Collection 479 Oral History Interview with William A. Stier
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with William Adam Stier (1912-2004), missionary with Africa Inland Mission in Tanzania from 1938 to 1978. Topics covered in the two sessions include his youth and conversion, marriage, Bible school education, call to missions, his work with the Sakuma and Tuzu peoples, his ministry as a teacher of African pastors; the transition from mission to indigenous church control in Tanzania, the policies and personnel of AIM, Emil Sywulka, political changes in Tanzania, polygamy and animism, church discipline, tribal relations, relations with other Christian missions, short-term vs. career missionaries issues, spiritual hardships of being a missionary. For more information, please see guide. The time period covered by the interviews is 1912 to 1993.
William Stier was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on January 19-20, 1993 at the Media Retirement Center in Clermont, Florida.
- Created: 1993
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Full Name: William Adam Stier
Birth Date: November 13, 1912, in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
Death Date: February 4, 2004
Parents: William A., Sr. and Martha Stier
Siblings: Two older sisters
Marital Status: Married Virginia Steitz in 1935
Conversion: Ca. 1918, through the efforts of the leader of his church youth group
1931-1935 - Philadelphia College of the Bible (Evening School)
ca. 1935-1936 - American Theological Seminary (Evening School)
1937-1938 - Christian Service Medical Course at the National Bible Institute in New York City
ca. 1938 William and Virginia Stier joined Africa Inland Mission
1938 - The Stiers, as missionaries of Africa Inland Mission, left for Africa in December
1939-1943 - General work in Tanganyika (now Tanzania)
1943-1946 - Trained lay leaders and pastors in Bible training schools in Tanganyika (now Tanzania)
1946-1964 - Started and taught at Katungulu Bible Training School on Lake Victoria
1964-1977 - Started and administered Majahida Bible Training School
1958-1964 - AIM's Field Director for Tanzania
1980 - The Stiers moved to the AIM's retirement center in Media, Florida
Other significant information: Grew up in the German Lutheran tradition; ordained to Christian work by Rev. George Palmer ca. 1938.
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by William Stier in January 1993.
January 4, 2001
- Africa Inland Church.
- Africa Inland Mission.
- Animism -- Tanzania.
- Bible colleges
- Bible colleges -- Tanzania.
- Catholic Church -- Evangelicalism.
- Catholic Church -- Missions -- Tanzania.
- Catholic Church -- Missions.
- Catholic Church.
- Christian education -- Tanzania.
- Christian education.
- Christian leadership.
- Christian life.
- Church discipline.
- Evangelistic work -- New Jersey.
- Evangelistic work -- Tanzania.
- Evangelistic work.
- Ferrin, Howard W.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Tanzania.
- Katungulu Bible School (Tanzania)
- Majahida Bible School (Tanzania)
- Masai (African people)
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- Leaves and furloughs.
- Missions -- Educational work.
- Missions -- Finance.
- Pentecostalism -- Tanzania.
- Polygamy -- Tanzania.
- Stier, William A.
- Sukuma (African people)
- Swahili language.
- Sywulka, Emil.
- Tanzania -- Description and travel.
- Theological seminaries -- Tanzania.
- Theological seminaries.
- Theology -- Study and teaching -- Asia.
- Tribes -- Tanzania.
- World War, 1914-1918.
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Collection 479 Oral History Interview with William A. Stier
- Bob Shuster
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