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Collection 585 Oral History Interview with John B. Lutembeka

Identifier: CN 585

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with John B. Lutembeka in which he discusses his family and childhood in Tanzania, education in Uganda during the Idi Amin regime, conversion to the Christian faith while attending teacher's college; the development of his personal faith, the founding and growth of Big November Crusade Ministries; the rapid numerical growth of Christianity in Tanzania; the Tanzanian church's characteristics, strengths and weaknesses; his education at the Wheaton College Graduate School, and a comparison of the church in Tanzania and the United States. The time period covered by the interviews is 1969 to 2001.

John Lutembeka was interviewed by Bob Shuster on February 3, February 10, and March 10, 2003, at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 2003

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Full Name: John Bubelwa Lutembeka

Birth: November 11, 1953 in Bukoba, Tanzania


Parents: Blasseo? and Rosenlia? Lutembeka

Siblings: At least one elder brother

Marital Status: Married to Caroline Lutembeka

Children: David, Moses, Faith, Peace, Grace

Conversion: 1974 (confirmed in the Lutheran Church in 1969)

Ordination: 2001


19??-1973 - St Bernard's College, Kiswera, Uganda (secondary boarding school)

1973-1975 - Teacher's College, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania; graduated with a diploma in Education

19??-1982 - University of Dar-Es-Salaam; graduated with a BA in Commerce

198?-1989 - University of Dar-Es-Salaam; graduated with a MA in Business Administration, with a major in Finance

19??-2000 - International Correspondence Institute, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania; graduated with a BA in Bible and Theology

2001-2003 - Wheaton College Graduate School; graduated in 2003 with a MA in Evangelism-Spiritual Formation


1973-1974 - Six months of national service in the Tanzanian army

198?-1992 - Teacher at a government school

1986-2001 - The Big November Crusade Ministries; co-founder, secretary-general, preacher (part-time volunteer until 1992)

2000-2001 - Attended the Amsterdam 2000 conference for evangelists and served as a Swahili translator; later helped organized evangelist training seminars in Tanzania as a follow-up to the conference


5.00 Audio Tapes

296 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Rev. John B. Lutembeka in February and March 2003.

Accession: 03-6, 03-8, 03-16

July 9, 2008

Bob Shuster

Collection 585 Oral History Interview with John B. Lutembeka
Bob Shuster
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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