Collection 617 Oral History Interview with Soong-Chan Rah
Scope and Contents
One oral history interview with Soong-Chan Rah in which he describes his family background, experiences as an immigrant to the United States in the early 1970s from South Korea, his spiritual development, experiences as a church-planter, and ministry with IVCF. Topics discussed include: parents’ influence; spiritual development; immigration to the United States at the age of six; conversion experience and church background; education at Columbia University; involvement in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; church planting and the challenges of ministry in multi-lingual and multicultural settings. Figures described in the interview include Penny Nixon; Bob Hunter; Howard Chan; Neil Rendall; Steve Hayner; Tom Dunkerton; Peter Cha; Doug Whallon; John Ratichek, among others. The time frame covered by the interview is approximately 1967-1995.
Soong-Chan Rah was interviewed by Christian Sawyer on February 9, 2005 at the Billy Graham Center Archives offices at Wheaton College.
- Rah, Soong-Chan (Person)
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Full name: Rev. Soong-Chan Rah
Birth: November 20, 1967 in Seoul, South Korea
Parents: Father, Sang Yong Rah; Mother, Im Hee Rah
Siblings: Three older sisters, Young Shin Rah, Young Jean Rah (Lee), Young Chan Rah (Han)
Marital Status: Sue Rah
Children: Annah and Elijah
Conversion: In early adolescence
1985-1989 - Columbia University, BA Political Science & History/Sociology
1991-1993? - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MDiv
1993-? - Harvard University, ThM
Unknown dates - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, DMin
1989-1991 - Following graduation from Columbia, Rah worked at the Department of Energy in Maryland for two-year term. Also began served in campus ministry with the University of Maryland with former church Korean Baptist Church of Washington.
1990-1991 - A year after graduating from Columbia, Rah helped plant New Covenant Fellowship Church (NCFC) with Pastor Jamie Kim, a bi-lingual Korean Church in the Baltimore area.
1992-1996 - Served as staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for the Boston area while studying at Gordon-Conwell, specifically serving at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Rah also commuted to Maryland during seminary to continue pastoring at NCFC for the first semester of graduate school.
1996-? - Founded Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in the Central Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA, a multi-ethnic congregation dedicated to exploring racial reconciliation in urban contexts. The church held its first service on September 1, 1996.
2006 - North Park Theological Seminary, Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism
Other significant information: Soong-Chan Rah is the author is multiple books, including The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (2009); Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (2010); and Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times (2015).
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The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Soong-Chan Rah in February 2005.
- Cha, Peter.
- Christian leadership.
- Christianity -- Social aspects
- Christianity and culture -- United States.
- Christianity and justice.
- Church -- Biblical teaching.
- Church and social problems.
- Church development, New -- United States.
- Church work -- United States
- Columbia University.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Discipling (Christianity)
- Evangelicalism -- United States.
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
- Hayner, Stephen A.
- Hunter, Bob, 1947-
- Immigration -- United States
- Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
- Inter-varsity Student Missions Convention.
- Kim, Jamie.
- Korean American churches
- Korean American clergy
- Korean Americans
- Korean Christian Fellowship.
- Nixon, Penny
- Racism -- United States.
- Ratichek, John
- Whallon, Doug
- Rah, Soong-Chan (Person)
- Collection 617 Oral History Interview with Soong-Chan Rah
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