Sunday, August 22, 2010

Thank you, Dr. Wilson

I will never forget Dr. J. Christy Wilson.
Dr. Wilson was the pastor (and secret missionary) of the Community Christian Church of Kabul in 1969. He’s introduced in Chapter 20 of “OUIJA: For the Record.”  Although he was in my life for only a short period, he greatly influenced me. He was one of the most interesting people I had ever met and was truly one of the kindest men I’ve ever known.  And, he was the one who brought the exorcist to our house in March 1970.

While doing some research recently, a friend discovered his obituary in The Boston Globe (March 5, 1999): "A memorial service will be held today for J. Christy Wilson, Jr., a former missionary and professor of world missions and evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton. Mr. Wilson died of cancer Feb. 8 in Duarte, Calif., where he was living in his retirement. He was 77. Born in Tabriz, Iran, he graduated from Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary and earned a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He was a missionary and teacher in Afghanistan from 1951 to 1974, when he moved to Hamilton, where he was a professor at Gordon-Conwell Seminary from 1975 to 1992. He was the author of several books, including “Afghanistan: The Forbidden Harvest” and “Today’s Tent Makers.”

He died ten years before I published my book.   I never got to thank him for saving my family.


My parents lived in Kabul 1962-1966 and also spent a long time with Dr Wilson. Do you know if his wife is still alive and how I might contact her?
Many thanks
Deb W-S

Picture of deb warren-smith Comment by deb warren-smith
on 09/08/11 at 06:25 AM

I feel really pleased by reading about Dr. Wilson. Such an interesting and inspiring mentor he was for you. I’m glad you wrote about his great legacies some point with us. I discovered these points are encouraging for me. Thanks

Picture of Alex Adamsons Comment by Alex Adamsons
on 03/01/12 at 04:04 AM

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