
Subjects: The 1974 Billy Graham Greater Rio Crusade
Notes: Almost all the documents in this collection are in Portugese, except for the following folders, which contain some or mostly English language materials: 1-6, 2-5, 2-6, 4-1, 4-2. The staff was unable to review most of the documents because of language limitations. However, most of the materials appear to be the forms, plans, etc. used to plan, hold, and follow-up a Billy Graham evangelistic campaign. Correspondence can be found in folders 1-6, 2-6 to 2-8, and 5-4, among others. Clippings of articles about the crusade and other evangelistic events in Brazil are in folders 4-6 and 4-6. Organizational charts for crusade committees are in folder 5-8. Folders 1-6 and 2-6 include material about author John Pollock’s visit to Brazil to gather material for his biography of Billy Graham. There is a little information about Renfrow’s attendance of the 1974. Lausanne Congress in folder 2-6 and 4-3. Folder 2-6 also has some information on the Lausanne Committee-sponsored 1977 Segundo Encontro de Líderes Evangélicos Da América-Latina.
- Created: 1972-1979
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There are no restricitons on the use of this collection.
Full Name: Harold E. Renfrow
Birth: October 7, 1923 in Wooldridge, Missouri, USA
Death: October 31, 1995
Parents: George Washington Renfrow and Sophia Louisa (Mills) Renfrow
Siblings: Jerry Arnold (1911), Eunice Roxie Gensler (1913), Charles Everett (1915), Gertie Rentscler (1917), Louis George (1919), Emmett Ward (1921), Wilbur Eugene (1925), Cora Marie Allen (1927)
Marital Status: Married Nona Mae Baumgartner on June 25, 1945 in Bonneville, Missouri, USA
Children: Nona Lea (1948), Cynthia Fern (1950)
Conversion: At the age of 16
Ordination: Licenced to preach on June 9, 1941, ordained September 26, 1943, at Pleasant Green Church, Missouri, USA
1941 - Graduated Laura Speed Elliot High School in Bonneville, Missouri, USA
1941 - Attended Central State Teachers College in Warrensburg, Missouri, USA
1942-1944 - Hannibal-La Grange College in Hannibal, Missouri, USA. Graduated with an A.S. degree
1944-1946 - William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, USA. Graduated with a B.A. degree
1946-1950 - Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Graduated with a B.D. degree.
1954 - Took course on counseling at Southwestern Baptist Seminary
1942-1943 - Worker at the Southside Baptist Mission in Hannibal, Missouri, USA
1942-1944 - Pastor of Pleasant Green and Oak Grove churches, Madison, USA
1944 - Associate pastor at the First Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri, USA
1944-1945 - Pastor of Williard Baptist Church, Willard, USA
1945-1946 - Pastor of Wooldridge Baptist and Lupus churches, Wooldridge and Lupis, USA
1946 - Field promotional secretary of the Training Union Department, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
1946-1947 - Associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Bonham, Texas, USA
1947 - Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Trenton, Texas, USA
1947-1949 - Pastor of New Friendship Church of Bastrop, Louisiana, USA
1949-1951 - Pastor of Norborne First Baptist Church of Norborne, Missouri, USA
1951-1955 - Pastor of Steelville Baptist Church of Steelville, Missouri, USA
1955-1986 - Southern Baptist missionary to Sao Paulo, Brazil
1956-1959 - Executive secretary of Convencaõ Batista Paulistana
1956-1959 - Member of the board of trustees of Colegio Batista, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1958-1959 - Head of religious education department, Colegio Batista, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1973-1975? - Executive Secretary of the Cruzada Evangelística Billy Graham Grande-Rio
1974 - Attended the International Congress on World Evangelization held in Lausanne, Switzerland
2.75 Cubic Feet (6 Boxes (DC), Oversize Materials, Photographs)
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Nona Renfrow in May 1996.
November 18, 2007
- Baptists -- Missions -- Brazil.
- Baptists -- Missions.
- Barrows, Cliff.
- Evangelistic work -- Brazil.
- Evangelistic work -- South America.
- Evangelistic work.
- Fanini, Nilson.
- Graham, Billy, 1918-2018.
- Holley, Henry.
- Knowlton, Louis E.
- Nelson, Victor B.
- Pollock, John Charles.
- Renfrow, Harold.
- Santiago, Efrain.
- Southern Baptist Convention -- Missions.
- Southern Baptist Convention.
- Collection 627 Papers of Harold E. Renfrow
- Bob Shuster
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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