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Collection 558 Oral History Interviews with Curtis Cole

Identifier: CN 558

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Curitis Cole. Topics covered include: Cole’s family background, the development of his Christian faith, his experiences as a missionary kid in Ivory Coast in the 1970s, descriptions of the Christian community in Ivory Coast and the Ivory Coast Academy; Ivorian worship services; his education at Michigan State University, his business career in Denver and his ministry as a youth pastor there, his and his wife's call to missions, his work in Ecuador as an broadcaster and director of English language programing for the HCJB Christian shortwave radio station, and the culture of the HCJB organization. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1967-1998.

Curtis Cole was interviewed by Bob Shuster on September 1998, at the offices of the BGC Archives.


  • Created: 1998

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Full name: Curtis “Curt” Lee Cole

Birth: 1960 in in Plainfield, Texas


Parents: Cecil and Joan Cole

Siblings: Catherine (died at birth), Chris

Marital Status: Married to Karen Slater, a daughter of missionaries

Children: Clarissa, Bryan, Brandon

Conversion: At the age of seven in a Baptist church in Syracuse, New York


May 1978: Graduated Ivory Coast Academy

1979-1980: Western Bible College

1982-1983: Michigan State University, graduated with a BA in Communications

1999: Wheaton College Graduate School, MA in Missions/Intercultural Studies


1983: Local radio station in Colorado

1983-1990: W.W. Granger (wholesale electrical supply company) and other companies, in charge of credit operations

Mid to late-1980s: Served as a volunteer youth pastor at a local church

Ca. 1991: Spanish language school in Texas

1992 -  HCJB English language production; later director of English language production


4.00 Audio Tapes

202 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Curtis Cole in September 1998.

Accession: 98-66, 98-68                                                                               

May 20, 2019

Bob Shuster

Collection 558 Oral History Interviews with Curtis Cole
Bob Shuster
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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Wheaton IL 60187 US