Collection 519 Oral History Interviews with International Renewal Ministries
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Joseph C. Aldrich and Terry Dirks, leaders of International Renewal Ministries, in which they describe their personal backgrounds and the origins, purpose, and impact of the prayer summits for pastors sponsored by IRM. They also both talked about the revival on the campus of Multnomah Bible School that occurred on April 14, 1995. The time period covered by the interviews is 1940 to 1995.
Terry Dirks and Joseph Aldrich were interviewed by Bob Shuster on April 21, 1995, on the campus of Multnomah Bible College. Joseph Aldrich was interviewed by Bob Shuster at the offices of the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College on June 13, 1995.
- Created: 1995
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Full Name: Joseph Coffin Aldrich
Birth: November 16, 1940 in Portland, Oregon
Death: February 12, 2009
Parents: Willard Maxwell and Doris Coffin Aldrich
Siblings: Jane, Virginia, Becky, Annette, Bobbie, Jon, Tim, and Tad
Marital Status: To Ruthe Miles, August 18, 1962
Children: Kristen and Stephen
Conversion: At a very young age
1961: Diploma from Multnomah School of the Bible
1963: A.B. from Southern Oregon State College
1968: Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary
1971: Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary
Early 1960s: Campus Crusade staff worker at the University of Oregon for a brief time
1969-1971: Instructor at Dallas Theological Seminary
1971-1978: Pastor of Mariners Church, Newport Beach, California
1975-1977: Part-time faculty at Talbot Theological Seminary
1978-1996: President of Multnomah School of the Bible
1989-1997: Founder of Northwest Renewal Ministries (later International Renewal Ministries), which grew out of the prayer 1992: Chairman of the Billy Graham Pacific Northwest Crusade in Portland, Oregon
Other significant information: Authored several books, including Secrets to Inner Beauty (1971), Life-Style Evangelism: Crossing Traditional Boundaries to Reach the Unbelieving World (1982) (translated into several languages), Conscience: God’s Provision for Your Success (1983), Gentle Persuasion: Creative Ways to Introduce Your Friends to Christ (1988), Prayer Summits: Seeking God’s Agenda for Your Community (1992)
Full Name: Terry Dirks
Birth: 1944 in Hutchinson, Kansas
Death: September 24, 1999, during an IRM consultation in Nagano, Japan
Marital Status: Married to Judy in 1968
Children: Two daughters, Dana and Debbie
Conversion: At the age of six
Ordination: 1972 as minister in the Evangelical Free Church
1966: Diploma from Multnomah School of the Bible
1967?-1971?: Northwest Nazarene College
1971?-1983: Youth for Christ executive director for YFC clubs in Portland, Oregon, Boise, Idaho; Yakama, Washington
1983-1986: Executive director of Planned Living Seminars and Ross Associates
1986-1999: Vice President of Multnomah School of the Bible (later renamed Multnomah Bible School and Seminary)
1989-1999: Staff member, director of International Renewal Ministries (part of Multnomah Bible School and Seminary until 2004)
1992: Executive committee of the Billy Graham Pacific Northwest Crusade in Portland, Oregon
4 Audio Tapes
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Joseph Aldrich and Terry Dirks in April and June 1995.
Accession: 95-72, 95-73, 95-101
March 6, 2017
- Aldrich, Doris Coffin.
- Aldrich, Joseph C., 1940-
- Aldrich, William Maxwell.
- Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
- Campus Crusade for Christ.
- Clergy -- Job stress.
- Conversion -- Christianity.
- Dallas Theological Seminary.
- Dirks, Terry D.
- Holy Spirit.
- International Renewal Ministries.
- Kuhn, Isobel.
- McAlister, Jack.
- Multnomah School of the Bible (Portland, Ore.)
- Navigators (Religious organization)
- Prayer -- Christianity.
- Prayer groups.
- Revivals -- Portland
- Revivals -- United States.
- Wang Thomas.
- Women -- Religious life.
- Women clergy -- United States.
- Women clergy.
- Collection 519 Oral History Interviews with International Renewal Ministries
- Bob Shuster
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