B. L. EARNEST
B. L. Earnest served as pastor at First Baptist Church, Tarpon Springs and Grove Street Baptist Church, Gainesville.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 21, 1945, p. 2.
E. E. Earnest (1912-1998) served as pastor of churches in Alabama and Florida
for 47 years in his ministry. He and his wife, Julia, had three daughters, Theresa,
Sue, and Freda.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 3, 1998, p. 10.
Roy Easterly (1918-1977) served in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
He served as pastor of Franklin Street Baptist Church from 1964 to 1971 in Jacksonville,
and was pastor of First Baptist Church in Umatilla at the time of his death.
He and his wife, Anita, had two daughters.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 20, 1977.
J. F. EDEN
J. F. Eden left the Bunker Hill Church in Illinois to become pastor of the Gainesville
Baptist Church in 1887. Eden left the Gainesville Church to become pastor of
the Baptist Church in Hawkinsville, Georgia.
George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970,
JAMES OTTO EDEN
James Otto Eden (1932-2005) served as a bivocational minister in a number of
churches before he retired from a phone company. Eden was serving as pastor
of Sunny Hills Baptist Church (1998-2005) at the time of his death. He and his
wife of 53 years, Janie, had two sons, Kip and Paul, and two daughters, Becky
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 24, 2005, p. 11.
GEORGE EDENS SR
George Edens Sr. (1921-1990) was a native of Okolona, Mississippi. He served
as pastor in Alabama and Florida. In Florida he served as pastor of First Baptist
Church in Blountstown, and Holmes Creek in Chipley. He and his wife, Edith,
had two sons, George Jr. and Mark.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 1, 1990, p. 8.
J. A. EDGE
J. A. Edge served as pastor of Lemon City Baptist Church in 1909.
Source: 1909 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, n.p.
EARL B. EDINGTON
Earl B. Edington (c 1904-June 27, 1989) served as pastor of First Baptist Church
in St. Petersburg for 27 years, from 1944 to 1971. He was a native of Tennessee,
and had served as pastor in Goodwater, Rockford, Attalla, and Birmingham, Alabama,
before going to St. Petersburg. He and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, had one child.
Edington served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1951.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 20, 1989, p. 5.
V. M. EDLIN
V. M. Edlin was pastor of Biscayne Gardens Mission in 1943.
Source: 1943 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 9.
J. OLLIE EDMUNDS
J. Ollie Edmunds (March 1, 1903-April 2, 1984) holds the honor of being the
only Stetson alumnus to become president of the school. He came to serve (1948-1967)
without even having been a professional educator. He was a lawyer, judge, and
businessman. He had faithfully served the school on the board of trustees and
came to the presidential post as an able fund raiser. He had served as County
Judge of Duval County, and was a candidate for the United States Senate when
he ran against Claude Pepper. More than a dozen new buildings were built in
the Edmunds years, and he served as the state s first president of the Association
of American Colleges in 1957. Upon his resignation in 1967, the trustees appointed
Edmunds the first Stetson chancellor.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, April 12, 1984, p. 7.
C. H. EDWARDS
C. H. Edwards was pastor of Lemon City Baptist Church in 1905 and Lemon City, Silver Palm and Cocoa Plum churches in 1906.
Source: 1905 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 23.
1906 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 19.
Daniel Edwards served faithfully in the Alachua Association, and died in 1867.
He served as moderator in Alachua Association (1854-1860), and as pastor of
New Providence and Wacahoota. He died at Crystal River in 1867. In 1848 Edwards
was pastor of Fellowship and N. Providence in Marion County and Fort Clark in
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1867, p. 6; 1848, pp. 1-6; 1867, p. 6.
ELWYN G. EDWARDS
Elwyn G. Edwards died September 1, 2000. He was a native of Tampa, and a graduate
of Stetson and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He retired as a Chaplain
at the rank of Colonel in the United States Army. After retirement he served
as pastor of First Baptist Church in Chassahowitzka, and Suncoast Baptist Church
in Homosassa Springs. He and his wife, Lavonne, had a daughter, Dawana, and
a son, Clay.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 3, 2000.
Virgil Edwards (1920-1990) served as director of the day ministry at Inwood
Baptist Church in Winter Haven for 25 years. He and his wife, Jane, had a daughter,
Donna Sue, who followed her father into the ministry of interpretation and deaf
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 1, 1990, p. 8.
Daniel Egipciaco was appointed a national church planting missionary to South Florida in 2009. He is also serving as pastor of Relevant Baptist Church in Miami. Daniel earned a B.A. degree in Christian Ministry at Trinity International University. His wife Karina earned a B.A. from Trinity and a M.S. from Saint Thomas University. They have one son, Daniel.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 13, 2009, p. 16.
Burroughs Eldridge was pastor at Boynton Baptist Church in 1925.
Source: 1925 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 33.
Richard Elligson and his wife Cheryl and family served as Southern Baptist Convention International missionaries to Brazil for five years (2000-2005). Elligson then became a professor of missions at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville. He and his wife Cheryl have two children, Angela and Ricky.
Source: Baptist College of Florida News Release, January 12, 2007.
GEORGE R. ELLIN
George R. Ellin was pastor of Hollywood Baptist Church in 1941.
Source: 1941 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 5.
Ed Elliott (1939-2000) died while serving as pastor of Green Pond
Baptist Church in Polk City. He and his wife, Caren, had two children, Kevin
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 14, 2000.
LARRY E. ELLIOTT
Larry E. Elliott (1942- ) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Hopeville,
Georgia. He was converted and joined First Baptist Church in Hopeville in 1954.
He was called to preach and licensed by the Hopeville Baptist Church, and ordained
by the University Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
Elliott attended Carson-Newman College in Tennessee receiving his
B.A. in 1964. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological (M.Div., 1968), and
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min., 1978). He completed the Air
Force Chaplain s School and served for over 30 years (1971-2002) in the Florida
Air National Guard. He was Senior Chaplain and was awarded the Florida Cross
by the state of Florida for outstanding military chaplain service.
Elliott served as pastor in Texas and Florida. He was pastor of Hogan Baptist
Church in Jacksonville. He worked with the Florida Baptist Convention staff
from 1979 to the present. He has worked in the area of church-community relations,
Black church relations, mission ministries, church planning, and revitalization
since joining the convention staff.
He and his wife, Ellen, have two sons, Kevin and Larry Jr.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Dallas Ellis graduated from Chipola College, West Florida University and New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2005 he became pastor of Providence
Baptist Church in Grand Ridge. He and his wife, Cathy, have three children.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 10, 2005, p. 10.
Clint Ellis graduated from Troy University (BS), and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div, D. Min.). He served as pastor of Holmes Creek Baptist Church in Chipley and became pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Tallahassee in 2016. He and his wife Kristen have three children.
Florida Baptist Witness, April 21, 2016, p.4.
Matthew Ellis graduated from Lexington Bible College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Donaldson Baptist Church in Princeton, Kentucky, and in 2006, became pastor of First Baptist Church in Brooksville. He and his wife, Kim, have three sons.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 29, 2006, p. 14.
T. J. ELLIS
T. J. Ellis (1902-1984) was a native of Wellborn, and was ordained there at
Mount Olive Baptist Church in 1937. He served numerous churches in Florida as
pastor. He served at Rocky Sink, Friendship and Pine Level in Live Oak, Hardeetown,
Priscilla, and Ebenezer in Chiefland, McCrab, Sand Pond, Old Town, Crewsville,
and New Hope in Wauchula, Evergreen in Lake City, Moseley Hall in Greenville,
Forest Grove in Alachua, and Union in Newberry. He and his wife, Lucille, had
four daughters; Elizabeth, Iris, Linda, and Mavis, and two sons; Bill and Jerry.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 7, 1984, p. 6.
CHARLES B. EMERY
Charles B. Emery (1906-1983) served during the days of multiple pastorates.
In 1946 he was pastor of Dunns Creek, Oak Grove, Pleasant Point, and Ogilvie
of the Jacksonville area at the same time. He became full time pastor of Dunne
Creek when it was constituted in 1947, and served the church for 20 years. He
also served as pastor of Holly Brook and Hollyford in the Jacksonville area.
He and his wife, Mabel, had two daughters, Mary and June, and one son, Henry.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 7, 1983, p. 6.
Joseph Engel (1902-1982) served as a pastor in Florida. He organized First Baptist
Church in Naples in 1945, and Calvary Baptist Church in Perry in 1961. He and
his wife, Beatrice, had one daughter, Evelyn, and two sons, David and Robert.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 10, 1982, p. 6.
LLOYD J. ENGLISH
Lloyd J. English (1915-1983) was from the Plant City area and was baptized in 1923. He answered the call to preach at the Springhead Baptist Church in 1937 and was ordained on May 19, 1944 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Plant City. He attended Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville and Norman College in Norman Park, Georgia. He served as pastor of 13 churches in the four states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Arizona. He and his wife Edna had five children; Jerry, Ronald, Patricia, Irvie, and Lloyd. Edna died on October 22, 1970.
Source: Marvis R. Snell, Testimony to Pioneer Baptists.
TRAVIS E. ENGLISH
Travis E. English (1947-1989) died after a lengthy battle with cancer at age 42. He was pastor of Live Oak Baptist Church in Callahan. He and his wife, Jewel, had three daughters, Tammy, Pam, and Angie.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 31, 1989, p. 10.
ISHAM E. ENLOW
Isham E. Enlow (October 2, 1890- ) was born near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He graduated
from Georgetown College (1916) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
(1919, Th.M.) He served as pastor in Kentucky, and in 1944 became pastor at
Belle Glade, Florida. At the time of his retirement in 1957 he was serving as
a District Missionary of the South Florida, Ridge, and Shiloh Associations.
Secondary Source: James Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Church,
Louis Entzminger served as pstor of First Baptist Church, Lakeland, from 1918-1920.
Entzminger led the church to over 1,000 in membership and had such men as Dr.
A. C. Dixon, Dr. W. B. Riley, and Dr. Luther Little to come in for Bible conferences.
Secondary Source: Alice M. Muir. A Historic Sketch, pp. 22-23.
JOHN THADDEUS ENTZMINGER, SR.
John Thaddeus Entzminger, Sr. (November 9, 1904-July 11, 1995) was born in Lincolnton, Georgia. He served as pastor of Morton Gap Baptist Church in Kentucky for ten years. He then served as pastor of Manatee Baptist Church in Bradenton for 22 years and Greenville Baptist Church for 30 years (1965-1995). He and his wife, Bernice, had four sons; John, William, Louis, Paul, and one daughter, Bernice.
Florida Baptist Witness, May 11, 1989, p. 14.
HAROLD C. EPPERSON
Harold C. Epperson graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
(B.D., M.R.E.). He served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Sarasota
(1965-1975), and First Baptist Church in Kessimmee. He and his wife, Juanita,
had three sons, Mark, Mike, and Hal.
Secondary Source: F Florida Baptist Witness, September 4, 1975, p. 6.
W. B. ERNEST
W. B. Ernest was pastor of Goulde Baptist Church in 1927.
Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 24.
Guillermo Escalona graduated from Florida International University and Southwestern Baptist Theogical Seminary.
Escalona has served with the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, VITAS healthcare and the Baptist Hospital of Miami. He has served as pastor of Miami’s Coral Villa Baptist Church since 1991. He and his wife Aracelis have three daughters.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 19, 2002.
RAYMOND L. ESTES
Raymond L. Estes went as pastor of Ocklawaha Bridge Church in Silver Springs
in 1965. He was chosen as a minister of the year by Stetson University in 1980.
Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, May 8, 1980, p. 6.
GROVER CLEVELAND EUBANKS
Grover Cleveland Eubanks (1885-1955) was born in Marietta, Georgia. He served churches in Alabama and Florida. He served a total of 22 churches as pastor and he and his wife Mary had three daughters; Edna, Margaret and Dorothy. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Crestview from 1934-1935.
Secondary Source: History of First Baptist Church, Crestview, p. 17.
ELLIS B. EVANS
Ellis B. Evans served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Florida,
and was sent overseas as a chaplain with the United States Army in 1944.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 20, 1944, p. 4.
D. P. EVERETT
D. P. Everett was an ordained minister in the Orange Hill Church of the West
Florida Association in 1856. He was elected to serve as a delegate to the 1857
Florida Baptist Convention.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1896.
S. D. EVERETT
S. D. Everett was a pastor and medical doctor in the Alachua Association where
he died in 1880. At the time of his death he was pastor of Cedar Keys.
Everett was from Georgia and a graduate of Mercer.
Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Associational Minutes, 1880,
Don Everson was born in Mishawaka, Indiana. He graduated from Fletcher High
School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, in 1946. He attended Stetson University
(B.A., 1950), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., 1953; Th.D.,
Dr. Everson was best known in Florida for his successful pastorates at Parkwood
Baptist Church in Jacksonville and First Baptist Church, Quincy. He married
Betty McCellan of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and they had three children; Lynn,
Cindy, and Nan.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Sara Davis Martin, A History of First Baptist Church, Quincy, Florida, pp. 79-80.
WILLARD P. EVERSON
Willard P. Everson (1906-1992) was a native of Wisconsin. He graduated from
Memphis State. He served as pastor of Germantown Baptist Church in Memphis.
In 1943 he came to First Baptist Church in Jacksonville Beach where he served
for 25 years leaving in 1968. He and his wife had one son, Don, who was pastor
of Parkwood Baptist Church in Jacksonville for 27 years, and First Baptist Church
in Quincy for six years, before his retirement.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 9, 1992, p. 11.