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JOHN
B. LACY

John B. Lacy (June 1793-February 1878) was born in Virginia. His father was
Archibald Lacy of Virginia. He and his family moved to Waven County, Georgia,
after John was born.
In 1812 Lacy joined the Army and in 1820 he married Martha
Freeman of Baldwin County, Georgia. In 1824 they moved to Newton County, Georgia.
He was converted and united with the Baptist Church at Holly Springs after being
baptized by Rev. Cyrus White. He soon felt the call to preach, and moved with
his family to Thomas County, Georgia in 1830. He supplied churches in the Cherokee
County area from 1840-1845. He then moved back to Thomas County. He also labored
in the Florida counties of Jefferson, Madison, Leon, and Gadsden.

Secondary Source:
History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia Compendium, 1881, pp. 313-314.

W. B. LACY

W. B. Lacy was pastor at Greenwood and Campbellton in 1859 and 1860.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1859, 1860.

ROBERT E. LAFAVRE

Robert E. LaFavre was born in Hollywood, Florida and died in DeFuniak Springs in 2015. He served as pastor, associate pastor, editor, director of missions, and officer in various denominational organizations. LaFavre served as pastor in Alabama, Georgia and First Baptist Church, Mossy Head, Florida. He served as editor of the Georgia Christian Index and DOM of Walton County Baptist Association. He and his wife Sabra Ann Brooks had three daughters; Deborah, Karen and Mary Jane.

Source:
FBHS files

JOHN B. LAMB

John B. Lamb (May 4, 1846-February 22, 1922) was the first pastor of Manatee
Baptist Church of Christ. Lamb became pastor of Manatee Church located at Rye
Post Office on August 10, 1888.
Lamb was recognized in the Myakka City, Florida area as a pioneer pastor who
helped organize a number of churches. He served as pastor of Friendship in Fruitville,
Mitchelville, and Benevolence in Manatee County.
John B. Lamb was born in Suwannee County, Florida, on May 4, 1846. He joined
the Confederate army at age 16 and served throughout the war. He was baptized
by J. H. Tompkins in 1867 and was ordained in 1875. He died February 22, 1922.
Lamb was pastor of Concord, Rocky Hammock, Wekiva, and other churches in Levy
County, Florida, from 1875-1881. Lamb married Mary Jones and they had three
choldren; John, Jess, and Martha. Upon the death of Mary, John married Nancy
Elizabeth Swaim and they had three daughters; Ruth, Nellie, Winnie and one son,
Beatty.

Secondary Source: Audrey O. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, Myakka City, Florida.
A Century of Meeting and Preaching,

pp. 7, 20-22.

W. R. LAMBERT

W. R. Lambert (1883-1970) was ordained at First Baptist Church in Pensacola
in 1901. He served churches in Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, South Carolina, Washington,
Georgia, and Florida. In Florida Lambert served as pastor of Tenth Avenue in
Pensacola, East Bay, Holley, Brooksville, Apopka, Winder Garden, First Baptist
in West Palm Beach, First Baptist in Quincy, Gretna, Glen St. Mary, College
Park in Orlando, Mt. Dora, First Baptist in Haines City and Flat Creek in Quincy.
Lambert organized the Avondale Church in Jacksonville, and was pastor emeritus
there at the time of his death. He organized the Florida Anti-saloon League
in 1907.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 29, 1970, p. 8.

THOMAS WALTER LAMKIN

Thomas Walter Lamkin (1904-1944) was born in Kentucky and graduated from William Jewell College (B.A., 1931), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1937).
Lamkin was ordained in 1924. He was pastor of Whitfield Memorial Baptist Church of Pensacola at the time of his death. He and his wife Ethel had two children, Lois and Robert.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 27, 1944, p. 3.
FBHS files.

LEWIS C. LAMPLEY

Lampley,-Lewis

Lewis C. Lampley (May 16, 1937- ) was born in Brundidge, Alabama. He was educated
at Florida Beacon College and Tampa Bay Theological Seminary (M.A., 1990). He
served as pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist
Church in St. Petersburg for thirty years from 1966 to 1996. He and his wife,
Geraldine, served faithfully in family, pastoral, and denominational ministry.
In 1996 Lampley became the West Florida Regional Director of the Florida Baptist
Convention s African-American Church Planting Department. Lampley led in the
starting of 29 churches in West Florida during his Convention service. He and
his wife had nine children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

LANDMARK BAPTISTS

The name Landmark originated with the writings of James Madison Pendleton and
James Robinson Graves in Kentucky and Tennessee. Both of these men had tremendous
influence on the early years of Baptist organizational work in Florida through
their writings and preaching. Both men wrote widely and traveled widely. Their
physical presence in Georgia and Florida influenced greatly the early organizational
years of the Florida Baptist Convention.
The four primary tenets of Landmarkism are (1) the church is local and visible;
(2) the commission was given to the church; (3) valid baptism is through a Baptist
church; (4) and Baptist churches have existed by belief and practice (not by
name) from New Testament times.
Most churches in the American Baptist Association would hold to these four principles.
There are an estimated 1.5 million members in different Baptist churches that
hold to these beliefs. They have more than fifteen Bible institutes and seminaries
supported by their churches.

Secondary Source:
Frank S. Meade and Samuel S. Hill, Handbook of Denominations, 10th edition.

T. LANG

T. Lang served as pastor of Aenon in Leon County and Bethpage in Jefferson County
in 1845. Both churches were in the Florida Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1845, p. 8.

JOHN LANGFORD

Langford,-John

John Langford served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Myakka City in 1958.

Secondary Source: Audry O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church 1888-1988, p 16.

N. B. LANGFORD, JR.

N. B. Langford, Jr. (May 19, 1929-February 11, 1998) was born in Jackson, Mississippi.
He was converted at age ten, and joined Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi.
Langford was licensed to preach by the Moorhead Baptist Church in Moorhead,
Mississippi, and was later ordained by the church.
Langford graduated from Gulfport, Mississippi High School, Mississippi College,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary. He served
as a sergeant in the United States Air Force in the Korean War. He served as
pastor of D Lo Baptist Church in D Lo, Mississippi from 1954 to 1957, Kirkwood
Baptist Church in Bondville, Kentucky from 1957 to 1960, First Baptist Church,
Union Springs, Alabama from 1960 to 1963, North Central Baptist Church in Gainesville,
Florida from 1963 to 1978, and First Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida
from 1978 to 1997.
Dr. Langford served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1978 and
1979. He served as Trustee at the Baptist College of Florida and The Radio and
Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Dr. Langford married Nancy Underwood of Amarillo, Texas, and they had two children,
Nathan in 1961, and Nancy in 1963.

Secondary Sources:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, February 19, 1998.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1998, p. 8.

THOMAS E. LANGLEY

/Langley,-T.E.

Thomas E. Langley (August 16, 1834-March 30, 1890) was born near Forsyth, Georgia.
He received his education in Perry, Georgia, and was a Latin and Greek scholar.
Langley was ordained in January 1857, and remained in the ministry for 30 years
until the loss of his health.
Langley served as the first pastor of First Baptist Church, Chipley. The church
was organized with 19 charter members in 1887. The church first met in a two
room school building on the site where the current Washington County Court House
stands on Highway 90 in Chipley, Florida.
Rev. Langley made the motion which led to the establishment of Stetson University
in Deland, Florida. He served as Moderator of the West Florida Baptist Association
for 18 years. He also served the same association for four years as missionary
and evangelist.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Joan P. Chance, History of First Baptist Church, Chipley, 1887-1987.
West Florida Associational Minutes, 1890, pp. 7-9.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.

JAMES LANIER

Lanier,-James-F

James Lanier (1921-2000) served as pastor of several churches in Miami before moving to Conch Key in 1974. He was pastor emeritus of Layton Community Church in Florida Keys Association at the time of his death. Lanier was a dedicated minister to hundreds of people who vacationed in the Keys. He and his wife, Nellie, had three sons, James, Art and Brian.

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

DON LASTINGER

Don Lastinger (1911-1996) began his ministry at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola in 1954. In 1993 he was pastor emeritus and director of the church evangelism efforts. Don was born in Valdosta, Georgia. He was saved in 1936 and surrendered to preach in 1953.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 4, 1993, p. 3.
FBHS files.

FRED LAUGHON

Fred Laughon served as pastor at Orangeburg, South Carolina, and left there
to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church, Gainesville, in 1958. He proved
to be an innovative and charismatic leader of the church.

Secondary Source:
George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970,
pp. 73-90.

B. D. LAW

B. D. Law was pastor of Lemon City Baptist Church in 1933.

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

WILLIAM G. LAW

William G. Law was pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven. There is some discrepancy about his years of service at Winter Haven, but it seems to have been from 1908 to 1916.

Secondary Source: Josephine G. Burr. History of Winter Haven, Florida, p. 98.
Louise Beauchamp, 1885-1985 History of First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, pp. 12-13.

CHARLES H. LAWHON

Charles H. Lawhon (August 18, 1925-March 13, 1999) was born in Avon Park to
the late Raleigh and Miriam Lawhon. He served as pastor of Flora City and Plymouth
Baptist Churches before being appointed a foreign missionary to the Philippines
in 1960. He returned to the United States in 1970. At his death he was the director
emeritus of the Jacksonville Baptist Association Seafarer Ministry. He and his
wife had five children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 6, 1999.

H. S. LAWHON

H. S. Lawhon was pastor of West Side Baptist Church in West Palm Beach in1926.

Source: 1926 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 30.

R. C. B. LAWRENCE

R. C. B. Lawrence (1818-1904) died on December 12, 1904, at 86 years of age. In 1881 he was one of the charter members of First Baptist Church, Marianna, and was also their first pastor.

In 1860 he was pastor of Poplar Springs, Salem, Friendship, and Pilgrim’s Rest in the West Florida Baptist Association. He served as a Baptist preacher for over 50 years.

Secondary Source:
Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 1-3.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1905, p. 58.
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1860, and 1905, p. 18.

RICHARD S. LAWRENCE

In 1856 Richard S. Lawrence was an ordained minister in Marianna, Florida. He
lived in the West Florida Baptist Association area.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1856.

ROBERT WILLIAM LAWTON

Robert William Lawton (June 16, 1847-January 3, 1909) was born at Albany, Georgia.
He served in the Army during the Civil War and moved to Florida in 1870.
In 1872 Lawton married Mary Gwynn of Tallahassee. They had seven children. Lawton
was ordained in 1873 and served as pastor of the Baptist churches of Chuluota,
Osteen, Geneva, Fort Christmas and Oviedo. He died at Oveido on January 3, 1909.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1908, p. 80.
Florida Baptist Witness, January 14, 1909.

CLIFF LEA

Cliff Lea (1970-) is a native of Virginia and grew up in Fort Worth. Lea graduated from Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lea served for nine years as pastor of Yorktown Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas before becoming pastor of First Baptist Church Leesburg in 2007. He and his wife, Suzy, have five sons.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 16, 2007, p. 11.

MILTON S. LEACH, JR.

Leach,-Milton

Milton S. Leach, Jr., (January 18, 1927-October 22, 2001) was known to many
as the father of our language work in Florida. Leach was born in Sterling, Texas,
and graduated from Howard Payne University and attended Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary.
Leach worked with Hispanics in Texas for nearly ten years before moving to Florida
in 1954 to become the director of Spanish missions for the Miami Baptist Association.
Leach was fluent in Spanish and bi-cultural. From 1963-1978 he served as director
of missions in Puerto Rico. From 1978-1982 he served in the Language Missions
Department of the North American Mission Board.
In 1982 Leach served again in Florida in language missions. His first wife,
Wilma, died in 1981, and he was survived by his second wife Gladys, and three
children; Paul, Angela, and Martha.
Leach worked for nearly 50 years in the language, refugee, and immigrant ministries
programs.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 1, 2001.

ROLAND QUINCHE LEAVELL

Leavell,-Roland-Q.

Roland Quinche Leavell (1892-1963) is known as a Mississippi native and New
Orleans seminary leader, but in Florida, he is known also as having served First
Baptist Church in Tampa as pastor.
Dr. Leavell served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia;
First Baptist Church in Oxford, Mississippi, and First Baptist Church in Picayune,
Mississippi.
Leavell wrote numerous books. He also served as the director of evangelism of
the Southern Baptist Convention s Home Mission Board. Dr. Leavell was president
of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1946 to 1958. He married Lilian
Forbes Yarborough from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1923.
In 1953, Dr. Leavell led the Seminary at New Orleans to a new 75 acre campus
in Gentilly from their old downtown site in New Orleans.

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

RICHARD LEDGISTER

Ledgister,-Richard

Richard Ledgister (May 27, 1946- ) was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He was converted
and baptized in 1962 at Zion Hill Baptist Church in St. Mary, Jamaica. He served
as student pastor of Monique Baptist Church in St. Ann, Jamaica, and as pastor
of the Yallahs Circuit of Baptist Churches from 1973 to 1979. He was pastor
of Calvary Baptist Church in Miami, Florida, from 1986 to 1988. Calvary merged
with Sierra Norwood to become Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church in July
1988. Ledgister has served that church as pastor since the union of churches.
Ledgister serves in numerous capacities in the Miami Association and Florida
Baptist Convention. He and his wife, Vorst, have three children, Damian, Sheree,
and Mark.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

CHARLES R. LEE

Charles R. Lee was pastor at Ojus in 1922.

Source: 1922 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 41

H. DOUGLAS LEE

H. Douglas Lee (1943-2009) was reared in Danville, Virginia. He attended the University of Richmond (B.A., 1964), Southeastern Seminary (B.D. and Th. M.) and the University of Iowa (Ph.D., 1971). He married Margaret Easley, and they had a son Gregory, and a daughter Elizabeth.

Dr. Lee went to Stetson University as vice president for development in 1978. Prior to that he served in the same position at Wake Forest University after having served on the religion faculty of Virginia Intermond College.

Dr. Lee became the eighth president of Stetson College in 1987. He and Mrs. Lee were very active in the civic and cultural interests of the state and as members of First Baptist Church of Deland.

Dr. Lee served as President of Stetson for 22 years (1987-2009) and was Chancellor at the time of his death.

Secondary Sources: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. PERRY LEE

J. Perry Lee served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Miami in 1934.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1934, p. 94.

JERRY WALLACE LEE

Lee,-J.W.

Jerry Wallace Lee (September 21, 1932- April 23, 2005) was born in Orange, Texas. He attended grammar schools at Eunice and Pineville, Louisiana, and Bridge City, Texas. He graduated from high school at St. Francisville in 1951. Lee attended Louisiana College (B.A., 1955), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1958; Th.D., 1964).


Dr. Lee served as pastor of six churches in Louisiana and Mississippi. He joined the faculty of Baptist Bible Institute in 1969, and taught Old Testament.


Dr. Lee married Joyce Bilbo of Bogalusa, Louisiana, in 1952. They had three children; Jerolyn in 1955, Jody in 1958, and Jay in 1960.


Dr. Lee is best known in the tri-states area for having served 40 different interims. At the time of his death, it was the most interim pastorates served by anyone in the Florida Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ROBERT EDWARD LEE

Lee,-Robert-E.

Robert Edward Lee (1907-1984) was born near Prentiss, Mississippi. He attended
Clarke Memorial College, Mississippi College, and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He served as pastor of Bayshore in Tampa on two occasions. He also
served churches in Fort Lauderdale and Stuart. He and his wife, Theo, had three
sons, James, Gaines, and Robert.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 4, 25, 1944; February 23, 1984,
p. 6.

SAMUEL LEE

Samuel Lee became pastor of First Baptist Church in Callahan in 1974.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

DONNIE LEGG

Donnie Legg was ordained at Central Baptist Church in Melbourne. He went as pastor of First Baptist Church Aurantia in Mims in 2005. Legg served as chaplain to the Florida Marlins. He and his wife, Patti, have two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 1, 2005, p. 11.

G. T. LEITNER

G. T. Leitner in 1877 served as pastor of Aucilla and Elizabeth churches in
Jefferson County and New Macedonia in Madison County.

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

DAVID LEMA, JR.

David Lema, Jr., was Cuban born and a third generation minister. After living in Spain, Lema’s family moved to New Orleans. He graduated from the University of New Orleans (B.A.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.; D.Min).


Lema served as a church planter in Miami and joined the faculty of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 18, 2006, p. 9.

ROGER D. LEMASTER

LeMaster,-Roger-D.

Roger D. LeMaster graduated from Campbellsville College and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. He served Payneville Baptist Church in Kentucky four years
before becoming pastor of Tropical Farms Church, Stuart, in 1980.

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

RON LENTINE

Ron Lentine (1951-) graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (B. S.) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.). Lentine has served at First Baptist Church, Key Largo, First Baptist Church, Lake Park and Myrtle Grove Baptist Church, Pensacola.

Lintine and his wife Marilyn have two children Chris and Ashley.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. M. LEONARD

E. M. Leonard was pastor of FBC, Opa-Locka Baptist Church in 1941, 1943, and 1944.

Source: 1941 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 5; Ibid, 1943, p.8; Ibid, 1944, p. 34.

C. S. LESTER

C. S. Lester served as pastor of West Palm Beach in 1918.

Source: 1918 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 25.

ROBERT LEVEY

The death of pastor Robert Levey was reported in the 1868 Florida Baptist Associational
Minutes. In 1862 Levey was pastor of Aenon in Leon County, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1862, p. 8. Florida
Baptist Associational Minutes, 1868, p. 5.

S. K. LEVITT

S. K. Levitt served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville
from 1884-1887.

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

DEWITT LEWIS

DeWitt Lewis was pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Miami in 1943 and 1944.

Source: 1943 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 9; Ibid, 1944, p. 34.

J. EARL LEWIS

Lewis,-J.-Earl

J. Earl Lewis was raised in Florida. He attended Norman Park, Moody Bible Institute,
and Mt. Vernon University in Arlington, Virginia. He served as pastor of Belmont
Heights in Tampa (1931-1944) and Springfield in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 17, 1944, p. 12.

J. M. LEWIS

In 1913 J. M. Lewis was employed by the Florida Baptist State Board of Missions as evangelist in Marion, Pasco, and Alachua Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 10, 1913, p. 14.

JAMES LEWIS

James Lewis was a member of First Baptist Church in Lake City, Florida. He was ordained by the church on October 7, 1866. Lewis was one of the earliest black preachers among Florida Baptist Churches.

        Source: FBC, Lake City Minutes.  FBHS files.

LeROY LEWIS

LeRoy Lewis is a native of St. Augustine. He graduated from The Baptist College of Florida, and served for 30 years as pastor of First Baptist Church San Mateo. He and his wife, Charlotte, have two daughters.

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

MICHAEL S. LEWIS

Michael S. Lewis was born in Georgia and graduated from Columbia International University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Georgia and Texas and became pastor of First Baptist Church, Plant City in 2009. In 2013 Lewis joined the North American Mission Board as executive director for church revitalization and pastoral relations. He and his wife Liliana have three daughters..

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 9, 2009, p. 4.
Alabama Baptist, January 21, 2013, p. 16.

S. STANFORD LEWIS

S. Stanford Lewis (1933-1957) died at age 24, while serving as pastor of Heckscher
Drive Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
He was a native of Jacksonville. He had attended Truett-McConnell Junior College
and Mercer University. He married Ruby C. Lewis. He died November 18, 1957 in
Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 28, 1957, p. 12.

WILLIAM ESTAL LEWIS, JR.

William Estal Lewis Jr. (January 8, 1929- ) was born in Sarasota, Florida. He
was the son of William E. Lewis, Sr., and Margaret Ann Knight Lewis. His father
was a carpenter and his mother was a nurse. Lewis had two brothers, Calvin,
born in 1939, Jerry, born in 1941, and seven sisters; Virginia, born in 1926;
Mary, born in 1927; Margaret, born in 1931; Clara, born in 1932; Jacquelyn,
born in 1934; Eileen, born in 1936; and Gloria, born in 1938.
Lewis graduated from Sarasota High School in 1946, Stetson University in 1952
(B.A.), and Southwestern Theological Seminary in 1955 (B.D.). He was converted
at age eight, and baptized into First Baptist Church of Sarasota. He was also
ordained at that church on August 5, 1951.
Lewis served as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Apache, Oklahoma (1952-1953),
Wizard Wells Baptist Church in Wizard Wells, Texas (1953-1955), Northside Baptist
Church in Mineral Wells, Texas (1955), and Northeast Baptist Church in Miami,
Florida (1955-1958).
He married Nina Beadie Allen on July 24, 1953 at Miami, Florida. They served
as foreign missionaries in Dar es Salaam, Tangenyika, East Africa.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

V. L. ROY LIBURD

Liburd,-V.L.

V. L. Roy Liburd (August 23, 1942- ) was born in St. Kitts. He attended Sandy
Point Senior High School in St. Kitts, Hannibal-LaGrange College in Boliver,
Missouri, Luther Rice Seminary (M.A.), and Covington Theological Seminary (D.Min.).
Liburd was converted in St. Kitts in 1957, and was called to preach in 1959.
He was baptized into the Cruz Bay Baptist Church of St. John (USCI) in 1959.
He served as pastor in St. Kitts, Antigua, and the British Virgin Islands before
coming to the United States. He served as pastor in Missouri, and then came
to Harmony Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida. He and his wife, Ursula, have
three children, Lancelot, Alexander, and R. Theo-Linda.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

THOMAS DILL LIDE

Lide,-Thomas-Dill

Thomas Dill Lide (1902-2001) served as pastor in Texas, South Carolina and Florida. He served Seminole Heights Baptist Church, Tampa; First Baptist Church, Perry; and First Baptist Church, Dunnellon. After retirement he served 25 churches as interim pastor. He and his wife of 72 years, Bettie Koller Lide had three daughters; Lee, Ilda, and Bobbie.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 18, 2001, p. 10.
FBHS files.

HARRY M. LIECHTY, SR.

Harry M. Liechty, Sr. (1899-1990) was a Baptist preacher for 56 years, and helped
start 150 missions. He was a native of Ohio, and moved to Jacksonville after
World War I. He graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1933.
He was ordained at Oceanway Baptist Church in Jacksonville in 1934, where he
served as pastor. Four missions were started while he was at Oceanway. He then
went to First Baptist Church in Marianna, and they started four missions. He
was pastor of Franklin Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and they started
four missions. He worked in the Florida Baptist Convention, and later in the
California Baptist Convention. He was always on the cutting edge as a church
mission starter.
He and his wife, Ruth Morris Liechty, had one son, Harry Jr., who served as
a Baptist preacher for 40 years. They had one daughter, Jacqueline, who served
23 years as a missionary to India.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 11, 1990, p. 3.
Leitch, Christ Centured Century, pp. 12-21.

HARRY M. LIECHTY, JR.

Liechty,-Harry

Harry M. Liechty, Jr. (1927-July 9, 2005) was the only son of Harry M. Leichty,
Sr., and Ruth Morris Liechty. Liechty Sr., was a Baptist preacher for 56 years.
Liechty Jr., was a Baptist preacher for 40 years. He served as pastor of Fellowship
Baptist Church, Ocala; Immanuel Baptist Church, Jacksonville; and was founding
pastor of Lake Maggione Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. He moved to California
in 1960 where he served three churches. He and his wife, Adah, had three children;
David, Steve and Kathie and one step-daughter, Tina.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, August 4, 2005, p. 11.

A. E. LIGHTFOOT

Lightfoot,-A.-E.

A. E. Lightfoot received his early schooling in Miami. He then graduated from
Stetson University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained
at First Baptist Church Deland on December 5, 1929. He served as pastor in South
Miami, Northwood West Palm Beach, Blountstown, Starke (1939-1944), and Brentwood
in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 6, 1944, p. 8.

JAMES L. LIGHTSEY

James L. Lightsey (1932-2009) was a native of Wabasso and served in the United States Marine Corps in the Korean War. He served churches in Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama and Florida. Lightsey served Orange Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Pearce; Mount Pleasant in High Springs; Hogue in Gainesville and Fort White Baptist Church. He and his wife Helen were married 51 years and had two sons, Rob and Jeff.

        Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 12, 2009, p. 4.

THOMAS EDWIN LILY

Thomas Edwin Lily (February 3, 1930- ) was born at Erwin, Tennessee. He was
the son of Fred Lilly and Anna Hensley Lilly. His father was an engineer and
his mother a housewife.
Lily was raised in Charleston, South Carolina (1936-1939) and Savannah, Georgia
(1940-1948). He graduated from Savannah High School in Savannah, Georgia, in
1948. Lily attended Mercer University (A.B., 1952) and New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary (M.R.E., 1957). He was converted at age twelve, and was baptized on
Easter Sunday in 1952 at Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah. He was ordained
on February 26, 1952, at Taliaferro Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia.
Lily served as a Baptist Student Union Director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention
(1956-1957) and then as Baptist Student Union Director at the University of
Miami starting in 1957. He then served as Director of the Home Mission Board
Rescue Mission in New Orleans.
Lily married Carolyn Benson Lilly on April 30, 1952, at Macon, Georgia, and
they had one son, Fred, born in 1957.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HOMER GENTRY LINDSAY, JR.

Lindsay,-Homer,-Jr.

Homer Gentry Lindsay, Jr. (July 10, 1927-February 13, 2000) died at age 72 as
a result of complications from cancer. Lindsay was born in Nashville, Tennessee,
to Ruth and Homer G. Lindsay, Sr. When he was 13 years of age his family moved
to Jacksonville, Florida, when Lindsay, Sr., became pastor of First Baptist
Church.
Lindsay graduated from Stetson University and Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary in 1952. In September 1952, he married Shirley Tillman, and accepted
the pastorate of a 42 member mission in Miami.This mission became Northwest
Baptist Church and grew from 42 members to 3,280 members in the sixteen years
Lindsay served as pastor. He became co-pastor in 1969 with his father at First
Baptist Church in Jacksonville. In the next 20 years the Sunday School enrollment
increased from 2,300 to over 14,000. In 1982 Jerry Vines joined Lindsay as co-pastor,
and a new 9,200 seat auditorium was built. Lindsay served for 31 years at First
Baptist Church and had planned to retire on March 31, 2000.
Lindsay and his wife, Shirley, had three daughters, Nancy, Clara, and Peggy.
He was known for his love of the Lord Jesus, and his hard work at witnessing
and soul winning. The Lindsay s had a son, Homer Lindsay III, who died of a
heart attack on January 28, 2000.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 24, 2000, p. 1.
Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, pp. 122-123.

HOMER GENTRY LINDSAY, SR.

Lindsay,-Homer,-Sr.

Homer Gentry Lindsay, Sr. (1903-1981) was a native of Lake City, Tennessee.
He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from 1940 to 1973,
for a total of 33 years. He and his son, Lindsay Jr, were co-pastors of the
church from 1969 to 1973, when Lindsay, Jr. became pastor.
Lindsay was a denominational leader at a very critical time of state and national
crisis. When he began the Jacksonville pastorate, the church had lost its property
and was bankrupt. In 1969 the church had grown to 12,200 members.When the state
convention was in a difficult time in 1945, Lindsay served as acting executive
secretary-treasurer until the coming of Dr. John McGuire. He also served as
president of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention from
1962 until 1966. In 1964 he served as president of the Florida Baptist State
Convention.He died of cancer on September 5, 1981.
Lindsay was a graduate of Carson-Newman College and Southwestern Seminary. He
served as pastor in Texas and Tennessee before coming to Florida. He and his
wife, Ruth Ewton Lindsay had one son, Homer Lindsay, Jr., and one daughter,
Jo Ann Nicholson, who died of cancer on April 28, 1981.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 17, 1981, p. 6.
Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told.

RICK LINEBERGER

Lineberger,-Rick

Rick Lineberger is a native of Arkansas, and a graduate of Ouachita Baptist
University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Golden Gate Baptist
Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Grapevine,
Texas (1989-2003) before becoming as pastor of First Baptist Church in Bradenton
in 2003. He and his wife, Tracey, have two adult children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 21, 2003, p. 10.

ROBERT T. LINER

Robert T. Liner (1916-1997) served as pastor of churches in Louisiana, North
Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. He served in Florida at First Baptist Church,
Plymouth from 1945 to 1949, First Baptist Church of Avon Park, First Baptist
Church in Auburndale, McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, and Main Street
Baptist Church in Bartow.

Secondary Sources:
Florida Baptist Witness, March 24, 1949, p. 13; December 18, 1997.

HAROLD H. LINK

Harold H. Link died December 12, 1976, in Orlando, Florida. He was a graduate
of the University of Florida, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Prior to retirement, Link served as pastor of the following Baptist churches
in Florida. Groveland in Groveland, Eliam in Melrose, Philadelphia in McAlpin,
Oviedo, Williston, Key West, and Carrabelle. His last three years of ministry
were spent as a missionary in the Cayman Islands.
He and his wife, Smithie, had two sons and one daughter.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, January 22, 1976, p. 6.

H. S. LINTON

H. S. Linton (1805-1868) was an early pioneer pastor in Florida. In 1845 H. S. Linton was pastor of Elizabeth in Jefferson County, Ebenezer in Jefferson County, and Ocilla in Madison County. All of these churches were located in the Florida Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1845, p. 8.

SIDNEY H. LINTON

Sidney H. Linton was pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Jefferson County from 1845-1847. He also served as pastor of Ebenezer in Jefferson County and Ocilla in Madison County. All of those churches were located in the Florida Baptist Association.

 Sources: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1845, p. 8; 1869, p. 9.

CLYDE B. LIPSCOMB

Lipscomb,-Clyde

Clyde B. Lipscomb (1916-1992) served as pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church
in Jacksonville for 26 years (1953-1970). He was a native of Richmond, Virginia.
He was a graduate of the University of Richmond, and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was known for his pastoral work and community
involvement.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 21, 1992, p. 7.

BRUCE V. LISLE

Lisle,-Bruce-V.

Bruce V. Lisle served as the first part time bivocational director of missions
in the Florida Keys Association starting in 1980. He had served as associate
pastor at Big Coppitt Church and as chaplain of the Big Pine Key State Prison.
He also worked as a security officer with the Monroe County public school system.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 1980, p. 12.

WILLIAM B. LISTON

William B. Liston (1877-1943) was born in Hamilton County, Florida. He was ordained in 1906 and served as pastor in Central Florida for over 30 years. He and his wife Olive had five children: Cecil, Cephas, Jesse, Flora and Doshie.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, November 25, 1943, p. 2.

ELWOOD LITTLE

Little,-Elwood

Elwood Little attended Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida, Clark
Memorial College, and Hannibal LaGrange College. He served as pastor in Missouri
and Florida. In 1980 he went as pastor of Miller Memorial Church in Orlando.

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

THOMAS LITTLE, JR.

Thomas Little, Jr., graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida,
Louisiana College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Little served as pastor of Hillsdale Baptist Church near Anite, Louisiana, and
became pastor of First Baptist Church in Bratt in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 7, 1980, p. 6.

B. DURWOOD LOCKE

Locke,-B.-Durwood

B. Durwood Locke (1909-1990) worked with the Home Mission Board in Florida for
30 years. He participated in starting 188 missions with 139 of them becoming
churches. He served in the Tampa and Tallahassee area.
Locke was licensed to preach by First Baptist Church of Bonifay, and ordained
at First Baptist Church in Ponce deLeon. He attended Carson Newman College,
Stetson University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his
wife, Grace Poole Locke, were married for 52 years. They had one daughter, Laura,
and one son, John.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 24, 1990, p. 14.

JAMES L. LOCKE

Locke,-James-L.

James L. Locke graduated from Vanderbilt University and Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Forsyth,
Missouri (1995-2005) before becoming pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola
in 2005.
He and his wife, Judy, have two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 26, 2005, p. 7.

CARL J. LOGAN

Logan,-Carl

Carl J. Logan (May 18, 1957- ) was born in Mill Valley, California. He was converted
in 1988, and baptized at Pilgrim Baptist Church in San Mateo, California. He
was ordained there in 1993.
Logan attended Philander Smith College (B.A., 1979), and Golden Gate Theological
Seminary (M.Div., 1996). He has served in the ministry in California and Florida.
He has served as pastor of Providence Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville since
1998. He and his wife, Jacquelyn Renee, have two daughters, LaQuita and Brittiany,
and one son, Patrick.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

NORMAN LOGES

Norman Loges served as minister of education at First Baptist Church, Cross
City, and then in 1980, went as pastor of Friendship Church at Live Oak.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 17, 1980, p. 6.

G. W. LONG

The death of G. W. Long was reported in the 1875 Alachua Baptist Association
Minutes. He was a good and faithful minister of the gospel.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1875,
pp. 5-6.

MARK T. LONG

Mark T. Long (May 30, 1963- ) attended Mississippi College (B.A., 1985), and
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1988, Ph.D., 1995).
Dr. Long served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pass Christian, Mississippi
(1993-1994), Perkinston Baptist Church, Perkinston, Mississippi (1994-1999),
and First Baptist Church, Glendale in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (1999-2001).
He was licensed in 1981, and ordained in 1988 at First Baptist Church, Gulfport,
Mississippi.
Dr. Long married Stephanie MacInnis. They have two children; Michael born in
1994 and Mason born in 1998.
Dr. Long joined the faculty of the Baptist College of Florida in 2001 where
he teaches New Testament.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

STEWART I. LONG

Steward I. Long (1878-1951) served as a Baptist minister for 43 years. He served
in Sullivan, Valparaiso, Madison, Richmond, and Morgan City in Indiana. He served
as pastor of First Baptist Church, Sarasota, Florida, from 1926-1931.
Dr. Long was a veteran of the Spanish American War and of World War I. He served
as a chaplain in France with the 31st Division.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

VALDA LONG

Long,-Valda

Valda Long (1928-1984) was appointed a foreign missionary to Nigeria in 1956.
She taught and served as a nurse in Nigeria and Tanzania. Due to a need for
cancer treatment she returned to the United States in 1978. Long was the daughter
of Madison and Hazel Long of Ona.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 6, 1984, p. 7.

THEODORE LOTT

Theodore Lott (1925-2008) was the founding pastor of Florida Gardens Baptist Church in Lake Worth. He also served as pastor of Hobe Sound, Greenacres and West Boynton Baptist. Lott participated in dozens of mission projects to South America, Africa, Ukraine, India and Korea. He and his wife Vivian had one son Paul and daughters Elizabeth, Gail and Deborah.

         Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 2008, p. 17.

VIRGIL O. LOVETT

Virgil O. Lovett graduated from Valdosta State College and Luther Rice Seminary.
He taught high school for six years while serving as pastor of rural churches
and then served four years in music evangelism. In 2004 Lovett celebrated his
35th year (1969-2004) as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka. In the
35 years the church grew from 335 members to over 3,000 members. He and his
wife, Dianne, have three sons.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 30, 2004,

p. 15.

ANDREW MARTIN LOWERY

Andrew Martin Lowery (1855-1938) was the first pastor to serve Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola. in 1894. Lowery and his wife Mildred had nine children.

Source:
FBHS files

STEVE LOY

Steve Loy is a graduate of the Baptist College of Florida and 2014 became pastor of Spruce Creek Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. He and his wife Leah have one daughter.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 28, 2014, p. 4.

J. F. LUDWIG

J. F. Ludwig was pastor of Lemon City Baptist Church in 1907. In 1908 he was pastor of Lemon City, Dania, and Silver Palm.

Source: 1907 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 16.
1908 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, n. p.

DAVE LUNDIN

Dave Lundin served as pastor of First Baptist Church Callahan from 1966 to 1973.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

PHILIP H. LUNDY

Lundy,-Philip-H.

Philip H. Lundy (ca. 1812-1873) served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola,
in 1873. He was sent to the church by the Bethlehem Association. After only
eight months at the church, the lawyer-turned-minister died of the yellow fever.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay On the Hill,

pp. 65-67.

JILES B. LUNSFORD

Jiles B. Lunsford graduated from Stetson University and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. He served for eight years (1973-1980) as pastor of Forest
Park Baptist Church in Vero Beach. He retired there December 30, 1980.

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

J. T. LYNCH

J. T. Lynch served as pastor and on the State Board of Missions. He died in
1891. He was a young man who had shown great promise.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 15, 50.

C. H. LYONS

C. H. Lyons ( -1895) might have been the first Black minister hired by the State
Board of Missions. Late in 1894 the Board secured the services of Lyons to organize
and conduct institutes for other Black church leaders. He was jointly paid by
the State Board of Missions and the Convention of Black Baptists. Lyons set
up an Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, but died in July 1895, before the
program was fully operational.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Annual, 1895, p. 37.