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Collection 671 Oral History Interview with David P. Bruce

Identifier: CN 671

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with David P. Bruce, in which he discusses the history of the Montreat office of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) that functioned as the personal secretariat of Billy Graham; the relationship of the office to the rest of the BGEA; Bruce's own background and his work as assistant to Graham; L. Nelson Bell and other BGEA leaders (T. W. Wilson, Stephanie Wills, John Akers, Charlie Riggs, Sterling Huston, and John Corts); effects on the Montreat office of the move of the BGEA main headquarters from Minneapolis to Charlotte. The time period covered by the interview is 1952 to 2013.

David P. Bruce was interviewed by Robert Shuster on June 11, 2013, at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 2013


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Full Name: David Phillips Bruce

Birth:1952, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA


Marital Status: Married Kerri L. Erb in 1986

Conversion: At the age of eight, in the Baptist church where his father was pastor

Ordination: As a minister of the Southern Baptist Convention


1970-1974 - BA from Wake Forest University, with a joint major in Sociology and Psychology

1974-1977 - Master in Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

1982-1986 - D.Min from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


1968-1977 - Youth ministry work during the summers

1977-1979 - Youth minister at First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1979-1980 - Associate pastor, Cliff Temple , Dallas, Texas, USA

1980-1982 - Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Henderson, Kentucky, USA

1982-1986 - Internship with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

1986-1990 - Pastor, Riverside Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado, USA

1990-1995 - Joined BGEA as assistant crusade director, working on various North American and international crusades

1995 - Special assistant to Billy Graham, later executive assistant, based in Montreat, North Carolina

1998-1999 - Pastor, First Baptist Church, Weston, Florida

Other Significant Information:

Father was a Baptist minister; 2002 Elected to the Board of Directors of the BGEA


1.00 Sound Recording

124 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by David P. Bruce in June, 2013.

Accession: 13-18

April 17, 2014

Bob Shuster

P. Bartow

Collection 671 Oral History Interview with David P. Bruce
Bob Shuster
Description rules
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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