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Collection 623 Oral History Interviews with Christopher B. Ladish

Identifier: CN 623

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Christopher Ladish in which he discusses his childhood, conversion to Christian faith, marriage, joining Wycliffe Bible Translators/Summer Institute of Linguistics, his translation and literacy work in the Koromfe language among the Koromba people of Burkina Faso, the characteristics of the Wycliffe organization and staff, and methods of Bible translation. The time period covered by the interviews is 1961 to 2006.

Christopher Ladish was interviewed by Bob Shuster in 2006 in the offices of the Billy Graham Center Archives in at Wheaton College.


  • 2006


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

Biographical Information

Full name: Christopher Brian Ladish

Birth: April 22, 1961


Parents: Diane and Jack Ladish Siblings: Tim, Julie Marital Status: Married to Sue Hay in 1984

Children: David, Rebecca, Sarah

Conversion: Early spring of 1978


June 1979 - Graduated Glenbard High School, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 1979-1982 - Attended College of DuPage, Lombard, Illinois

1982-1983 - Graduated Judson College, Elgin, Illinois, with a BA in Human Relations

May 2008 - Graduated Wheaton College Graduate School with an MA in Christian Formation and Ministry


1979-1981? - Took three summer short-term mission trips to Jamaica with the youth group of the Glen Ellyn Covenant Church. Was baptized on one of these trips.

1983? - Worked with a contractor after graduation from college

1983? - Went on short-term mission trips to China and the Philippines with Youth with a Mission (YWAM)

1984 - Jointed Wycliffe Bible Translators/Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)

1984-1990 - Raising support, orientation in Seattle, Washington, linguistic training in Duncanville, Texas, and Norman, Oklahoma, French studies in Quebec, Canada, Africa orientation course in Cameroon December 1990 -August 1992 - Arrived in Burkina Faso and had administrative duties at the SIL office

1992-2016? - On team translating the Bible into the Koromfe language of the Koromba people of northern Burkina Faso, formerly Upper Volta

1993-1994 - Furlough in Wheaton, Illinois

1995-2002 - Living in Belehed village among the Koromba people, the village of Maiga Tongonde, the first Christian convert

Other significant information:

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship club president at College of DuPage.


2 Sound Recordings

381 Minutes

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