Collection 581 Oral History Interviews with Stoyka Todorova Krasteva-Meyer
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.
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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
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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
Books donated with the materials in this collection have been given to the Evangelims and Missions Collection of Buswell Library.
- Bulgarian Christian Student Union
- Church and state in Bulgaria
- College students -- Religious life.
- College students in missionary work.
- Communism -- Bulgaria
- Communism -- Europe, Eastern
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Escobar, Samuel E.
- Evangelicalism -- Korea.
- Garber, Steven
- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the United States of America
- International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
- Jesus (Motion Picture)
- Orthodox Eastern Church -- Bulgaria
- Pentecostalism -- Bulgaria
- Ramachandra, Vinoth, 1954-
- Stott, John R. W.
- Women -- Religious life.
- Collection 581 Oral History Interviews with Stoyka Todorova Krasteva-Meyer
- Bob Shuster
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