Collection 489 Oral History Interview with John A. MacDonald
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with John Allan MacDonald (1921-2014) in which he discusses his education and activities at Wheaton College from his graduation in 1943; literary societies; friends and faculty; the impact of World War II on the campus; Billy Graham and his role in the United Gospel Tabernacle in Wheaton; MacDonald's evangelistic and church ministry among San Francisco hippies in the late 1960s and work with Jews for Jesus (JFJ) and its founder Moishe Rosen. The second interview focuses on JFJ, describing leader Moishe Rosen; evangelism among Jews; JFJ's philosophy and methodology of evangelism; responses by Evangelicals; the public and the Jewish community's response to JFJ; organizational structure and leadership; the role of women in the organization; relationships with other agencies reaching out to Jews; and his experience as JFJ board member and chaplain. The time period covered by the interviews is 1920 to 1994.
John Allan MacDonald was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on May 7, 1993, and March 11, 1994 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.
- Created: 1993-1994
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Full Name: John Allan Mac Donald
Birth Date: February 27, 1921, in Stockton, California
Death Date: August 30, 2014
Parents: John A. (principal) and Maude Mac Donald
Marital Status: Married Marilyn S. Rundlett ('42) June 25, 1944
Conversion: Eight years old; age twelve when sick with appendicitis, he promised God he'd be a preacher
Denomination: American Baptist
Stockton, CA, High School
1939?-1943 Wheaton College, BA (Philosophy)
1947 American Baptist Seminary, BD?
1951 American Baptist Seminary, Th M
1975 Golden Gate Theological Seminary, DD
Pastor in First Baptist Church in Mill Valley, California
Worked in San Francisco with hippies, students, drug addicts, etc.
Member of the board of Jews for Jesus, also chaplain
Other significant information: While at Wheaton College, he was a member of the concert orchestra, concert band, men's glee club, brass choir, Inter-Society Council, Aristonian Literary Society.
3.00 Audio Tapes
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Dr. John MacDonald in May 1993 and March 1994.
Accession: 93-65, 94-24
July 21, 2000
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
- American Board of Missions to the Jews.
- Carnell, Edward John, 1919-1967.
- Christian World Liberation Front.
- Clark, Gordon H. (Gordon Haddon), 1902-1985.
- Edman, V. Raymond (Victor Raymond), 1900-1967.
- Evangelistic work -- Philosophy.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Evangelistic work.
- Free, Joseph P.
- Graham, Billy, 1918-2018.
- Henry, Carl F. H. (Carl Ferdinand Howard), 1913-2003.
- Jewett, Paul King.
- Jews -- United States.
- Lindsay, Thomas P.
- MacDonald, John Allan.
- Missions to Jews.
- Nordin, H. William.
- Rosen, Moishe.
- Sex role.
- Thiessen, Henry Clarence, 1885-
- United Gospel Tabernacle (Wheaton, Ill.)
- Wheaton College (Ill.)
- Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Alumni.
- Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Religious life and customs.
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Collection 489 Oral History Interview with John A. MacDonald
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