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Collection 707 Oral History Interviews with Douglas W. Stewart

Identifier: CN 707

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Douglas W. Stewart in which he describes his ministry with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in South and Central America and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship from 1963-1991. Topics discussed include Stewart’s family background, spiritual growth, education at Colombia Bible College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, leadership, roles, and structure of IFES, political, social, and religious context in South and Central America, gender roles in ministry, relationship between IFES and other organizations, such as Campus Crusade for Christ; evolution of IFES over the decades, and his wife Marilyn Stewart’s ministry within IFES. Stewart also describes major figures within IFES, including René Padilla, Samuel Escobar, C. Stacey Woods, Chua Wee Hian, Dieter Brepohl, Lindsay Brown, and Hans Bürki, among others. The events described in the interviews cover the time period 1937 to 2018.

Doug Stewart was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on October 2, 2018, October 3, 2018, and November 6, 2018 at the Billy Graham Center Archives offices at Wheaton College.


  • 2018


Conditions Governing Access

The materials in this collection are available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright to the sound recordings in this collection is owned by the Billy Graham Center Archives. Permission is required to duplicate, distribute, or publish these materials.

Biographical Information

Full name: Douglas Wearn Stewart

Birth: March 23, 1937 in Charlotte, NC


Parents: Joseph and Helen Stewart

Siblings: One sister, Joanne

Marital Status: married Marilyn Babb in June 1964

Children: Elizabeth (b. 1967), Mary (b. 1968), Helen (b. 1972)

Conversion: in May 1954 at the age of 17 through the influence of a high school classmate and teacher


1951-1955 – Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC

1955-1959 – Davidson College, BA in history

1959-1960 – Columbia Bible College Graduate School

1969-1971 – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MA in New Testament (TEDS)

1985 – Fuller Theological Seminary, complete coursework for DMin, but did not complete dissertation Career:

1960-1964 – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship field staff in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee

1961 – Attended Urbana Student Missionary Convention and felt a call to student work in Latin America

1963 – Latin America Mission orientation camp for new missionaries

1964-1966 – Relocated to Cochabamba, Bolivia in August with IFES, started language school and ministry

1966-1969 – Relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, worked with students, raising up national leaders

June 1969-March 1971 – Furlough in the United States while attending TEDS

1970 – Attended 1970 Urbana Student Missionary Convention while studying at TEDS

1971-1979 – Relocated to Mexico City, ministry among the student movement, Compañerismo Estudiantil, and training national leaders

1979–1981 – Turned oversight of Mexico student movement over to national leader and transition to new pastoral training role for national movement in Mexico City

1983-1987 – Associate Regional Director for Mexico, Central America, and Spanish-Speaking Caribbean

1987- 1991 – Secretary for Pastoral Ministry in Latin America

1991 - Retired from IFES in December

1992-1999 – National Field Director for IVCF campus ministry, supervising all regions west of the Mississippi

1999-2011 – Served as IVCF Spiritual Directors with Marilyn

2011 – Retired from IVCF in June


3 Sound Recordings

507 Minutes

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Additions and Accruals

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives from Doug Stewart in October and November 2018.

Accession 18-37, 18-41

February 13, 2020

Katherine J. Graber

Collection 707 Oral History Interviews with Douglas W. Stewart
Katherine Graber
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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