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Collection 568 Oral History Interviews with Joan M. Wise

Identifier: CN 568

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews in which Wise talks about her Catholic childhood; the influence of the Jesus People movement; David Rose; her conversion experience; joining Youth With A Missions (YWAM); work with Vietnamese refugee youth in Hong Kong; the Revival Christian Church of Hong Kong; becoming an independent missionary; creating Sunday schools in north and south Vietnam; Church and state in Vietnam; condition of the church in Vietnam; speaking in tongues; miracles in Vietnam; ancestor worship in Vietnam; manifestations of the Holy Spirit among the Stieng people; work among the Haroi people, including Bible translation.


  • 2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be accessed only in the Manuscripts Reading Room and is not available online until January 1, 2026.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Information

Full name: Joan “Joni” Marie Wise

Birth: August 10, 1955 in Kansas City, Kansas


Parents: Ed K. and Johanna (Marciewicz) Wise

Siblings: Two younger sisters

Marital Status: Single

Conversion: At about the age of 15, privately a few days after hearing the testimonies of a Christian rock band at her high school


?-1973 - Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, Kansas

? - Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

1977 - Attended a three-month Youth with a Mission (YWAM) school in Denmark

1978 - Attended a YWAM navigation school in Hawaii

1979?-1981 - Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. Graduated with a BS in Education.

1998-2000 - Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Graduated with a MA in Biblical Theology.

2011-2020 - Middlesex University, United Kingdom. .Earned a PhD in Philosophy.


1981-1982? - Fifth grade teacher in a Catholic school near Kansas City

1983, 1985-1988 - Involved in evangelistic work and Christian education among Vietnamese refugee youths in Hong Kong with Youth With A Mission (YWAM)

1989-1994 - Working with the Revival Christian Church in Hong Kong among Vietnamese refugees (supported by the Full Faith of Love Church West, Shawnee, Kansas)

1994-1998 - Working as an independent missionary in Vietnam (supported by the Full Faith of Love Church West, Shawnee, Kansas)

Post-2000 - Worked with the Stieng people group in eastern Cambodia as a member of Anglican Frontier Missions

Post-2000 - Professor at Missional University, an online institution based in North Augusta, South Carolina

Post-2000 - Founder and director at We Love Kids, a non-profit organization which provides scholarships for children to attend local and private schools in Southern Vietnam and Cambodia

Post-2000 - Member of the Motus Dei research group for Unevangelized People Groups and People Movements

Post-2000 - Adjunct professor in Theology at Bethel Global University, Bloomington, Minnesota

Other significant information:

Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, “Seeking Christian Enculturation Among Vietnamese Evangelicals.”


4 Sound Recordings

263 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives by Joan Wise in September and October, 2000.

Accession: 00-51, 00-55, 00-65

November 10, 2022

Bob Shuster

Collection 568 Oral History Interviews with Joan M. Wise
Bob Shuster
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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