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Collection 524 Oral History Interviews with Leonard H. F. Sumule

Identifier: CN 524

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Leonard Hendrik F. Sumule in which he describes his family, childhood in Indonesia, conversion and spiritual development, being a Christian in a predominantly Muslim nation, his experience at Wheaton College's Honey Rock Camp, comparison of Honey Rock with Christian camps in Indonesia, the 1995 revival at Wheaton College, his goals for ministry in Indonesia, involvement in youth ministry, camping and Christian education in the country, and education and church involvement while at the Wheaton College Graduate School. The time period covered by the interviews is ca. 1945 to 1996.

Leonard Sumule was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on October 25 and November 3, 1995, and June 27, 1996 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1996

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright to the sound recordings in this collection is held by the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archives.

Biographical Information

Full Name: Leonard Hendrik E. Sumule

Birth: August 9, 1967, in Paniai, Irian Jaya, Indonesia; grew up in Nabire on the northern coast of Irian Jaya, to parents from Indonesia's Toraja tribe.


Parents: Both public school teachers

Siblings: Sumule is the fifth of eight children (three sisters, four brothers)

Marital Status: Married to Stephanie

Children: Nathalie, Naomi

Conversion: Age eight (approximately 1975)


1971-1983 - Grammar school and junior high school in Nabire, Irian Jaya

1983-1986 - Junior and senior high school in Sorong, Irian Jaya

1986-1991 - Jaffray Theological College, majored in Christian Education and graduated with Bachelors of Religious Education

1993-1996 - Wheaton College Graduate School, graduated with M.A. in Educational Ministries


1990-1993 - Working in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, with young people of the Gereja Kemah Injil Indonesia (the Christian and Missionary Alliance affiliate), including youth evangelism, preaching, teaching and training Bible study leaders

1996-2006 - Taught in Youth Ministry program at Tenggarong Bible College; also was head of the program (1998-2006) and national head of C&MA's Indonesian youth ministry (2001-2006); discontinued to resume education in Biola University's Ph D program in the School of Intercultural Studies

Other Significant Information:

1984 - During his church's Spiritual Emphasis Week in Sorong, he felt called to become a full-time Christian worker.


5 Audio Tapes

227 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Leonard Sumule in October and November 1995 and June 1996.

Accession: 95-145, 95-152, 96-57

November 23, 2009

Paul Ericksen

Collection 524 Oral History Interviews with Leonard H. F. Sumule
Paul Ericksen
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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