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Collection 688 Papers of Paul M. Borthwick

Identifier: CN 688

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview and articles by Paul Borthwick, a minister, and leader in the Short-Term Mission (STM) and in development ministry. In the interview Borthwick discusses his childhood in Massachusetts, involvement with Grace Chapel, his conversion and growth in Christian faith, his own early involvement with the Short Term Missions movement (STM), the development of STM in the United States and other countries; evaluation of the movement. The collection also contains dozens of articles Borthwick wrote for a variety of Christian publications about missions, Christian life and discipleship.

Paul Borthwick was interviewed by Bob Shuster on July 2015 in the offices of the Billy Graham Center Archives. The interview is described more fully in the sound recording inventory.

Box 1 contains dozens of Borthwick’s articles written over more than three decades for many Christian publications. They include devotional materials as well as discussions of Christian life and nurture, surrendering one’s life to God, and the relationship between the Christian church in Western countries and in the developing world. Much of the material is about short term missions. Folder 1-17 contains various other items he contributed to, including a handbook for Habitat for Humanity International and a booklet commemorating the 200th anniversary of American foreign missions.


  • 1980-2015
  • Majority of material found in 1980-2012


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Information

Full name: Paul Borthwick

Birth: February 20, 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts


Parents: Harry and Jean Borthwick

Siblings: Susan and Scott

Marital Status: Married Christine Collazo on May 19, 1979

Conversion: February 20, 1971 during a youth retreat of Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts

Ordination: September 14, 1980


1972-1976: BA in Business Administration (Management) from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

1977-1980: MA from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts

2007: PhD of Ministry in Cross-Cultural Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


1975-1976: Director of Bicentennial outreach program, Grace Chapel

1976-1977: Director of Singles Ministry, Grace Chapel

1977-1978: Interim youth pastor, Grace Chapel

1978- Unknown: Director of Super Summer Mission Program, Grace Chapel. Organized trips to Colombia and Haiti

1978-1981: Director of Planned Famine Program, Grace Chapel in cooperation with World Vision

1982: Co-chair of the Youth Committee for the 1982 Billy Graham Boston Crusade

1985-2015: Part-time adjunct professor in Global Christianity at Gordon College

July 1989: Speaker at the Second International Congress on World Evangelization (Lausanne II), Manila, Philippines

1991-1999: Ad2000 mobilizing youth track coordinator

1992-1998: World Evangelical Fellowship Youth Commission director

1993-1998: Missions Ministry, Grace Chapel

1998-Unknown: Development Associates International, senior consultant. With his wife Christine spent two to four months each year in ministry outside the United States

1999-2015: Urbana Missions Associate, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

2007: Director of Overseas Mission Practicum, Gordon-Conwell Seminary

Other significant information

Books published: How to Be a World-Class Christian (2009), Western Christians in Global Missions (2012) as well as more than a dozen other books.

Speaker at student mission conferences in the United States, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, Taiwan, and Ukraine.

Adjunct or visiting professor at Alaska Bible College, Columbia International University, Fuller Theological Seminary and Eastern University (United States), Light University (Burundi), Canadian Bible College and Seminary, Tyndale University (Canada), Igbaja Seminary (Nigeria), Alliance Theological Seminary (Philippines), Lanka Bible College (Sri Lanka).


1 Box

1 Sound Recording

Language of Materials