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Collection 519 Oral History Interviews with International Renewal Ministries

Identifier: CN 519

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

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

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

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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

Bob Shuster

Collection 519 Oral History Interviews with International Renewal Ministries
Bob Shuster
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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