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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes Gunselman’s correspondence (1962-1972), which provides unique insight into the struggles and successes of post-WWII Churches of Christ mission work. For example, the correspondence captures issues with fundraising, disagreements with the non-institutional Churches of Christ, and issues with other missionaries. The correspondence also captures the Filipino voice, as many Filipino preachers and ministers wrote to Gunselman with requests, questions, or complaints about his teaching. The collection also provides a broader context for post-WWII Churches of Christ mission work in the Philippines. There are meeting minutes, financial information, and student records from the Philippine Bible College in Quezon City (1965-1972), and a number of bulletins and newsletters concerning Churches of Christ mission work in the Philippines (1963-1972). Additionally, the collection includes research and edited drafts of materials related to Gunselman’s Ed.D. dissertation, “Status of the Ten Evangelical Bible Colleges in the Philippines with a Proposed Program for their Improvement” (1971).

Biographical Note

William Douglass Gunselman was born on March 9, 1920, in Shelbyville, TN. He received a B.A. from Harding College (Searcy, AR) in 1943, an M.A. from Peabody College for Teachers (Nashville, TN) in 1944, and an Ed.D. from Manuel L. Quezon University (Quezon City, Philippines) in 1971. Gunselman worked with many churches and educational institutions during his life. He helped start Churches of Christ in Florida, North Carolina, and New Mexico. He also created the Carolina Bible Camp, Central Florida Bible Camp, the Philippine Bible Camp, and assisted in the creation of Florida Bible Camp. Additionally, he worked with Churches of Christ in Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, and the Philippines. Gunselman served as an Executive for the Boy Scouts in Florida from 1948-1956, Director of the Reading Lab at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) from 1957-1961, part-time instructor at Lake-Sumter Junior College (Leesburg, FL) in 1962, Vice President of the Christian Home and Bible School (Mount Dora, FL) from 1962-1963, professor at Northeastern Institute of Christian Education (Villanova, PA) from 1963-1964, and as a Churches of Christ missionary in the Philippines (1964-1971). While in the Philippines, Gunselman was instrumental in consolidating the educational efforts of the Churches of Christ in Manila into one school. Gunselman started the Philippine Bible College of Quezon City, and served as its director from 1965-1971. He led a fundraising effort in order to acquire land for the school and church in Quezon City. Gunselman returned to the U.S. near the end of 1971 due to frustrations with the mission work, and he died on August 29, 1972, due to a heart attack.

Donor Note

Charline F. Gunselman


The correspondence has been organized by person, church, and organization in chronological order. The material related to the Philippine Bible College in Quezon City has been placed together by topic, and the student records organized by person. Gunselman’s dissertation research has been organized by school, and the bulletins and mission newsletters have organized by title and placed in chronological order.

Content List

I. Correspondence II. Philippine Bible College of Quezon City III. Dissertation Materials IV. Bulletins, Newsletters, and Programs V. Awards VI. Unorganized Papers - Mainly notes in shorthand See finding aid for more details.



Extent of Collection

9.3 linear feet (7 boxes)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #389

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Brady Cox

Subjects--Personal Names

Gunselman, William Douglass (1920-1972)


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