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These papers document the Bryant’s involvement in missions in Nigeria through correspondence, newsletters, financial documents, and photographs. There are also board minutes and information about the African Christian Hospitals Foundation and other organizations the Bryants either founded or supported throughout Africa.
Rees Odeil Bryant and Patti Mattox Bryant were missionaries in Nigeria from 1958-1967. Their involvement in Nigeria and other ministry continued long after they left the Nigerian mission field.
Rees Odeil Bryant was born to Emmett and Nell Bryant in 1930 in Memphis, Tennessee. Patti Mattox Bryant was born to F. W. and Mildred Mattox on 8 April 1933 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They both felt a call to world missions at an early age and met at Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas, and were married the day of graduation.
Rees was the first graduate of Mars Hill Bible School in Florence, Alabama and graduated from Harding College with Bachelors and Masters degrees. He earned another Masters degree and a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary.
After serving congregations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Alabama the Bryant family arrived in Nigeria in early 1958 along with their two young children, Sara Jo and William. The Bryants quickly identified the need for healthcare and eventually started the Nigerian Christian Hospital near the Bible Training College. The couple had two other children, David and Rebecca, while serving as missionaries. The Bryant’s third tour of Nigeria ended in 1967 before the start of the Biafran Civil War. The couple continued to be involved with the Nigerian Christian Hospital Foundation which is now known as the International Health Care Foundation.
Rees taught at Lubbock Christian College, Pepperdine University, and Lincoln Christian College. Patti worked as a teacher and secretary and later in life went on to earn her Masters in Theology and Philosophy.
Patti Mattox Bryant
The materials have been kept in the order they were received and are arranged in three series: I. General Files, II. African Christian Hospitals Foundation, and III. Photographs.
[First Folder] Finding Aid
Series I: General Files
Tour 1, 1958
Tour 2, 1960
Tour 3, 1964
“Conquest for Christ,” 1964-1965
Literary productions, 1964, 1967, 1977
Biafra newspaper reports, 1968
Biafra trip (Bryant-Massey), 1968-1969
Biafra trip (photographs), 1969
Biafra trip, 1969
Biafra trip: official papers, letters of introduction, etcetera, 1969
Biafra emergency fund
Contributions to Nigerian Christian Hospital, 1970-1973
Nashville Tennessean, 1970
Correspondence and newsletters, 1975-1979
Teachers of Religious Knowledge, 1981
Financial records, 1981-1984
Plateau state teaching, 1983-1984
Dr. Gilliland, 2000
Series II: African Christian Hospitals Foundation
African Christian Hospitals Foundation, binder 1, 1972-1981
African Christian Hospitals Foundation, binder 2 (1 of 2), 1973-1981
African Christian Hospitals Foundation, binder 2 (2 of 2), 1973-1981
African Christian Hospitals Foundation, binder 3 (1 of 2), 1976-1981
African Christian Hospitals Foundation, binder 3 (2 of 2), 1976-1981
Series III: Photographs
Photographs, (1 of 5)
Photographs, (2 of 5)
Photographs, (3 of 5)
Photographs, (4 of 5)
Photographs, (5 of 5)
Box 3, oversized materials
Financial ledgers, 1964-1965
Post war Nigerian letters, 1970-1978
Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century
Missions -- Churches of Christ
Nigerian Christian Hospital
Nigerian Christian Hospital Foundation
International Health Care Foundation
Extent of Collection
4 linear feet (3 boxes)
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #486
Center for Restoration Studies
[identification of item], [file or folder name], Rees and Patti Mattox Bryant Papers, 1957-2007. Center for Restoration Studies MS #486. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
Finding Aid created by
Amanda Dietz, Mac Ice
Finding aid for the Rees Odeil and Patti Mattox Bryant Papers, (1957-2007).
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