DABOH Group at Ráday Library, Budapest (Balaton Conference, 16-23 August 2008)

DABOH Group at Ráday Library, Budapest (Balaton Conference, 16-23 August 2008)


The IAMS Mission Study Group, Documentation, Archives, Bibliography and Oral History (DABOH) came into being in the earliest meetings of IAMS following its inception in 1972.  We now have an active core of more than fifty members worldwide.

Over 35 years the aims expressed in the purpose statement below have renewed our belief that archives and the documentation of the mission of the church are about life and the future. As mission studies and missiology have matured as disciplines essential to a global and cross-cultural understanding of Christian faith, we remain committed to finding ways to “Rescue the memory of our peoples” and to ground critical and theological reflection on the mission of the church in the historical and cultural experiences of the people of God.

Purpose Statement

DABOH exists to help rescue the memory of our people by:

  • promoting the documentation (with due emphasis on recording personal memoirs through oral history and other means) of the mission of the Christian church around the world, especially in regions where infrastructures do not exist for such endeavours;
  • encouraging the support, development and use of archives for mission;
  • stimulating the preparation and distribution of material to enable mission studies and other researchers to identify, locate and access primary material on the mission of the church in their own country and worldwide; and
  • networking with individuals and groups with related concerns, and facilitating multilateral, ecumenical, inter-cultural and international conversation to further our understanding of worldwide Christianity.

Panel of Reference

A Panel of Reference was appointed after the successful Balaton Conference in August 2008, tasked to promote DABOH; identify and encourage local initiatives; and encourage international collaboration. Members are appointed to a four-year term between the quadrennial IAMS general assemblies.

Present members (2012-2016) include:

  • Dr Gerald Anderson (Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven)
  • Dr Jonathan Bonk (Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven)
  • Professor Anne Marie Kool (Central and Eastern European Institute for Mission Studies of Károli Reformed University, Budapest)
  • Dr John Roxborogh  (University of Otago/CSCA Trinity Theological College, DABOH previous chair, current Co-Chair) [Co-Chair 2015-]
  • Dr Bob Shuster (Billy Graham Center Archives of Wheaton College)
  • Professor Paul Stuehrenberg (Yale University Divinity School)
  • Professor Andrew Walls (Liverpool Hope/Edinburgh, DABOH founding chair)
  • Dr Dietrich Werner (World Council of Churches)
  • Dr Jean Paul Wiest (Beijing Center for Chinese Studies)
  • Dr Michael Poon (Trinity Theological College, Singapore)
  • Fr Marek Rostkowski (Pontifical Missionary Library and the Pontifical Urbaniana University) [Co-Chair, 2010-]

Reports, Projects and Documents:


Marek Rostkowski


Director of the Pontifical Missionary Library

We welcome mission historians, practitioners, archivists and librarians to join the DABOH Group.