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JOHN KASPER

John Kasper served 13 years as pastor of Pecan Park Baptist Church and became pastor of Blackrock Baptist Church in Yulee in 2014. He and his wife Melissa have four children.

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

RUSSELL KAUFFMAN

Russell Kauffman (1918-2012) was born in St. Joseph, Michigan. He graduated from Stetson University (1952) and New Orleans Theological Seminary (1959).

Kauffman served Florida Baptists from 1970-1983, first as director of migrant missions and then as director of Christian Social Ministries. He and his wife had sons Wayne and David and daughters Janet and Deborah.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ANTHONY
S. KAY

Kay,-Anthony

Anthony S. Kay served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Crestview, from 1974-1978.
Kay was a graduate of Carson-Newman (1962) and New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary (B.D., 1965; D.Min., 1973). Kay left Crestview to go as pastor of First
Baptist Church, Calhoun City, Mississippi.

Secondary Source:
A History of First Baptist Church, Crestview,

p. 24-26.

JAMES W. KEEN

Keen,-James-W.

James W. Keen died June 14, 1992, after serving 43 years as a Baptist preacher.
He was a native of Florida. He served as pastor of Five Points in Fernandina
Beach, Hyde Park Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and Pine Grove Baptist Church
in Trenton. He and his wife, Mary Ann, had two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 9, 1992, p. 11.

NATHAN KEEN

Nathan Keen graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville. He served
as pastor of First Baptist Church in Calloway (1973-1980), in Panama City, and
in 1980, went as pastor of First Baptist Church in North Pole, Alaska.

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

A. C. KEENE

A.C. Keene

A. C. Keene (1834-1914) served as a Baptist preacher for over 50 years. Most of his pastorates were Illinois, Indiana and South Dakota. He moved to Miami in 1910 and preached for two years at Fort Lauderdale and Homestead.

Source: 1914 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 17.

FRANK KEENE

Frank Keene was pastor of Coral Gables Baptist Church in 1926.

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

J. RALPH KEENE

J. Ralph Keene served for 17 years as pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church (1950-1967)
in Tampa, Florida. He died in October 1967.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 16, 1967, p. 8.

W. W. KEEPON

W. W. Keepon was pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from 1870-1871.

Secondary Source: Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, p. 104.

ALBERT ABEL KEITH                      

Albert Abel Keith (1843-1927) was a circuit riding preacher who came from Texas to Florida in 1883. He served as pastor of Grace in Clerment; Mt. Olive in Lakeland; Gapway and Kathleen in Lake County; Seffner in Hillsborough County; Lacoochee, New Hope and Emmaus in Pasco County; Eau Gallie and First Baptist Church Dade City. Keith married Amanda Annie Haynes and they had five children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 2013, p.6

ROBERT KEITH

Robert Keith (1814-1902) served as a Florida Baptist pastor and died at age
89 in 1902.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1903, p. 19.

WILLIAM E. KEITH, JR.

William E. Keith, Jr. (1952-) attended Liberty University and in 1983 became an associate with his father at Countryside Baptist Church in Gainesville. He served as interim and Christian school principal and became pastor of Countryside in 2010. He and his wife Vonnie have served at Countryside since 1983.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 2013, p. 7.

WILLIAM E. KEITH, III

William E. Keith, III (1972-) served as pastor of Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Williston in 2013. Keith and his wife Ginny have a daughter Emma Grace.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 2013, p. 7.

WILLIAM E. KEITH, SR.

William E. Keith, Sr. (1932-) was called to preach in 1952. While a student at Stetson he was pastor of FBC, Taft. He served as pastor at FBC, Otter Creek (1954-59), Southside Baptist Church in Gainesville (1959-1967), Cape Canaveral Baptist Mission (1967-1970), and Countryside Baptist Church in Gainesville (1970-2009). Countryside is the former Southside in Gainesville and Keith became pastor emeritus in 2009. He started more than ten Christian schools during his ministry.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 2013, p. 7.

GEORGE KELL

George Kell (1930-2003) was born in Pensacola, Florida. Kell attended Howard College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Kell married Doris White in 1953 and they had four sons.

Source:
FBHS files

COLIN P. KELLY, JR.

Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr., was the first recognized war hero of World War
II. He was a great-grandson of Richard Johnson Mays. Kelly gave his life in
an attack on the Japanese battleship Haruna.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Tallahassee Democrat,
December 14, 1966.

R. KEITHLY

R. Keithly was pastor of Stanton Memorial Baptist Church in 1935.

Source: 1935 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 6.

EARL KELLY

Earl Kelly was serving as pastor of Good News Chapel in Tampa in 1980.

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

JOHN O. KELLY

John O. Kelly (1799-1882) served in New River Association as pastor and died in 1882. Kelly was born in South Carolina and moved to Florida about 1858. In two different marriages he was the father of 18 children. John served as a preacher in the New River Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1883, p. 34. Florida Baptist Historical files.

JOSEPH PATRICK KELLY

Kelly,-Joseph-Patrick

Joseph Patrick Kelly (1874-1877) was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as pastor at Oakes, Lake Alfred,
Auburndale, Eagle Lake, Jacksonville, and Coleman in Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 10, 1977, p. 6.

RICHARD A. KELLY

Richard A. Kelly served as pastor in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida.
In Florida he served as pastor in Hastings and Lake Worth.
Kelly died at his home in Black Mountain, North Carolina, on August 27, 1956.
He was married to Claire Binford Kelly. They had two sons; Richard Jr., and
Charles.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 27, 1956,
p. 12.

ROBERT A. KELLY

Kelly,-Robert-A.

Robert A. Kelly (1927- ) was born to John Wesley and Bertie Mae Taylor Kelly.
He was saved as an eleven-year-old child and was licensed and ordained at Hopewell
Baptist Church in Madison County, Florida, under the ministry of Butler Horton.
Kelly served in the military in the Korean War and was wounded on March 22,
1952. He was discharged in 1953. He has served as pastor of eight churches in
the last fifty years. He served Mt. Olive, Madison County, 1953-1955; Bethel
Creek in Lafayette County, 1955-1957; Corinth in Hamilton County, 1957-1958;
Friendship in Hamilton County, 1958-1959; Oklawilla in Brooks County, Georgia,
1960-1961; New Hopeful in Madison County, 1962-1966; Macedonia in Madison County,
1966-1971; Airline in Lafayette County, 1971-1975; and in 2004 was ministering
in fifteen nursing homes in five counties.
He and his wife, Bonnie Wooten Kelly have five children; Robert
A. Jr., Kathy, Gary, Timothy, and Amy Lynn.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

CLARENCE GUY KELLUM, JR.

Clarence Guy Kellum, Jr. (1925-2003) was born in Pensacola, Florida. Kellum was a bi-vocational pastor who served Innerarity Point Baptist Church, Santa Rosa Shores Baptist Church, Navarre Baptist Church and Billory Baptist Church since entering the ministry in 1962.

Source:
FBHS files

CLARENCE GUY KELLUM, SR.

Clarence Guy Kellum, Sr. (1896-1973) was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Kellum served as pastor for 7th Avenue Baptist Church, Escambia Bay Baptist Church, Billory Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Union Hill Baptist Church and Creighton Heights Baptist Church.

Source:
FBHS files

JEREMIAH KEMBRIL

Jeremiah Kembril and E. H. Callaway were the preachers who assisted in constituting the oldest Southern Baptist Church in Florida. On Saturday, March 12, 1825, they helped organize the Campbellton Baptist Church. The next day the church called E. H. Callaway as pastor.

Secondary Source: Jackson County Baptist Association Minutes, 1939, p. 13.

CARROLL UPTON KENDRICK, JR.

Carroll Upton Kendrick, Jr. (January 16, 1927- ) was born at Jacksonville. He
attended the University of Florida (B.S., 1950), The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary (M.Div., 1953); Th.M., 1954), and The London College of Applied Science
(Ph.D., 2003).
Kendrick served as pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky
(1950-1954); Neptune Baptist Church at Neptune Beach, Florida (1954-1973); First
Baptist Church, Orange Park (1973-1985); and retired as pastor of Oak Harbor
Church (1985-1992).
Kendrick married Carolyne Gates, and they had two children; Carroll and Jonathan.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

KIRBY KENNEDY

Kirby Kennedy graduated from Wayland Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div, D. Min).
He served in New Mexico and became pastor of FBC, Palatka in 2010. He and his wife Deborah have two daughters.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 27, 2010, p. 4.

PIERRE KENNEDY

Pierre Kennedy was ordained by FBC, Dover, Florida in 1964. He has served in the areas of music, youth and the pastorate in the state of Florida. He served as pastor of Garden Baptist Church (1965-19668), Ambassador Baptist Church (1968-1976), East Bay Baptist Church (1976-1978), Trinity Baptist Church (1978-1983), and Taylor Memorial Baptist Church (1986-2003), all in the Tampa area. Kennedy also served as an evangelist from 1983-1986.

Source: FBHS files.

JESSE C. KENNON

Kennon,-Jesse-C.

Jesse C. Kennon (1932-1992) was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He served churches in Alabama, Kentucky, and Florida. He served as
pastor of First Baptist Church in Eau Gallie for 18 years (1974-1992).
He and his wife, Martha, had two daughters, Ginger and Gayle, and one son, Craig.
Kennon died unexpectedly at age 60 of a heart attack while cutting grass at
his home.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 20, 1992,
pp. 7, 10.

W. P. KETCHAND

W. P. Ketchand is listed in the 1856 West Florida Baptist Associational Minutes
as an ordained minister and living in Open Pond, Alabama. He was elected as
a delegate to the 1857 Florida Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1856.

JERRY KEY

Jerry Key (1946-2006) graduated from the University of South Florida and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was in the seafood business in Tampa before his call to ministry. He and his wife Ramona had two children, Jonathan and Amy.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 2, 2006, p. 11.

R. KIDD

R. Kidd served as pastor of Paradise Grove and Providence in Jackson County, Florida, in 1876.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1876, p. 8

GEORGE W. KIERCE

George Washington Kierce (August 30, 1836-May 24, 1918) was born in Swainsboro,
Georgia, the son of Rev. Wilson J. Kierce (1810-1886) and his wife, Bedy Jane
Curl (1813-1863). His family lived in Baker County, Georgia, and Coffee County,
Alabama when Kierce was young. He enlisted in the Alabama 42nd Regiment during
the Civil War, and reached the rank of Captain before being captured at the
siege of Vicksburg.
After the war Kierce served churches and taught school. He became postmaster
at Red Level in 1873, and served as pastor of the Fairmount Baptist Church.
At age 80 he wrote his autobiography and sold copies for 25 cents each.
Kierce served as pastor of the Milton Baptist Church, and also served as missionary
for the Bethlehem Baptist Association.
George married Mary L. Savell on November 10, 1850. Mary died on November 6,
1887, after she and George had been married 27 years. George then married Theodocia
Terry on August 2, 1888.

Secondary Source: Judith Richbourg Jolly. Rev. George W. Kierce

HENRY KIERCE

Henry Kierce (January 8, 1846-April 14, 1928) was born in Baker County, Georgia,
on January 8, 1846. He was the seventh child of Rev. Wilson J. Kierce and his
wife Bedy Jane Curl Kierce. Henry was the younger brother of George Kierce.
Kierce enlisted in the Alabama 63rd Regiment on May 19, 1864. He was later captured
and paroled on May 13, 1865. He married Honor Elizabeth Hinote on November 24,
1867, in Santa Rosa County. They had two sons and a daughter.
Kierce was a farmer, blacksmith, and pastor. He served as pastor of Millview
(1881), Enon (1890), and Beulah from 1896 to 1900, all in Escambia County, Florida.
In 1903 he served as pastor of Shady Grove (now Joy First Baptist Church).

Secondary Source:
Judith Richbourg Jolly. Rev. Henry Kierce.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

EDWARD KIMBER

Edward Kimber was the earliest known person of Baptist extraction to visit Florida.
Kimber was the son of Rev. Isaac Kimber, a Baptist minister of London. Kimber
was the chronicler with General James Oglethorpe in the St. Augustine expedition
of 1743.

Primary Source:Edward Kimber, A Relation or Journal of a Late Expedition to
theGates of St. Augustine on Florida. Boston: Charles E. Goodspeed andCo., 1935.
p. iii.

Secondary Source:
Gordon Crawford Reeves, A History of Florida Baptists. Thesis presented to Stetson
University in 1938, p. 1.

O. D. KIMBRELL

O. D. Kimbrell was pastor of Dania Heights Baptist Church in 1944.

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

RONALD W. KIMBRELL

Kimbrell,-Ronald

Ronald W. Kimbrell (June 28, 1945- ) was born at Railford, Florida. He married
Sue Redding on November 21, 1964, and they have two daughters, Amy and April.
Kimbrell was called to preach in 1982, and licensed by the First Baptist Church
in Franklin, Tennessee. In 1990 he became pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church in
Hilliard, Florida.

Secondary Source: History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard, p. 21.

J. R. KIMBREW

In 1877 J. R. Kimbrew was pastor of the Indian Springs Baptist Church in Leon
County.

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

TRAVIS KIMBRIL

Travis Kimbril served as pastor of FBC White Springs (1986-1994) and FBC Werrisdale, Florida. He and his wife, Josie served as a team in VBS and Sunday School work.

Source: First Baptist Church White Springs, p. 24.

THOMAS A. KINCHEN

Kinchen,-Thomas-A.

Thomas A. Kinchen (December 28, 1946- ) was born in Thomasville, Georgia. He
was licensed and ordained to preach by the Dawson Street Baptist Church in Thomasville
in 1973. He married Ruth Ann Hunter of Swainsboro, Georgia. They have two children;
Alex born in 1971, and Lisa born in 1974.
Kinchen attended Georgia Southern College (B.A., 1969), the University of Georgia
(M.Ed., 1975), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1979, and
Ph.D., 1982). He served as pastor of Big Creek Church and Fredonia Baptist Church
in Thomasville. He has served as interim pastor in numerous churches.
He taught at Swainsboro High School in Swainsboro, Georgia, and also worked
with the Georgia Department of Human Resources. He served as Vice President
for Student Affairs, and Director of Church-Minister Relations at New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of Continuing Education
and Doctor of Ministry Programs at New Orleans.
Dr. Kinchen served as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the West Virginia Convention
of Southern Baptists, and has served as President of the Baptist College of
Florida since 1990.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HENRY MONROE KING

King,-H.-M.

Henry Monroe King (April 8, 1839-March 1, 1917) was born in Ralls County, Missouri.
He attended Shelbyville Seminary at Shelbyville, Missouri. King labored in the
ministry in Missouri, Kentucky, and Texas before moving to Florida.
King moved to Florida due to his health, and had a mighty influence in the State.
He helped start Baptist work in Cuba and Mexico through the Home Mission Board.
While he was pastor at Chapel Hill, Texas, he and Dr. Powell of Kentucky began
the first Home Mission Board work in Mexico. King and pastor Woods of First
Baptist Church in Key West, Florida, helped start the board endeavors in Cuba.
King preached the ordination sermon of A. J. Diaz, who became an influential
Cuban pastor and missionary. It was also under the preaching of King that Frank
Fowler, the first native Floridian appointed by the Southern Baptist Convention
Foreign Mission Board, was converted. King also baptized Fowler. Dr. and Mrs.
Fowler and their family served in Argentina from 1908 to 1933.
King was the first pastor of the Baptist Church at Saint Augustine. With the
help of A. P. Ashurst, James Turner, and C. V. Waugh he helped found the Florida
Baptist Witness in 1883. He served as President of the Florida State Convention
and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Stetson University. He was pastor at
Ferdandina, Starke, Melrose, St. Augustine, Hawthorne, Campville, Gainesville,
Key West, and Micanopy.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Long Road With God. . . A Living History of Ancient City Baptist Church, 1887-1987,
pp. 9-10. George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida,
1870-1970, p. 10.

S. W. KING

S. W. King became pastor at Fort Pearce in March 1913. He moved to Ft. Pearce from Butler, Oklahoma.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 10, 1913, p. 8.

WILLIE KING

Willie King served for many years among the Florida Seminoles. He
L served in the Everglades, and used a Model A Ford in his work. In 1944 the
Florida W.M.U. led a drive in purchasing a car for King. The fund was Mr. King
s Car. The drive was a success, and King and his wife and daughter Ruth, received
a 1939 Chevrolet.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 13, 1944, p. 9., July 13,
1944.

LEE KIRK

Lee Kirk graduated from Mississippi College and New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary. In 2003 he became pastor of First Baptist Church in Umatilla. He and
his wife, Cherie, have three children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 23, 2003, p. 11.

EDDIE B. KIRKLAND

Kirkland,-Eddie

Eddie B. Kirkland (September 8, 1925- ) was born in Tampa, Florida. He graduated
from the University of Tampa (1973-1975) and New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary (1976-1978). He served as pastor in Louisiana (1977-1980) before becoming
pastor of First Church in Lacoochee, Florida (1980-1981). He has also served
as pastor of University Baptist Church in Tampa (1981-1983), Main Street Baptist
Church in Inverness (1983-1985), and has been a supply pastor in Hillsborough
and Hernando Counties (1986-1998).
Kirkland is married to Alice B. Kirkland and they have two children; Brenda
and Cheryl.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. J. KIRKLAND

In 1867 J. J. Kirkland was pastor of Fort McCoy Baptist Church and Stafford
s Pond Baptist Church in Marion County.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1867, p. 8.

P. KISOR

P. Kisor served as pastor at Union in Washington County in the West Florida Baptist Association in 1869. According to the 1882 West Florida Minutes a “Brother Kizer” died that year. (p. 3.)

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1869, p. 8.

HAL KITCHINGS

Hal Kitchings graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Tennessee before becoming pastor of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in St. Petersburg in 2014. He and his wife Kellie have two children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 23, 2014, p. 4.

AUSTIN KNIGHT

Austin Knight served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1910.

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

CHARLES R. KNIGHT

Charles R. Knight served as pastor of Lake Mystic Baptist Church in Bristol,
and in 1980 went as pastor of Cherry Lake Church in Madison.

Secondary Source: Florida Bapist Witness, February 21, 1980, p. 6.

JESSE GREEN KNIGHT

Jesse Green Knight (1893-1980) was born in Clay County, Alabama. Knight graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored churches in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, including First Baptist Church, Bratt (1945-1950).

Source:
FBHS files

WILLIAM ANDERSON KNIGHT

William Anderson Knight (1778-1859) was born in North Carolina on February 16,
1778. He moved with his family to Effingham County, Georgia, in about 1788.
In 1798 he married Sarah Cone, daughter of the Hon. William Cone, Sr., who was
born in South Carolina on October 16, 1780. The Knights had nine children.
Knight was a Primitive Baptist preacher. He was ordained at Union Church on
March 10, 1832. He was a well known preacher and member of the legislature in
Georgia. He served as a Representative and Senator from Wayne County, Georgia.
He was elected the first Senator from Lowndes County, Georgia, and served from
1826 to 1828.
Knight served as pastor of Union Church until his death on December 8, 1859.
His wife Sarah died on November 28, 1859, and both are buried in the Old Union
Cemetery.

Secondary Source:
Old Providence Church Minutes, p. 101.
Folks Huxford, Pioneers of Wiregrass, Georgia.

E. M. KNOWLES

E. M. Knowles served as pastor of Smyrna in Henry County, Alabama, in 1871.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1871, p. 11.

ROBERT C. KNOWLES

Robert C. Knowles worked as a bivocational pastor and in 2001 retired from the
Alabama Forestry Commission. He then became pastor of Peace Creek Baptist Church
in Bartow. He had previously served as pastor of Alco Baptist Church in East
Brewton, Alabama. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two adult children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 3, 2004, p. 11.

T. N. KNOWLES

T. N. Knowles (February 5, 1837-July 14, 1904) died in July 1904 after serving
as pastor in the West Florida Baptist Association.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1905, p. 58.
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1904, p. 18

CHARLES A. KOGAR

Charles A. Kogar (May 31, 1845-May 22, 1901) was born in Coleton County, South
Carolina, on May 31, 1845. He served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War.
His property was destroyed during the war. He moved to Fruitland, Florida, where
he lived until his death. He was ordained to the ministry on December 14, 1873,
and served in the St. Johns River Association. He was a member of Beulah Church
in Putnam County at the time of his death.

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

THEODORE J. KOLLAR

Theodore J. Kollar became pastor of First Baptist Church of Valparaiso in 2008. Kollar served in the United States Air Force from 1984-2002. He served previously as pastor of Union View Baptist Church in Franklinton, North Carolina.

        Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 11, 2008, p. 11.

I. W. KRAKER

I. W. Kraker served as a pastor in the Florida Baptist Convention and died at
Tampa in November 1903.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1904, p. 32.

HOWARD A. KRAMER

Howard A. Kramer felt called of God to take the gospel to his own Jewish people.
He was converted in April 1935, at First Baptist Church in Eustis. He attended
school at Stetson University. He became pastor of the Port Orange Church.
In August 1940, he and his wife founded the Hebrew Christian Society. He was
serving as president of Hebrew Christian Alliance of America at the time of
his death.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 9, 1952, p. 12.

JOHN KUESPORT

John Kuesport served in the United States Navy and is a graduate of Palm Beach
Atlantic and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Kuesport served as church
planter with the Massachusetts Baptist Association and was director of missions
of the New Hampshire Baptist Association (1994-2005) before becoming director
of missions of the Pasco Baptist Association in 2005. He and his wife, Melissa,
have three children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 23, 2005, p. 7.

S. THOMAS KYZER

S. Thomas Kyzer (1933-2005) attended the University of Alabama and Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor and associate pastor of churches
in Texas, Florida, and Alabama from 1973-1991 when he joined the Florida Baptist
State Convention staff in the area of evangelism.
Kyzer was the director of the Florida Baptist Convention Prayer and Spiritual
Awakening Department until his retirement in 2000. He and his wife, Barbara,
were married for 51 years and had a daughter, Susan.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 9, 2005, p. 11.