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Collection 559 Oral History Interviews with Garth G. Gittens

Identifier: CN 559

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Garth Gabriel Gittens, ordained pastor in the Open Bible Standard Church in Trinidad. Topics discussed include Gittens' upbringing in Trinidad; education at the Bible Institute of San Fernando; conversion to Christianity; call to ministry; strengths and weaknesses of the Evangelical church in Trinidad; experiences as an evangelist; the need for better training for Trinidadian pastors; the challenges of pastoral ministry; and charismatic renewal in Trinidad. The period covered by the interview is 1958 to 1998.

Garth Gittens was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 20, 1998 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1998

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: Garth Gabriel Gittens

Birth: February 11, 1958 in Trinidad


Parents: Mervyn and Iris Gittens

Marital Status: Married in 1980 to Gillian

Children: Andre b. 1982 and Gabriel b. 1994

Conversion: 1963 - Experienced conversion at age 15 during service at Revival Times Assembly Church in San Fernando.


1988-1991 -  Bible Institute, San Fernando, Trinidad

1998 - BS, Eugene Bible College, OR

1999 - MA, Wheaton College


1990 - Served as interim pastor while still in Bible school.

1991 - Ordained as pastor in the Open Bible Standard Church of Trinidad.

1993 - Planted a church in Arima under the auspices of the Open Bible Standard Church of Trinidad.

Other Significant Information: Gittens was partially raised by his maternal grandparents, whom he describes as having a powerful Christian influence on his upbringing. In May 1986, during a church service at San Fernando Open Bible Church, Gittens experienced supernatural call from God to preach the gospel. Gittens is an ordained pastor in the Open Bible Standard Church in Trinidad, serving in ministry since 1991 until he relocated to the United States to attend Eugene Bible College.


1.00 Audio Tape

73 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The material in this collection was given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Garth Gittens in November 1998.

Accession 98-77

January 12, 2016

Katherine J. Graber

Collection 559 Oral History Interviews with Garth G. Gittens
Katherine Graber
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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