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GARY L. BAGLEY

Gary L. Bagley graduated from Furman University and The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church,
Blackville, South Carolina (1973-1980) before going as pastor of Bayshore
Baptist Church, Tampa, in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 13, 1980, p. 6.

SARAH RUTH BAGWELL

Sarah Ruth Bagwell served for 20 years as the Director of Camping and Girls
in Action, Acteens Director for the Florida Woman s Missionary Union. She
died in October 2000.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

PORTER M. BAILES

Porter M. Bailes (March 28, 1888- ) was born at Fort Mill, South Carolina.
He studied at Mars Hill College, Furman University, and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. Bailes served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Lakeland
from 1926-1929.

Secondary Source: Alice M. Muir. A Historic Sketch, pp. 24-26.

JOHN WHITFIELD BAKER

John Whitfield Baker pastored Seminole Hill Baptist Church and Shady Grove Baptist Church in 1927.

Source:
FBHS files.

ANN B. HESTER BAILEY

Ann B. Hester Bailey was Secretary of the Woman s Mission Work of the Florida
Baptist Convention from 1881-1886. She was the wife of Rev. N. A. Bailey.
The 1886 Florida Baptist State Convention Annual gives a moving account of
the memorial services for Mrs. Bailey. She was living in Micanopy when appointed
by W. N. Chaudoin to head up the Woman s Missions Work.

Some of the most heart warming appeals penned by Mrs. Bailey were asking ten
cents each of Florida Baptist women to build an enclosure for the grave of
Ann H. Judson in Burma, and her mission reports in the Florida Baptist Witness.

Ann was a native of Fayetteville, Tennessee. She married Napoleon Alexander
Bailey on January 18, 1858. She and Dr. Bailey served faithfully in the ministry
for many years. Dr. W. N. Chaudoin said, She was a choice spirit. She died
in the harness. . . (on September 26, 1886).

Secondary Sources:

Florida Baptist Convention Annuals, 1881-1886.

The Life and Work of Mrs. A. B. Bailey by Mrs. O. R. Mays.
Faithful Servants
by Martha Pope Trotter.
A History of Florida Baptists by Earl Joiner.
History
of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia with Biographical
Compendium.
Florida Baptist Witness, December 9, 1886, p. 1.

B. B. BAILEY

B. B. Bailey (1845-October 9, 1899) died at his home in Anclote, Florida,
October 9, 1899, after having served six years as an ordained minister at
the time of his death.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual. 1899. pp. 43-44.

JESSE ARTEMUS BAILEY

Jesse Artemus Bailey (1935-2008) was born in Pensacola the son of Artemus and Syble Onus Price Bailey. Jesse attended Carson Newman and New Orleans Seminary. He married Annie Louise Greeson and they married June 8, 1957. The father of Annie Louise (Lucy) was killed in Normandy on August 3, 1944 during World War II. Bailey served as pastor in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina before becoming pastor of FBC Bratt (1989-2001). The Baileys had one child. Jesse Artemus Bailey, Jr.

Source: FBHS Files, Judith Jolly Research.

NAPOLEON ALEXANDER BAILEY

Napoleon Alexander Bailey (September 5, 1833-July 7, 1897) was born in Lawrence
County, Alabama, to John W. Bailey, a native of Virginia, and his wife, Mary
E. Florence, from Maryland. John died in 1840 and Mary in 1870.
N. A. Bailey was received into the Methodist Episcopal Church at age nine,
and was immersed at age 17 by Rev. Jackson Gunn, in July, 1850. He entered
the membership of Liberty Baptist Church of Lawrence County, Alabama. and
in 1853 was licensed to preach. He entered Union University in Murfreesboro,
Tennessee (A.B. in 1857). He was ordained in Murfreesboro on November 1857.
Dr. J. M. Pendleton, the pastor, and Dr. J. H. Eaton took part in the ceremony.
He married Ann B. Hester on January 18, 1858.
Bailey became pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, Lawrence County, Alabama,
on January 1, 1858. A cough and cold led him to move to Florida where he became
pastor at Monticello on January 1, 1860. He became president of the Houston
Female College in Perry in 1863. He then became pastor in four churches in
Georgia. They were Milledgeville, Albany, Dalton, and eventually Quitman,
Georgia, where he served from 1876 to 1879. In 1882 Bailey was president of
the Florida Baptist Ministers Conference. In 1882 Bailey was pastor of Citra
Church in Citra. On July 7, 1897 he died while traveling in a sleeper car
on the train.

Secondary Sources: History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia with
Biographical Compendium, pp 16-17. Florida Baptist Convention Annuals, (1881-1898).
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1882, p. 14; 1897, p. 11.

VANITA MAY BALDWIN

Vanita May Baldwin (1926-) was born in Oak Hill, Florida, the daughter of Van Buren and Mary Mosby Baldwin. Vanita attended Stetson University (B.A., 1948), Duke University (1950) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1955). She received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Stetson in 1990.
Vanita was a public school teacher in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and the Panama Canal Zone (1948-1953). She served in the Alabama Baptist WMU Organization (1955-1961), and was the WMU Director of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico from 1961-1977. In 1977, Vanita became the director of the Florida Baptist Convention WMU and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1991. She also served as a trustee of the SBC WMU Foundation Board and was a trustee of the Florida Baptist Financial Services Board.

Source:
FBHS files.

WESLEY J. BALDWIN

Wesley J. Baldwin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Southwestern Theological Seminary. He served churches in Tennessee and Texas before becoming pastor of Aloma Baptist Church in Winter Park in 2013. He and his wife Sarah moved from Nashville to Orlando in 2013.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 25, 2013, p. 4.

M. M. BALES

M. M. Bales ( -1944) served as pastor at FBC, Dade City, Ft. Lauderdale
and Homestead Baptist Church. Much of his work was done in Ohio and New York.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical files

JOSEPH S. BAKER

Joseph S. Baker (August 17, 1798-July 23, 1877) was born in Liberty County,
Georgia on August 17, 1798. He was one of the most remarkable ministers to
ever serve Baptists in the state of Florida. He had a good education and inherited
great wealth. He went to school at Yale College and graduated from Hampden
Sidney in Virginia. In early life he was Presbyterian but became Baptist primarily
over the issue of baptism. He was a pastor, missionary, land holder, medical
doctor, theologian, author, editor, publisher, and evangelist.
He was pastor in Virginia (Norfolk), Georgia (Columbus), and Florida (Jacksonville
and Monticello). He was publisher and editor of the first newspaper in Atlanta
(Atlanta Luminary) later called the Atlanta Intelligencer and also in 1843
had charge of the Georgia Christian Index.
He married Miss McRobert in Virginia and they had two sons. His wife died
in 1840 in Columbus and both sons died before he did. He then married Sarah
R. Bennett of Liberty County, Georgia in 1842.
A trusting nature brought down a great loss of wealth but Baker was a beloved
pastor, writer, and denomination servant.

Secondary Source:
History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia with Biographical Compendium.
1881. pp. 18-22
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1856, p. 14.

T. O. BALDWIN

T. O. Baldwin (1887-1981) was pastor of First Baptist Churches in Avon Park,
Vero Beach, Chipley (1943-1950), and Hastings. He and his wife had three sons,
Anthony, Thomas, and James.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 11, 1981, p. 6.
Joan P. Chance, First Baptist Church, Chipley, 1887-1987, p. 11.

WESLEY J. BALDWIN

Wesley J. Baldwin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Southwestern Theological Seminary. He served churches in Tennessee and Texas before becoming pastor of Aloma Baptist Church in Winter Park in 2013. He and his wife Sarah moved from Nashville to Orlando in 2013.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 25, 2013, p. 4.

ROBERT BALL

Robert Ball is a native of Green Cove Springs. He spent 20 years in the
U. S. Navy. Ball has a B. S. degree in Electronic Engineering, M. A. and a
M. Div.
Ball has served as pastor of Oak Leaf Baptist Church in Black Creek association
since its conception in 2000. He and his wife, Sherry, have two children,
Meagan and Nathan.

Source: “The Challenger”, Black Creek Baptist Association,
Nov.-Dec. 2007, p. 3

H. H. BALLARD

H. H. Ballard was a pastor who died in Marion County in 1892.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1893, p. 103.

JOE MAURICE BAMBERG

Joe Maurice Bamberg (July 13, 1915- ) served as pastor of First Baptist
Church, Milton, Florida, from 1947-1980. He was well known and highly respected
in all the Florida panhandle for his pastoral friendship and leadership.

Bamberg was born in Brent, Alabama, and graduated from high school in 1932,
college in 1936, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1945. He
married Betty Ruth Larkins on August 27, 1943, at Clinton, North Carolina.

Bamberg preached the Florida Baptist Convention sermon in 1972, and served
as President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1972-1973.

Secondary Source: Joe M. Bamberg. The History of First Baptist Church
of Milton, Florida. p. 38.

J. ALLISON AND MARY SUE BANKS

J. Allison Banks was a native of White Springs. Banks and his wife Mary Sue (1918-2004) a native of Lake City, were appointed missionaries by the International Mission Board in 1968. The Banks served in Israel, Austria, India and Yemen before retiring in 1975. They had two children; Suzanne and Brad.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 12, 2002.

C. R. BARBEE

C. R. Barbee served died on December 23, 1908. He had served as a pastor in
the West Florida Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1909, p. 18.

C. W. BARBEE

C. W. Barbee served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1909.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1910, p. 74.

BILLY TRUETT BARBER

Billy Truett Barber served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Tampa. He
was a graduate of Weatherford Junior College, Baylor University, and attended
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Barber came to Tampa in 1966, from
the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Hobbs, New Mexico.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 15, 1966.
Florida Baptist Witness, November 20, 1980, p. 3.

ELROY BARBER

Elroy Barber (September 8, 1945-May 8, 2001) was a native of Mississippi.
He helped start 29 congregations. He was the first African American to serve
as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention (1999). He was pastor
of Westside International Baptist Church in Hollywood, Florida, and New Creation
Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale at the time of his death. He was a leader,
church starter, and Kingdom builder. He and his wife, Paulette, had two sons,
Terrence and Daryl.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 10, 2001.

JAMES T. BARBER

James T. Barber (c 1913-November 7, 1983) died of a stroke in Tampa on November
7, 1983. Barber served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Madison, Immanuel
Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Riverside Baptist Church in Fort Myers and
for twenty years—up until his retirement—was pastor of North Main
Street in Jacksonville (1960-1980). He and his wife, Frieda, had three daughters,
Marjorie, LaRue, and Judy.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 17, 1983, p. 6.

RICHARD M. BARBER

Richard M. Barber (1926 – 2010) graduated from the University of Florida (1950, BA; 1962, M.Ed.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1955, B.D.). He married Dorothy Jean Matthews, and they had five children; Christopher, Richard Jr., Bruce, Chester, and Sherri.
Barker served in the United States Marines in World War II (1944-1946) and in the Korean War (1951). He served as pastor in Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as pastor of seven Southern Baptist churches in Florida. He served Providence Village (1948-1950), Pine Mount (1948-1950), Spring Park (1955-1959), First Baptist Hawthorne (1959-1963), First Baptist McIntosh (1963-1965), Southside in Lake City and Oak-Griner in Ocala. (1968-1971).
Barker is best known for his faithful service and years as director of Southern Baptist Convention annuity work in Florida (1971-1991).

Secondary Source: James Leland Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Baptist
Church, pp. 128-129;
Florida Baptist Witness
, May 13, 2010, p. 6

LEDIES BARGO

Ledies Bargo (1936-2011) was pastor of East Naples Baptist Church from 1963-1970.

Source:
FBHS files.

P. C. BARKLEY

P. C. Barkley served as pastor of Delray Beach Baptist Church in 1928.

Source: 1928 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 26.

W. H. BARNES
W. H. Barnes pastored Union Baptist Church, Newberry in 1930 and 1931.

Source:
FBHS files.

W. A. BARROW

W. A. Barrow was a Florida Baptist pastor who died in Madison in 1934.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1935, p. 7.

JOHN LYNN BARTLOW

John Lynn Bartlow (1917-2002) graduated from Murray State College in Murray,
Kentucky (B.M.E., 1941), University of Kentucky (M.A., 1951), and New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary (M.S.M., 1960). He taught music in secondary
schools for fourteen years and three years at Ouachita Baptist College and
William Carey College. He served as Minister of Music in Missouri, Kentucky,
Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama.
Professor Bartlow had over 50 years experience in the ministry. He was head
of the music department for many years at Baptist Bible Institute. He led
choirs, arranged music, taught classes, served churches and played many different
musical instruments. Fellow citizens have said that Lynn Bartlow was the most
remarkable man to ever live in Graceville, Florida. Lynn had polio from age
five, but his being disabled never made him unable.
Lynn and his wife Edith had one son (Bob) and two daughters (Lois and Carolyn).

Secondary Source: Baptist College of Florida files.

THOMAS L. BARY

Thomas L. Bary (June 17, 1956 – ) was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated
from the University of North Florida (B.A., 1978) and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1982). He became pastor of Nepture Baptist Church
in 1996. He and his wife, Karen Cruce Bary, have four children; Megan, Andrew,
Katherine, and Emily.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

V. WARD BARR
V. Ward Barr was pastor of Coral Gables Baptist Church in 1938.

Source:1938 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4.

WILLIAM Q. BARTLETT

William Q. Bartlett was pastor of West Side in 1929, 1932, and 1933.

Source: 929 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 31; Ibid, 1932, p. 4; Ibid,
1933, p. 5.

WILLIAM J. BARTON                  

William J. Barton (1857-) was born at Canton, Georgia. Barton was pastor of Homestead Baptist Church in 1916.

Source:
1916 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 21.
FBHS files.

MATT BASFORD

Matt Basford graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and has served as pastor in Alabama and Florida. In 2015 Basford became pastor of First Baptist Church, Bristol. He and his wife Jennifer have four children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 7, 2015, p. 4.

BILLY BASKIN

Billy Baskin was serving as pastor of New Way Fellowship in Miami in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 28, 1980, p. 12.

HOLLIS BASS

Hollis Bass served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Bunnell (1976-1980),
and went as pastor of Kathleen Church, Kathleen in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 29, 1980, p. 6.

ROBERT J. BATEMAN

Robert J. Bateman (1859-1912) was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. Bateman was the founding pastor of Central City Mission in Jacksonville, Florida. On his return trip from England aboard the Titanic in 1912, Bateman perished when the ship sank after striking an iceberg. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1912, p. 93.
FBHS files.

CARL E. BATES

Carl E. Bates (September 5, 1914-December 21, 1999) was born on a farm in
Amite County, outside of Liberty, Mississippi, on September 5, 1914. Though
raised in the Christian home of R. E. Bates, Bates was not converted and baptized
until he was in college, at nineteen years of age, at the First Baptist Church
of Summit, Mississippi. After attending Southwest Mississippi Junior College
in Summitt, Bates surrendered to the gospel ministry and transferred to Mississippi
College in Clinton. He received in graduate degree from The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. While attending Southern, Bates pastored Central Baptist
Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
On November 15, 1939 he married Myra Mae Gray of Tupelo, Mississippi. Bates
served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Leesburg, Florida (1943). He served
as pastor of First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas (1950-1959), and First
Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Bates served as president of the Texas Baptist Convention, North Carolina
Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention (1971-1972). From
1976 to 1978 his wife, Myra, served as a vice president of the Southern Baptist
Convention, making them the only husband and wife combination ever to serve
as Southern Baptist officers. In 1980 he became senior professor of pastoral
ministries and preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville,
Kentucky, and retired from there in 1985, but continued to preach until he
was well into his seventies.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 6, 1944; October 16, 1980, p. 8
Emir and Ergun Caner. The Sacred Trust, pp 141-144.

FLEMING BATES

Fleming Bates (1771-1840) died in Nowahsville, Alachua County, Florida, on
February 4, 1840, at 69 years of age. Bates served as a private in the Seminole
Indian War. Bates married, and his wife Margaret Bates, died in 1841 at 72
years of age. They had two sons who survived them into adulthood. Their names
were James M. Bates and Wilson Bates.
Bates came to Florida from the Sardis Church in southeast Georgia. He assisted
in organizing the Pigeon Creek Church in 1821, and became its first pastor.
He was a noted Baptist preacher, and served as a minister 38 years before
his death. He lived in Warren County, Georgia, in 1820, and moved to Lownes
County, Georgia, in 1826 or 1827. In the 1830s he moved to Alachua County,
Florida. Bates was an anti-missionary preacher in the closing days of his
ministry.
Fleming Bates was one of the first 100 Baptist preachers who served in Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical files
Earl Joiner, A History of Florida Baptists, p. 22.

WARNER CECIL BAUGHMAN

Warner Cecil Baughman and his wife, Edna, were killed in a tragic automobile
wreck in October 1986. He had served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in
Milton, and churches in North Carolina. Their son Warner Cecil Baughman Jr.,
age 26, survived them.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 16, 1986, p. 12.

EUGENE BAXLEY

Eugene Baxley (c. 1930-2002) served as pastor of Florida Avenue in Holly Hill
and Glendale Baptist in Vero Beach. He and his wife had three children; Patricia,
Dennis, and Kenneth.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 28, 2002, p. 9.

CHARLES ROCKWOOD BEAL

Charles Rockwood Beal (1900-) was born in Pensacola, the son of Rev. and
Mrs. Richard Rockwood Beal. He attended Stetson and was the first president
of the statewide BSU.

Beal married Agnes Velma Diamond on June 25, 1930. He served as pastor of
FBC Jay, Cora Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove, Oak Grove and Olive in Escambia
County, Florida and FBC Flomation and Moyeville in Escambia, Alabama.

Beal was a licensed plumber and tool maker. A rather singular thought is
that he was a loving husband and father and wrote his daughter everyday that
she was away in college.

Source: FBHS Files, Judith Jolly Research.

RICHARD ROCKWOOD BEAL

Richard Rockwood Beal was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1877. He was the
son of Charles Wesley and Annette Rockwood Beal. His father was a mechanic
and his mother was a housewife. Richard had one brother, Harley Wesley Beal
and one sister, Persis Elva Beal Matson.

Beal was raised at Genoa, Ohio (1883-1886) and Pensacola, Florida (1886-1894).
He was converted in 1907 and baptized at Union Hill Church in West Pensacola.
Richard was ordained at Myrtle Grove and served as pastor at Brent Baptist
Church, Brent, Florida (1912-1919), West Hill in Pensacola (1912), Ray s Chapel
(McDavid, Florida); Pleasant Grove, in Pensacola; Gonzalez in Pensacola; Olive
in Ferry Pass, Florida; and at Hampton in Kentucky (1919-1920). Beal was associational
missionary in West Kentucky Association from 19201925.

Richard married Sarah C. Beal on December 24, 1896, at Pensacola. They had
eight children; Clara Mildred Beal Young (October 31, 1897), Charles Rockwood
(March 3, 1900), Arthur Byron (August 1, 1901), Susie Annette Beal Erickler
(June 19, 1904), Elva Catherine Beal Brooks (October 13, 1906), Wendell Kenneth
(November 16, 1909), Temuel Emmette (December 3, 1911), and Minnie Lois Beal
Parker (May 19, 1915).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files, Judith Jolly
Research.

B. M. BEAN

B. M. Bean (1846-1911) was the first superintendent of the Florida Baptist
Orphanage (1903-1911). He served as pastor at Live Oak before becoming the
head of the new work at Acadia in 1903. The first child to enter the Orphanage
was accepted on February 1, 1904. The Home was never in debt in the Bean administration.
Bean helped to develop many of the basic philosophies (accountability, good
community relations, denominational net working, open house) that are now
used in Florida Baptist children service ministry.

Secondary Source: Peace River Associational Minutes, 1912, p. 38. Earl Joiner.
Florida Baptist Children s Home, pp. 21-33. Florida Baptist Historical Society
files.

JENNIE BEAN

Jennie Bean (1856-1931) was an educator, writer, temperance worker, WMU promoter
and matron of the Florida Baptist Orphanage when her husband, B. M. Bean was
the director (1903-1911).
Known affectionately as Mother Bean she served as cook, teacher, administrator,
and helper at the children s home. She was president of the Florida Woman
s Missionary Union in 1904-1905.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

OSCAR BEAN

Oscar Bean (1904-1992) was a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He served the
Florida Baptist Convention for 18 years. He was business manager and personnel
director from 1952 until 1958, and then became the assistant executive director
from 1958 to 1970. His primary contribution to Florida Baptists was his business
expertise. The Baptist building in Jacksonville and Lake Yale Assembly were
built primarily by his financial plan. He and his wife, Nadeen, had one daughter,
Mrs. James E. Geer of Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 27, 1992, p. 5.

E. C. BEAIRD

E. C. Beaird served as pastor of East Naples Baptist Church from 1956-1963.

Source:
FBHS files.

S. F. BEARD

S. F. Beard was pastor of Pahokee Baptist Church in 1937.

Source: 1937 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4.

COBA BEASLEY

Coba Beasley (November 10, 1958- ) was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He was
saved at age 16 at the Macon Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta. He attended
Tennessee Temple University (B.A., M.Div.) and earned a M.B.A. from Phoenix
University.
Beasley worked on the staff of the Florida Baptist Children s Home in Miami
before going as pastor of Maple Grove Baptist Church (1990-2003). He became
Director of Missions of the Chipola Baptist Association in 2003.
Beasley and his wife, Becky, have two children; Rachel and Jacob.

Secondary Source: Chipola Baptist News, Vol. 5., No. 7.

W. O. BEAUCHAMP

W. O. Beauchamp (1940-2000) was a Baptist layman, and a Levy County Circuit
Judge at the time of his death. He was a member of First Baptist Church in
Chiefland, and had served as chairman of the deacons in that church. He took
stands for public righteousness. He and his wife, Karen, had three sons, Brett,
Blair, and Barry.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 17, 2000.

JON BECK

Jon Beck graduated from the Baptist College of Florida and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Indiana and Georgia before becoming pastor of FBC Avon Park in 2010. He and his wife Sharon have three children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 21, 2010, p. 7.

JOHN D. BECK
John D. Beck served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pensacola from
1865-1871.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay On the Hill, pp. 64-65.

B. W. BECKS

B. W. Becks was born in Putnam County, Florida, near Francis, and entered
the ministry when about eighteen years of age. He was a farmer and a cooper.
He had little formal schooling but did great missionary work in the St. Johns
River Association. He and his wife had five boys and three girls. He suffered
for many years with rheumatism and was confined to his bed for ten years before
he died. He died in 1905.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1906, p. 91.

ADOLPH BEDSOLE

Adolph Bedsole (1914-2004) was born on June 16, 1914, in Geneva County, Alabama.
He graduated from Slocomb High School in 1932 and Howard College in 1937.
Bedsole became pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Panama City and served
there from 1942-1978, when he became pastor emeritus. He was the author of
five books on the pastoral ministry published by Baker Book House.
Bedsole and his wife, Lillie, were married nearly 70 years and had three daughters;
Norma Jean, Angeline, and Wanda.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

DOYLE BELL

Doyle Bell (1947-) graduated from Florida State University (1978, B. A.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1980, M. Div.). He has served at Shady Sea Baptist Church, Crawfordville, Clayland Baptist Church, Live Oak and Fellowship Baptist Church, Tallahassee.Bell married his wife Susan in 1971 and they have a son Nathan.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

EUDORUS NEANDER BELL

Eudorus Neander Bell (1866-1923) graduated from Stetson University (B.A.); Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville Div. and the University of Chicago. Bell pastored Baptist congregations for 17 years in America’s South and Southwest, including First Baptist Church, DeLand.

Source:
FBHS files.

R. E. BELL

R. E. Bell died in 1887 in Hernando County. He was foreign born and reared
in the Catholic faith and educated for the priesthood. He served in the Florida
legislature in addition to his pastoral duties. In 1875 Bell was pastor of
Union Church at Brooksville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1888, p. 34.
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1875, p. 10.

T. J. BELL

T. J. Bell (1839-1913) served for 30 years as a Baptist pastor in Florida. He served once at Kissimmee. Bell was pastor of First Baptist Church, Barberville in 1907. He and his wife had been married 51 years at the time of his death.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 6, 1913, p. 14.
FBHS files.

WILLIAM DANIEL BELL

William Daniel Bell (1859-1902) was born in Jackson County, Florida. He
was ordained May 24, 1891. He was a farmer and preacher. He served as pastor
of East Bay Baptist Church in Santa Rosa County (1898-1901) and also served
as pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He married Catherine Elderann
Gomillion and they had four children: John, Ella Jane, William Owen and Henry
Chester.

Source: FBHS Files, Judith Jolly Research.

WILLIAM D. BEMENT

William D. Bement graduated from Polatka Junior College and Baptist Bible
Institute in Graceville. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Lacoochee,
and went as pastor of Ballast Point in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 24, 1980, p. 6.

LEROY BENEFIELD

Leroy Benefield (1926-April 12, 1999) was born in Caney, Oklahoma. He graduated
from Caney High School (1947), Oklahoma State University (B.S., 1950), and
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., 1957; Th.M., 1964, and Th.D.,
1970).
Dr. Benefield was licensed to preach in 1953 and ordained in 1954 at the First
Baptist Church, Raltan, Oklahoma. He married Nima Lou Mason of Carey, Oklahoma,
and they had four children (Deborah in 1950, David in 1952, and twins Lane
and Laura in 1967).
Dr. Benefield was pastor of First Baptist Church, Raltan, Oklahoma (1957-1958)
and he and his wife Boots served with the Foreign Mission Board in the Philippines
from 1958-1970. Leroy taught vocational agriculture at Raltan High School,
and taught Evangelism and Missions at the Baptist Bible Institute from 1970-1991.
He served in the United States Army infantry from 1945-1946.
Dr. Benefield saw himself as a revivalist. he had hundreds of revival meetings
and was greatly beloved as professor, preacher, and friend.

Secondary Source: Baptist College of Florida files.

HAROLD CLARK BENNETT

Harold Clark Bennett (July 30, 1924-July 27, 2003) was born in Asheville,
North Carolina. He attended school at Wake Forest College (B.A.), Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D.), and received an honorary doctorate from
Stetson University in 1968.
Dr. Bennett served as a Navy pilot in World War II and prior to that worked
with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). in Washington,
D.C. He served as pastor of Glen Royal Baptist Church in Wake Forest (1948-1951);
Chaplain, Kentucky State Reformatory, LaGrange, Kentucky (1951-1953); assistant
pastor at First Baptist Church, Shrevesport, Louisiana (1953-1955); pastor,
Beech Street Baptist Church, Texarkana, Arkansas (1955-1960); Superintendent
of New Work, Baptist Sunday School Board (1960-1962); Secretary, Department
of Metropolitan Missions, Home Mission Board (1962-1965); Director of the
Missions Division, Texas Baptist Convention (1967-1967); and Executive Secretary-Treasurer
of The Florida Baptist Convention (1967-1978). Dr. Bennett left Florida to
become the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Baptist Convention
in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Bennett married Phyllis Jean Metz of Joliet, Illinois, and they had three
children; Jeffrey in 1949, John in 1955, and Cynthia in 1956.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, July 31, 2003, pp. 1, 10.

JIMMIE SAM BENNETT

Jimmie Sam Bennett (1909-1988) a native of Georgia moved to Sarasota in 1938.
In 1950 he entered the ministry, and was pastor of Mt. Calvary in Fruitville
and Mt. Zion in Laurel. He served as pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
in Sarasota for 34 years.
In 1970 Mt. Calvary officially became a mission of First Baptist Church in
Sarasota. This marked the first time in the Florida Baptist Convention that
a predominately White church sponsored a Black mission.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 19, 1988, p. 4.

R. BENNETT

In 1877 R. Bennett was pastor of Special Providence Baptist Church in Taylor
County.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1877, p. 15.

WALTER A. BENNETT

Walter A. Bennett served as pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church in Lakeland,
and also served in the Church Administration Department of the Sunday School
Board. He is best known in Florida for his faithful and effective service
with the Florida Baptist Convention pastoral ministries division.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 15, 1980, p. 11.

FRANK BENTLEY

Frank Bentley (1864-1932) was born at Sidney, Iowa to L. Bentley and Ann Ross Bentley. Bentley moved to Tampa in 1891 where he began his career in the wholesale grocery business. Bentley served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1917-1918 making him the third layman to serve in this role.
Bentley and his wife Nettie had two children; Hugh and Frank, Jr. They were members of First Baptist Church, Tampa.

Source:
FBHS files.

MERLIN BERKEY

Merlin Berkey is a graduate of Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake,
Indiana, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served 22 years as a pastor
and has been a Christian counselor since 1988.
Berkey and his wife, June, are now serving at First Baptist Church, Oakland
Park where he is pastor.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 29, 2004, p. 11.

MILLARD BERQUIST

Millard Berquist (1902-1990) was born in Kansas City. He served as pastor
of Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville and First Baptist Church in Tampa
from 1947 to 1957.
Berquist was a graduate of William Jewell, Stetson University, and The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as the first president of Midwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary and served there for 15 years from 1957 to 1972.
After retirement he served as interim pastor in Missouri and Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

D. C. BETHEA                    

D. C. Bethea (1858-1932) was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in the Peace River Association. Beathea was the son of Rev. Hugh Bethea. His wife was Sophie Whidden Bethea.

Secondary Source:
Peace River Associational Minutes, 1932.
FBHS files.

Secondary Source: Peace River Associational Minutes, 1932.

JACK BILBO

Jack Bilbo was ordained on August 1, 1943, at the First Baptist Church of
Marianna. He completed his theological education and went back to Marianna
to serve as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.

Secondary Source: Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 17, 19.

JACK L. BILBO

Jack L. Bilbo (1921-1999) was a native of Mississippi. Bilbo attended Mississippi college and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served churches in Mississippi, Maryland and Florida. He served in the military in World War II. He served as pastor of Bellview Baptist Church in Pensacola for 23 years after which he retired. He and his wife Mary Bennett Bilbo were married for 55 years and had two daughters, Ruth and Deborah.

Source: FBHS files.

BILL F. BILLINGSLEY

Bill F. Billingsley (1934-1998) was a pastor and denominational servant with
a missionary heart. He served as pastor of Belvadere Baptist Church and Northwood
Baptist Church in West Palm Beach. In 1963 he became the first pastor of Sheridan
Hills Baptist Church in Hollywood. He served the church as pastor for 35 years
until the time of his death.
Billingsley led his congregation to start 54 mission churches in the Gulf
Stream Baptist Association. He led the church to start a community Christian
counseling center, Sheridan House Family Ministries, a Christian school, and
a crisis pregnancy care facility. He also served in many denominational roles
and was president of the Florida Baptist
State Convention in 1988-1989. Billingsley died August 21, 1998, at the age
of 64. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean, and three grown children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist State Convention Annual, 1998, p. 8.

C. CLYDE BILLINGSLEY

C. Clyde Billingsley (1941- ) served as evangelism director of the Florida
Baptist Convention from 1985 to 1989. He had served for many years in pioneer
mission work, and left Florida to become the executive-director of the Utah-Idaho
state convention.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, May 11, 1989, p. 3.

RICHARD H. BILLS

Richard H. Bills (1917-2010) was honored at the Bowe Gardens Church in Melbourne upon his 40th anniversary in the preaching ministry on December 3, 1980.
Bills served as pastor in other states before coming to Florida, where he served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Plant City and Central Baptist Church in Titusville. Bills served 16 years as chaplain at South Florida Baptist Hospital.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, January 31, 1980, p. 6.
Plant City Courier and Tribune
, January 1, 2011.

J. N. BINFORD

J. N. Binford served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Haines City. He died in 1956.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 11, 1956, p. 12.

LADISLAU BIRO

Ladislau Biro (1907-2009) was pastor of University Baptist Church, Coral Gables Church in 1942-1950. Biro served as pastor of the Coral Gables Baptist Church (1951-1969) and Bethesda Baptist Church, Palm Bay (1971-1989)

Source:
FBHS files.

P. P. BISHOP

P. P. Bishop served as pastor of First Bpatist Church in Jacksonville from
1867-1868. The church had 290 members in 1868. In 1875 Bishop was pastor at
Ocala.

Secondary Source: Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, pp. 102-104. Alachua
Baptist Association Minutes, 1875, p. 9.

WILLIAM FRANK BISHOP

William Frank Bishop lived in Tampa 42 years before his death on March 27,
1963. He was ordained in 1937, and served State Highway, West Hillsborough,
Southside of Bradenton, and Belmont Heights (1945-1963). Bishop and his wife,
Jessie, had one son William Jr., and a daughter, Dorene.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 11, 1963, p. 12.

CLANTON C. BLACK

Clanton C. Black (1902-1956) was a native of Alabama. He attended school at
the University of Alabama and Baptist Bible Institute in Lakeland, Florida.
Black served as pastor at Ft. White, Flemington, LaCrosse, Antioch, Mt. Pleasant,
and Pine.
Black had an active preaching ministry in Marion, St. Johns, Santa Fe, New
River, and Suwannee Associations.
Black married Cora W. Black. They had two daughters; Ann and Mrs. W. H. Anderson,
and two sons; Oliver and Clanton Jr.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 17, 1956, p. 12.

JOHN GORDON BLACK            

John Gordon Black (1877-1914) was born in Beaufort, SC. In 1893, at age fifteen Black was licensed to preach by the old Altamaha Baptist Church, Jessup, GA. In 1899, he was ordained as a minister in the First Baptist Church, Deland. Black’s first pastorate was Green Cove Springs (1899-1907). Black also pastored Indianola Baptist Church (1900-1903); LaGrange Baptist Church (1901-1903); Fort Pierce Baptist Church (1901); Titusville Baptist Church (1902-1903); and Oviedo Baptist Church (1905-1907). From 1910 to 1913 Black held pastorates at Panama City, Cottondale and Carrabelle.

Source:
FBHS files.

FRANK D. BLACKMON

Frank D. Blackmon (1927-1964) served as pastor of churches in Georgia. He
was pastor of Fellowship Church in Tampa at the time of his death. He died
at age 37 in Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, due to complication in heart
surgery.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 6, 1964, p. 12.

CORA HANCOCK BLAIR

Cora Hancock Blair was born in 1890 at Kathleen in Polk County, Florida. She
was the daughter of Shade Judson Hancock and Laura Pauline Wilder Hancock.
Her father was a cattleman-farmer and her mother was a housewife. Cora had
two brothers, Paul Wilder and Judson Norris, and one sister Ruby Estelle Hancock
Wilder.
Cora graduated in 1910 at Columbia College in Lake City. She attended Normal
School in Dade City and received a certificate to teach. She attended The
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and received
her B.M.T. degree in 1915.
Cora married Martin Stowe Blair on September 20, 1916. They had two children,
W. Judson (born December 25, 1919) and Martin Stone Blair, Jr. (born December
24, 1926). Cora was converted at age 13, and served as a foreign missionary
of the Southern Baptist Convention in Cordoba, Rosario, and Buenos Aires,
Argentina, form 1919-1954. Son William Judson served as a foreign missionary
in Argentina and son Martin, Jr., was a business man in Springfield, Missouri.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

B. W. BLAKEWOOD

B. W. Blakewood died in 1890 after serving many years as a faithful Baptist
preacher.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.

CLARENCE BLALOCK

Clarence Blalock graduated from Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary.
In 2004 he became pastor of McDowell Baptist Church in Saint Augustine.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 26, 2004, p. 13.

WILLIAM J. BLEWETT

William J. Blewett (1812-1873) was born March 12, 1812, in Anson County, North
Carolina. He moved to Decatur County, Georgia in 1833 and in April 1834, was
baptized into the Richland Creek Church by Elder A. Belcher. He was licensed
to preach by the Richland Creek Church in 1835, and at the request of the
Cotton Hill Church of Randolph County, he was ordained.
Blewett had influence in Florida in his life and preaching. In 1840 or 1841
he married Miss Malcolm, daughter of Dr. Malcolm of Gadsden County, Florida.
After her death, he married Mrs. Everett and settled near Thomasville. Blewett
preached along the Georgia-Florida line and was a pro-mission influence in
the introduction of Articles of Faith for the Florida Association. In 1867
Blewett was pastor of Friendship, Indian Springs, Liberty, and New Hope in
the Florida Association. In 1870 or 1871 he moved to Cadwell County, Texas,
where he died in 1873.

Secondary Source:
History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia with Biographical Compendium,
pp. 36-37.
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1867, p. 17; 1873, p. 6.

BENJAMIN BREWTON BLITCH

Benjamin Brewton Blitch (1873-1941) was from a family of Baptist preachers.
His grandfather, Benjamin Blitch of Effingham County, Georgia (1811-1887),
was a veteran of the Seminole War and served as a Baptist preacher for 41
years.
Blitch s father was James Elias Blitch (1833-1876) and he served in the Georgia
7th Calvary in the Civil War. He was also a Baptist preacher, historian, missionary
and evangelist. Blitch also had four uncles who were Baptist preachers.
Blitch married Janette Harrison Blitch in 1899, and they had four children.
He served as pastor of Brent Baptist Church (1906-1911), and upon the death
of his wife married Hattie Barbara Davis in 1913. He later served as pastor
of First Baptist Church in Melton (1926). He helped organize the Flagler Street
Church in Miami and served ten years as pastor (1931-1941).

Secondary Source:
Judith R. Jolly, Rev. Benjamin Brewton Blitch .
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

NEWTON A. BLITCH

Newton A. Blitch (1844-1921) was born in Marion County, Florida. Blitch served in the House of Representatives and Florida State Senator. He also served on the Railroad Commission. Blitch was a member of First Baptist Church, Tallahassee and president of the Florida Baptist State Convention in 1914 and 1916.

Source:
FBHS files.

BOB BLOCK

Bob Block graduated from Baylor University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of FBC, Chiefland and in 2009 became pastor of FBC, Tampa. He and his wife Darleen have two sons.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 21, 2009, p. 6.

D. J. BLOCKER                  replace D. W. Blocker

D. J. Blocker served as pastor of Blake Memorial Baptist Church in 1907-1908.

Source:
FBHS files.

RICHARD G. BLOODWORTH

Richard C. Bloodworth (1932-1989) was pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Chipley. Bloodworth and his wife Ada Jean Kirkland had five children.

Source:
FBHS files.

FRED C. BLOSCH

Fred C. Blosch (July 29, 1898-March 10, 1970) was born near Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He was the ninth child born to Valentine and Louisa Theila Blosch. His mother
led him to Christ at a very early age.
In 1919 his family moved to the small town of Ft. Lauderdale. At age 25 he
was called to schooling and after four years he graduated from Baptist Institute
(Bachelor of Gospel Music and Bachelor of Christian Training).
In 1930 he became pastor of First Baptist Church of Boynton Beach. He continued
to pastor in Palm Beach County until 1946. He then served at Oak-Griner in
Ocala (1946-1949), Fellowship (1949-1956) and Jonesville (1956-1960).

Secondary Source:
James Leland Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Baptist Church, pp. 56-60.

B. F. BLOUNT

B. F. Blount served as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Holmes County in 1945.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 9, 1945, p. 3.

WALTER C. BLUE JR.

Walter C. Blue Jr. (1911-1981) served as pastor in North Carolina, Texas,
and Florida for over 40 years. His Florida pastorates included First Baptist
Church in Perrine, First Baptist Church in Pierson, and Magnolia Avenue Baptist
Church in Daytona Beach. He and his wife, Aileen, had one child, Walter III.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 17, 1981, p. 6.

OLIVER EVERETT BOALS

Oliver Everett Boals (1913-) probably has the distinction of being the oldest pastor to serve in the Florida Baptist Convention. In 2009, at age 96, Boals was serving as pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Branford, Florida. Boals has served 78 years in the Florida Baptist Convention.
Boals became a pastor at age 18 in 1932. He worked on the farm, cut cordwood, worked in a sawmill and managed a grocery store and a meat market to make ends meet. He preached at his home church of Jonesville and also preached at Island Grove Baptist Church. He served 18 years as pastor of Jones Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He served as pastor of Hawthorne Baptist Church for four days. The church had split and in four days he brought them back together.
Boals became a Christian at age 17 but felt impressed to preach from age 4. Boals married Shirley Keen and they had 3 children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 21, 2006, p. 7; November 5, 2009, p. 2.

JAMES CLIFTON BOATWRIGHT

James Clifton Boatwright (September 17, 1891- ) was born in Johnson
County, Georgia. In 1901 he joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was called
to preach in 1906. He moved to Fort McCoy, Florida, in 1913. He was licensed
to preach in 1914 at Fort McCoy, was called as pastor of Eureka in 1915, and
ordained at Fort McCoy in 1916.
Boatwright served as pastor at Sparr, Anthony, Harmony, Fellowship, Ocklawaha
Bridge, and Oak-Griner. He was a bivocational pastor, and a carpenter and
block mason by trade.

Secondary Source:
James Leland Luffman. A History of Oak-Griner Baptist Church, pp. 27-31.

PAUL BOBBITT

Paul Bobbitt (1928-2011) was born in Sanford, North Carolina, and graduated from Wake Forest University (1951) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1953, MSM).
Bobbitt served as minister of music in churches in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida. He was the director of the Church Music Department of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1970-1993. He and his wife Mayrene had daughters Irene, Myra and Angie.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

T. S. BOEHM

T. S. Boehm was born on March 29, 1907 and died in Augusta, Georgia, in 1971
after suffering a stroke. He was buried in Rogersville, Tennessee.
Dr. Boehm studied at Carson-Newman and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In September 1943, he helped start the Florida Baptist Institute as a school
for adults to receive help and attain high school graduation. He was a cofounder,
teacher, trustee, dean, and acting president of Baptist Bible Institute over
the course of 10 years.
Dr. Boehm and his wife, Maime Ausband Boehm, had one son, John Charles.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 20, 1971, p. 8.
Alice M. Muir, A Historic Sketch, pp. 30-32.

FRED H. BOEHMER

Fred H. Boehmer served for many years as pastor of First Baptist Church in
Brandon. He went to Brandon in 1976, and had previously served in Texas and
Tennessee.
Boehmer was a graduate of Wheaton College and Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary. Boehmer came directly to Brandon from an eight year pastorate of
Greenwich Church in Greenwich, Connecticut. He has served widely in convention
denominational service.

Secondary Service: Florida Baptist Witness, March 18, 1976, p. 6.

JOHN R. BOGERS, SR.

John R. Bogers, Sr. (1929-2004) served as a Baptist minister for 38 years.
He served as pastor of 11th Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville; First Baptist
Church, Middlesburg; and Blue Lake Baptist Church in Chipley. He and his wife,
Alcine, were married 58 years, and they had three children; Helen, Mary, and
Robert.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 12, 2004, p. 5.

J. D. BOHANAN

J. D. Bohanan served as a pastor of Chaires Baptist Church and Indian Springs Baptist Church in 1909. Bohanan died in 1910.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1909, p. 117; 1911, p. 83.

IVAN BOHANNON

Ivan Bohannon died on May 13, 1953. He was a native of Putnam County. He moved
to Green Cove Springs, Florida, in 1938. He was ordained in 1921, and served
as pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church from 1937-1945. He and his wife,
Fannie, had four sons and three daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

NAMON THAMAR BOHANNON

Namon Thamar Bohannon (August 15, 1927-October 29, 2004) was born in Elliottown,
near Jay. He was converted in 1939 in a revival at First Baptist Church, Milton.
Bohannon graduated from Milton High School in June 1945, and married Donie
Mell King in December 1945. He and his wife were married 58 years and had
six children; Karen, Cathy, Cheryl, Patti, Stephen, and Bobby.
Bohannon joined the Air Force in 1946, and upon completion of that duty worked
over ten years with the St. Regis Paper Company. He worked primarily in his
ministry as a bivocational pastor, and served in Texas and Florida. He was
one of the organizers of Floridatown Baptist Church.

Secondary Source:
Joe M. Bamberg. The History of First Baptist Church of Milton, p. 111.
Florida Baptist Witness, November 25, 2004, p. 11.

WILLIAM O. BOHELER

William O. Boheler (-1989) was a pastor in the Palm Lake Baptist Association and served in the juvenile division of the Home Mission Board for six years. Boheler organized “A Pastor’s Day in Court” within the Palm Lake Baptist Association and a similar program in Fort Lauderdale. The program is devoted to helping wayward youngsters obtain a better place in and attitude towards society.

Boheler and his wife Lucille had three children. He died June 13, 1989.

Source:
FBHS files

EUGENE BOHNER

Eugene Bohner served as pastor of Waverly Church, Waverly. He went as pastor
of Sidney Church in Sidney in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 11, 1980, p. 6.

WILLIAM J “BUDDY” BOLES

William J. “Buddy” Boles served as pastor at Enon Baptist Church, Walnut Hill from 1990-2002.

Source:
FBHS files.

WILLIAM JAMES BOLIN

William James Bolin (November 12, 1862-October 11, 1960) was born in Brown
s Creek, Henderson County, Tennessee. He was the son of John and Elmina Clarke
Bolin. He had five brothers (Joseph, Mesley, John, Eugene, Alfred) and two
sisters (Mandy and Fanny). He was raised in Clinton, Kentucky (1864-1886).
He received the B.A. degree from Clinton College in 1886 and attended Andover
Newton (1886-1887) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1893-1894).
He married Elnora Stubblefield in 1888 and upon her death married Callie Stubblefield
in 1897. He had five children (Herbert, James, Maymie, Robert, and Nona).
Bolin served as a school teacher, newspaper editor and pastor. He received
a D.D. degree from Clinton College.
Dr. Bolin was converted in 1876 at age 14 and baptized in 1880 at the Mt.
Moriah Baptist Church in Clinton, Kentucky. He was ordained at Mt. Moriah
in 1886. Dr. Bolin was pastor of 16 different Baptist churches in four states
from 1888-1942. Some of the more significant pastorates included First Baptist
Church, Milan, Tennessee (1890-1893), First Baptist Church, Orlando (1894-1895),
First Baptist Church, Baton Rouge (1903-1907), First Baptist Church, Newport,
Kentucky (1912-1913), and First Baptist Church, Lakeland (1920-1925). He served
as the chaplain of the State Senate while serving in Baton Rouge.
He held numerous denominational offices, and was the author of Bible Briefs
in 1918, and A Pilgrim sProgramme and Other Sermons in 1935.

Secondary Sources:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, November 10, 1960, p. 12.
Alice M. Muir. A Historic Sketch, pp. 23-24.

CHARLES HOUSTON BOLTON

Charles Houston Bolton (September 13, 1886-November 11, 1973) was born in
Belgreen, Alabama. He was the son of Franklin Marion and Josephine Hall. He
studied at Atlanta Theological Seminary (1912-1914) and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary (1915-1917). He was ordained in 1916. He received honorary,
doctoral degrees from Mercer University (D.D., 1933), and Stetson University
(L.H.D., 1943).
Dr. Bolton married Lena Mae Painter on September 20, 1904, and they had three
children; Charles Houston, Elinor Lyle, and Edith Annette. Dr. Bolton served
as pastor at Southside Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama (1917-1924), Norwood
Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama (1924-1927), First Baptist Church in West
Palm Beach (1927-1939), Riverside Baptist Church, Miami (1944-1949), and First
Baptist Church, Avon Park, Florida (1953-1956).
Dr. Bolton was a printer, banker, pastor, and denominational worker. He was
the first Executive Secretary of the Southern Baptist Foundation (1949-1953)
and served as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention
(1941-1949).
After retiring in 1956, Dr. Bolton served in 40 interim pastorates.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, April 27, 1944, July 13, 1944.

A. L. BONNER

A. L. Bonner served as pastor of First Baptist Church Callahan from 1949-1951.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

GEORGE BORDERS

George Borders was Vice President of Student Affairs at Stetson University and became the third President of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1978. Borders resigned in 1981 to become the President of the Florida Baptist Foundation.

Source:
FBHS files.

MARSHALL BOROUGHS

Marshall Boroughs served as pastor of East Naples Baptist Church from 1970-1979.

Secondary Source:
FBHS files.

WILLIAM BORUM

William Borum is listed in the 1856 West Florida Baptist Associational Minutes
as an ordained minister living in Greenwood, Florida. In 1859 he was pastor
of Sardis and New Hope in the West Florida Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1856, 1859.

E. C. BOSTICK

E. C. Bostick died November 22, 1947. He was a graduate of Stetson University,
and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bostick served for many years
as Clerk of the South Florida Baptist Association, and also as recording secretary
of the Florida Baptist Convention. He was a charter member of the Southside
Baptist Church in Lakeland. He was known from his many pastorates he held
in south and central Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 1, 1948, p. 13.

G. W. BOSTICK

G. W. Bostick is listed as the pastor of Lake Jackson Church, Leon County,
in the 1851 Florida Baptist Associational Minutes. He died in Wakulla County
in 1881.
According to the 1860 Florida Associational Minutes, Bostick was living in
Sopchoppy and pastor of Mount Benzor, Mount Elon, and Bethsaida in Wakulla
County.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1851, p. 2; 1860, 1881.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1881, p. 13; 1882, p. 13.

WILLIAM WILEY BOSTICK

William Wiley Bostick, son of Rev. George W. Bostick, pioneer Florida pastor, was born March 31, 1843, in Gadsden County. In March 1862, at Way Key, he enlisted in Company D, Third Florida Infantry, CSA. A private and musician, he was detailed as a military hospital nurse following the battle of Vicksburg. Later captured near Atlanta and imprisoned at Camp Douglas in Chicago, he remained a prisoner until the war ended. Florida Baptist pastorates include Bethpage, Monticello, Olive (North Florida); Homeland, Bethel, Beulah, Gapway, Lakeland, Bartow (Polk); Pleasant Hill, Dade City (Pasco); Eden (Hernando); Shiloh (Hillsborough); Sumterville, Pine Level (Sumter); Lady Lake (Lake); Arcadia (DeSoto); Fort Myers (Lee); and Key West (Monroe). He was Lee County School Superintendent from 1897 to 1901. “A minister of the gospel for fifty-two years,” he died May 28, 1919, in Miami and is buried in Miami City Cemetery.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical files

M. J. BOUTERSE                replaces

M. J. Bouterse was pastor of Stanton Memorial Baptist Church, Miami, 1921-24.

Source:
FBHS files.

ROBERT CLECKLER BOWDEN

Robert Cleckler Bowden (1929- ) is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He finished
college at Howard College in Birmingham and later worked as head football
coach there.
Coach Bowden served as head football coach at South Georgia College, Howard
College (1959-1962), West Virginia, and Florida State. He has had 332 coaching
victories with two national championships and fourteen consecutive 10-win
seasons.
Coach Bowden is a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida.

Secondary Source:
Bobby Bowden/Mike Bynum. Bound For Glory.
Florida Baptist Witness, January 16, 2003, p. 12.

T. J. BOWEN

In the 1848 Minutes of the Florida Baptist Association, T. J. Bowen is listed
as pastor of Liberty, Hebron, and Providence in Gadsden County. He was also
pastor of Lake Jackson in Leon County.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1848, pp. 4-5.

A. PRESTON BOYD

Dr. A. Preston Boyd was ordained to the gospel ministry on January 12, 1913,
at Live Oak Baptist Church. S. B. Rogers preached the ordination sermon.
Previous to this ordination Dr. Boyd was a Presbyterian pastor.

Secondary Source: Baptist Witness, January 16, 1913, p. 12.

J. LEON BOYD

J. Leon Boyd served as pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church in Pensacola from
1973-1980. He then served as Director of Missions of Pinellas Association
(now Suncoast) and Director of Urban Strategy with the North American Mission
Board from which he retired in 1992.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 7, 2006, p11.

LOUISE SMITH BOYD

Louise Smith Boyd was born in Fordeville, Kentucky. She graduated from the
WMU Training School in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1926, and the Woman s College
(later renamed William Carey) in 1930 (A. B.).
Boyd accepted a teaching position in the Ashland, Kentucky public school system
and then in 1931 became the young people s secretary of the Florida WMU.
Upon the retirement of Charlotte Rinkenburger Peelman (1936), Boyd was elected
corresponding secretary of the Florida WMU. She served in that capacity from
1936-1943.
Louise Smith met David Fair Boyd while both were in Jacksonville and they
married in 1943. She continued her active WMU work in Ohio, North Carolina,
and Georgia.
David Boyd died in 1975 and Louise Smith Boyd continues to live in Atlanta.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

MILTON W. BOYD

Milton W. Boyd (March 22, 1940- ) was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. His
educational background is closely associated with his service in the United
States Air Force. He attended the Air Training Command School (1957), University
of Maryland (Morocco), NonCommissioned Officers School, and Los Angeles City
College (Thailand).
Boyd served as pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama (1976-1987),
Central Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama (1983-1990), and New Birth Baptist
Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Boyd has received many awards as it relates to ministry, training, and church
growth. He is currently the director, church development, African-American
Ministries Division of the Florida Baptist Convention. He and his wife, Paula
Pacheco Boyd, have four children; Jose, Clarissa, Enrique, Carrlos, and Madalena.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist History Society files, Florida Baptist
Witness, February 22, 2007, p. 5.

ERNEST DOYLE BOYER

Ernest Doyle Boyer (December 4, 1869-November 2, 1969) was born in Eufaula,
Alabama. Ordained in 1917, Boyer served as pastor of over 15 Southern Baptist
churches in Florida. He served at Citra, Lawtey, Yankestown, Inglis, Baldwin,
Cedar Key, North Ocala, Deland, and six churches in Tampa.
In 1940 he organized East Hillsborough Church in Tampa on land he donated
to the congregation. He and his wife, Irene Tompkins Boyer, had three daughters
and five sons. In 1967 he was recognized as the oldest active pastor in The
Southern Baptist Convention. He was still serving as pastor at age 98.

Primary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, November 13, 1969, p. 8; December 14, 1967, p. 11.

OWEN BOZEMAN

Owen Bozeman was born and raised in the Myrtle Gove section of Pensacola,
and he grew up in the Myrtle Grove Baptist Church. He graduated from Samford
University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor
of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, and First Baptist Church in
Milton, Florida.

Secondary Source:
Joe M. Bamberg. The History of First Baptist Church, Milton, Florida. pp.
79-88.

RICHARD C. BRACKIN

Richard C. Brackin of Dothan, Alabama, served as pastor of Parkway Church,
Orlando, then went to King Street Church in Cocoa as pastor in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 1980, p. 7.

JAMES BRANCH

James Branch (1928-2014) was born in Baxley, Georgia, and was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He served as pastor of Black Pond and Friendship Baptist churches in Black Creek Association. Branch served for 32 years as pastor of Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He and his wife Joan had two children: Douglas and Melody.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 3, 2014, p. 4.

DONALD ASA BRANDEIS

Donald Asa Brandeis (1929-2003) was ordained by First Baptist Church, Carrabelle where he was associate pastor in 1957. Brandeis moved to Tallahassee and became a full time evangelist.

Source:
FBHS files.

ADELEE BRANHAM

Adelee Branham served as a missionary to Havana, Cuba and then as missionary in the First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, 1904 and 1905, and under the Home Mission Board as missionary to the Cubans in Ybor City and Tampa in 1905.

Source:
FBHS files.

RONALD W. BRANNING

Ronald W. Branning (December 10, 1957- ) became a Christian in 1964. He attended
Troy State University where he received the B.Mu.in 1979, and the M.Mu., 1985.
He served as Minister of Music in Alabama and Florida.
Branning taught music from 1979-1999 in various schools in Alabama and Florida.
In 1996 he joined the music faculty of the Baptist College of Florida.
Branning served as Minister of Music at Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna,
Florida for over 22 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. A. BRANNON

J. A. Brannon was pastor of Delray Baptist Church in 1926.

Source: 1926 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 28.

CLOVIS A. BRANTLEY

Clovis A. Brantley (October 18, 1913- ) was born in Lily, Florida. He attended
Stetson University (1933-1937) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
(1937-1940). He and his wife, Gladys Beall Brantley, had three children.
Brantley served as pastor in Oak-Griner Baptist Church in Ocala
(1935-1937) but is best known across the Southern Baptist Convention for his
work with the Home Mission Board. He was director of a convention urban ministry
center (1937-1951) and then served as Superintendent of all Home Mission Board
Mission Centers. There is a mission center in New Orleans named in his honor.

Secondary Source:
James Leland Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Baptist Church, 1915-1975, p.
39-41.

G. T. BRANTLEY

G. T. Brantley (1840-1901) was born February 20, 1840, and was a soldier in
the Civil War. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1873, and died in
1901.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual. 1901. p. 47.

HAROLD BRANTLEY

Harold Brantley served as Director of Missions in Brevard Baptist Association from 1992-2006.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 27, 2006, p. 14.

J. H. BRANTLEY    replaces

J. H. Brantley was born in Georgia. He died December 30, 1906, at “age about 60.” Brantley pastored Lake Sterns Baptist Church (now Lake Placid) from 1900-1902.

Secondary Source:
Peace River Associational Minutes, 1907, p. 25.
FBHS files.

LEONARD BRANTON

Leonard Branton retired as pastor of Lake Hill Church in Orlando in 1980.
He also served as pastor of First Church, DeLean Springs; First Church, Eaton
Park; First Church, Lake Garfield; First Church, Highland City, and First
Church, Altoona before going to Lake Hill.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 18, 1980, p. 6.

J. BRYAN BRASINGTON

J. Bryan Brasington was a native of Heath Springs, South Carolina. He attended
Clemson University and graduated from Stetson University (B.A.) and The Southern
Baptist Theolgoical Seminary (B.D.) He played college football and two years
of professional baseball.
Brasington married Victoria Young of Gainesville, Florida. She studied at
Stetson University (B.A.) and the University of Florida (M.Ed.). They had
two children.
Brasington served as pastor of churches in Umatilla, Florida, and Scottsburg,
Indiana. Victoria served as secretary at First Baptist Church, DeLand, and
as youth and education director at First Baptist Church, Quincy. He served
in the U.S. Merchant Marines in World War II.
The Brasingtons were appointed as Southern Baptist Missionaries in April 1955,
and they served in South America for over 25 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN L. BRAY

John L. Bray attended Stetson University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bray pastored churches in Florida and South Carolina and served as pastor of the Southside Baptist Church, Plant City. Bray also served as an evangelist. He and his wife had three children.

Source:
FBHS files.

J. H. BREAKER                  

J. H. Breaker (1820-1897) of Florida and Charles Lewis of Groton, Connecticut, and E. Eldridge established the Key West Baptist Church on March 11, 1843. Breaker was pastor at Union Baptist Church later called First Baptist Church, Brooksville from 1856-1866.

Secondary Source:
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1882, p. 9.
Stonington Union Association Minutes, 1845 (Connecticut).

JOEL R. BREIDENBAUGH

Joel R. Breidenbaugh (November 14, 1975-   ) was born in Knox County, Indiana. He attended Florida Baptist Theological College (1994-1997, B.A.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1997-2003, M.Div., Th.D.).
Breidenbaugh served as pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Henderson, Kentucky (2000-2003) and served as pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church (2003- 2008) in Panama City Beach, Florida. In 2008 Dr. Breidenbaugh became pastor of First Baptist Sweetwater in Longwood.
Dr. Breidenbaugh and his wife, Annthea Rhea West Breidenbaugh, have four children.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, October 9, 2008, p. 11.

J. H. BRENKER

J. H. Brenker was pastor of New Hope Church in Marion County in 1856. He served
as Moderator of the Alachua Association in 1866-1867.

Secondary Source: Alachua Association Minutes, 1856, p. 14; 1867, p. 1.

J. H. BREAKER                   replaces old bio

J. H. Breaker (1820-1897) of Florida and Charles Lewis of Groton, Connecticut, and E. Eldridge established the Key West Baptist Church on March 11, 1843. Breaker was pastor at Union Baptist Church later called First Baptist Church, Brooksville from 1856-1866.

Secondary Source:
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1882, p. 9.
Stonington Union Association Minutes, 1845 (Connecticut).

RALPH WAYNE BRIANT

Ralph Wayne Briant (December 27, 1954- ) was born in Tampa, Florida. He was
saved in 1974 and surrendered to the ministry in December 1975. He was licensed
to preach by the Seminole Heights Baptist Church of Tampa, Florida, in 1977,
and ordained there in January 15, 1978.
Briant attended Hillsborough Community College in Tampa; Mount Hood Community
College in Portland, Oregon; Luther Rice Bible College; and Anderson Baptist
Seminary.
Briant has served in Oklahoma, Oregon, and has been pastor of Southside Baptist
Church in Sarasota since May 1991. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children;
Wayne Jr., Marci, and Steven.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

A. L. BRIDGES

A. L. Bridges was pastor of Perrine Baptist Church in 1928, South Miami Baptist Church in 1928 and 1931 and Goulds Baptist Church in 1933.

Source: 1928 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p.28; Ibid, 1931, p. 4; Ibid, 1933, p. 4.

Florida Baptist Witness, December 7, 1944, p. 9.

CLAUDE BRIDGES

Claude Bridges (1888-1959) served as pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, Jacksonville. Bridges held pastorates in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Texas.

Source:
FBHS files.

WILLIAM R. “BILL” BRIGHT

Bill Bright (1921-2003) was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. In 1979, Bright commissioned the “JESUS” film, a feature-length documentary on the life of Christ, which has been viewed in 234 countries. Bright moved Campus Crusade for Christ from San Bernardino, CA to Orlando, FL in 1989 due to rising costs in California. In 1948 he married Vonette Zachary Bright

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 24, 2003, p. 4.

HUGH BRIMM

Hugh Brimm was a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and received his
A.B. degree from Mississippi College, and his M.A. and Th.M. from The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as pastor
of First Baptist Church, Quincy, Florida (1944- ).
Dr. Brimm taught social ethics as a tutor at The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary before going to Quincy.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 7, 1944, p. 9.

NATHANIEL BRITTAIN

Nathaniel Brittain was an Air Force Chaplain in World War II. Brittain served as pastor of East Hill Baptist Church, Tallahassee from 1948-1951. In 1951 Brittain was called back into the Air Force when the Korean War started and made the Air Force chaplaincy his career.

Source:
FBHS files.

CARSON BRITTAIN

Carson Brittain (1915-2009) served as pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church in Saint Augustine from 1970 to 1978. He moved from Lake City to Saint Augustine. His father was C. M. Brittain (1873-1943) who served as Executive-Secretary of the Florida Baptist Convention (1926-1941).

Carson graduated from Carson Newmen Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1940 and served in Georgia and Florida. Carson and his wife Juanita had a son David and daughters Mary and Nancy.

Secondary Source: The Long Road with God. . . a ‘Living’ History of Ancient City Baptist Church 1887-1987, pp. 74-78. Florida Baptist Witness, November 26, 2009, p. 5.

CHARLES MERCER BRITTAIN

Charles Mercer Brittain (December 16, 1873-January 12, 1943), was born in
Coyners, Georgia. His parents were Jabez Marshall Brittain and Ida Callaway.
Brittain attended school at Emory and Mercer University. He married Susie
Marie Moore of Macon, Georgia, and he and his wife had five sons. He served
as pastor in Georgia and Alabama. He served Kissimmee, Lake City, and Ocala
churches in Florida. He received a
D.D. degree from Columbia College in 1917.
Brittain was called to preach under the ministry of Dr. J. B. Hawthorne at
First Baptist Church in Atlanta. He entered Mercer University in 1894 and
graduated from there with an A.B. degree in 1898. He then attended The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He served for four years as pastor in Georgia,
then in Kissimmee Church in Florida from 1905 to 1906. He also served as pastor
at Lake City, Florida and Columbia, Alabama. He served as a Christian worker
with the troops during the Spanish-American War.
Few men have known adversity in ministry as did Dr. Brittain. He worked faithfully
with Columbia College to see that work fail in its ultimate goal. He became
Executive-Secretary of the State Board of Missions in December 8, 1926, one
week after the death of his mother, and continued in that work until his resignation
on May 6, 1941. He experienced economic crisis in the state with the devastating
hurricanes of 1927 and 1928. The stock market crash of 1929 brought a crisis
to Baptists and their mission work. Debt and a cut back in services hit state
Baptist work during the depression and Landmarkism was a constant threat in
the 1930s. In all of this time, Dr. Brittain proved to be a positive stable
leader expecting better days of service for the convention. He died at Ft.
Myers on January 12, 1943.

Secondary Source:
Earl Joiner, A History of Florida Baptists
John L. Rosser, A History of Florida Baptists, pp. 100-108.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

FRED E. BRITTAIN

Fred E. Brittain was pastor of Lake Worth Baptist Church in 1923.

Source: 1923 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 35.

AL S. BROCK

Al. S. Brock (1915-1980) died in Tallahassee on October 1, 1980. He served
as pastor of churches in South Carolina and Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 6, 1980, p. 6.

F. W. BROCKSMITH

F. W. Brocksmith died May 23, 1971. He served as pastor of Lake Wales and
Fairview Shores Church in Orlando from 1963 to 1971. He and his wife, Victoria,
had three daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 17, 1971, p. 11.

NATHAN C. BROOKS, JR.

Nathan C. Brooks served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola (1954-1958),
and he said, I have been your pastor for 60 days and I have brought 60 messages.
Pensacola has patient listeners.
Brooks served as the president of the Board of Trustees in 1957 of the Baptist
Bible Institute in Graceville when it first came under Florida Baptist Convention
auspices. He resigned as pastor in Pensacola in 1958 to become the president
of the Carver School of Missions and Social Work in Louisville, Kentucky.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill, pp.
231-242.

PAUL LEWIS BROOKS

Paul Lewis Brooks served as pastor in Louisiana and Mississippi before going
as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna (1978). He left there to become
pastor of First Baptist Church of Raytown, Missouri.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 17, 1980, p. 13.
Leitch, Christ Centered Century, p. 68-87.

W. P. BROOKS

W. P. Brooks served as pastor of First Baptist Church Sanford for 32 years
beginning in the depression.

Secondary Source:
Earl Joiner, Don Hepburn, Favored Florida-A History of Florida Baptists 1854-2004,
chapter four.

THOMAS C. BROOMALL

Thomas C. Broomall (1923-1991) was a native of Birmingham. He served as pastor
of First Baptist Church in Apopka from 1961 to 1972, and First Baptist Church
in Dade City from 1972 to 1985. He and his wife, Wanda, had two daughters,
Saron and Susan, and one son, Thomas.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 7, 1991, p. 11.

JOHN B. BROOME

John Broome married Mary Burney on January 1, 1848. Jesse Goodman performed the ceremony. Broome served as pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church (1839-1843).
On June 20, 1841, John Broome and Alexander Mosely (d. 1846) constituted the Concord Baptist Church near Madison. The Concord church had 13 charter members and six were slaves. In September, 1841, Broome assisted in organizing the Monticello Baptist Church with six charter members. Broome died in 1854.

Source: James C, Bryant, Indian Springs.

LEOLA SMITH BROTHERS

Leola Smith Brothers (1908-1951) was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1908. She
moved to Bowling Green, Florida, as a teenager. She graduated from Georgia
State Woman s College in Valdosta, and the Woman s Missionary Union Training
School in Louisville, Kentucky in 1931. She was called to foreign mission
service in Africa after hearing Dr. R. G. Lee preach a sermon entitled Suffering
For Christ.
Brothers married Lionel Raymond Brothers, a Florida native in 1931. They served
together in the boy s school in Nigeria until July 13, 1951, the death date
of Mrs. Brothers.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 26, 1951, p. 9.

LEN G. BROUGHTON

Len G. Broughton served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville
from 1923 to 1928. In 1925 the church had 2,415 members and a budget of $46,534.

Secondary Source: Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, p. 102-104. Florida
Baptist Witness. September 1, 1927,Vol. XL, No. 35 p. 5. September
22, 1927, Vol. XL. No. 38 p. 3.

J. A. BROWN

J. A. Brown was pastor of FBC Hollywood in 1926.

Source: 1926 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 29.

JOSH BROWN

Josh Brown was pastor of Enterprise and Spring Head churches in the South
Florida Association in 1927.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 18, 1927.

SCOTT BROWN

Scott Brown was called as pastor of Santa Fe Baptist Church in Alachua in 2012. He and his wife Crystal are the parents of a daughter.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 25, 2012, p. 5.

STEVEN BROWN

Steven Brown became pastor of McDowell Baptist Church in St. Augustine in 2014. He and his wife, Diane have four children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 15, 2015, p. 5.

BROWN, W. A.

W. A. Brown served as pastor of First Baptist Church Callahan from 1953-1965.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

EDWIN B. BROWNING, SR.

Edwin B. Browning Sr. (July 20, 1904-January 12, 1981) was born near Greenville,
Florida. He was one of those local Baptist historians that did a great work
in a small area, but was not widely known in publication circles. Browning
was very active in Baptist life of Madison and Middle Florida Association.
He wrote the histories of First Baptist Church in Madison and Concord Baptist
Church. In 1976 he was responsible for researching and writing script for
17 historical markers in Madison County. He served 10 years as moderator of
Middle Florida Association.
Browning earned degrees from Florida Southern and Florida State. He served
30 years in public education in Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 3, 1977, p. 6.
Madison County Carrier, October 23, 2003, p. 10a.

W. A. BRYAN

W. A. Bryan (April 24, 1858-May 29, 1932) was called to preach at eighteen
years of age. He traveled thousands of miles in West Florida as a missionary.
He served 24 different churches as pastor and served as moderator for West
Florida Association from 1891-1903. He served fifty years in the West Florida
Association and died at age 74.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1932.

WAYNE D. BRYAN

Wayne D. Bryan received a Doctor of Theology degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1951. Bryan served as Professor of Old Testament at Baptist Bible Institute for seven years.
Bryan and his wife Betty Sue retired to Birmingham, Alabama.

Source:
FBHS files.

BEN P. BRYANT

Ben P. Bryant was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia. He graduated from the University
of Miami, William Carey, College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bryand served as pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Milton before he moved
to Starke. He celebrated 30 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Stark,
on July 23, 2003. He retired in 2004.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 17, 2003. p. 10; July 31,
2003, p. 5; September 30, 2004, p. 15.

H. H. BRYANT

In 1881 H. H. Bryant served as pastor of Concord Church in Madison County,
Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1881, p. 16.

JAMES C. BRYANT

James C. Bryant (1931-2008) a native Floridian, graduated from Stetson University (B. A.), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.), University of Miami (M. A.), and the University of Kentucky (Ph. D.).

Bryant served as a pastor, professor, writer, administrator and civil servant. He was an ordained Baptist preacher for over 40 years and served as pastor in Florida, Kentucky and Georgia.

He taught at Florida State University and Mercer University. He retired from Mercer in 2006, and he published numerous biographies, church histories and academic articles.

James Bryant was a gifted researcher and writer. In 2012 he was honored by the Florida Baptist Historical Society for his literary contributions and especially for his authorship of the history of Indian Springs Baptist Church. He and his wife Marion Carnett Bryant had two sons, David and Albert.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

LEMAR. BRYANT

Lemar Bryand was pastor of Pleasant Grove in Cotton Plant from 1873-1880. He was also pastor of Stafford’s Pond and Wakahoota Church at Archer in 1875.

Secondary Source:
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1873-1884.

LEMAR BRYANT

Lemar Bryant in 1873 was pastor of Pleasant Grove at Cotton Plant.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1873, p. 7.

PAUL W. BRYANT

Paul W. Bryant (1951-2000) was serving as the new Executive Director of the
Pensacola Bay Baptist Association when he was killed in an automobile accident
on his way to Lake Yale. Bryant had served as pastor in Mississippi, Tennessee,
and Florida. He had served as pastor of Brownsville Baptist Church in Pensacola.
Bryant was a native of Newton, Mississippi, and a graduate of Delta State,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Mid-America Baptist Theological
Seminary. He and his wife, Connie, had two daughters, Lori and Adrienne.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 14, 2000.

JAMES LAZARUS BRYARS

James Lazarus Bryars (December 7, 1832-November 13, 1908) was born in Stockton,
Alabama. His parents were Charles Edward Bryars and Catherine Margaret Hubbard
Bryars. Both parents were born in South Carolina.
Bryars served as pastor in Alabama and Florida. He helped organized Pleasant
Hill Baptist Church in 1856, and Oak Grove Baptist Church in 1883 in Escambia
County, Florida.
Bryers married Erin Elizabeth Miles in Escambia County, Florida on March 1,
1857. Upon her death, Bryers married Malinda Caroline Daily.
Bryars was a circuit riding preacher in West Florida, and sometimes the circuit
included 20 churches. He was pastor of Pleasant Hill and Pine Barren Baptist
Churches at the time of his death at age 75.

Secondary Source:
Judith Richbourg Jolly, Rev. James Lazarus Bryars.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1908, p. 80.

CHARLES B. BUGG

Charles B. Bugg served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Deland, and First
Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. He also taught preaching at The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky during the 1990s.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 25, 1982, p. 6.

BOB BUMGARNER

Bob Bumgarner was elected Director of the Church Development Division of the Florida Baptist Convention in 2006. Bumgarner was born in Austin, Texas and he served as associate Director of the Pastoral Ministries Department (1997-2000); Director of Pastor/Staff Leadership, (2000-2004) and then Director of the Office of Leadership Development (2004-2006).
Bumgarner graduated from Wichita State University (B. S. ) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He served as pastor of Amanda Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio (1988- 1991) and served as executive pastor of Arlington Baptist Church in Jacksonville (1991-1997).

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 28, 2006, p. 4.

HARPER BUMPERS

Harper Bumpers grew up in Fulton, Alabama. He graduated from Stetson University and Luther Rice Seminary. In 2013, he and the St. Augustine Baptist Church celebrated 40 years that Bumpers had served as pastor. Bumpers served in the Korean War and went as pastor of First Baptist Church in Bayard in 1973. The Bayard church moved to the Mandarin Community of Jacksonville in 1986 and became St. Augustine Road Baptist Church.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 9, 2013, p. 8.

TIM BURDEN

Tim Burden (1964-  ) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was licensed (1995) and ordained (1996) to preach at the Bloomsdale Baptist Church in Bloomsdale, Missouri. He attended the Baptist College of Florida and served as pastor in Missouri. Burden married Kathy L. Mosier in 1984.

Source: FBHS files.

CHARLES W. BURDGES

Charles W. Burdges (1874-1963) was a native of South Carolina. He moved to
Jacksonville in the early 1920s, and was ordained in 1923. He organized Hogan
Church, Ramona Boulevard Church, and Cedar Creek Church, all in the Jacksonville
area.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 1963.

DON BURGESS

Don Burgess (1941-2001) was killed in a tragic head on automobile crash when
an escaped prisoner in a stolen vehicle hit him on the Hammock Dunes toll
bridge. Burgess was pastor of Hammock First Baptist Church in Flagler Beach.
He was a graduate of the Baptist College of Florida, and was licensed and
ordained by First Baptist Church in Palmetto. Burgess had served as the pastor
of the First Baptist Churches of Fort McCoy, Panacea, and Otter Creek. He
had also served as pastor of Hasty Pond near Marianna and Sugarloaf Key. Burgess
had served in prison ministry in Dothan, Alabama, and Trenton. He and his
wife, Joan, had two daughters, Brenda and Colleen, and five sons, Maurice,
Kevin, Keenan, Tim, and Karl.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 11, 2001.

CLYDE BURKE

Clyde Burke (1884-1988) had the distinction of being the oldest living Baptist
preacher in Florida when he died at age 104 in Sarasota.
Burke was a native of Tennessee. He attended Carson-Newman College in Tennessee,
and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Most of
his ministry was in Tennessee, but he retired in 1956 as pastor of First Baptist
Church in Venice, Florida. On his 100th birthday he preached the morning service
at Bay Haven Baptist Church in Sarasota. The church gave him a typewriter
in celebration of his 100th birthday. He and his wife, Lorena Mathis Burke,
had two daughters, Colleen and Helen, and two sons, Warren and Ted.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 29, 1988, p. 10.

BARNEY BURKS, JR

Barney Burks, Jr. (1930-) was a business owner and served as mayor of Pensacola from 1973-1977. In 1977, Burks served as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

Source:
FBHS files.

JOHN G. BURKHALTER

John G. Burkhalter wrote God was on the Beach D-Day as an open letter in the
Florida Baptist Witness after D-Day in 1944. He served as a chaplain in the
First Division, and went in the first day of invasion. His invasion account
is personal, vivid, and moving.
Burkhalter served as pastor of West Flagler Park Baptist Church in Miami for
eight years before entering the chaplaincy in November 1942. Mrs. Burkhalter
and their baby daughter, Mabel Jean, lived with Mrs. Burkhalter s mother in
Crawfordville, Indiana, during the war.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 24, 1944, pp. 1,4.

E. ALLEN BURNETT

E. Allen Burnett (1890-1971) was born in Augusta, Georgia, but spent most
of his life in Florida. He was pastor at Gainesville (1920), Williston (1920-1922)
First Baptist Church, Stuart (1925-1927), Avondale in Jacksonville (1928-1929),
First Baptist Church, Maysville, Kentucky (1929-1936). First Baptist Church,
Frostproof (1936-1941). Burnett married Eloise Smoak of Ocala and they had
two sons, James and Edward. Burnett remained a member of the Frostproof church
until his death January 17, 1971.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ROBERT S. BURNEY

Robert S. Burney (1933-2003) was a native of Plant City. Burney and his wife Edith were appointed by the International Mission Board as missionaries to Nigeria in 1967. Burney served as professor of Greek and New Testament at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary at Ogbomosho.
The Burney’s retired in 1996. The couple had two children; Robert B. and Elizabeth.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 4, 2003, p. 10.

B. W. BURNS

B. W. Burns (1872-1969) served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna from 1948 to 1954.

Secondary Source:
Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 22-30.

JAMES MICHAEL BURNS

James Michael Burns (August 13, 1943- ) was born in Velasco, Texas. He attended
the University of Houston (B.S., 1970), and Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary (M.R.E., 1974; Ph.D., 1981).
Dr. Burns served on the church staff of Baptist Temple of Houston, Texas,
Timbergrove Baptist Church in Houston, and First Baptist Church, Everman,
Texas.
Burns married Nancy Goodrum on May 30, 1970, and they have two sons; Timothy
(1976) and Christopher (1980).
Dr. Burns joined the faculty at the Baptist College of Florida in 1979, and
is Professor of Christian Counseling and head of the Counseling Department.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. A. BURNS

W. A. Burns (1872-1969) died May 12, 1969. He and his wife were natives of
Kentucky, and he was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He also received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Stetson University in Florida.
In Florida he served as pastor of First Baptist Quincy, Panama City, Chipley,
Chattahoochee, and Greenwood. He and his wife celebrated their 69th wedding
anniversary on June 4, 1967, in Bonifay, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 13, 1967, p. 8.

WILLIAM MARSHALL BURNS

William Marshall Burns served in 1942 as pastor of First Baptist Church, Milton,
and went in 1943 as pastor of First Baptist Church in Madison.

Secondary Source:
Joe Bamberg. The History of First Baptist Church of Milton, Florida. pp. 36-37.

A. JUDSON BURRELL

A. Judson Burrell was pastor of First Baptist Church, Bradenton, Florida in
1944.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 6, 1944, p. 1.

RUFUS D. BURROWS

Rufus D. Burrows was pastor of the Baptist church at Apalachicola in 1885.
The church was begun on December 18, 1848 with seven black and three white
members. The church was begun by Thomas J. Bowen of Gadsden County and John
R. Jones of Jackson County. In 1885 Burrows appealed to Baptists to help them
raise $1500 for a house of worship. Burrows reported that there was no Baptist
church within 135 miles of Apalachicola.

Secondary Source: Christian Index, April 12, 1849 Florida Baptist Witness,
June 18, 1885; August 13, 1885 Florida Baptist Convention Annuals of 1891
and 1903.

DALE D. BURTON, JR.

Dale D. Burton, Jr. (1925-1986) was born in Dayton, Ohio. Burton served as pastor of Northeast Baptist Church, Miami from 1971 until his death in 1986.

Source:
Miami Baptist Association Minutes, 1986, p. 2.

O. E. BURTON

O. E. Burton died January 15, 1971. He served as pastor of Hendricks Avenue
Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, and served for 17 years as pastor
of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater.
Burton and his wife, Martha, had two daughters; Cheryl and Susan, and three
sons; O. E. Jr., Douglas, and Tom.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 28, 1971, p. 8.

C. V. Bussell

C. V. Bussell served as pastor of South Miami Baptist Church from 1934-1942 and Poinciana Chapel, Key West from 1943-1944.

Source:
Miami Baptist Association Minutes, 1934-1944.

A. M. BUTLER

A. M. Butler was pastor of Seaboard Park Baptist Church in 1928.

Source: 1928 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 28.

ALTON BUTLER

Alton Butler served as pastor of Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola.
He served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1981.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, November 20, 1980, p. 5.

E. WINSTON BUTLER

E. Winston Butler graduated from Graham Bible College in North Carolina, Moody
Bible Institute, and Bible Institute in Orlando. He served as pastor of Philadelphia
Church in McAlpin, and went as pastor of Southside in Lake City in 1980.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, October 16, 1980, p. 6.

JOSEPH BUTLER

Joseph Butler is a native of Quincy, Florida, and graduated from William Carey College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna, Florida, and Parkview Baptist Church in Lake City. In 2006 he became director of missions of the Black Creek Baptist Association with offices in Orange Park. In 2014 Butler became pastor of FBC, Wauchula. He and his wife, Aimee, have four children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 13, 2006, p. 11.
May 22, 2014, p. 4.

WILLIE BUTLER               

Willie Butler (1937-2015) retired in 2003 after serving 13 years as pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Chipola Association. Butler and his wife Jo Ann had two daughters.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 11, 2003.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. WINSTON BUTLER      

E. Winston Butler graduated from Graham Bible College in North Carolina, Moody Bible Institute, and Bible Institute in Orlando. He served as pastor of Philadelphia Church in McAlpin, and went as pastor of Southside in Lake City in 1980. In 1994, Butler became pastor of Dinsmore Baptist Church, Jacksonville. He and his wife Debi have two children.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 16, 1980, p. 6.
FBHS files.

TERRIEL R. BYRD

Terriel R. Byrd (March 4, 1956- ) was born in Oxford, Ohio, to Charles Otis
Byrd and Geneva Brown Byrd. He attended Cincinnati Bible College (A.S.), Miami
University at Oxford (B.Ph., M.A.), Union Institute, and University at Cincinnati
(Ph.D.). He served as pastor and campus ministries director in Ohio before
coming to Florida. He is currently Assistant Professor of Religion and Director
of Urban Ministries Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He and his
wife, Toni Moore Byrd, have three daughters, Kasha, Terra, and Rachel.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. MCCOY BYNUM

E. McCoy Bynum was ordained as a Baptist minister in June, 1938. He graduated from Bob Jones College (1935) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1943). Bynum served as a U. S. Navy chaplain during WWII. He has served as pastor in churches in Florida, Alabama and Texas.

Bynum also served as Promotional Secretary for Missions, Pensacola Bay Baptist Association and Director of Missions, Big Lake Baptist Association. He was pastor of Highland Baptist Church, Molino from 1969-1971.

Bynum married Evelyn Roton in 1937 and they had two sons Eugene, Jr. and Robert.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.