William Jethro Fogleman collection, 1978-1993
William Jethro Fogleman (1928-2000) was a Presbyterian pastor, educator, and executive in Arkansas and Texas. Fogleman was born in Teague, Texas, on August 28, 1928, attended Austin College from 1946-1950, and obtained a Master’s degree. Upon graduating, he moved to Austin, Texas to attend Austin Presbyterian Seminary from 1950-1953. He was ordained and served as pastor in Lonoke, Arkansas. He then became the Director of Christian Education for the Synod of Arkansas from 1955-1960. After this, he returned to Texas for three years for a professorship at Austin Presbyterian Seminary. In 1963, he moved back to Arkansas to serve as pastor in Little Rock before permanently settling in Texas. He became the executive presbyter of Brazos Presbytery from 1967-1972 before becoming the executive of the Synod of Red River from 1973-1980. He was instrumental in the reunification of the Synod of Red River (Presbyterian Church, U.S.) and the Synod of the Sun (Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.). He served as executive for both synods from 1980-1983 and for the reunited Synod of the Sun from 1983 until his retirement in 1993. In 1989, he wrote a controversial article describing his “two-church hypothesis” in The Presbyterian Outlook. He died on May 24, 2000.
The William Jethro Fogleman collection is comprised of a typed transcript of an oral history interview conducted in 1978 discussing Fogleman’s work with the Brazos Presbytery [2007-009] and a collection of reflective writings by Fogleman [2015-001].
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William Jethro Fogleman collection, 1978-1993 and undated, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Materials in accession #2007-009 were originally held at the Montreat office of the Presbyterian Historical Society. They were transferred to the Austin Seminary Archives in 2007. Materials in accession #2015-001 were collected by Dave Wasserman and donated to Austin Seminary in 2015.
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