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Collection 352 Records of the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA)

Identifier: CN 352

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, form letters, financial and statistical reports, minutes, memos and promotional material related to IFMA administration and its service to its member missions.

The files on IFMA members and numerous other Christian agencies predominate.  Also includes series of maps of Latin American countries identifying nondenominational and denominational mission activity.  Numerous mission-related subjects are documented.  Persons prominently featured include Jack Frizen, Billy Graham, and John Percy.


  • Created: 1934-1983, n.d.

Biographical or Historical Information

Association of Evangelical & Fundamentalist nondenominational mission agencies; founded in 1917 by several nondenominational mission agencies which no longer felt compatible with the growing ecumenical movement.  On behalf of its members, IFMA coordinated annual conferences, provided a liasion in some governmental matters, offered endorsement on members' behalf to the Christian public, and assisted members to establish effective and responsible administrative practices.  IFMA served the general Christian public by disseminating missions information and helping local congregations establish their own mission programs.  IFMA declined an offer from the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association in 1946 to merge the two associations; they nevertheless worked cooperatively in scheduling concurrent annual conferences, developing joint committees, and providing training seminars.  Until 1950, IFMA headquarters were located in facilities provided by the missions of IFMA's elected officers; permanent headquarters were located in: New York City, 1950-1960; Ridgefield, New Jersey, 1960-1973; and Wheaton, Illinois, 1973-present.  IFMA's general secretaries included John Percy (1956-1963), Edwin L. Frizen (1963-1991).


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Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187 US