Collection 561 Oral History Interviews with Charles C. Kay
Scope and Contents
Oral history interviews with Charles Conrad Kay in which he describes his family background, interest in music, conversion at the age of 24, first steps in the Christian faith, his early ministry in Europe on a short-term program with Greater Europe Mission, marriage, education at Moody Bible Institute, ministry at Cook County Jail, joining the Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), raising support, and the Kays’ first term as missionaries in France from 1994 to 1999. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1977-1998.
Charles Kay was interviewed by Bob Shuster on December 20, 1999, and January 28, 2000, at the offices of the Billy Graham Center Archives.
- Created: 1998
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Full name: Charles Conrad Fry
Birth: August 25, 1960, in Ft. Worth, Texas
Parents: Irvin James Kay and Dellya Loyla Kay
Siblings: Kathy, Desiree, Greg, Bob, one other sibling. Charles was the youngest
Marital Status: Married to Mary Elizabeth Harness in 1989
Children: Five, including Robert, Emily, William, Jonathan
Conversion: December 9, 1984
1986?: Taking classes at Luther Rice College & Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia
1988-1991: Attended Moody Bible Institute, graduated with a BA in International Ministries
1999-2000: Attended Wheaton College Graduate School, graduated with an MA in Intercultural studies
1977-1991: Architectural drawing and engineer jobs; at the same time he was also involved as a drummer in many rock bands
1987: Spent a short term in France as part of the EUROCORPS program of the Greater Europe Mission
1991: With his wife was accepted as missionaries by TEAM (The Evangelical Missionary Alliance)
1994-1999: Served in France: Language school in Albertville, Switzerland, Church planting in Montigny-le-Brentonneux, a Paris suburb
2000-2009: Return to church planting in France
2011-?: In the United States preparing for further ministry in Europe
4.00 Audio Tapes
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Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Charles Kay in December 1999 and January 2000.
Accession: 99-78, 00-08 May 20, 2019
- Bible Christian Union.
- Bible colleges -- United States.
- Chicago (Ill.)
- Chick Publications.
- Church development, New.
- Church work with prisoners.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Cook County (Ill.). Department of Corrections.
- European Bible Institute (France)
- Evangelistic work -- Europe.
- Evangelistic work -- France.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Fund raising.
- Gothard, Bill.
- Greater Europe Mission.
- Indigenous church administration -- France.
- Kay, Charles Conrad
- Kennard, Douglas Welker.
- Krishnamurti, J.
- L’Abri (Organization)
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- North America.
- Missions -- Europe.
- Missions -- France.
- Moody Bible Institute -- Chicago, IL.
- Prisoners -- United States.
- Promise Keepers (Organization)
- Short-term missions.
- The Evangelical Alliance Mission.
- Youth -- Religious life.
- Collection 561 Oral History Interviews with Charles C. Kay
- Bob Shuster
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