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Collection 583 Oral History Interviews with Gregory S. Thellman

Identifier: CN 583

Scope and Contents

Oral history with Gregory Thellman (1970- ), missionary in the Bosnian region of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997-2008) as a member of a church team. Topics covered include Thellman’s spiritual development and conversion, interest in missions, participation in his Northside Community Church’s outreach among Muslim Bosnian refugees in Atlanta, Northside’s mission teams to Mostar in Bosnia, Bosnian Christian leaders and Evangelical congregation in the city, work among children and youth, relations with other Evangelicals, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians in Mostar, pastor John Rowell’s leadership and philosophy for mission teams, training for ministry, sport and camp ministries, ministry among Romani refugees, impact of war on Bosnia, and attending Wheaton College Grad School. The time period covered by the interview is roughly 1970-2003.

Gregory Thellman was interviewed by Bob Shuster on January 9 and 21, 2003, in the office of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives in Wheaton, IL.


  • 2003


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical Information

Full name: Gregory Scott Thellman

Birth: December 12, 1970, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania


Parents: Rich and Loretta Thellman

Marital Status: Married in 2000 to Lidija Sokac Thellman, a Croatian formerly of Yugoslavia

Children: Five children

Conversion: Ca. 1991 while a sophomore in college


1989-1991 - Robert Morris College, majored in Sports Management

1991-1993 - Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, BS in Business Administration

2002-2004 - Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL, MA in Biblical Exegesis; appointed as a Billy Graham Center Scholarship recipient

2010-2013 - Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL, PhD in Biblical Theology—New Testament

2012 - Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, post-graduate in Biblical Studies


1993-1996 - Customer Service Representative at GA Communications, Atlanta, GA

1997-2008 - International staff of Ministry Resource Network in church planting ministry in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Osijek, Croatia

2006-2010 - Associate Academic Dean to Undergraduate Studies at Evangelical Theological Seminary, Osijek, Croatia

2008 - International staff of Ethne seconded by Church Resource Ministries

2014 - Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Lecturer in Biblical Theology at Evangelical Theological Seminary, Osijek, Croatia


3 Audio Tapes

216 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Gregory Thellman in January 2003.

Accessions: 03-03, 03-04

September 25, 2020

Paul Ericksen

Collection 583 Oral History Interviews with Gregory S. Thellman
Paul Ericksen
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187 US