Collection 671 Oral History Interview with David P. Bruce
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
- Bruce, David, 1952- (Person)
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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
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by David P. Bruce in June, 2013.
April 17, 2014
- Akers, John N.
- Bell, L. Nelson (Lemuel Nelson), 1894-1973.
- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
- Bruce, Kerri.
- Corts, John.
- Evangelistic work -- Philosophy.
- Evangelistic work -- Study and teaching.
- Evangelistic work.
- Ferm, Lois.
- Ferm, Robert O. (Robert Oscar), 1911-1994.
- Graham, Billy, 1918-2018.
- Graham, Ruth Bell.
- Gustavson, Luverne.
- Huston, Sterling W.
- Montreat (N.C.)
- Riggs, Charlie.
- Thielman, Cavin.
- Wills, Stephanie.
- Wilson, Thomas Walter.
- Collection 671 Oral History Interview with David P. Bruce
- Bob Shuster
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