Thomas Wesley Rogers was born on September 30, 1900, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham–Southern College (Birmingham, Alabama) in 1927, a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) in 1928, and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University (Chicago, Illinois) in 1948. Rogers served as a professor and taught business and economics at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) from 1928-1929, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) from 1929-1941, and as a visiting professor at David Lipscomb College (Nashville, Tennessee), and the University of Texas (Austin, Texas). He also worked as an economist for the American Finance Corporation (1938-1964). Rogers served as an elder and as the Chair of the Missions Committee at the Otter Creek Church of Christ (Nashville, Tennessee).
This collection includes correspondence with missionaries, mission reports (e.g., The Korean Reporter), and financial records concerning Churches of Christ mission work in Korea, and Korea Christian College (1962-1971). These materials were arranged and annotated by Thomas Wesley Rogers while serving as the Chair of the Missions Committee at Otter Creek Church of Christ (Nashville, Tennessee). Additionally, there are bulletins from the Otter Creek Church of Christ (1970; 1980-1985).
Additional resources from ACU Special Collections and Archives on Korea:
- Cha, Kilnam, “The Exodus: Then and Now: The Book of Exodus and Its Role in Korea’s Democratization Movement” (2009). Lectureship and Summit Audio Collection. 785.
- Chessir, Haskell, “Teaching the word of God in Korea” (1960). Lectureship and Summit Audio Collection. 5160.
- Church of Christ Mission Photography Collection
- Edward Washington McMillan Papers, 1863-1986. Center for Restoration Studies MS #17. Milliken Special Collections, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.)
- McMillan worked extensively Japan but also preached in Korea and surrounding countries.