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Collection 669 Oral History Interviews with Samuel Boateng

Identifier: CN 669

Scope and Contents

Three oral history interviews with Samuel Boateng in which he describes his family and growing up in an impoverished part of Accra, Ghana; journey to faith as a Christian; personal witness and devotional practices; starting a youth group in his Pentecostal church; education in Ghana, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States; leadership in Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students at the University of Cape Coast; church planting ministry, influential mentors including Gottfried and Audrey Osei-Mensah and Femi Adeleye; chaplaincy at University of Cape Coast; working as trainer and administrator for Relite program to reach and train university students; pastoral ministry program at George Whitefield College in South Africa; serving as youth pastor in Accra, characteristics of the Ghanaian church; impact of the prosperity gospel; Pentecostalism in Ghana; Franklin Graham’s Ghana Jesus Festival in 2012; partnership with expatriate missionaries in Ghana; role of women in the Ghanaian church; government’s relationship with churches and religious groups; churches’ involvement in missions; and education at Wheaton College Graduate School through a Billy Graham Center Scholarship. The events described cover the time span 1978-2013.

Samuel Boateng was interviewed at the BGC Archives office by Robert Shuster on February 15, 2013, February 22, 2013, and March 1, 2013.


  • 2013


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Full name: Samuel Boateng

Birth: June 28, 1978 in Bubiashie, Accra, Ghana


Parents: Charles Boateng and Ya Oferuwa [sp.?]

Siblings: Sam is fifth of his father’s eleven children, the third of his mother’s six children

Marital Status: To Gifty Goateng on August 25, 2007

Children: Daughter, Naana

Conversion: Age 16, first of family’s eight children to become a Christian in late-1994 at a Jesus of Nazareth film showing in Accra


1997: Graduated high school

2004: BEd in Science Education from University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

2006: Expository preaching training with Proclamation Trust in London

2011: BTh in Pastoral Ministries from George Whitefield College, Cape Town, South Africa

2014: MA in Historical Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois


2004-2005: Church internship in England

2005-2006: Year-long national service as chaplain at University of Cape Coast

2007-2009: Youth pastor/secretary for Akuapem Ridge Interdenominational Church, Aburi, Ghana

2007-2009: Trainer/administrator for Relite Africa Training Course at the University of Ghana in Accra

Other Significant Information:

Mentored by Gottfried Osei-Mensah and Femi Adeleye; provided leadership to campus chapter of Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students at University of Cape Coast.  


3 Sound Recordings

271 Minutes

Language of Materials


Additions and Accurals

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Samuel Boateng in February and March 2013.

Accession: 13-05, 13-09, 13-12

June 24, 2019

Paul Ericksen


Collection 669 Oral History Interviews with Samuel Boateng
Paul Ericksen
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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