Collection 665 Oral History Interview with Paul A. Cedar
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Paul Cedar about his upbringing as the son of a Presbyterian minister, his conversion at a Youth for Christ rally, his call to ministry at a young age, his work as a summer evanelist in Pennsylvania, his education at Northern State College in South Dakota, and his first pastorate during which he started a YFC club. Events described in the interview cover the time period 1938-1960.
Paul Cedar was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on June 9, 2011 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.
- Created: 2011
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Full Name: Paul Arnold Cedar
Birth: November 4, 1938; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Parents: Carl Benjamin Cedar and Bernice M. (née Peterson) Cedar
Siblings: 4th of 5 children; 2 older sisters, 1 older brother, younger twin sister
Marital Status: Married Jean Helen Lier, August 25, 1959
Children: Mark John, Deborah Jean (McGinnis), and Daniel Paul
Conversion: Age of 7 (February 23, 1946) at a Youth for Christ rally
Ordination: 1966, Evangelical Free Church of America
1960 - BS from Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota
1968 - Master of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
1973 - Doctor of Ministry from American Baptist Seminary of the West
Graduate studies in later years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wheaton College Graduate School, the University of Iowa, and California State University
1957-1960 - Student Pastor/Youth Evangelist, Aberdeen, South Dakota
1960-1963 - Executive Director, Youth for Christ, Cedar Rapids, IO
1963-1965 - Crusade Associate, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
1965-1967 - Pastor, Evangelical Free Church of Naperville, Illinois
1967-1969 - Crusade Director, Leighton Ford Evangelistic Team
1969-1974 - Senior Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Yorba Linda, California
1975-1980 - Executive Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, California
1981-1990 - Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Congressional Church, Pasadena, California
1990-1996 - President, Evangelical Free Churches of America, Minneapolis
1995-2017 - Chairman, CEO, Mission America Coalition; present Chair Emeritus
1998-2004 - Executive Chair, Lausanne International Committee; present advisory capacity
circa 1980 - Guest Dean at Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism
Adjunct Professor at Trinity Divinity School, Talbot Theological Seminary, Bethel Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and ACTS Seminary
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Honorary Degrees: Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical School
Honorary Doctor of Ministry from Belhaven College
Publications: Mastering Ministry: Mastering the Pastoral Role, with Kent Hughes and Ben Patterson (2010); Compassionate Leadership, with Dr. Ted Engstrom (2006); A Life of Prayer (1998); Where is Hope? (1992); Strength in Servant Leadership (1987); The Communicator’s Commentary: James, Jude, I & II Peter (1984); Sharing the Good Life! (1980); 7 Keys to Maximum Communication (1980); Becoming a Lover (1978); How to Make Love Your Motive (1977)
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The material in this collection was given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Paul Cedar in June 2011.
February 6, 2019
- Cedar, Bernice P.
- Cedar, C. Benjamin.
- Cedar, Carl E.
- Cedar, Paul A., 1938-
- Christian life.
- Church work with youth.
- Clergy -- Training of
- Clergy -- Training of -- United States
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Evangelical Free Church of America.
- Evangelistic sermons.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Evangelistic work.
- Gault, Clyde E.
- International Society of Christian Endeavor.
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Youth for Christ/USA.
- Collection 665 Oral History Interview with Paul A. Cedar
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