Collection 510 Oral History Interviews with Erik S. Barnett
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Erik Stanley Barnett (1910-2006) in which he describes his childhood in Kenya as the son of missionary parents; his own work in that country as pastor, church planter, educator and administrator with Africa Inland Mission (AIM); the internal developments of AIM and of the Africa Inland Church in Kenya during the twentieth century. Other topics discussed include: his parents’ missionary service in Kenya among the Maasai people; changes in AIM missionary training over the years; memories of the Mau Mau Emergency; and the advantages of growing up on the mission field for future missionary service. The time period covered by the interviews is 1915 to 1995.
Erik Barnett was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on January 23 and 24, 1995 at the AIM Retirement Center in Claremont, Florida.
- Created: 1995
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Full Name: Erik Stanley Barnett
Birth: December 3, 1910 in Kenya to missionary parents
Death: January 22, 2006 in Minneola, Florida
Parents: Albert Edmond Barnett and Elma Elizabeth Nischer Barnett
Siblings: Carl, Arthur Malcolm (twin), Paul Austin, Ruth Dorothy Collins, William John
Marital Status: Married to Emily Sterrett on December 22, 1933
Children: Charles Edward (born 1935), Paul N. (Born 1937), Stanley and John (born June 13, 1940), Elizabeth Susan (born October 18, 1944), Carolyn Emily (born April 30, 1948)
Conversion: At age of 5, after conversation with his mother; made a public profession of faith at age 11 at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya during a revival meeting
Rift Valley Academy in Kenya
Westervelt Missionary Home in Arkansas, USA
?-1931 - Columbia Bible College, graduated with a two-year diploma
1931-1933 - State University of South Carolina, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree
1934-ca.1949 - Served with his wife as missionary with Africa Inland Mission among the Kipsigi people in Litein, Kenya; the Tugen people in the Eldama Ravine, Kenya. Was primairly a church and school planter, preacher, pastor.
1940-1946 - Furlough spent in Wheaton, Illinois, teaching at Wheaton Academy. The furlough was prolonged because of World War II.
949-1971 - Field director of AIM's Kenya Field Education secretary for the mission in Kenya (concurrent with being field director)
1972-ca. 1975 - Pastor in three churches among the Marakwet people in Liter, Kenya
ca. 1975 - Retired to the United States
1980-1987 - Called back to teach at Pwani Bible Institute, Mombasa, Kenya
ca. 1987 - Permanent retirement to the United States at AIM Media Retirement Center in Claremont, Florida
Other significant information: 1910-1924 Grew up in Kenya
4.00 Audio Tapes
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Erik Barnett in January 1995.
June 18, 2011
- Africa Inland Church.
- Africa Inland Mission.
- Anderson, Dick.
- Association of Evangelicals of Africa and Madagascar.
- Barnett, Albert E.
- Barnett, Elma.
- Barnett, Emily.
- Barnett, Erik S.
- Barnett, Ted W.
- Beam, Mary S.
- Beecher, Leonard James.
- Birech, Ezekiel.
- Children of missionaries -- Education.
- Children of missionaries -- Kenya.
- Children of missionaries.
- Christian leadership.
- Conversion -- Christianity.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Downing, Kenneth L., 1908-1989.
- Evangelistic work -- Kenya.
- Evangelistic work.
- Female circumcision
- Female circumcision -- Moral and ethical aspects
- Female circumcision -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Africa.
- Githumu, Kenya.
- Great Britain
- Great Britain -- Colonies ?z Kenya.
- Homosexuality -- Christianity.
- Hurlburt, Charles E.
- Independent churches -- Kenya.
- Independent churches.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Kenya.
- Influenza -- History.
- Kamba (African people)
- Kato, Byang H.
- Masai (African people)
- Mau Mau.
- Missionaries -- Training of.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- Training of -- United States.
- Missions -- Kenya.
- Moody Bible Institute -- Alumni.
- Moody Bible Institute.
- Mulwa, Wellington E.
- Organizational change.
- Polygamy -- Kenya.
- Rift Valley Academy (Kijabe, Kenya)
- Scott, Peter Cameron.
- Short-term missions.
- Stauffacher, Claudon H.
- Stauffacher, Florence P. Minch,
- Stauffacher, John Raymond,
- Sterrett, T. Norton.
- Theological seminaries -- Kenya.
- Theological seminaries.
- Tribes -- Kenya.
- Westervelt, Josephine B. (Hope).
- Wheaton Academy (Ill.)
- Wycliffe Bible Translators.
- Collection 510 Oral History Interviews with Erik S. Barnett
- Bob Shuster
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