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Collection 502 Oral History Interview with Geraldine J. Phillips

Identifier: CN 502

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Geraldine Julia (Hinote) Phillips (19132-2000) in which she describes her family background, conversion to Christianity after listening to Gypsy Smith on the radio; education at BIOLA and Columbia Bible College, work at the Rehoboth Mission in Kentucky from 1934-1939, joining Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), travel to Africa in 1943, and the beginning of her work among the Dinka people in southern Sudan. Other topics discussed include: Phillips work with the Rehoboth Mountain Mission in Kentucky; memories of various speakers at BIOLA, including Aimee Semple McPherson; comparison of BIOLA with Columbia Bible College; candidate orientation with SIM; impact of the Zamzam incident on foreign missionaries; expectations for missionaries based on gender; first impressions of Sudan; descriptions of the Dinka language, people, and culture. The time period covered by the interviews is ca. 1915 to 1994.

Geraldine J. (Hinote) Phillips was interviewed by Bob Shuster on May 20, 1994, at her home in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


  • Created: 1994

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Biographical Information

Full Name: Geraldine Julia (Hinote) Phillips

Birth: January 19, 1913 in Laurel, Montana

Death: January 24, 2000 in Carlsbad, California

Conversion: Was a Christian from childhood, but did not have a settled sense of her salvation until 1930


Parents: Oscar W. and Nelly (Ogren) Hinote

Siblings: Rosalind and Genevieve

Marital Status:  Married to John E. Phillips ca. 1993


1930 Graduated Pomona High School, Pomona, California

1930-32 Attended and graduated from BIOLA (Bible Institute of Los Angeles)

1932-1933 Took medical missionary course at BIOLA

1938-1941 Graduated Columbia Bible College with a BA in Biblical Education

1948-1949 Attended Wheaton College during furlough for education courses


1934 - Served as part of a gospel team in Arizona for six months

1934-1939 - Missionary with Rehoboth Mountain Mission in Kentucky, teaching the Bible in schools

September 1941 - Applied to be a missionary of Sudan Interior Mission and was accepted

1941-1943 - Assisting at Rehoboth Mountain Mission and doing deputation work for Sudan Interior Mission

1943- 1963 - Missionary with Sudan Interior Mission in the Sudan. Work with the Dinka people as a teacher at mission schools. She served at four different mission stations, including Malat (with at least one furlough to the United States in 1948.)

1963-1972 - Served in Ethiopia as a teacher, first at Bingham Academy for missionary children, then among Muslims in the northern part of the country. Then for eight years she was a matron at the SIM Youth Center and Girls' Christian Hostel in Addis Abba. The hostel was for Christian girls attending school in the area.

Ca. 1972-1982 - Returned to Sudan with the relief agency ACROSS (African Committee for the Rehabilitate Southern Sudan). Worked with the Dinka people until she caught hepatis. She recuperated in Kenya until she could return to the United States on furlough. After furlough, she returned to Addis Ababa and then returned to work among the Dinkas, training teachers and teaching literacy classes.

November 1982 - Retired in November and returned to the United States from southern Sudan

Other significant information:

After her mother died when Geraldine was four, she and her sisters spent several years in California with her uncle and aunt, Charles and Flora Knowld (sp?) in Riverside, California until her father remarried when she was seven. The family moved to Pomona, California in 1924.


2.00 Audio Tapes

108 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Geraldine J. Hinote Phillips in May 1994.

Accession: 94-51

August 5, 2003

Bob Shuster

Collection 502 Oral History Interview with Geraldine J. Phillips
Bob Shuster
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