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Collection 711 Oral History Interview with Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu

Identifier: CN 711

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu in which he discusses his family background in Ethiopia; his father’s ministry as an evangelist and church planter; his own education at Jimma and Addis Ababa University; activities as a government health worker; the scourges of trachoma, malaria and HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia; his work with World Vision in children’s health; campaign against violence to children and women; his impressions of Christianity in the United States and of the Wheaton College Graduate School; and the development of his Christian faith. The time period covered by the interview is 1979-2019.

Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu was interviewed by Bob Shuster on January 9, 2019, in the offices of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives.


  • 2019


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research, and there are no restrictions on the use of the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Information

Full name: Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu

Birth: November 1979 in Wolayita Soddo, Ethiopia


Parents: Father: Tadesse Tantu (evangelist); Mother: Meskel Lachore

Siblings: Three, including brother Bereket Tadesse

Marital Status: Married Melesu Sime in 2009

Children: Daughters Ruhana and Rediet

Conversion: Committed his life to Jesus Christ in 1996 at a youth service at his home church, Gulele Guenet


1995-1999 - Wolayita Comprehensive School, Ethiopia

1998-2000 - Attended Jimma University in Jimma, Oromia Region, Ethiopia, and earned an Associate’s degree in Nursing

2004-2011 - Attended Addis Ababa University, graduated with a BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology

2018-2021 - Attended Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois, and earned an MA in Evangelism and Leadership


2000-2004 - Worked for Ministry of Health at health clinics in towns of Bale and Boditi

2001-2004 - Head of Bale Health Center in Woliata Zone; focal person for malaria, immunization program in Health Center and HID/AIDS control and prevention in the same

2005-2018 - Worked as a staff member of World Vision, became National Child Health Now campaign coordinator in Ethiopia

Other significant information

2014-2018 - Chairperson of the board of elders of Gulele Guenet Church

Involved as a volunteer in church ministries to the unreached in towns of Abote, Salale, Arsi, and Bale

Served in his home church through preaching, teaching, and leading Bible studies


1 Sound Recording

153 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives by Tsegaab Tantu in January 2019.

Accession: 19-01

January 26, 2022

Bob Shuster

Collection 711 Oral History Interview with Tsegaab Tadesse Tantu
Bob Shuster
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Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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