"Late-Nite Specials" and
Elaine Jarvis and
Karen Murray (both nee Terhoven) from Orillia, ON, Canada, sent me (2002) a
cutting from their late father's scrapbook describing the "Late-Nite Specials"
that Ken Terhoven had been running in the 1950s and 1960s. It would seem
from this that there were coffee bars, as such, used for evangelism as far back
as the early 1950s. However, what this article seems to make clear is that, at
that time, no music groups were involved.
See also the e-mails
from Dave Barker (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) and Andrew Holland (King's Lynn,
Norfolk, UK) further below.
||The pattern of the evening
for a "Late-Nite Special" in the 1950/60s (apart from the important details of
getting people in, welcoming them and speaking etc) seems to have been to
oscillate between the following two alternatives:
difference between this and the coffee bar evangelism
of the 1960s and 1970s must surely be the existence and use of
gospel groups to "perform", so that the pattern of an evening
In August 2005, I received this e-mail from Dave Barker, Associate
Calvary Baptist Church, Coquitlam, BC (www.calvarybaptist.ca), shedding
further light on this early form of coffee bar evangelism.
17 August 2005
I was intrigued that you had been
trying to trace the history of coffee-bar evangelism and, in doing so, referred
back to the Southport Project (summer 1964) and Ken Terhoven as one of the
won't remember me but I was working as Ken's close associate in the 1960s in
the development of his movement called "Project Evangelistic Crusade" with
headquarters in Matlock, Derbyshire. In fact, the earliest coffee-bar
evangelism of which I am aware took place in the very first "Project Crusade"
in Matlock and Matlock Bath in August 1963. Well, do I remember being
"thrown in at the deep-end" by Ken Terhoven as he decided to hold a coffee-bar
"Late-Nite-Special" every night for the duration of the project - not only in
Matlock but also one in Matlock Bath..... one for which I was suddenly the
leader! As far as I can recall, if not the originator, Ken was at the
very least the earliest champion of such ministry in the UK.
Exciting times, as we had gospel
groups such as yours playing interspersed with testimonies and short
messages..... the all-too-familiar format that we all came to love. How
amazing to see so many young people (and older ones, too) making real
commitments to Jesus which proved years later to have been the real thing as
many of these joined us in later years as workers, and a good number of these
responded to the call of God on their lives and have since been pastors,
evangelists and missionaries.
During the rest of the 60s, such Late-Nite-Specials were held all
over UK in cafes, restaurants, school halls, church halls, pubs, shop-fronts,
town halls etc. etc.
probably have heard that Ken went to be with the Lord just a few years ago on a
trip to England from South Africa. Ken always wanted to go home
preaching..... and that's exactly what happened at a small church in his
beloved Derbyshire. His wife, Win, lives and worships with her married
children in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.
Associate Pastor, Calvary Baptist
Church, Coquitlam, BC V3J 3B8
In December 2012 I received the following e-mail, giving more
"Late-Nite Specials", from Andrew Holland, King's Lynn,
20 December 2012
Just to add to the conversation about Late-Nite
I went to my first
Project Evangelism Crusade at Easter 1965 at Kilburn, London. It was a
life-changing experience for me. Sleeping on the floor of a church hall, eating
the simplest of foods, and enjoying ministry from Ken Terhoven and other godly
men in the morning, evangelism (including door to door evangelism, children's
evangelism on beach or park, open air services etc.), gospel rally in the
evening (we were invited to go out "fishing" on the streets) followed by the
But the part
that had the most impact on me was the all night prayer meeting.
How did I come to be there? At this
stage they were inviting bands to perform at the Late-Nite specials. I was part
of a singing group at the time. A member of a band in Norwich contacted us.
They had been invited to the Project, but a few days before the event the band
split up. We were asked by him to join him and his fiancée to provide
the music. Some of the bands who came were not appreciated by the leadership,
as the music was not considered suitable for the events. So they decided from
then on to trust God and to use the talents which became apparent among the
I then went to "Tyneside
Project" and "Bognor Regis Project" that Summer. Other Projects I attended were
"Derbyshire Villages Project" (at Cliff College), "Blackpool Project", "Matlock
Project (No. 2)", "Edinburgh Project" and "New Brighton
"Project Evangelism" is
still going in Northern Ireland under the leadership of Johnny Moxon (www.projectmh.org). I called in to see him about
ten years ago, but I don't think he recognised me. I have also been in touch
with Dave Barker through facebook, and he certainly remembered