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Collection 561 Oral History Interviews with Charles C. Kay

Identifier: CN 561

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

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

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

234 Minutes

Language of Materials


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

Bob Shuster

Collection 561 Oral History Interviews with Charles C. Kay
Bob Shuster
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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