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Collection 564 Papers of Felix Onwukanjo Erondu

 Collection
Identifier: CN-564
Oral history interviews, photograph, videos related to the ministry of Reverend Felix Erondu, Nigerian evangelist and founder of Traveling Light Ministries.

Series: Oral History Interviews

Two oral history interviews with Felix Erondu, in which he decribes his family background in Aba, Nigeria; upbringing in the Anglican church; education; training as a teacher; participation in the Biafran civil war; work as a teacher and principal; committing his life to Jesus Christ through his participation in the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship; the development of his faith and ministry; the origins of his organization, Traveling Light Ministries; his call to ministry; evangelistic work in rural and urban areas of southern Nigeria; influence of witchcraft; relations between Christians and Muslims; strengths and weaknesses of the church in Nigeria; comparison of Anglican and Pentecostal traditions in Nigeria; comparison of worship services in Nigeria and the United States. The time period covered by the interviews is 1960-1999.

Rev. Erondu was interviewed by Bob Shuster in November 17 and 29, 1999, at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.

Series: Photographs

1 color. Snapshot of Rev. Felix Erondu taken during his oral history interview at the BGC Archives. 1999.

Series: Video Tapes

Video recordings depict several evangelistic services led by Rev. Erondu.

Dates

  • Created: 1995, 1999

Conditions Governing Access

None

Extent

0.12 Cubic Feet

Audio Tapes; Photograph; Videos other_unmapped

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Felix Onwukanjo W. Erondu

Birth: May 19, 1945, in Ohanza Isiahia in the state of Aba in Nigeria

Family:

Parents: Jacob and Hanna Erondu

Marital Status: Married to Dorothy O., who was a nurse he met when he was wounded the Biafran civil war

Children: 1 girl, 4 boys

Conversion: 1987

Ordination: November 23, 1996, ordained and licensed as a pastor by the Bishop of the Church of God Mission; ordained as a priest by the Anglican bishop of Aba on June 27, 2004

Education:

1955-1960 - Ohanze Isiahia Primary School

1961-1965 - Ngwa High School

1966-1971 - Advanced Teachers College, Owerri, Nigeria. Graduated with a Diploma (NCE) in Education, after leaving the school for three years for the army

1968-1970 - Left school to serve as an officer in Biafran army and was wounded in battle

1977-1981 - Ahmandu Belle University, Zaria, Nigeria. Graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree.

1999-2001 - Wheaton College Graduate School, United States. Graduated with a Master's degree in Educational Ministries.

Career:

1972-1978 - Taught in several secondary schools in Imo and Kaduna states, Nigeria

1981-1983 - Vice-Principal of St. Joseph's Teachers Training College

1983-1992 - Promoted to Secondary School Principal. Resigned to go into full-time Christian service.

1987 - After his conversion, had three spiritual experiences that confirmed his call to the ministry

1987-1990 - Involved in a variety of ministries on a part-time basis, including the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International, Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Pilgrims Ministries International

1990-2001 - Founded Traveling Light Ministries International, a mass evangelism ministry in Aba and neighboring rural communities. Affiliated with the Church of God Mission, International, the Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria, and Harvestime International Network. Traveling Light also organized seminars and workshops for Christian workers.

1992 - Ministry expanded to include visits to orphanages and prisons

1995-2001 - Founded Traveling Light Academy for nursery, primary and secondary education. Over 200 students by the start of 1999. The school eventually closed when the landlord sold the building the school had been renting.

2001 - Served as assistant pastor of the Hope Fellowship Church, Wheaton, Illinois, USA. Flew back to Nigeria in the fall, arriving on September 11.

2002-2004? - Pastor of the Lighthouse Gospel Church, Ohanze Isiahia, Nigeria

2004?-2007? - Deputy rector of the St. Grace Anglican Girls Junior Seminary in Ogbor Hill, Nigeria

2004-2005 - Returned to United States for a preaching tour

2007- Rector of St Augustine's Anglican Seminary in Nbawsi, Nigeria (a six-year boy's school leading to a Senior High School Certificate); Archdeacon and curate of St. George Cathedral in Nbawsi

Other significant information:

Author of Welcome Holy Spirit, Spiritual Warfare Advance Technique Manual, Open Visions, and Behold He Comes in a Cloud.

Served as vice president of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship of Nigeria

Served as a member of the South Senatorial Advisory Forum and had leadership positions in a variety of humanitarian and voluntary organizations

Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Rev. Erondu in November 1999 and August 2001.

Accession: 99-71, 99-73, 01-51

March 12, 2008

Bob Shuster
Title
Collection 564 Papers of Felix Onwukanjo Erondu
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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