Roebuck Interviews Black Ministers

James and Evelyn Gooden

Dr. David Roebuck, Church of God Historian and director of the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center, recently conducted a series of oral history interviews with Black ministers and laity. Dr. Roebuck traveled to Florida where he conducted eleven interviews regarding the history of black ministries in the Church of God. Roebuck will use the interviews as part of a research project he is doing on the history of the Church of God in Florida.

This particular research trip was funded by a Lee University research grant. According to Roebuck, “Lee has been very generous in supporting my research. This is the third grant I have received from the university to support my research on the history of Black ministry in the Church of God. These have included one summer travel grant and two research grants.” Roebuck continued, “I expect that these interviews will be helpful not only to my research but for that of many who scholars and students of the Pentecostal movement.

These interviews will become part of an ongoing “Voice of a Legacy” project. Voice of a Legacy is an oral history and dissertation acquisition project at the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center. The oral history aspect of the project is attempting to capture the voices of men and women who have been instrumental in shaping the history of the Church of God. The dissertation acquisition aspect of the project collects the best works of scholars who are doing groundbreaking research about the Pentecostal movement.