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Collection 591 Papers of Gregory M. Davis

Identifier: CN 591

Brief Description

Prayer letters and oral history interview related to the ministry of Gregory and Lori Davis, missionaries and church planters with LIFE ministries (now Asian Access) in Japan.

Series: Audio Tapes

Two oral history interviews with Gregory Davis in which discusses his family background; spiritual development; children names in Japan; the 1972 Billy Graham Cleveland crusade; his conversion and transformation of his life; choosing LIFE ministries; teaching English as Christian outreach in Japan; learning the Japanese language; differences between Japanese and American cultures; Christian conversion in Japan; missionary children and education; change of leadership with LIFE ministries; Douglas Birdsall; working with the Japan Church Growth Institute (JCGI); evangelism and church planting in Japan; planting fully independent Japanese churches; differences and similarities of Japanese and American churches; raising a family on the mission field; Japan Evangelical Missions Association; challenges and goals of church planting; lessons from the Japanese church. The time period covered by the interviews is 1962-2003.

Greg Davis was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on November 11 & 18, 2003 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.

Series: Box List

Arrangement: Chronological

Date Range: 1987-2008

Volume: .5 cubic feet, 1 box

Geographic Coverage: Japan, United States

Type of Documents: Prayer letters

Subjects: Church growth in Japan, Japanese language, Japanese culture, culture shock, missionary children, church planting

Notes: The prayer letters are arranged chronologically. Folder 1-1 consists of photocopies made by the Archives staff as well as a few notes taken on how to write prayer letters. Folder 1-2 contains prayer letters mailed to and then collected by the Archives.


  • Created: 1987-2008

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Full Name: Gregory Marion Davis

Birth: October 17, 1962 in Marietta, Ohio


Parents: James Marion and Brenda Ruth Davis

Siblings: Jeffrey Todd (older brother)

Marital Status: Married Lori Marie Conant

Children: Matthew Wesley, Stephen Elliott

Conversion: 1979 at age of 17, with influence from mentors at church


1982 - Graduated from Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute, in Wooster, Ohio, USA was a degree in Nursery and Garden Center Management

1994 - Graduated from Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina, USA with a degree in General Ministries

2003-2004 - Graduated Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois, USA with a.M.A. in Intercultural Studies


1987-1989 - Worked with LIFE Ministries, English teaching at Shiki Church, Niiza City, Japan and Yamaga Church in Yamaga City, Japan

1990-1992 - Summer Mission Training Director with LIFE Ministries, Japan

1994-1996 - Language Study, Japan

1996-1999 - Church Planting with LIFE Ministries, Kaminoyama, Japan

1999-2003 - Church Planting with LIFE Ministries, Obanazawa, Japan


248 Minutes

3 audio cassettes

.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Gregory Davis in 2003.

Accession 03-72, 03-75, 03-81

June 2010

Noel Collins Pfeifer

Collection 591 Papers of Gregory M. Davis
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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