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JAMES
LUTHER GAINES

James Luther Gaines (1901-1965) served in the ministry for 44 years. At the
time of his death he was pastor of Orsino Baptist Church in Merritt Island,
Florida.
Gaines attended junior college at Newton, Alabama, and graduated from Howard
College, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

He organized Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa in 1944, with 113 charter
members. When he left the church, they had 1,300 members. He was active in radio
evangelism.
He and his wife, Ola E. Gaines, had one son, James Jr., and one daughter, Mary.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 9, 1965, p. 9.

PRESTON GAINEY

Preston Gainey (1972-) graduated from The Baptist College of Florida (2001, B. A. Th.). He went as pastor to Hopewell Baptist Church, Madison in 2001.

Gainey married his wife Jessica in 1997. They have three children Emilie, Lydia and Ashlyn.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JACOB H. GAMBLE

Jacob H. Gamble was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Easton, Maryland, where he served as pastor from 1945-1951. He also served as pastor at Rockville, Maryland, and served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven from 1940-1984.

Secondary Source: Louise Beauchamp, Florida Baptist Witness, pp. 60-66.

LEON MASON GAMBRELL

Gambrell-Leon

Leon Mason Gambrell (January 3, 1891- ) was born at Fordyce, Arkansas. He attended
school at Ouachita Baptist College (1908-1911), Baylor University (1912-1914),
and Oklahoma Baptist University (1915-1917). Gambrell received the A.B. degree
from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1917, and was the first person to receive
a degree from the school at its present location. He received a diploma from
The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1944.
Gambrell taught history at Oklahoma Baptist University and Church Finance at
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1921 to 1923. He was director
of Educational Finance at First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas in 1918 to 1919,
First Baptist Church, Denton, Texas, in 1920, First Baptist Church in Oklahoma
City in 1925 to 11926. He served as pastor at Haskell, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma;
Oklahoma City; Shawnee, Oklahoma; Daytona Beach, Florida; and Lake Wales, Florida.
Gambrell became President of the Florida Baptist Institute (now The Baptist
College of Florida) located at Lakeland, Florida, on December 2, 1946.
Dr. Gambrell and his wife, Gladys, had two sons, David and Thomas, and one daughter,
Martha.

Secondary Sources: Florida Baptist Witness, December 26, 1946, June 28, 1973,
p. 10. Telling the Story of Jesus, Wiley Richards.

A. E. GAMMAGE

A. E. Gammage (1872-1949) was born in England. He came to this country as a
boy, where he later attended William Jewell College. He was the first pastor
of the Riverside Church which he organized in Kansas City. His pastorates in
Florida included Zephyrhills, Tarpon Springs, Elfers, and New Port Richey. He
was the first pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Miami in 1921. He later
organized the Calvary Baptist Church, and served as their pastor for 27 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 2, 1949, p . 11.

J. A. GANDY

J. A. Gandy in 1873 served as pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Adamsville.

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

JESS EDDIE GANDY

Jess Eddie Gandy (1946-) graduated from William Carey College (1969, B.S.), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1979, M.Div.) and Luther Rice Seminary (1989, D. Min.).

Gandy served in Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia before moving to Florida. He served as a captain in the United States Army and served also as president of the West Virginia Baptist Convention. He has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in High Springs since 1995. He and his wife, Carmen, have two children, April and Eddie.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

TRENT GANN

Trent Gann graduated from The Baptist College of Florida and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Dellwood Baptist church and in 2012 became pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodville. His wife Jennifer is a native of Panama City and a graduate of Florida State University.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 20, 2012, p. 6.

GASPER DE GARDENAS

Alberto Diaz went from New York to Cuba in the spring of 1883, as anemployee
of the American Bible Society. He and a few friends rentedPrado 115 in Havana
as a preaching station. W. F. Wood traveled from
Key West to Havana and preached at Prado 115 on January 10, 1886. Four men
stepped forward for baptism. One of those men was Gasper de Gardenas. He served
as a courageous preacher of the gospel in Cuba and a pioneer in Baptist work
there. He died in December 1925.
Gardenas had been invited to the 115 Prado service by a friend. He found his
first Bible there and within 24 hours had read the complete New Testament.
He was a teacher by trade and very soon a preacher by calling.

Secondary Source: Una Lawrence, Jr. Cuba For Christ, pp. 149-154.

DAVID M. GARDNER

David M. Gardner (1887-1972) was a native of Milan, Tennessee. He graduated
from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gardner
served as pastor in Clarendon and Memphis, Tennessee. He then served Ensley
Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and served 16 years as pastor of First
Baptist Church in Saint Petersburg.
Gardner served as editor of the Baptist Standard of Texas, from 1944 to 1954.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 24, 1944; March 2, 1944; November 9, 1972.

VIRGIL GARDNER

Virgil Gardner (1892-1991) was a graduate of Howard College (1921, A.B.) and
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1925, Th.M.). He served as pastor
of First Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs (1950-1958). After retirement he
served nine churches as interim in Alabama and Florida.
In 1945 Gardner received an honorary doctorate from Howard
College. He and his wife, Hattie Hancock Gardner, had two daughters.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 5, 1991, p. 11.
James Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Baptist Church, pp. 98-
100.

JERRY GARRARD

Garrard,-Jerry

Jerry Garrard graduated from Georgia Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Quincy (1980-1985), and served as pastor of Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee from 1985-2005. He served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1998. In 2006 Garrard joined the faculty of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Secondary Source:
Sara Davis Martin, A History of First Baptist Church, Quincy, Florida, pp. 77-78.

Florida Baptist Witness, August 7, 1980, p. 6, May 18, 2006, p. 9.

JOHN G. GARRISON

John G. Garrison graduated from Samford University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Covington Seminary. He served as a missionary in Zambia for ten years and then worked with the Indiana Baptist State Convention. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church Jasper, Indiana and in 2008 became pastor of Oakview Baptist Church in Okeechobee. He and his wife Amelia have three children.

       Source:
       Florida Baptist Witness, April 24, 2008, p. 10.

      Secondary Source:
      Florida Baptist Convention Annual. 1901, p. 46.

E. H. GARROTT

E. H. Garrott (June 16, 1871-March 25, 1949) was born in Christian County, Kentucky. He served as pastor in Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and for his last 19 years, he served in Florida. In 1935 he was pastor at Apalachicola. He retired from the pastorate in 1941, and lived in Quincy, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 7, 1949, p. 12.

Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1935, p. 247.

JOSHUA M. GARVIN

Garvin,-Joshua

Joshua M. Garvin (1923-2003) was born in Live Oak, Florida. He served as a deacon
at Glendale Baptist Church in Miami, and was called to preach at age 55. Garvin
served as interim pastor of New Life Baptist Church while a student at the New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was named senior pastor of the Carol
City Congregation in 1981. He worked 15 years with the Broward Correctional
Institute.
Garvin served as moderator of the Miami Baptist Association, and also served
on numerous boards of the Florida Baptist Convention.
Garvin and his wife Joanne had six children. He was known as a pastor with evangelistic
passion and grace.

Secondary Service Florida Baptist Witness, November 28, 2002.

HARRY CRAWFORD GARWOOD

Garwood,-Harry

Harry Crawford Garwood (1884-1960) was born in Champaign County, Illinois, and graduated from Stetson (AB, 1913); The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1917); and Yale (Ph.D., 1934). He was the organizing pastor of the Stanton Memorial Church of Miami, Florida, in 1917. In April 1960, while on his way to preach an anniversary sermon at the Stanton Memorial Church, he had a stroke and died. He served as the Secretary-Treasurer-Curator of the Florida Baptist Historical Society from 1954 to 1960. His Stetson University and Florida Baptists was published by the Historical Society in 1962.


Garwood served on the Stetson campus for 39 years. He was best known as the Dean of the School.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 5, 1960, p. 2.

J. O. GASH

J. O. Gash was pastor of First Baptist Church, Fort Pearce in 1927.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 8, 1927, Vol. XL, No. 36,
p. 14.

ROBERT DAVID GASPERSON

Robert David Gasperson (May 5, 1952- ) was born in Asheville, North Carolina.
He was licensed by the New Salem Baptist Church in Skyland, North Carolina,
in 1969. He was ordained in 1974 by the Balfour Baptist Church in Hendersonville,
North Carolina.
Dr. Gasperson served as pastor of the Brookview Baptist Church in Louisville,
Kentucky (1975-1978), the Crossroads Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Florida
(1980-1988), the Immanuel Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (1988-1994),
and the Sherbrook Baptist Church in Lantana, Florida (1994- ).
Dr. Gasperson has the B.A. (1974) from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North
Carolina, the M.Div. (1977) and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (1980).
Dr. Gasperson has taught for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, The Baptist
College of Florida, and the South Florida Center for Theological Studies. He
has authored four books and fourteen articles. He has served widely in denominational
service and has served faithfully on the Board of Directors of the Florida Baptist
Historical Society. Dr. Gasperson s wife is Moreen of Orangeburg, South Carolina,
and they have two children, Robert (1977), and Angela (1981).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOSEPH GASTON

Joseph Gaston serves as the Director of the Haitian Church Development Department among the 293 Florida Baptist Haitian congregations. He is a native of Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 4, 2007, p. 5.

GARY GATES

Gary Gates graduated from Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gates served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Melbourne and became director of missions in Brevard Baptist Association in 2006. Gates and his wife Ann have three children.

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

H. G. GATES

H. G. Gates was pastor of West Little River Baptist Church in 1936.

Source: 1936 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 6.

DON GATHANY

Don Gathany (1922-2008) preached for over 30 years and served as pastor of the Cedarlawn Baptist Church in Pensacola (1996-2007). He served as a missionary to Africa for seven years. He and his wife Avelina had sons, John and James and daughter, Jane and Joyce.

        Source:
        Pensacola News Journal, December 1, 2008.

HOWARD LOUIS GATES, JR.

Howard Louis Gates, Jr. (1949- ) was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. He graduated
from the University of Texas (B.A., 1970) and Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary (M.Div., 1974), (Ph.D., 1979). He served as pastor of Driftwood Baptist
Church in Driftwood, Texas (1970-1972), Manor Baptist Church in Manor, Texas
(1972-1974), Harris Memorial Baptist Church (1974-1977), First Baptist Church,
Rosenberg, Texas (1977-1987), and since 1987 has served as pastor of First Baptist
Church of Fort Walton Beach.
Gates and his wife have two children, Stephanie and Matthew.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

WILLIAM CARTER GAVENTA

William Carter Gaventa (August 7, 1921- ) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was
the son of Harry Reymer Gaventa and Ella Horner Carter Gaventa. His father was
a agriculture chemist, and his mother was a housewife and secretary. William
had two brothers, Harry (9123) and Lawrence (1924).
Gaventa was raised in Tampa, Florida (1922-1941). He graduated from Hillsborough
High School in Tampa, in 1938. He attended the University of Tampa (B.S., 1942),
Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (M.D., 1945), and Tulane
University (M.P.H., 1954).
Dr. Gaventa was converted at age 8 and baptized at Seminole Heights Baptist
Church in Tampa, Florida, in 1929. He served in the United States Medical Corps
in World War II.
Dr. Gaventa married Mary Alice Price on June 8, 1945, at Orlando, Florida. She
was a native of Rogersville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Orlando High School
(1939), and the Florida State College for Women (1943). They had two children,
William (1947), and John (1949).
Gaventa and his wife served as medical missionaries in Nigeria.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

R. S. GAVIN

R. S. Gavin served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Lakeland, in 1913.

Secondary Source: Alice M. Muir, A Historic Sketch, p. 20.

GEORGE H. GAY

Gay,-George-H.

George H. Gay (1910-1992) a native of Mississippi, was a graduate of Mississippi
College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served three churches
in Mississippi before coming to Florida as pastor of First Baptist Church in
Marianna (1954-1958). He then went to First Baptist Church in Andalusia, Alabama,
and then back to Florida to pastor First Baptist Church in Chipley (1962-1973).
He retired on October 1, 1973.
Gay taught homiletics at Florida Baptist Theological College, and once served
as interim president of the college. He and his wife, Eunice Channell Gay, had
two sons, David and Freddie.
Gay attended Mississippi College (B.A.) and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary (M.Th.).

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, June 11, 1992, p. 8.
Joan P. Chance. First Baptist Church, Chipley, 1887-1987, pp. 14-15.
Leitch, Christ Centured Century, pp. 30-33.

A. M. GEIGER

A. M. Geiger served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died at Cedar Keys in
June 1881.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1881, p. 13.

J. S. GEIGER

J. S. Geiger was pastor of Eau Gallie Baptist Church in 1906.

Source: 1906 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 18.

LORENZO DOW GEIGER

Geiger,-L.-D.

Lorenzo Dow Geiger (October 18, 1854-April 21, 1909) was born in
Old Town, Florida. He was the son of Abraham Elias and Sarah Ann Geiger. Converted
at age 17, Geiger was a member of the Button Wood Baptist Church in Levy County.
Geiger taught public school, was licensed to preach, and ordained by the Button
Wood Baptist Church. He married Mattie Geiger on November 17, 1875, and they
had four sons and two daughters.
Geiger was involved in teaching, farming, and preaching until 1884, when he
started preaching full time. He served churches at Micanopy, Leesburg, Ocala,
Apopka, Brooksville, and Lakeland (1899-1901).
Geiger served as secretary of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1898 to 1901.
He was elected corresponding secretary of the State Board of Missions in 1901,
and served seven years. He received the
D.D. degree from Stetson University in 1902, and died on April 20, 1909.

Secondary Source:
Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists, Vol. 1, pp. 527-528.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Alice M. Muir. A Historic Sketch, p. 16.

PAUL F. GEREN

Geren,-Paul

Paul F. Geren (December 5, 1913-June 22, 1969) served for only a year and a
half as Stetson President (1967-1969). He was the former economic counselor
at the American Embassy in Libya. He was a Veteran Foreign Service officer and
former vice president at Baylor University. He served as deputy director and
helped establish the United States Peace Corps. In his brief time of service
he instituted a successful foreign student exchange at Stetson. He died in a
tragic car wreck in June 1969.

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

H. B. GIBBONS

H. B. Gibbons was pastor of Titusville Baptist Church in 1904.

Source: 1904 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 14.

HARRY BRYANT GIBSON

Harry Bryant Gibson (June 13, 1826-1915) was born in Columbia,
South Carolina. His mother was full blooded French, and was born at sea as her
parents immigrated to the United States. The ship was the
Isabella and they landed in Onslow, South Carolina. Therefore, Onslow Isabella
Huse was named for a sailing ship and the locale of the landing.
Onslow Isabella Huse married a mister Gibson who owned a very large plantation
near Columbia, had over 100 slaves, plus a cotton gin on his property. Young
Harry Bryant received an excellent education, and was actually trained to be
a Catholic priest due to the influence of his mother.
Gibson was a captain in the Confederate Army, and was seriously wounded at Gettysburg
on July 3, 1863. His left leg had to be amputated, and he left the Army in 1864.
He literally fought his way through Georgia, and arrived in Madison County,
Florida in the region of Concord Baptist Church. On June 16, 1867, he married
18-year-old Mary Jane Loper. At age 66, he was ordained as a Baptist preacher.
He spent his life teaching and preaching. He and his wife had two sons and three
daughters. Mrs. Gibson died in June 1911, and Captain Gibson died in 1915, at
nearly 90 years of age.

Secondary Source:
Paper by Edwin B. Browning, Sr., in Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. C. GIBSON

In about 1873 J. C. Gibson was the leader of a group that caused theological
and ecclesiastical turmoil in the Florida Baptist Association. The Gibsonite
Convention was formed and the group had no articles of faith. The 1874 Florida
Baptist Association delegates voted to withhold fellowship from the Gibsonites.
Five churches were expelled.

Secondary Source:
Susan G. Broome, Florida Baptists with Georgia Relations: Brothers and Sisters
in the Faith. 2004. Florida Baptist Historical Society meeting.

MARVIN R. GIBSON

Gibson,-Marvin

Marvin R. Gibson (1943-1994) died of cancer at age 51. He served as pastor of
First Baptist Church in Tampa, and Bay Area Baptist Church in Tampa. He and
his wife, Jane, had two daughters, Lara and Leslie.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 22, 1994, p. 10.

SAMUEL S. GIBSON

Samuel S. Gibson served as pastor of West Palm Beach Baptist Church in 1906. He went as pastor to Delray and Deerfield Baptist churches in 1916.

Source:1906 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 19.

T. H. GIBSON

T. H. Gibson was pastor of Orange Glade Baptist Church in 1933.

Source: 1933 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4.

GERALD GILLASPIE

Gerald Gillaspie served at Immanuel Baptist Church in Waukegan, Illinois, and
in 1980, went as pastor of Northside Church, Saint Petersburg.

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

J. T. GILLESPIE

J. T. Gillespie (1893-1981) was a pastor, teacher, and home missions leader.
He served as pastor in South Carolina and Arkansas. He was best known in Florida
for serving as city missions director in Miami. He and his wife had 10 children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 7, 1981, p. 11.

W. A. GILLETT

William A. Gillett graduated from Carson Newman and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in North Carolina before going as pastor of First Church, Palmetto in 1980. Secondary

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 23, 1980, p. 6; February 8, 2007, p. 11.

J. W. GILLILAND

J. W. Gilliland was pastor of Golden Glades Baptist Mission in 1943.

Source: 1943 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 8.

J. A. GILLMAN

J. A. Gillman (March 30, 1874-August 22, 1945) was born in Holmes County, Florida.
He was called to preach and ordained to the gospel ministry in 1910. He served
as Sunday School superintendent, and was a very zealous worker in the Leonia
Baptist Church.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 14, 1946, p. 15.

B. M. GLISSON

B. M. Glisson was the first pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Winter Haven.
Most of the charter members were from the Eagle Lake Baptist Church. Glisson
served as pastor from 1936 to 1940.

Secondary Source: Josephine G. Burr. History of Winter Haven, Florida, p. 172.

PAUL GLORE

Paul Glore (1914-2006) was born in Toledo, Ohio. He served in the Sunday School Department of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1961-1965. He served as Director of Camps and Assemblies in the Convention from 1965 until his retirement in 1976. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian, and second wife, Dorothy. Secondary

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 13, 2006, p. 11; December 21, 2006, p. 14.

CLYDE C. GODFREY

Clyde C. Godfrey (June 30, 1914- ) was born near Booneville, Arkansas, and grew
up on a farm. He was called to preach at age twelve. He and his wife, Meryl,
married February 15, 1942, at Trimble, Missouri, where Clyde served as student
pastor.
Godfrey served for 23 years as a military chaplain (1943-1966). He served as
pastor in Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and Florida. He assisted in pioneer churches
when stationed in Washington, Idaho, and Arizona. He served two churches near
Homestead Air Force Base.

Secondary Source:
Joe M. Bamberg. The History of First Baptist Church, Milton, Florida. pp. 111-112.

L. F. GODWIN

L. F. Godwin served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Orange Park in
1934.

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

E. Z. F. GOLDEN

E. Z. F. Golden was from West Point, Georgia, and served as editor and business
manager of the Florida Baptist Witness in 1911. The picture and death notice
of Dr. E. Z. F. Golden was on the front page of the Florida Baptist Witness
issue of September 1, 1927. The death notice states that he was buried on July
4, 1927 at Leesburg and he was a
Veteran of the cross.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, September 1, 1927, p. 1., Vol. XL. No. 35.

WILLIAM H. GOLDWIRE

In 1867 William H. Goldwire was pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Madison
County.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1867, p. 17.

HILLARD H. GOODE

Hillard H. Goode was born in McCracken County, Kentucky. He attended Bethel
College in McKenzie, Tennessee (B.S.), Luther Rice Seminary (M.Th.). He was
licensed to preach by the Liberty Baptist Church of Hickory, Kentucky, and ordained
at Trinity Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky. He served as pastor in Tennessee
and Mississipppi before becoming pastor of First Baptist Church of Fernandina
Beach. He served 38 months in the military and one year in the Pacific Theater.
Goode married Mildred Lowe of Hickory, Kentucky. They had a daughter and a son.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JESSE GOODMAN

Jesse Goodman married Jane Littleton in Early County, Georgia on April 16, 1824. Goodman was the first pastor of Elizabeth Church in Jefferson County upon its organization in 1831.
In September 1841, Goodman was one of the six charter members and one of the officiating ministers at the Constitution of the Monticello Baptist Church. Goodman was pastor of Indian Springs in 1843 and died in 1844.

Source:James C. Bryant, Indian Springs.

HERBERT GOODROE

Herbert Goodrow served as pastor of Lena Vista Church in Auburndale and Gulf
Gate Church in Sarasota. He served also as Director of Missions in the Gadsden
County Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 27, 1980, p.6.

JAMES LENARD GOODSON

Goodson,-James

James Lenard Goodson (1939- ) served as director of the Missions Division of
the Florida Baptist Convention from 1980 until his retirement.
Goodson is a native of Augusta, Georgia, and attended Grand Canyon College (B.A.),
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D.), and Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary (Th.D.). He served as pastor in Arizona, Missouri, Texas, and New Jersey
before coming to Florida. He served in the United States Air Force for four
years. He and his wife, Gail Hartman Goodson, have a daughter, Jacqueline and
a son, James Jr.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 18, 1980, p. 5.

CINDY GOODWIN

Cindy Goodwin (1948-) was born and raised in Miami in a Christian and missionary minded family. She graduated from Samford University and served in Alabama and Florida as a mission’s leader. Goodwin served 21 years in mission service with the Florida Baptist Convention and retired in 2014 as Team Strategist with the Women’s Missions and Ministries. Cindy and her husband Howard moved to Birmingham upon their retirement. Howard retired as pastor of Terry Parker Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 9, 2014, p. 9.

HAROLD C. GOODWIN

Harold C. Goodwin graduated from Samford University and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. He became pastor of Terry Parker Baptist Church in Jacksonville
in 2005.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 7, 2005, p. 15.

R. J. GORBET

Gorbet,-R.J.

R. J. Gorbet (September 13, 1846-December 24, 1932) was born inJenins County,
Indiana. He served in the Union Army for 18 months
during the Civil War.
Gorbet became a pastor in 1876 in Jackson County, Indiana. He served as pastor
in a number of county churches in Indiana until the loss of health prompted
his move to the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Upon regaining his health
he began to serve as a mountain pastor under the leadership of Dr. A. J. Holt,
the Tennessee convention secretary-treasurer.
In 1908 Gorbet moved to Altoona, Florida, for health reasons. In twelve years
he served as pastor at Altoona-Campville, Harmony, Oxford, Anthony, Barberville,
Oak Griner-Farm, Ocklawaha Bridge, Lake Monroe, and Dale Hill. He baptized over
3,300 people and had eleven men enter the ministry through his leadership.
Gorbet married Mary Powell of Jackson County, Indiana, and they had four children.
Mary died and Gorbet married May Andrews in 1894 while serving in Tennessee.

Secondary Source: James Luffman, Oak-Griner Baptist Church, pp. 14-15.

SAMUEL F. GOVE

Samuel F. Gove (1823–December 3, 1900) was born in Weymouth, assachusettes,
in 1823, and died at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Hunt, in St. Augustine,
Florida, December 3, 1900.
Gove came to Savannah, Georgia, at age 13, moved to Macon, and then came to
Florida about 1881. He was converted at age 19, and was baptized into the fellowship
of the First Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia. Although not well educated, he
spent the last years of his life preaching to the destitute of South Florida.
He served during the Civil War, was a state legislator from Georgia, and also
represented his Georgia district in Congress. He was a friend to the poor.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1901, p. 46.

JACK GRAHAM

Graham,-Jack

Jack Graham (June 30, 1950- ) is a native of Arkansas. He grew up in
Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons College, and Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in
West Palm Beach from 1981 to 1989 before going as pastor of Prestonwood Baptist
Church in Dallas, Texas. He served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention
in 2003 and 2004.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, November 12, 1981, p. 6; May 11, 1989, p. 3.
Emir and Ergun Caner. The Sacred Trust,

pp 207-211.

FRANK GRANT

Grant,-Frank

Frank Grant graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic and Southeastern Baptist Theolgoical
Seminary. In 1980 he went as pastor of Oak Griner Church in Ocala.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 4, 1980, p. 6.

J.J. GRANTHAM

J. J. Grantham served as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Calhoun County in 1865.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1866, p. 16

W. D. GRAVATT

W. D. Gravatt was pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Miami in 1944.

Source: 1944 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 34.

GRACE MINNELL CARTER GRAVES

Grace Graves (July 31, 1905- ) was born in Ore Hill, North Carolina. She was
the daughter of Arthur Carter and Minnie Cook Carter. Her father worked for
the railroad and her mother was a housewife.
Graves grew up in Burlington, North Carolina (1905-1908) and Jackson, Tennessee
(1908-1927). She graduated from Jackson High School (1922) and attended Union
University in Jackson, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1942, Diploma
in Christian Training).
Graves married John R. Graves on June 18, 1927, in Jackson Tennessee. She was
converted at age nine and baptized in April 1914, at First Baptist Church in
Jackson. She served as a school teacher for five years, and a Home Missionary
in Rachel Simms Mission in New Orleans (1942-1949). Later she served as a missionary
in the Miami Goodwill Center (1949-1959).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ALLEN W. GRAVES

Allen W. Graves served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Fort Pierce from 1943-1945.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September, 27, 1945, p. 13.

JAMES F. GRAVES

James F. Graves (January 5, 1931- ) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Graves. The next year they moved to Texarkana, Texas, and
First Baptist Church of Texarkana became their home church.
Graves finished school at Texarkana (1948), Hardin Simmons University (B.A.),
and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (B.D.,
1956).
Graves served as pastor of Moss Springs Baptist Church at New Boston, Texas;
New Bethel Baptist Church at Hardinsburg, Kentucky (1954-1956); First Baptist
Church, Leesburg, Florida (1959-1968); and First Baptist Church, Vero Beach,
Florida (1968-1970).
James and his wife, Betty Ann, had three children, Deborah, Rebecca, and Joseph.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN W. GRAY

John W. Gray (1928-1957) gave his life for his son. Gray served as pastor of
Pinellas Park Baptist Church in Florida. He gave his life to save his four-year-old
son from drowning in Lake Tarpon. The son was rescued after a motor boat tragedy,
but the father was drowned.
Gray was a graduate of Columbia Bible College, and had served in the United
States Navy. He was married to Ruth Mary Gray. They had two sons; Clyde Benton
and John W., Jr.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 2, 1957, p. 12.

RUFUS GRAY

Rufus Gray (June 3, 1915-January 29, 1942) was one of those missionary heroes
that is known only to God.
Gray was born in Titusville, Florida, in 1915. When he was one
year old his family moved to Ft. Pearce. He was baptized February 3, 1925, into
the First Baptist Church of Ft. Pearce.
Gray felt the call to foreign mission service while at the Deland Baptist Assembly
in 1934. He graduated from Furman University, and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary with a Th.M., in 1940.
Gray was ordained on June 1, 1938, and served as pastor of two half-time churches
in southern Indiana. On May 10, 1939, he married Marian Peeler, who was a graduate
of the Woman s Missionary Union Training School in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Grays left for China in September 1940, where they entered the language
school at Peiping. They left Peiping for Shanghai on March 13, 1941, and went
to Baguio in the Philippines to continue their Chinese language study. They
were interned by the Japanese on December 29, 1941, and about one month later
he died in the hands of the Japanese.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 30, 1944, p. 9.

JAMES LEO GREEN

Green,-J.-Leo

James Leo Green was a native of Mississippi, and a graduate of Mississippi College
(1933) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary(Th.M. in 1936; Ph.D. in
1939). He served as Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Hebrew at
Southern, and pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola (1948-1949), and First
Baptist Church in Gainesville (1949-1951). In 1951 Dr. Green went to teach at
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.

Secondary Source:
George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970,
pp. 52-57.
Toni Moore Clevenger, On the Bay—On the Hill. pp 221-225.
C. Douglas Weaver, First Baptist Church, Gainsville.

J. THOMAS GREEN, III

Green,-Tommy

J. Thomas Green, III, became pastor of First Baptist Church, Brandon in
1996. He served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention from 2002 to
2004.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 17, 2003. p. 3.

MARCUS BRYANT GREEN

Marcus Bryant Green (1933-2006) served as pastor in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana. He served as pastor of Whitfield Baptist Church in Pensacola and started the Pine Summit Baptist Church in Pensacola in 1977. Green served as pastor of Pine Summit until his retirement in 1988. After retirement he was instrumental in the building of an orphanage, school and church in Haiti. He and his wife, Audrey, had two sons, Marcus Jr. and Bob.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 21, 2006, p. 14.

R. P. GREEN

R. P. Green (April 12, 1825-June 18, 1899) was born in Putnam County, Georgia,
April12, 1825, and died at his home in Quincy, Florida, on June 18, 1899. He
was 74 years of age at his death, and had the full confidence of all who labored
with him in the gospel ministry. In 1877 he was pastor of Providence Baptist
Church in Gadsden County.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1899, pp. 43-44
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1877, p. 15.

WILBUR HAROLD GREEN

Wilbur Harold Green (June 24, 1916- ) was born in Grandin, Putnam County, Florida.
He was the son of William Putnam Green and Mattie Young Tucker Green. His father
was a postal clerk and his mother a housewife. Green had two brothers; William,
1908, and George, 1910, and one sister, Mattie, 1913.
Green was raised at Grandin (1916-1919), Palatka (1919-1921), Federal Point
(1922-1930), and St. Augustine, Florida (1931-1934). He attended Ketterlinus
High School in St. Augustine, Brewton Parker Junior College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia
(1936-1938), and Stetson University (A.B., 1940).
Green was converted at age 14, and baptized at First Baptist Church, Hastings,
Florida. He was ordained at Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine in
1939. He married Mary Lynette Fowler on May 11, 1951. Green was the father of
five daughters; Janice (1943), Patricia (1945), Judy (1948), Karen (1952), and
Lenora (1956). He served as pastor, teacher, and Army chaplain. He was the pastor
of Altoona Baptist Church in Altoona, Florida (1939-1940) and served many years
as teacher and Army chaplain.

Primary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

MARCUS BRYANT GREENE

Marcus Bryant Greene (1933-2006) served for 30 years as pastor of churches in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana. He served Whitfield Memorial Baptist Church, Pensacola, then started the Pine Summit Baptist Church, also in Pensacola, in 1977, and served there until his retirement in 1988.

After retirement he did volunteer missions in Haiti.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 21, 2006, p. 14.

ROBERT S. GREER

Robert S. Geer was born in Augusta, Georgia. He trusted Christ as his Saviour
at age nine, and was ordained at First Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia. He
was educated in the public schools of Augusta, and attended Baylor University
(B.A., 1948), and Southwestern Theological Seminary (B.D., 1952; M.R.E., 1953).

In 1951 he married Roberta Underwood of Amarillo, Texas. She was a graduate
of Texas Women s University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They
had two children, Fred and Mary Ann. Mrs. Greer died in 1991.

Greer served two churches in Texas, and five churches and missions in Florida.
He served as pastor of Bee Ridge Baptist Church in Sarasota (1969-1980), Gateway
Baptist Church in Miami (1980-1988), mission pastor for Riverside Baptist Church
in Miami, and in retirement served as pastor of Shenandoah Baptist Church in
Miami.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, February 21, 1980, p. 6.

A. P. GREGORY

A. P. Gregory was pastor of Dania in 1922.

Source: 1922 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 40.

TERRY GREGORY

Terry Gregory graduated from Antioch Baptist College in Atlanta and Mid-America Seminary in Memphis. He became pastor of Woodrun Baptist Church in Tallahassee in 2013. He and his wife Chris have three children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 23, 2013, p. 5.

G. T. GRESHAM

In 1877 G. T. Gresham was pastor of Ocala Church in Ocala.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1877, p. 19.

J. HARRISON GRIFFIN

J. Harrison Griffin (July 13, 1883-September 1976) was born at Bartow, Florida. He was educated at Summerlin Institute in Bartow, Columbia College in Lake City, Florida, and the University of Chicago.


Griffin married Cleo Dale Latimer of Ozark, Alabama, in 1918, and had two sons, Huber and Dale. They moved to Winter Haven, Florida, where he served as pastor of First Baptist Church (1918-1938). From 1938-1945, Griffin served as the Secretary of the Brotherhood Department of the Florida Baptist Convention. Then he became Secretary of the Department of Christian Education of the Florida Baptist Convention where he served until his retirement from denominational service (1945-1952). Until his death, Griffin served as interim pastor in numerous Baptist churches in Florida, including New Smyrna, St. Augustine, Eau Gallie and Lake Placid.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

Josephine G. Burr. History of Winter Haven, Florida, p. 98.

Louise Beauchamp, 1885-1985, History, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, pp. 13-26.

F.J. GRIFFIN

F. J. Griffin served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven from 1916-1917.

Secondary Source: Louise Beauchamp, History 1885-1985, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, p. 9.

J. HARRISON GRIFFIN

Griffin,-J.-Harrison

J. Harrison Griffin (July 13, 1883-September 1976) was born at Bartow, Florida.
He was educated at Summerlin Institute in Bartow, Columbia College in Lake City,
Florida, and the University of Chicago.
Griffin married Cleo Dale Latimer of Ozark, Alabama, in 1918, and had two sons,
Huber and Dale. They moved to Winter Haven, Florida, where he served as pastor
of First Baptist Church (1918-1938). From 1938-1945, Griffin served as the Secretary
of the Brotherhood Department of the Florida Baptist Convention. Then he became
Secretary of the Department of Christian Education of the Florida Baptist Convention
where he served until his retirement from denominational service (1945-1952).
Until his death, Griffin served as interim pastor in numerous Baptist churches
in Florida, including New Smyrna, St. Augustine, Eau Gallie and Lake Placid.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Josephine G. Burr. History of Winter Haven, Florida, p. 98.

SAMUEL S. GRIGSBY

Samuel S. Grigsby (1905-1981) served as pastor in the Florida Keys and also
served for five years at Lisbon Baptist Church in Leesburg. He and his wife,
Ina Bell Grigsby, had one daughter, Mattie Ruth, and two sons, Carl and Donald.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 29, 1981, p. 6.

WILLIAM J. GUESS

William J. Guess (1920-1985) died after a seven year struggle with cancer. Guess
served as pastor of Pinecrest in Sanford from 1963 to 1965; West Side in Hollywood
from 1954 to 1963; Bee Ridge in Sarasota from 1948 to 1949; and Burns Chapel
in Tampa from 1947 to 1948. Between 1965 and 1971, he served as pastor of the
Munich Baptist Church in Germany, and was executive secretary-treasurer of the
European Baptist Convention from 1968 to 1971.
Guess is best known in Florida for his passion to see new church work begun.
He worked for the Florida Baptist Convention from 1977 to 1985, and at the time
of his death was director of the New Work Assistance Office of the Florida Baptist
Convention.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness April 4, 1985, p. 3.

GEORGE P. GUILD

George P. Guild died in 1890 after serving as a faithful pastor in Florida.

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

ALBERT I. GULLETTE

Albert I. Gullette (August 26, 1910- ) was born to George Sam Gullette and Ella
Bethea Gullette on August 26, 1910. Gullette was born and raised at Bradley
Junction, Polk County, Florida.
Gullette married Fannie E. Albritton in 1933. They had eight children; Walter,
Ruth, Erma Jean, Janice, Gettis, Raffie and Daphne (twins), and Linda.
Gullette was a citrus farmer and preacher. He served as pastor of Bethany, Pine
Level, and Sandy in the Myakka City area.

Secondary Source: Audrey O. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, p. 16,
66-67.

J. GORDON GUNTER

J. Gordon Gunter was pastor of Little River Church in 1928 and West Little River Baptist Church in 1931, 1933 and 1934.

Source: 1928 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 27; Ibid, 1931, p.31; Ibid, 1933, p. 5; Ibid, 1934, p. 4.

JAMES THOMAS GURNEY

James Thomas Gurney (January 24, 1901- ) was born at Ripley, Mississippi. He
was the son of James Andrew Gurney and Mary Jane Shepherd Gurney. He had two
brothers; William (1895), Charles (1899), and one sister, Van Gurney (1892).
Gurney graduated from Ripley High School in 1916, Mississippi College (B.A.)
in 1919, and Cumberland University (L.L.B.) in Lebanon, Tennessee in 1922.
Gurney was converted at age eight, and baptized at the Ripley Baptist Church.
He was ordained years later as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Orlando,
Florida. He served as a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years.
Gurney served as a trustee for the Florida Baptist Foundation, and for the New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He authored the Life Insurance Law of
Florida (1934), and war clauses in World War
II. He served as President of the Florida Bar Association, and was chairman
of the Board of Control of Institutions of Higher Learning in Florida (1945-1949).
Gurney married Blanche Johnson on March 5, 1925, at Bogalusa, Louisiana. They
had one son, John Thomas Gurney, Jr., born January 21, 1928.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

OBEL GUZMAN

Obel Guzman served as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Buenas Nuevas in Miami for 33 years. He died in 2011. He and his wife Celia (“Nena”) were much loved and respected in the Miami community of faith.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOSEPH PINKNEY GWYN, III

Gwyn,-Joe

Joseph Pinkney Gwyn, III (1927-) was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from Auburn University (1950) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1955). Joe served as pastor in Alabama and Florida. He and his wife Nell have two daughters, Elizabeth and Ann.
Joe served as pastor of Scenic Heights Church, Pensacola (1977-1980) before going as pastor of Immanuel Church in Pace in 1980.

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

G. E. VON HAGEN

G. E. Von Hagen (1863-1950) served as a Baptist preacher for nearly 70 years.
He served as pastor at St. Marks and Lakeview, Tallahassee, Florida. He died
in Winter Haven on November 3, 1950.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.