Joseph C. Jeter Papers.
Scope and Contents
Oral history interview with Joseph C. Jeter, who discusses his family and growing up, social and racial conditions in Philadelphia, education and employment, conversion and church involvement, first pastorate, limited missionary positions available to African Americans in White agencies, experience in Uganda and burden for missions, return to Uganda to survey mission stations staffed by African American missionaries, dire condition, and resulting burden to serve missionaries. Topics discussed cover the time period, 1931-1967. Also includes small selection of paper documents, primarily prayer letters from Have Christ Will Travel (1993-1996), and a pamphlet and brochure, program materials from a workshop and training programs.
Series 1: Audio Tapes
Joseph C. Jeter was interviewed by Bob Shuster on June 6, 1996, at the Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1931-1967.
Series 2: Paper Records (Box List)
A small selection of paper documents are included in the collection, consisting of:
Booklet Jeter wrote about Montrose Waite (folder 1-1). Prayer letters from Have Christ Will Travel or HCWT (folder 1-2) that span 1993-1996, including reports on the mission’s activities, lists of praise for answered prayers, and lists of prayer requests; some of the letters include attached reports or other documents, such as appeals for funds for a ministry van.
Handout from the Black Missionaries and Their Work workshop (folder 1-3), including lists of “Independent Faith Missions,” Denominational Missions,” “Mixed Missions,” and “Early Black Missionaries.” Also includes brochure for the Bethlehem School of the three-year Bible Missionary Training Institute run by HCWT, including doctrinal statement and outline of the curriculum; brochure for HCWT’s short-term missions program.
HCWT brochure (folder 1-4) that answers the questions, “What is It?” “Who Founded It?” What is It’s Work?” and outlines the organization’s doctrinal statement; also includes photos of Joseph C. and Catherine E. Jeter. HCWT pamphlet touching on “Missions—What is It?” and “You! Go! You Preach the Gospel.”
- Created: 1983-1996
- Jeter, Joseph C. (Person)
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Full Name: Joseph C. Jeter
Birth: July 5, 1931
Parents: Wylie and Catherine Jones Jeter
Siblings: Brother: Wylie, Jr.
Marital Status: Married Catherine Elizabeth Gorham, July 8, 1952
Children: Five children: Diane Marie (oldest), Paul, Priscilla, Rhonda, Joseph, plus one child by legal custody
Conversion: Age 17
1962 - Philadelphia College of Bible
?-1951 - Worked on Philadelphia’s waterfront
1951-1954? - Air Force for the Korean War
1961-1966? - Marston Temple Baptist Church
?-1966 - Philadelphia’s Department of Streets
1965 - Founded Have Christ Will Travel Ministries, Inc. (HCWT) with his wife Catherine
Other significant information: Church affiliation: Wayland Temple Baptist Church, Philadelphia; in 1986, established HCWT headquarters at 528 E. Church Lane, Philadelphia, PA, 19144.
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Joseph Jeter in May 1994 and June 1996.
Accession 94-48, 96-48
June 2, 2018
- African American churches.
- African American clergy.
- African American leadership.
- African American missionaries.
- African Americans -- Economic conditions.
- African Americans -- Families
- African Americans -- Missions.
- African Americans -- Social conditions.
- Carver Foreign Mission.
- Christian life.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Father Divine.
- Have Christ Will Travel Ministries (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Jeter, Catherine E.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missions -- Africa.
- Missions -- Liberia.
- Missions -- Study and teaching.
- Missions -- Uganda.
- Monrovia Bible Institute (Liberia)
- Philadelphia (Pa.)
- Philadelphia College of the Bible.
- Prayer -- Christianity.
- Ten Boom, Corrie.
- Waite, Montrose, 1891-1977.
- Wheaton College (Ill.)
- Wilson, Ernie.
- Collection 532 Papers of Joseph C. Jeter
- Paul Ericksen
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