Collection 658 Papers of Samuel D. Faircloth
Scope and Contents
Prayer letters and an oral history interviews which document Samuel Douglas Faircloth’s childhood, conversion, education at Wheaton College and elsewhere, and his work as a United States Army chaplain in Italy immediately after World War II, as a church planter in Portugal, and a seminary professor at the Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands.
- Created: 1949-2011
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Full Name: Samuel Douglas Faircloth
Birth: June 22, 1921, Aurora, Illinois
Death: November 23, 2020 in Naperville, Illinois
Parents: Samuel Edwards and Florence C. (Drew) Faircloth
Siblings: Jean (born 1922), Doris (born 1924), Richard (born 1927), Miriam (born 1935)
Marital Status: Married Arliss “Arlie” A. Albright, August 17, 1943 (1920-2002); Married Ruth Evelyn Johnson, January 18, 2003 (1934-2006); Married Betty Jane Litchfield Crippen, March 24, 2007
Children: Rebecca, Martha, Priscilla, Ruth, Elizabeth, Anne, Miriam
Conversion: November 11, 1937 under evangelist Rev. James McGinley
Ordination: July 11, 1945 at Oak Lane Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a minister in the Northern Baptist Convention
1939-1940 - Attended University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
Jan. 1941-1943 - Graduated from Wheaton College with a B.S. degree, majored in Bible and Theology and minored in Biblical Archeology
1943-1945 - Graduated from Eastern Baptist Seminary with a B.D. degree
1984: Graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with D. Missiology degree
September 11, 1945 - Appointed and commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Chaplains Corp
October-December 1945 - Attended Chaplain's school at Fort Oglethrope in Georgia
January 2, 1946 - Sailed to Europe with the 2nd regiment
1946-1947 - United States 5th Army chaplain in Italy
January 12-February 24, 1946 - Assigned to the 300th General Hospital in Naples
Febrary 24th, 1946 - January 30, 1947 - Assigned to the Rome area command
February 28-March 6, 1946 - Attended planning seminar in Geneva for the upcoming first meeting of the World Council of Churches, led by Willem Adolph Visser 't Hooft
January 30-May 16th - Reassigned to the 1170th Engineer General Service Regiment , Livorno/Viareggio
March 25th-beginning of May, 1947 - Observer at the war crime trial of Major General Von Machenson and others
May 23, 1947 - Sailed for home with his wife (who had arrived in Europe June 28, 1946), arrived at Fort Hamilton, NY June 2
July 17, 1947 - Honorably discharged effective July 10th
1948 - Accepted by the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society to serve in the Belgian Congo but changed fields and was appointed to go to Portugal
1949-1954 - First Term: founded and directed the Baptist Theological Seminary of Leiria, Portugal
1955-1958 - Second Term: Seminary, Leiria, Portugal
1959-1964 - Third Term: church planting, Movement for the Promotion of Evangelism (nation-wide), Parede, Portugal
1965-1969 - Fourth Term: continuation of church planting and MPE, Carcavelos, Portugal
June 1966 - Attends the Billy Graham Greater London Crusade
October-November 1966 - Attends the World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin, Germany
1970-1975 - Fifth Term" founding of the Portuguese Bible Institute under Greater Europe Mission (GEM) with Donald Crane, Carcavelos, Portugal
July 1974 - Attend the International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland
1976-1979 - Sixth Term: church planting, MPE, and teaching at the PBI, Carcavelos, Portugal
1979-1982 - Seventh Term: church planting and teaching at PEI, Carcavelos, Portugal. Study for the doctorate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
1983-1985 - Eighth Term: church planting, doctoral study, Carcavelos, Portugal
1985-1991 - Ninth Term: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Dean, and professor of Church History and Missions at Tyndale Theological Seminary, The Netherlands
January 1991 - Retires from Tyndale Theological Seminary, continues as adjunct professor of Church History and Missions
July 1991 - Retired to Windsor Park Manor, Carol Stream, Illinois
1992 - Interim pastor and chairman of the board of directors of Claim Street Baptist Church, Aurora, Illinois, his home church
1992 - Elected to the Board of the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society and also to the Board of Tyndale Theological Seminary
1992 - Adjunct professor of Church History and Missions at Tyndale in the Netherlands
Other significant information:
1984: Doctoral Thesis, Guidelines for the Church Planter in Portugal. The Portuguese edition printed in Portugal.
1991: Authored the book, Church Planting for Reproduction
0.20 Cubic Feet
1 Box (DC), Audio Tapes
Language of Materials
Arrangement of Material
[Note: In the Arrangement section, the notation “Folder 2-5" means “Box 2, Folder 5"]
Series: Audio Recordings
Date Range: 2010-2011
Geographic coverage: United States
Type of documents: Digital Recording
Notes: Interviews with Samuel D. Faircloth by Robert Shuster.
Exceptional items: The time period covered by the interview is 1921-1990s.
Series: Paper Records (Box List)
Arrangement: Chronological by date of prayer letter
Date Range: 1949-2001
Volume: 0.2 cubic feet
Geographic coverage: Portugal, The Netherlands
Type of documents: Prayer Letters
Correspondents: Samuel & Arliss Faircloth,
Subjects: Evangelism in Portugal
Notes: Photocopies of prayer letters of the Samuel and Arliss Faircloth missionaries to Portugal with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Missionary Society and to The Netherlands on faculty at Tyndale Theological Seminary. Letters written during their first and second term are in folder 1-1, third and fourth term letters in folder 1-2, fifth through eighth term in folder 1-3, and ninth term and retirement are in folder 1-4. These letters describe their evangelistic work, church planting, involvement with seminaries, and prayer needs. The prayer letters are numbered sequentially only during their first term in Portugal. Since the prayer letters are filed chronologically and easy to locate no folders numbers are listed only dates (in parenthesis) in the description below.
Just one month after arriving in Portugal Faircloth wrote (July 1, 1949), The longer we stay here, the more apparent is the need for a Bible training center...How we long to open the doors of the Seminary to God-called young men..., two years later (July-August 1951) the need for more classrooms and dormitories is discussed, The Seminary is receiving more applications for the fall term (February-April 1952), Ours is the great joy, as well, of seeing young men, who have been trained for the ministry, leave these halls [seminary] to enter the battle for their Lord(January 1956), a clipping from the October 1960 issue of the Conservative Baptist magazine with article titled Portugal Work Moves to Lisbon about why the Baptist Seminary moved to Lisbon, The Wheaton College YFCI [Youth for Christ International] team testified, sang, played and preached their way into the hearts of large Portuguese audiences and in the true sense of the terms, spearheaded a great YFCI evangelistic invasion of Gospel-hungry Portugal. In twenty continuous days of evangelistic YFC meetings with this team as the central attraction, about 400 lost souls came forward to accept Christ as personal Savior (October 1950), an undated (ca. 1954) newspaper clipping with photo and information about the return of the Faircloths from their first term in Portugal (located after January 1954 letter), a photo pray card for the Faircloths with their four daughters (ca. 1955), newspaper clipping (June 1955 ) about the farewell for the Faircloths return to Portugal for their second term, an interesting “Special Prayer Letter” (after May 1956 letter) in booklet format describes the various ministries the Faircloth’s were involved which including evangelism, literature distribution, education, and a farm program.
Several letters mention Faircloth attending the Greater London Crusade (September 1966), World Congress on Evangelism (January 1967), and the North of England Crusade of which he said it seemed to set my heart on fire for a wave of the Spirit of God in this county, using all available possibilities (February 1962), involvement in the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, Amsterdam ‘86 (September 1986), and Billy Graham’s visits to Portugal to speak at a ministers’ meeting (December 1970) and the Tyndale Seminary in the Netherlands (December 1985). Information about the Christian work being done by Faircloth’s daughters (April 1985, December 1986) or being planned (April 1980)
Faircloth’s ministry at Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands (1984-1990), information on Tyndale students (October-November 1987 to April 1988, March 1989), Faircloth’s retirement letter (June 1990), all but one letter from 1994 to 2001 are addressed to specific individuals, two letters (July 24, 2000) describe Faircloth’s teaching a course in church planting and development at the masters level, and the last letter (June 5, 2001) tells of his teaching graduate students at TTS and his trip to Portugal to dedicate the new sanctuary of a church he planted thirty years ago.
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Samuel Douglas Faircloth in June 2010 and May 2011.
May 3 , 2011
Wayne D. Weber
July 14, 2011
- Church development, New.
- Clark, Gordon H. (Gordon Haddon), 1902-1985.
- Clergy -- Appointment, call, election.
- Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society.
- Conversion -- Personal narratives.
- Edman, V. Raymond (Victor Raymond), 1900-1967.
- Evangelicalism -- Portugal.
- Evangelistic work -- Portugal.
- Faircloth, Arlis.
- Faircloth, Samuel D.
- Glatfelter, Ralph.
- Graham, Billy, 1918-2018.
- Graham, Ruth Bell.
- Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
- Ironside, H. A. (Henry Allan), 1876-1951.
- McCarrell, William.
- Missions -- Portugal.
- Revivals -- United States.
- Theological seminaries.
- Torrey, Edith C.
- Tyndale Theological Seminary, Netherlands.
- United Gospel Tabernacle (Wheaton, Ill.)
- Wheaton College (Ill.)
- Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Faculty.
- Collection 658 Papers of Samuel D. Faircloth
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