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Oral History: Bill Johnson (Board member) - (with Minnie Odland) - February 21

Audio 233a and 233b consist of the following recording:
Title: Bill Johnson – “Oral History Interview”
This is a continuation and duplicate of the interview on Aud. 232b
Bill Johnson shares his memories of his family heritage, his involvement as a member of the first Board of Governors of Trinity Western College, and his life as a pastor and church planter. Mr. Johnson tells of his father emigrating from Norway in 1907 and of the process by which his father eventually brought his siblings, parents, and wife to live in Alberta, Canada. Johnson speaks of his parents’ involvement with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, and of his early life as a boy growing up in an active Christian home. Johnson tells the story of his ministry, from schooling at Prairie Bible Institute to his work as a young pastor to planting the 10th Avenue Evangelical Free Church in New Westminster, BC. There is some discussion about the beginning of the Free Church in Vancouver, and of the radio station which was used to broadcast sermons and music in Scandinavian and English. He speaks of his involvement in various string bands, including the one which played on the radio show intended to increase awareness of the Free Church in the Lower Mainland. One of the members of the first Board of Governors of Trinity Western University, Johnson shares about events such as the first prayer meeting in Langley and the building of the first dorms. People that crossed Mr.Johnson’s path, including Carl and Lee Fosmark, the Odlands, Charles McGee, Olaf Loland, and Peter Friesen, are mentioned as part of this interview. He also shares of his personal life, including his marriage, and his now-adult children. This recording also includes some comments from Minnie Odland, Johnson’s mother-in-law. The interview was conducted by Lynn Wilkinson, library staff member.
[Abstract and transcript provided by Jennifer Wyness, Public History student, 2001]
Notes provided by BF, student assistant, 2010/2011

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