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Collection 581 Oral History Interviews with Stoyka Todorova Krasteva-Meyer

Identifier: CN 581

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Stoyka Todorova Krasteva-Meyer, in which she describes her childhood in Bulgaria, the Communist culture in that country, her conversion to Christianity, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's work in the country, the beginnings of a an indigenous campus ministry in the country, her attendance at International Fellowship of Evangelical Leaders conferences in Germany, Korea and Bulgaria; impressions of evangelical leaders, such as Samuel Escobar and John Stott; and a description of the church in Bulgaria. The time period covered by the interviews is 1973 to 2002.

Stoyka Krasteva-Meyer was interviewed by Bob Shuster on March 18 and May 9, 2002, in the offices of the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.


  • 2002


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research and can be accessed in the Billy Graham Center GC Archives' Manuscripts Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright to the sound recordings in this collection is held by the Billy Graham Center Archives.

Biographical Information

Full name: Stoyka Todorova Krasteva-Meyer

Birth: April 27, 1973 in Pomorie, Bulgaria


Parents: Todor and Todorka (Dora) Krasteva

Siblings: One younger brother

Marital Status: Married to Thomas Allyn Meyer

Children: Theodore, born 2013

Conversion: December 1989, after seeing the Jesus film at the age of 16


1987-1992: English High School, Burgas, Bulgaria

Sept. 1992-February 1997: Bachelor’s degree, Varna University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria

Sept 1997: Master’s degree in International Economic Relations from Varna University of Economics

2000-2001: Course in Psychology at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2001-2003: Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology

2013: Earned a doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a concentration in Neuropsychology and a certificate in Health Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Schaumburg


Sept. 1997-June 1998: Assistant to the general manager at the Kempinski Hotel Zogrefski, Sofia, Bulgaria

1993-1997: Attended 5 European student conferences organized by Yale University in Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia

1997-2000: Attended 4 student evangelism conferences organized by the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Germany, Bulgaria and South Korea

1998-2000: Staff member of the Bulgarian Christian Student Union, working in Sofia, Bulgaria

2002: Staff member at Intervarsity’s Cedar Camp in Michigan

Other Significant Information

Grew up in a Bulgaria that was still a communist state. Her family was strongly opposed to her faith


4 Audio Tapes

233 Minutes

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Additions and Accruals

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Stoyka Krasteva-Meyer in March and May 2002.

Accession 02-21, 02-34

March 18, 2002, May 9, 2002

Bob Shuster

Separated Materials

Books donated with the materials in this collection have been given to the Evangelims and Missions Collection of Buswell Library.

Collection 581 Oral History Interviews with Stoyka Todorova Krasteva-Meyer
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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Wheaton IL 60187 US