Collection 491 Oral History Interview with Chester Terpstra
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Chester Terpstra (1917-2007) in which he discusses his years as a student at Wheaton College (1939-1943); his friendship with Billy Graham; and his later ministry in Micronesia and Hawaii. Other topics discussed include the religious culture of Hawaii during World War II and after; the prevalence of pre-millenialism at Wheaton College and among evangelical missionaries; and the 1943 revival at Wheaton College. The time period covered by the interviews is 1939 to 1993.
Rev. Terpstra was interviewed by Larry Thompson on May 7, 1993 on the campus of Wheaton College.
- Created: 1993
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Full Name: Chester Terpstra
Birth: September 4, 1917 in Allegan County, Michigan, USA
Death: April 12, 2007 in Sequim, Washington, USA
Parents: George and Lizzie (Lugtiheid) Terpstra
Siblings: Aleta, Hilda, Janet, Gerald
Marital Status: Margery Shirley Williams, August 10, 1945
Children: Michael, Merrill, Marshall
Ordination: Tthe Congregational Church (later was a minister in the United Church of Christ)
1943 - BA, Wheaton College
1945 - MA, Wheaton College
1959 - DD, University of Edinburgh
1945-1948? - Assigned by the Hawaiian Board of Missions to Kawaiahao Church, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
1948-1949 - Served as pastor to English-speaking congregation of Makiki Congregational Church, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
1948-1959? - The Terpstras were missionaries under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to the island of Pohnpei, Micronesia
1954 - Established a Pastors and Teachers Training School in Pohnpei to train Christian workers for Micronesia
1963-1969 - Served as pastor to English-speaking congregation of Makiki Congregational Church, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He was instrumental in the formation of the Central Honolulu Community Association, encompassing the Makiki, Sheridan Tract and Kakaako districts.
1969-1976 - Conference minister of the Hawaii Conference - United Church of Christ
1989-1990 - Served as Interim Senior Pastor of Makiki Congregational Church, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
1993 - Served as Interim Senior Pastor of Makiki Congregational Church, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Other significant information:
2004 - Moved to the state of Washington to be near their children
1 Audio Tape
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Accruals and Additions
The material in this collection was given to the Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections by Chester Terpstra in May 1993. CASC gave a copy of the interview to the Billy Graham Center Archives in also in 1993, since the BGC Archives staff had set up the interview.
May 18, 2007
- Buswell, J. Oliver (James Oliver), 1895-1977.
- Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
- Colson, Charles W.
- Dyrness, Enock.
- Edman, V. Raymond (Victor Raymond), 1900-1967.
- Graham, Billy, 1918-2018.
- Graham, Ruth Bell.
- Hawaii Pacific University.
- Hoerth, Alfred J.
- Inch, Morris A., 1925-
- Makiki Christian Church, Honolulu.
- Missions -- Micronesia.
- Terpstra, Chester.
- Welsh, Evan D.
- Wheaton College (Ill.)
- Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Alumni.
- Wilson, Grady, 1919-1987.
- Collection 491 Oral History Interview with Chester Terpstra
- Bob Shuster
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