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ELIHU MACY

Elihu Macy (1822-1900) was born in Northern Ohio in 1822. He was ordained to
the gospel ministry as a young man, and served churches in Ohio for a number
of years. About 1883 he moved to Lake Helen, Florida. Macy preached in school
houses and private dwellings, and organized the first Sunday School in Winnemisset.
A church of eight members was formed and later moved to Lake Helen where Macy
was the first pastor. He died on February 11, 1900, at age 78.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1900, p. 41.

JULIAN T. MADDOX

Julian T. Maddox (1904-1992) was ordained in 1939. He served as pastor of 18
churches in Georgia and Florida. He conducted numerous revivals in Georgia,
Florida, Alabama, and Texas. Maddox and his wife had one daughter, Winoma.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 16, 1992, p. 9.

SAMUEL EATON MADDOX

Samuel Eaton Maddox (1915-2003) was the most influential pastor in the Wiregrass
area of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama for fifty years.
Maddox was born February 26, 1915, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was the son
of Southern Baptist missionaries who served in Brazil for 43 years. His father
was Dr. Otis Pendleton Maddox of Rockport, Kentucky, and his mother was Effie
Roe Maddox of Springfield, Tennessee.
Maddox graduated from Georgetown College and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He had honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown (1951) and Samford
(1958).
Dr. Maddox served as an Army Chaplain in World War II, and served as pastor
in Alabama and Missouri. His wide denominational and civic service endeared
him to people every place he served. He was one of the few people who ever lived
out of state and served on the board of trustees of Baptist Bible Institute
in Graceville. He and his wife, Nadine, had three sons; Samuel, Jay, and David.
Dr. Maddox served in eighteen interim pastorates in Alabama and Florida after
his retirement.

Secondary Source: The Dothan Eagle, November 13, 2003, p. 28.

VOLLIE NOEL MAGGARD

Vollie Noel Maggard (1903- ) was born in Dewey, Virginia. He was the son of
Henry Maggard and Eva Bolling Maggard. He had one brother Burnice (1909) and
one sister Hattie (1906).
Maggard was converted at age 21, and baptized into the Fairview Baptist Church
of Ashland, Kentucky. He was ordained on December 23, 1933, at the Cannonsburg
Baptist Church of Ashland.
He married Olga Newman on February 23, 1924, at Ashland, Kentucky. They had
one child LeFaren born on November 15, 1924. Maggard worked for 22 years at
The American Rolling Mill Corporation where he served six years as foreman.
Maggard served as pastor at the Cannonsburg Baptist Church in Ashland, Kentucky
(1933-1938), Wurtland Baptist Church in Wurtland, Kentucky (1939-1944), and
First Baptist Church of Pine Castle, Florida (1948-1953).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN THOMAS MAPOLES

John Thomas Mapoles (1859-1918) served churches in Walton County and Santa Rosa County, Florida. Churches Mapoles served included Canoe Bluff, Pilgrim Rest, Yellow River, Milligan, New Hope, Pleasant Home, Spring Hill, Stump Springs, Macedonia and Magnolia.

Source:
FBHS files

FRED J. MARTIN, JR.

Fred J. Martin, Jr. (1926-) was born in Trenton, New Jersey. Martin pastored Heights Baptist Church, Pensacola from 1966-1977. In 1977, Martin became Director of Missions of the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association where he served until 1991.

Source:
FBHS files

WILEY FRANCIS MARTIN

Wiley Francis Martin was born November 12, 1841, in Georgia. On July 26, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, 18th Alabama Infantry, CSA, and was a camp and field hospital nurse. Captured near Jonesboro, Georgia, exchanged, and recaptured at Spanish Fort, Alabama, he was imprisoned at New Orleans and paroled May 10, 1865, in Mississippi. He pastored Molino, Klondike, and Pleasant Hill churches in Escambia County; Canoe Bluff, New Macedonia, New Hope, Pilgrim Rest, Baker, and Laurel Hill in present-day Okaloosa; Milton in Santa Rosa; Millville in Bay; DeFuniak Springs in Walton; and  several in south Alabama. In 1909, he applied for a Confederate pension from the state of Florida.  Denied because of three years he left his Florida home and pastored in south Alabama, the pension was granted June 1, 1921, in "An Act Granting a Pension to Wiley F. Martin" by the Florida State Legislature. He died December 22, 1922, in Pensacola, having "spent 56 years of his life in the ministry." He was buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Pensacola

Source: Florida Baptist Historical files

CLYDE LOUISE MERRILL MAGUIRE

Clyde Louise Merrill Maguire (1910-1995) was born in Heflin, Alabama, to a prominent
mission-minded family. Her father was a lawyer, circuit judge, and state legislature.
Her mother was a strong advocate of missions.
Clyde Louise Merrill married John Maguire on September 3, 1931. At that time
John Maguire was working in the Sunday School division of the Alabama Baptist
State Convention. She was a graduate of Alabama College (later became Montevallo
University) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.R.E.). She and
John had three children; John, Merrill, and Martha.
Clyde Maguire was author of seven books and co-author of four others with Agnes
Pylant. In 1985 the Florida State Mission Offering was named the Maguire State
Mission Offering in recognition of John and Clyde Maguire.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN HENRY MAGUIRE

Maguire,-John

John Henry Maguire (February 25, 1900-December 18, 1987) began his work as Executive
Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention on January 15, 1945. Dr.
Maguire and his wife, Clyde, came from Calvary Baptist Church in Birmingham,
Alabama where Dr. Maguire served as pastor. A home in Jacksonville on the southside,
within walking distance of the state headquarters, was purchased for $12,000
for the Maguires.
John Maguire was born in Brock, Oklahoma, in 1900. He obtained his early education
in St. Jo and San Marcos, Texas. He attended Howard Payne College in Texas,
George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary.
Dr. Maguire was pastor at Florals, Alabama from 1936 to 1939, and at Calvary
Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama from 1929 to 1944.
Florida Baptists know John and Clyde Maguire best because the annual state missions
offering is named after them.

Primary Source:
John Maguire Note in 1945 (Vol. 62) Florida Baptist Witness

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, January 18, 1945, p. 1, 4.

W. L. C. MAHON

Mahon,-W.-L.-C.

W. L. C. Mahon served as president of the State Board of Missions and for 26
years served as pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He died
on September 27, 1931.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1931, p. 22.

R. W. MAJOR

Major,-R.-W.

R. W. Major was born and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina. He graduated from
Erskine College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Major was pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Terra Haute, Indiana, for three
years (1941-1944), and then went as pastor of First Baptist Church, Fernandina.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 2, 1944, p. 8.

VERNON JUDSON MAJOR

Vernon Judson Major (September 4, 1903- ) was born at Arcadia, Indiana. He was
the son of Benjamin Judson and Nancy Elnora Vernon Major. He had two brothers,
Roma and George. He had four sisters; Grace, Mary, Elsie, and Margaret.
Major graduated from Walnut Grove High School in Arcadia, Indiana, in 1921.
He attended Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana (L.I. degree, 1926),
and the University of Florida (1937-1940).
He was converted on October 12, 1915, but was not baptized until October 12,
1943, when he was baptized into First Baptist Church of Palatka, Florida. He
married Mabel Alice Scott on September 4, 1924, at Noblesville, Indiana. He
and his wife had four children; Kendrick (1929), Meredith (1934), Lynlyn (9132),
and Jay (1942).
Major worked as a school teacher, school principal, county agriculture agent,
merchant, insurance and real estate agent, as well as pastor.
Major served as pastor of Paran Baptist Church in Gradin, Florida (1940-1946)
and East Palatka Baptist Church on two occasions

(1947-1955; 1955- ).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

R. H. MALCOLM

R. H. Malcolm was the second pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Winter Haven,
and served for over 28 years. He became pastor of Southside in November 1968.

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

GIDEON A. MALLETTE

Mallette,-Gideon

Gideon A. Mallette (1820-1891) graduated from Franklin College in 1842. He was
a Baptist preacher for 40 years. He was very active in the St. Marys River Association,
and owned a plantation near King s Ferry, Florida. He married three times. He
and Sarah, his first wife, had two children. He and his second wife, Susan Long,
had six children, and he and his third wife, Georgia Sheffield, had two children.

Secondary Source: History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard, Florida, p. 12.

PATRICK MALONE

Malone,-Patrick

Patrick Malone (March 14, 1953- ) was born in Miami, Florida. He attended Florida
State University (B.M.E.), (Ph.D., 1985) and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary (M.C.M., 1976).
Dr. Malone served as Minister of Music at Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church in
Lynchburg, Virginia from 1977 to 1982. He joined the music faculty of the Baptist
College of Florida in 1985.
Dr. Malone married Jacqueline Sims on August 7, 1976. They have two daughters;
Bonnie, born in 1979, and Erin, born in 1981.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

F. L. MALLORY

F. L. Mallory was pastor of South Olive Church in Miami in 1927.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 27.

S. P. MALONEY

S. P. Maloney was pastor at Ft. Lauderdale in 1912.

Source: 1912 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 32.

JAMES W. MANGUM

Mangum,-James

James W. Magnum (July 7, 1923- ) was born in Gadsden, Alabama. He married Jean
Minton, and they had two daughters, Sandra and Shelia. He served in the United
States Army in World War II. He attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville,
Alabama. He served as pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church in Hilliard from 1962
to 1965.

Secondary Source: History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard, Florida, p. 16.

REA MANGUM

Mangum,-Rea

Rea Mangum (1933-1989) served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Blountstown
for 16 years. He was a native of Notasulga, Alabama, and a graduate of Howard
College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as pastor
of Trinity Baptist Church in Marianna before going to Blountstown. He and his
wife, Myra, had two daughters, Robin and Judy.

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

CECIL MANN

Mann,-Cecil

Cecil Mann (1904-1983) was born July 22, 1904 and died June 3, 1983. He was
buried at Lake Wales, Florida. He and his wife, Neta Joiner Mann, had six sons
and one daughter. The children were Harley, Richard, Mike, Harry, Tom, Robert,
and Gladys.
Cecil Mann lived in Tampa during World War II and served as pastor of Bethany
in Myakka City. He had to eventually resign due to the fact that bus connections
were hard to make during the war.
In 1932 Mann was the organizing pastor of Lake Dale Baptist Church in the pine
woods. He had a pine stump as a pulpit and placed his Bible on the stump as
he preached. Joh Wilson a member of the Lake Dale congregation cut lumber to
build a house of worship and they used sawdust on the floor.

Secondary Source:
A. O. Hendry, Bethany Bible Church, 1888-1988, pp. 59-60.

J. T. MANN

J. T. Mann served as pastor at Rocky Grove in Jackson County, Florida, in 1873.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1873, p. 8.

NATHANIEL EDWARD MANN

Nathaniel Edward Mann (September 11, 1953-October 23, 1994) was born in Atlanta,
Georgia. He was raised in Forest Park, Sandy Springs, and Alpharetta, Georgia.
Mann was ordained in 1972 by the First Baptist Church of Alpharetta. He attended
Mercer (B.S., 1974) and Southwestern Baptist Theolgoical Seminary (M.Div., 1978;
D.Min., 1986). Mann served as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, Hiawassee,
Georgia (1971-1972), associate pastor at Rowland Hills Baptist Church in Stone
Mountain, Georgia (1973-1974), associate pastor, First Baptist Church, Perrin,
Texas (1975), pastor of Rock Creek Baptist Church, Mineral Wells, Texas (1975-1978). Mann married Gail Dixon of Jonesboro, Georgia, on December 29, 1974. They had
three daughters, Melissa (October 18, 1981), Marlene (February 5, 1984), and
Melody (September 28, 1986). Ed and Gail served as foreign missionaries in Brazil
from 1978-1990. Mann then served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone
Heights, Florida (1991-1993) before he was appointed to the faculty of Florida
Baptist Theological College as Assistant Professor of Evangelism. Mann and his
father-in-law, William W. Dixon, Sr., died in a tragic private plane crash on
Sunday, October 23, 1994, near Abbeville, Alabama.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

TIM MANN

Tim Mann is a graduate of Luther Rice Seminary and has served as pastor in Missouri and North Carolina. In 2007 Mann became pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 23, 2007, p. 4.

A. M. MANNING

A. M. Manning (March 8, 1830- ) was born in Butler County, Alabama. He was the
son and grandson of Baptist preachers in North Carolina. His parents were Benjamin
and Sylvia Manning and his grandparents were Benjamin and Charity Manning. The
whole family left North Carolina, first to Washington County, Georgia, then
later to Butler County, Alabama, where A. M. Manning was born in 1830.
The parents of Manning moved to Florida soon after he was born. He then spent
his life in Florida and Thomas County, Georgia.
Manning attended Fletcher Institute in Thomasville, and medical school at the
University of Louisiana where he graduated in 1852. He practiced medicine for
ten years in Florida and Thomas County, Georgia. In 1862 he then gave up a lucrative
practice to become a Baptist minister.
Manning was baptized by G. R. Moore in 1853, into the Oak Grove Baptist Church
of Leon County. In 1861 he was called as pastor of the Olive Church in Jefferson
County, Florida, and later served Summer Hill Church.
Dr. Manning was married twice. He married Emily B. Raines of Thomas County,
Georgia, on July 17, 1855. He then married Miss M. R. McCormick of Brooks County,
Georgia, on November 3, 1875.

Secondary Source:
History of the Baptist Denomination of Georgia Compendium, 1881, p. 356.
Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1867, P. 17.

BENJAMIN MANNING

Benjamin Manning was the first pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Jefferson
County which was the first church to be established in the Florida Baptist Association.
The church appears to have been organized in 1828.

Secondary Source:
1931 Florida Baptist Association Minutes, Historical Sketch of the Ebenezer
Baptist Church.
The Florida Baptist Association. The First One Hundred Years, by Doak S. Campbell.

J. A. MAPLES

J. A. Mapoles was pastor of Goulds Baptist Church in 1923.

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

LEWIS E. MAPLES

Lewis E. Maples graduated from William Jewell College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1967 he became pastor of FBC of Miami Beach. Maples wrote widely for the Sunday School Board and was author of “Wings Over Europe” and “Five Minds of a Minister.”

Source: The Miami News, September 9, 1967.

HAL MARCHMAN

Hal Marchman (1919- ) served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Daytona
for 27 years. He is actually known world wide as the Chaplain of the Daytona
International Speedway.
Marchman, a Georgia native, served in the Navy in World War II. After leaving
the military, Marchman and his wife, Mary, bought a grocery store on Beach Street
in Daytona Beach. It was there that Marchman felt called to the ministry and
his life was turned from being an alcoholic to an ordained minister. Marchman
graduated from Stetson University in 1950, and from The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary in 1954. He became a student of the needs of the alcoholic out of his
own personal needs, Alcoholics Anonymous, special studies at the Florida School
of Alcoholic Studies, and the Regional Conference on Alcoholic Studies at Biloxi,
Mississippi.
Marchman helped found the Stewart Treatment Center in Daytona Beach in 1971.
He is widely known as a community minister and friend.

Secondary Source:
The Orlando Sentinel, April 21, 1987, p. 3.
The Florida Baptist Witness, September 20, 1984.

CLIFFORD MARITY, JR.

Marity,-Clifford

Clifford Marity, Jr. (1934-October 11, 2002) helped start 150 churches in predominantly
African American communities in South Florida. Marity served as pastor of churches
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Ontario, California. From 1983-1987, he was the
director of Black ministry at the Calvary Arrowhead Baptist Association in California.
He served as pastor in Florida at the Tangelo Baptist Church in Orlando (1990-1995),
and the Community Baptist Church in Miami (19881989).
Marity was converted at age 21 and baptized at the Zion Baptist Church in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. He was called to preach and ordained in 1978 by the Friendship Baptist
Church of Ontario, California.
Marity served as the President of the Florida African American Southern Baptist
Fellowship, and as South Florida Regional Director for the Florida Baptist Convention
s African American Church Planting Department from January 1996 through March
2002.
Dr. Marity attended the University of LaVerne in LaVerne, California (B.A.,
1980), the American Baptist Seminary of the West in West Covina, California
(M.A., 1983), and the Logor Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida (D.Min.,
1999).

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 24, 2002.
Florida Baptist Historical files

PHILIP MARK

Philip Mark served 25 years in the United States Navy, and in 2005 became pastor of Valley Road Baptist Church in Crestview. He and his wife, Yevonne, have two daughters.

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

HENRY E. MARLOW

Marlow,-Henry

Henry E. Marlow (1903-1972) was born in Dahlonega, Georgia. He was the son of
John Wesley Marlow and Elvira Stargel Marlow. He had one brother, John (1996),
and four sisters; Nina (1882), Ellen (1884), Nellie (1888), and Beulah (1895).
He was raised in Winder, Georgia (1903-1906), Monroe, Georgia (1907-1911), and
Lawrenceville, Georgia (1912-1923).
Marlow attended Chattahoochee High School in Clermont, Georgia, and Furman University
in Greenville, South Carolina. He received the Th.G. degree from The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in 1928. He married Lou Zova Parrish on January
6, 1923, at Dahlonega, Georgia. They had four children; Violet (1923), Elma
(1925), Erma (1934), and Greta. Marlow worked as a minister, coal miner, machinist,
and cabinet maker.
Marlow was converted at age 17, and baptized into Suwanee Baptist Church in
Suwanee, Georgia in July 1921. He was ordained at the First Baptist Church of
LaFollette, Tennessee, in August 1925. Marlow served as pastor of the following
Baptist churches: Bullit Lick, Shepherdsville, Kentucky (1926-1928), Guston
in Guston, Kentucky (1927-1928), Hills Park, Atlanta (1929-1930), Davington,
Greenville, South Carolina (1931), Sardis, Marietta, Georgia (1934-1937), Spring
Street, Smyrna, Georgia (1938-1942), Park Place, Pensacola, Florida (1943-1949),
Caney Creek in DeFuniak Springs, Florida (1950), Klondike, Pensacola, Florida
(1950-1951), and Northside, Pensacola, Florida (1950-1970).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Florida Baptist
Witness, April 20, 1972, p. 8.

R. F. MARLOW

R. F. Marlow (1814-1886) was born in North Carolina. He was a lay preacher and known for his piety, memorization of Scripture, and home worship services.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1886, p. 16.
Florida Baptist Witness, Sept. 23, 1886, p. 1.

GUY H. MARLOWE

Guy H. Marlowe (1910-1984) served as pastor in Alabama, and at Northwood Baptist
Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. He and his wife, Elsie, had one daughter,
Martha, and one son, Guy Jr.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 12, 1984, p. 6.

AUBREY B. MARTIN

Aubrey B. Martin (December 29, 1905-March 3, 1975) was born near Pittsboro,
Mississippi. His family moved to Florida on March 11, 1911.
In 1919 Martin fell from a tree and lost his eyesight. He attended the State
School for the Blind and later graduated from Stetson University (B.A., 1932)
and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1935; Ph.D., 1937).
Martin served as pastor of Oak-Griner Baptist Church in Ocala in 1938 and spent
eight years in pastoral work in that area.
From 1946 to 1950 he served as head of the New Testament Department of the Bible
Baptist Seminary of Fort Worth. From 1950 to 1953 he served as president and
head of the Bible department of Immanual College of Indiana, Pennsylvania. He
and his son later served as professosrs at the Tennessee Temple schools. He
married Pearl Everett Brown on May 11, 1928.

Secondary Source: James Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Church, pp. 43-46.

C. P. MARTIN

C. P. Martin served as pastor of First Baptist Church Barton and died in 1891.

Secondary Source: South Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1891, p. 11.

DAVID MARTIN

David Martin served as pstor of Wekiwa Springs Baptist Church in Apopka from
1974 to 2005, the time of his retirement.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 17, 2005, p. 9.

CARROLL LAUREN MARTIN

Carroll Lauren Martin (July 4, 1904-October 29, 1973) was born in Calhoun City,
Mississippi. His father was a Baptist preacher and was called to be pastor of
Floral City Baptist Church on March 7, 1911, so the family moved to Florida.
Martin married Ana Maye Adams of Dunnellon on April 22, 1933. He was called
to preach on November 10, 1940, and later served as pastor at Pedro, Summerfield,
Citra, Oak-Griner, and Coleman.

Secondary Source: James Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Church, pp. 64-76.

CHARLES H. MARTIN

Charles H. Martin died March 3, 1922 in Florida Sanitarium at Orlando. Martin
was from Kentucky and served as a pastor there before coming to Florida. He
served as a missionary pastor in Peace River Association for seven years.

Secondary Source: Peace River Baptist Association Minutes, 1922, p. 32.

CHARLES MARTIN

Charles Martin served at Indian Rocks Baptist Church for 37 years (1971-2008) and retired as pastor in 2008.

        Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 6, 2008, p. 11.

DAVID MARTIN

David Martin served as pastor of Wekiwa Springs Baptist Church in Apopka from 1974-2005. He retired in 2005 and he and his wife, Elaine, have four children.

        Secondary Source:

        Florida Baptist Witness, March 25, 2004, p. 1; March 17, 2005, p. 9.

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H. C. MARTIN

H. C. Martin, one of the pioneers of Florida died _____ at a ripe age,
and throughout his ministry accomplished great good.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual 1912, p. 76

JACK RAYMOND MARTIN

Martin,-Jack-Raymond

Jack Raymond Martin (1919-2000) former pastor of Westside Baptist Church in
New Port Richey died March 24, 2000. He moved to Tampa in 1939, from his native
South Carolina. He and his wife, Doris, had three daughters, Patricia, Dorothy,
and Kathy, and one son, Jack.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 1, 2000.

J. E. MARTIN

Martin,-J.-E.

J. E. Martin served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Bartow, Florida (1923-1944),
and as president of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1944-1945. He died August
4, 1957, in Orlando, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 15, 1957, p. 12.

JOE J. MARTIN

Joe J. Martin died of a heart attack on June 6, 1985. He had served for 26 years
as pastor of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Jacksonville before his retirement
in 1979. Martin was a native of Nashville, and served as a Baptist preacher
for over 40 years. He and his wife, Grace, had a son, Ronald.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 13, 1985, p. 7.

W. C. MARTIN

W. C. Martin of Fort Myers died in 1914.

Secondary Source: Peace River Baptist Association Minutes, 1914,
p. 17.

WILEY FRANCIS MARTIN

Wiley Francis Martin was born November 12, 1841, in Georgia. On July 26, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, 18th Alabama Infantry, CSA, and was a camp and field hospital nurse. Captured near Jonesboro, Georgia, exchanged, and recaptured at Spanish Fort, Alabama, he was imprisoned at New Orleans and paroled May 10, 1865, in Mississippi. He pastored Molino, Klondike, and Pleasant Hill churches in Escambia County; Canoe Bluff, New Macedonia, New Hope, Pilgrim Rest, Baker, and Laurel Hill in present-day Okaloosa; Milton in Santa Rosa; Millville in Bay; DeFuniak Springs in Walton; and  several in south Alabama. In 1909, he applied for a Confederate pension from the state of Florida.  Denied because of three years he left his Florida home and pastored in south Alabama, the pension was granted June 1, 1921, in "An Act Granting a Pension to Wiley F. Martin" by the Florida State Legislature. He died December 22, 1922, in Pensacola, having "spent 56 years of his life in the ministry." He was buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Pensacola

Source: Florida Baptist Historical files

RAMON MARTINEZ

Martinez,-Ramon

Ramon Martinez is a native of Colon, Cuba. He is a graduate of California Baptist
College and Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He
served as pastor of Templo Bautista in Fresno, California. In 1973 he became
Language Missions Coordinator for the Miami Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 4, 1973, p. 10.

ROGER WILLIAMS MASLIN

Roger Williams Maslin (December 14, 1924- ) was born in Litchfield, Pennsylvania.
He was the son of Robert Matthew Maslin and Ruth Decker Maslin. His father was
a machinist and his mother was a housewife. He had two brothers, Donald (1920)
and Paul (1922), and six sisters; Pearle (1926), Grace (1929), Elizabeth (1930),
Vivian (1932), Janice (1934), and Rita (1939).
Maslin was raised in Bradford, Pennsylvania (1924-1942), and finished high school
at Athens High School in Athens, Pennsylvania. He attended Wheaton College (B.A.,
1948), Baylor University (M.A., 1951), The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary (B.D., 1957) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry, 1975).
Maslin was converted at age 17, and baptized into the Calvary Baptist Church
in Athens, Pennsylvania. He was ordained in 1948 at the Harmony Baptist Church
in Detroit, Michigan.
Maslin married Martha Craven on March 27, 1948, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
They had two children, Mark (1952), and Cynthia (1955). He served as pastor
at East Maine Baptist Church in Des Plaines, Illinois (1948-1951), West End Baptist
Church in Paducah, Kentucky (1952-1955), Willisburg Baptist Church, Willisburg,
Kentucky (1956-1957), Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, Florida
(1958), Westside Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, Florida, First Baptist Church,
Dunedin, Florida (1968-1979), Wilson Grove Baptist Church, Mint Hill,
North Carolina (1979-1982),and Westview Baptist Church, Sanford, Florida (1983-1989)
where he retired and now lives in Melbourne, Florida. .

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ROY MASON

Roy Mason was pastor of Buffalo Avenue Baptist Church in Tampa in 1944, and
they were the first Baptist church in Florida to regularly broadcast gospel
services over the entire state of Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 6, 1944, p. 16.

MILO H. MASSEY

Massey,-Milo

Milo H. Massey served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna from 1928
to 1940, when he retired. He and his wife, Kate, and daughter, Carolyn, lived
through the depression times while at Marianna. They lived and served sacrificially.

Secondary Source: Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 9-13.

H. K. MASTELLER

H. K. Masteller served as pastor of churches in North Carolina and Florida.
He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Palatka, and Beulah Church in
St. Johns River Association. Masteller died June 28, 1963. He and his wife,
Helen, had one son, Daryl.

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

HELEN MASTERS

Masters,-Helen

Helen Masters (November 1, 1922-August 18, 1984) was born in Miami. She graduated
from Mather School of Nursing at Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, and
Stetson University In Deland, Florida. She studied midwifery at Maternity Center
Association in New York City, and became a certified nurse-midwife.
Masters was appointed by the Foreign Mission Board as a nurse to Nigeria. She
served in Ogbomosho, Iwo, Eka, Ire, and Okuta. She served there 30 years from
1950 to 1980, then became missionary-in-residence for the Florida Baptist Convention
from 1981 to 1984.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 23, 1984, p. 7.

WALTER ELISHA MATHENY

Walter Elisha Matheny (1909-1971) died August 24, 1971, in Winter Haven. He
was a native of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Matheny served Florida churches
as pastor of Inman Park in Winter Haven, Cork, Ozona, Northside in Ruskin, Carters
Corner in Lakeland, and Eloise in Lake Wales.
Matheny and his wife, Elaine Smith Matheny, had two daughters, Deanne and Darlene.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 9, 1971, p. 9.

DEWITT T. MATHEWS

DeWitt T. Mathews retired in 2007 after 38 years in the ministry. He served as pastor of Holmes Creek, Chipley; First Baptist Church, Port St. Joe; First Baptist Church, Sanford; First Baptist Church Palmetto; Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia and worked also with the James Robinson Ministries. He and his wife, Rebecca have, two children, Todd and Toni.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 18, 2007, p. 15

ARTHUR WILLIAM MATHIS

Mathis,-Arthur-W.

Arthur William Mathis (1891-1974) was born in Cecil Georgia. He graduated from
Norman Institute, Mercer University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He served as pastor in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida. Mathis served
as pastor of First Baptist Church in Fort Meade (1921-1927), Seminole Heights
Baptist Church in Tampa (1927-1951), and Franklin Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville
(19511960).
Mathis and his wife, Virginia Chaffin Mathis, had one daughter, Mrs. Helen Hays,
who served as a missionary to Japan, and one son, William, who served as a dean
at the University of North Carolina.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 28, 1974.
F. Calvin Parker, The Life and Ministry of A. W. Mathis.

BUDDY T. MATHIS

Buddy T. Mathis (1934-2005) served as pastor of Aripeka, Bethel, Land O’Lakes, Calvary (Holiday), and Hicks Road Baptist Church in Hudson. He and his wife Barbara had a son Gregg and four daughters; Susanne, Beth, Kayron and Jeanne.

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

CLIFFORD MATTHEWS

Clifford Matthews (1934-  ) was born in Troy, Alabama and graduated from Samford University (B. A., 1955) and New Orleans Theological Seminary (B. D., 1958). Clifford married Peggy June Galloway and they have two children, Wanda and Paul.
Clifford served as pastor in Alabama (1952-1958) and he and Peggy served with the Home Mission Board in the Canal Zone (1962-1964) and New York (1965-1984). Clifford served as Director of Church Extension for the Florida Baptist Convention from 1984-1996. He then served as pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Troy, Alabama (1997-2003) and as adjunct professor at the Baptist College of Florida (2000-2006).C
lifford has served as interim pastor and interim Director of Missions and Church Planting Consultant with the Florida Baptist Convention (2003-present).

Source: FBHS files.

W. W. MAUND

In the 1851 Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, W. W. Maund was listed as
the pastor of Antioch Church in Wakulla County.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1851, p. 2.

MICHAEL MATZEN

Michael Matzen went as pastor of First Baptist Church, Maitland in 2004. Matzen
is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and served previously
on the church staff at First Baptist Church, Apopka.
Matzen and his wife, Regina, have two sons.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 26, 2004, p. 10.

JOHN PHILIP MAXWELL

Maxwell,-John-P.-Sr.

John Philip Maxwell (August 19, 1911- ) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He
was the son of Clarence B. Maxwell and Lottie Mae Howell Maxwell. His father
was a government auditor and his mother was a housewife. Maxwell had one brother,
Clarence (1908), and one sister, Margaret (1923).
Maxwell was raised in Little Rock (1911-1919) and Phoenix, Arizona (1919-1933).
He graduated from Phoenix High School in 1929. He attended Baylor University
(B.A., 1936), and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.R.E., 1942).
He married Ann Hasseltine Stallworth on June 3, 1937, in Beatrice, Alabama.
They had three children; Ann (1940), John Philip, II (1943), and Margaret (1946).
Maxwell was converted at age eight, and baptized into the Calvary Baptist Church
of Phoenix, Arizona. He served as Minister of Education in Knoxville, Tennessee,
and Birmingham, Alabama. He then became the pastor of First Baptist Church in
Stuart, Florida (1944-1948). He also served as pastor at Ancient City in St.
Augustine (1948-1954), Palm Avenue in Tampa (1954-1957), and then served as
the Southern Baptist Convention Relief and Annuity Board representative in Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, March 1, 1990, p. 15.
The Long Road With God. . . a living history of Ancient City Baptist Church
1887-1987, pp. 52-53.

E. FOREST MAY

E. Forest May (September 15, 1913-February 1, 1952) was born in Geneva, Alabama,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. May. He married Kathleen Adams of Sanford, Florida.
They had three children; Forest Jr., Lucinda, and Kirk.
May was a graduate of the University of Florida, and was the first man to receive
a Master s degree from Florida State University at Tallahassee after it became
coeducational.
May served as pastor at Eau Gallie and McIntosh. He was pastor at Greensboro
(1946-1952) at the time of his death, and was also serving as the moderator
of the newly formed Gadsden Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 7, 1952, p. 13.

JAMES L. MAYO, JR.

James L. Mayo, Jr. was pastor of Warrington Baptist Church, Pensacola (1960-1980). Mayo and his wife Lucile have three children.

Source:
FBHS files

BRUCE MAYHEW

Bruce Mayhew graduated from the University of Georgia and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2006 he went to Killarney Baptist Church in Winter Park as pastor. He and his wife, Julia, have three daughters.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 8, 2007, p. 11

MARK MAYHEW

Mark Mayhew (1962- ) is a native of Daytona Beach. He graduated from the Baptist College of Florida in 1997. Mayhew served as pastor of the Second Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Panama City and Friendship Baptist Church in Marianna. In 2006 Mayhew was named African American Church Planting regional director for Northwest Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 23, 2006, p. 4.

TIMOTHY MAYNARD

Timothy Maynard graduated from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY. and received his D. Min. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He became
pastor of Fruit Cove Baptist Church in Jacksonville in 1993.

Secondary Source: FBHS files

SAM T. MAYO

Sam T. Mayo and his wife, Hazel Hunt Mayo, were the first couple appointed to
work with migrant people in the Southern Baptist Convention. He and Hazel were
appointed in 1948 to work with the agriculture immigrants on the eastern seaboard.
They worked primarily in Maryland, Georgia, and Florida.
The Home Mission Board appointed the Mayo s when they were serving at a church
in Rochelle, Georgia.
Mayo died March 5, 1957, in Montezuma, Georgia. At the time of his death the
Home Mission Board had three missionary couples working with two million migrants.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 14, 1957, p. 5.

JONATHAN FLEMING BINGHAM MAYS

Jonathan Fleming Bingham Mays (April 4, 1827-December 31, 1883) was born in
Surry County, North Carolina. He was the son of F. B. and
M. Tharp Mays who were from Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The mother of Mays
died and his father took him back to the Military Institute at Lexington. He
became a member of the Baptist church on January 1, 1853. Mays was ordained
to preach by the Lexington Church in April 1853. He received the A.M. degree
from Wake Forest College in 1858. He finished his formal studies at the Presbyterian
Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, and was ordained by the Baptist Church
in Greenville, South Carolina. He later became pastor at Greenville. He received
the D.D. degree from Union University in 1872.
On January 10, 1860, Mays married Sarah R. Durham of Charlotte, North Carolina.
He traveled widely raising endowments funds for The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. In 1861 Mays became pastor of the Baptist Church at Talladega, Alabama,
and then served as pastor in Jackson, Tennessee.
After the death of his first wife, Mays married Mrs. M. J. Shepherd in Knoxville,
Tennessee, where he also served as pastor. Due to health problems Mays moved
to Florida. He became pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He
served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from 1880-1882. He
later became pastor of the Baptist Church at Apopka in Orange County where he
died in 1883.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1884, p. 35. Florida Baptist
Witness, March 14, 1957, p. 5. Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, p. 104.

RHYDON GRIGSBY MAYS

Mays,-Rhydon-G.

Rhydon Grigsby Mays (Ocotber 15, 1801- ) was the son of General Samuel and Nancy
Grigsby Mays, and a brother of Richard Johnson Mays, the first Florida Baptist
Convention president.
Rhydon married his cousin Sara Butler Smith. They settled at Orange Mills on
St. Johns River just south of Jacksonville. He developed a lovely estate there
and his wife, Sara, reportedly planted Florida s first orange grove during the
Civil War. He was a delegate to the Florida Secession Convention in January
1861.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Samuel Edward Mays, Genealogy of the Mays Family and Related Families to 1929.

RICHARD JOHNSON MAYS

Mays,-Richard-J.

Richard Johnson Mays (January 22, 1808- July 18, 1864) and his wife, Eliza Williams
Mays, migrated to Florida from Edgefield District, South Carolina. Mays was
21 and Eliza was 14 when they married in 1829. They moved to Florida, and for
awhile settled near Lake Sampala in the southern part of Madison County. In
about 1833 they moved to the northern part of Madison County and established
the Clifton Mansion. Mays acquired large holdings of real estate and became
an imposing figure as a religious, civic, and cultural leader. Mays owned thousands
of acres of land and had several hundred slaves. He established Mays Academy
on his plantation, and served as clerk at the Hickstown Church (now First Baptist
Church, Madison). He helped organize Concord Church, and was ordained as pastor
there in 1841. Mays was also the guiding hand in organizing the Monticello Church
in 1841, and served as the pastor of the church.
In 1836, Mays, as a delegate, attended the constitutional convention that met
at St. Joseph to frame the constitution of the State of Florida. Mays donated
20 acres of land for the building of Concord Baptist Church. The church was
constituted on June 20, 1841, with Richard and Eliza Mays as charter members.
Mays was licensed and then ordained to preach in October 1841, and soon became
their pastor. It was in the parlor of Richard and Eliza Mays that the Florida
Baptist Convention was organized on November 20, 1854. Mays served as the first
president.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Gordon Crawford Reeves, A History of Florida Baptists, pp. 20-21.
Earl Joiner, A History of Florida Baptists, p. 24.

SAMUEL MAYS

Samuel Mays (1760-1816) was born in Virginia and never lived in Florida, but
his offspring made a tremendous impact upon the state.
Mays married Mary Butler, the daughter of General James Butler. Samuel served
in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, attaining the rank of General.
Samuel and Mary had ten children.
Five of the Mays children lived in Florida, and made wonderful contributions
to the state. The five were James Butler (1798), Rhydon Grigsby (1801), Richard
Johnson (1808), Caroline (1808), and Dannette (1810).
James, Richard, and Dannette lived in Madison. Rhydon lived at Orange Mills,
and Caroline (wife of Dr. T. W. Brevard) lived in Tallahassee.
Many scholars, soldiers, and statesmen came from this family.

Secondary Source:
Samuel Edward Mays, Geneology of the Mays Family (1929)
Samuel Elias Mays, Geneological Notes on the Family of Mays

JIMMY McADAMS

Jimmy McAdams (1946- ) attended Truett-McConnell College, West Georgia College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Nova University. He served as pastor in Georgia and also served in the administration of Georgia and South Carolina Children’s Homes. McAdams served as President of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes from 2002-2007. He and his wife Connie have two children Wendy and Joy.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 2, 2006, p. 5.

JAMES A. McALEECE

James A. McAleece (1935-2004) served in the United States Coast Guard for 16
years. He was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
McAleece served churches in Connecticut, Georgia, and Florida for 38 years.
At the time of his death he was pastor of Griffin Baptist Church (1998-2004).
He and his wife, Nancy, had three children; Wade, Antonette, and Teresa.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 3, 2005, p. 15.

WILLIAM STUART McARTHUR

William Stuart McArthur (1943- ) was born in Ashford, Alabama. He attended Auburn
University (B.S., 1971; M.S., 1986), and received training in numerous United
States Air Force settings. He taught at Opelike Junior High School; Opelika
State Technical College; Southern Union Junior College; George Wallace Community
College, and went to the Baptist College of Florida in 1998 in the field of
mathematics. He and his wife, Fran Smith McArthur, live in Ashford, Alabama.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JAMES McCALL

James McCall served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Bonifay, and as pastor
of First Baptist Church in Sebring (1983-1993). He then served as chaplain of
Florida Baptist Theological College. He and his wife, Mary Alice, are now retired
and living in Sebring.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 15, 1993, p. 10.

M. N. MCCALL

M. N. McCall (1792-1885) was from Scriven County, Georgia. He had three sons in the Baptist ministry.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 7, 1885, p. 2.

J. W. P. McCALL

J. W. P. McCall served as pastor in 1845 of Concord Baptist Church near Madison
in the Florida Baptist Association. He was one of the first 100 Baptist preachers
in Florida.

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

W. C. McCALL

W. C. McCall (    -1906) served as a Florida Baptist state evangelist and died in 1906.

Source: 1906 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 10-11.

HUGH B. McCALLUM

Hugh B. McCallum ( -January 1883) came to Florida from South Carolina in 1867.
He was a native of Tennessee. His only pastorate in Florida was at Lake City.
For a few years he published The Florida Baptist. He was known as a forceful
writer and speaker. He died in 1883 in Jacksonville of consumption.
An advertisement on the back cover of the 1873 Florida Baptist Associational
Minutes lists McCallum as The Florida Baptist editor and
J. H. Tomkies, T. E. Langley and J. G. McCall as corresponding editors.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1883, pp. 33-35.
Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1873.

ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL MCCANTS

Archibald Campbell McCants (1832-1886) was born in Monticello, Florida, and was saved in 1852. He studied medicine in Charleston, S. C., and Philadelphia, Pa. In 1856 he married Julia Clark who died in 1857. In 1858 he married Miss S. S. Matthews. He served as a physician in the Confederate Army and in 1875 he surrendered to the call to preach. He was ordained in Jacksonville and served out his ministry in the Monticello area.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOSEPH McCANTS

The death of Joseph McCants (ca 1807-1872) was reported in the 1872 Florida
Baptist Associational Minutes. Brother McCants was a minister and a member of
the Monticello Church at the time of his death. He was 65 years old when he
died.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1872, p. 7.

JOHN I. McCULLUM

John I. McCullum was pastor of Goulds Baptist Church in 1943.

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

T. E. McCUTHEN

T. E. McCutchen was pastor of Ojus Baptist Church in 1926.

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

MIKE McGOUGH

Mike McGough was licensed and ordained by the First Baptist Church of Niceville in 1975. He graduated from the University of West Florida and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Canada. He served as dean of the School of Christian Service at Oklahoma Baptist University where he taught 19 years. In 2008 he became pastor of FBC Niceville. He and his wife, Nancy, have one son.

         Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 7, 2008, p. 15.

JAMES GARLAND McCASKEY

James Garland McCaskey (1831- ) was sent by the Home Mission Board of the Southern
Baptist Convention on a missionary tour to Florida in the spring of 1885. McCaskey
traveled by horse back from Georgiana, Alabama to Palmetto, Florida.
McCaskey was impressed with Lakeland started the First Baptist Church there
in May 1885 meeting at the Lewis M. Ballard general store on West Main Street.
There were twelve charter members and the McCaskey family came down from Alabama
in December 1885.
James Garland McCaskey was born in 1831 in North Carolina and moved with his
family to Alabama in 1845. He was ordained 1864 at the request of the Mount
Gilead Church, where he later served as pastor.

Secondary Source:
Alice M. Muir, A Historic Sketch. The First Baptist Church, Lakeland 1885-1945.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

THOMAS V. McCAUL

McCaul,-Thomas-V.

Thomas V. McCaul (November 25, 1878-November 1972) was born in Plantation, Virginia.
He was the son of William W. McCaul and Indiana Williamson Bowles McCaul. McCaul
grew up in Kitywan (1878-1879), Westover (1879-1883), North Ben (1883-1888),
and Richmond (1888-1902), Virginia. He graduated from Richmond High School in
1898, the University of Richmond with his B.A., in 1902, the University of Virginia
with a M.A. in 1908, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with the
Th.M. in 1905. He received the D.D. degree from the University of Richmond in
1925, and from Stetson University in 1941.
Dr. McCaul was converted at age 12, and baptized into the Grace Street Baptist
Church of Richmond, Virginia. He was ordained June 22, 1904, at the same church.
On July 29, 1908, McCaul married Waldine
B. Searce at Georgetown, Kentucky. They had one child, Thomas, born on December
30, 1910.
Dr. McCaul served as pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Providence, Kentucky
(1904-1906), Gordonsville Baptist in Gordsonsville, Virginia (1906-1908), Organe
Baptist in Orange, Virginia (1908-1909), Clemson Baptist in Clemson, South Carolina
(1909-1917), Thomas Memorial Baptist in Bennettsville, South Carolina (1919-1922),
and First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida (1922-1949). Dr. McCaul served
in many denominational positions. After retirement he served as interim in 28
Baptist churches.

Primary Source:
T. V. McCaul Memoirs

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, December 30, 1948.

CHARLES W. McCLELLAND
Charles W. McClelland (1939-2004) was a native of Eaton Park. He and his wife,
Verdie, served for 27 years (1969-1996) with the Southern Baptist International
Mission Board in Zimbabwe and South Africa. At the time of his death he was
serving as pastor of New Home Baptist Church in Lakeland. He and his wife had
five children; Brenda, Sandra, Karen, Charles, and Michael.

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

STEVEN WASHINGTON McCLELLAND

Steven Washington McClelland (February 7, 1874-July 26, 1950) was born in Lakeland
Highlands, Polk County, Florida. He attended school near Haskell, Florida. At
age 17 he joined Gapway Baptist Church, and was ordained there in 1907.
On Christmas Day, 1892, McClelland married Effie Virginia Mcinnis in Polk County,
Florida. McClelland served as pastor at Medulla, Highland City, Gapway (three
times), Bowling Green, New Home, Mt. Tabor, Oak Grove, Midway, Spring Head,
Dover, Bethany, and Cork Academy in the South Florida Association.
McClelland was well known as an evangelist in Hillsborough and Polk Counties.
He and his wife had seven children; Flossie (1893), Norman (1895), Earnest (1901),
Henry (1904), Angus (1908), John (1913), and Effie.
McClelland encouraged and assisted many young men to go into the ministry. He
died in Bartow, Florida, in 1950. Don Miley, whom he ordained, conducted his
funeral. Active pallbearers were sons in the ministry. They included M. J. Schult,
Harry DeVane, Frank Farris, Bascom Sutton, T. F. O Steen, and T. E. Ellerbe.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

NITA McCOLLOUGH

Nita McCollough died May 1, 1992 in Tallahassee. She was a native of Lee. She
served as a Southern Baptist foreign missionary in Nigeria for 35 years (1953-1988).
McCullough was a graduate of Florida State and New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 28, 1992, p. 10.

F. C. McCONNELL

F. C. McConnell died May 24, 1958. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church
in Jacksonville, Florida from 1930 to 1940, and then as pastor of First Baptist
Church in Anderson, South Carolina, from 1940 to 1955.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 5, 1958, p. 12. Belton S. Wall,
Jr. A Tale To Be Told.

LINCOLN McCONNELL

Lincoln McConnell served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from
1929-1930. In 1930 the church had 2,162 members and a budget of $62,387.

Secondary Source: Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, pp. 102-104.

H. P. McCORMICK

H. P. McCormick (1896-1975) was appointed by the Foreign Mission Board of the
Southern Baptist Convention in 1920. He served for a total of 40 years in Nigeria
and Hawaii. He retired in 1960. He was an educator and led in the development
of the Baptist College in Iwo, Nigeria, and in the formation of Hawaii Baptist
Academy in Honolulu.
McCormick and his wife, Mary Catherine Reeks from Tampa, had two daughters,
Kathleen and Betty Jean, and one son, William.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 16, 1975, p. 6.

MURRAY J. McCULLOUGH

McCullough,-Murray-J.

Murray J. McCullough (1919-1987) served as a pastor from 1952 to 1967. He served
the Peace River, Royal Palm, and Southwest Florida Baptist Associations. He
had served with the Florida Baptist Convention. He was especially known for
his innovative work with National Baptists. He assisted First Baptist Church
in Sarasota in sponsoring the first Black mission in the state. He and his wife,
Jessie, had a daughter, Carol, and a son, Murray.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 19, 1987, p. 7.

PATRICK McCURDY

Patrick McCurdy graduated from Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary. In 1980 he became pastor of Riverland Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 5, 1980, p. 6.

THOMAS M. McCUTCHEN

McCutchen,-Thomas-M.

Thomas M. McCutchen (1861-1958) served as a Baptist preacher for 65 years. He
served in Georgia and Florida. He was pastor of the Ojus Church for ten years.
He died July 29, 1958, at age 97, in Hollywood, Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 29, 1958, p. 12.

E. C. McDANIEL

E. C. McDaniel (1930-1999) served as pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in
Jacksonville for 28 years. He was a native of Virginia, and a graduate of Tacoa
Falls College. He and his wife, Claire, had six children; Timothy, Wanda, Everett,
Lisa, Charles, and Julie.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 9, 1999.

JAMES McDONALD

James McDonald (1798-1869) was born in Limerick County, Province of Muster,
Ireland. He probably led the most unusual and colorful life of any Baptist preacher
who ever ministered in Florida.
When McDonald was seven years of age he witnessed the hanging of his father
and fourteen relatives for their participation in the Irish rebellion. He was
then raised and trained to be a Catholic priest. After exacting revenge upon
a fellow countryman for his false testimony against his relatives, James fled
to America. He decided to enlist as a soldier in the Spanish Army in the Cuban
conflict of 1829. He was unjustly arrested as a spy for England and placed in
Moro Castle to await a firing squad. In desperation he knelt and asked God to
save him while awaiting his execution.
A friend from Norfolk visiting in Cuba brought about the near miraculous release
of McDonald. He determined to become a Baptist after reading and studying the
Bible for three months. He became one of Georgia’s best known and most beloved
ministers. He became a missionary to east Florida in 1843, and served as only
one of five Baptist preachers in an area 300 miles by 200 miles. He served as
the first pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Jacksonville (now First Baptist
Church). McDonald had the Florida Association voted into the Georgia Baptist
Convention in 1846. McDonald was pastor of Sharon Church in Nassau County for
ten years (now First Baptist Church Callahan). In 1848 McDonald was pastor of
Bethel and Sharon. He served as Moderator of Alachua Baptist Association in
1848-1849.
McDonald married Teresa Amanda Pendarvis of Duval County on May 15, 1842. They
had eleven children, eight of whom survived. McDonald died in Rome, Georgia
in 1869.

Secondary Source:
Rome Mirror, January 26, 1896
James C. Bryant, James McDonald: Missionary to East Florida.
Georgia Baptist Compendium, pp. 374-375.
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1845, p. 8.
Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, pp. 115-117.
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1848, pp. 1, 6.
First Baptist Church Callahan, A Brief History.

VERNON C. McDONALD

Vernon C. McDonald (1906-1984) served as pastor of 12 different churches in
Florida. He served Pasco, Amelia, and Calvary in Dade City; Dixieland and Carter
s in Lakeland; Trilby, Lacoochee, Northside in Plant City; Bellview in Bellview;
Philadelphia in Live Oak; Homeland and Okahumpka. He and his wife, Lurana, had
two daughters, Anne and Martha, and one son, Clarence.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 16, 1984, p. 6.

WALTER McDONALD

Walter McDonald served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in South Florida
Association in 1934.

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

ARCHIE McDOUGAL

Archie McDougal served faithfully as a pastor in the Florida Association and
died in 1889.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1890, p. 47.

E. D. McDOWELL

E. D. McDowell was pastor of Lake Butler Baptist Church in 1927.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 15, 1927, Vol. XL, No.
37.

AUSTIN McELROY

Austin McElroy and his wife, Margaret, celebrated 20 years of pastoral service
at Eastside Church, Haines City, in 1980.

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

MICHAEL STEVEN McGEE

Michael Steven McGee (1959- ) was born in Okeechobee, Florida. He graduated
from Palm Beach Atlantic University (B.A., 1983) and attended Liberty Baptist
Seminary.
McGee married Rhonda Laurel Whipple McGee, and they have two children; Michael
and Caleb. McGee serves as pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida
(1995- ).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JERRY M. McGHEE

Jerry M. McGhee (1923-2003) served 50 years as a minister of music and education
in Florida and Georgia churches. McGhee served in the United States Navy in
World War II where he received eight battle stars and other citations. He served
several churches in Florida, including First Baptist Church in Umatilla, Dover
Baptist Church, Northwood in West Palm Beach, and First Baptist Church in Crestview.
McGhee and his wife, Janice, had two sons, Jeffrey and Jon.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 9, 2003, p. 10

FRANKLIN HARDEMAN McGILL, SR.

Franklin Hardeman McGill, Sr. (1842-1921) was born in Perry County, Alabama,
in January 1842. He and his brother, James, served in the Alabama 38th Regiment
during the Civil War.
McGill married Willie E. Barron of Marengo County, Alabama, on January 27, 1876.
McGill was ordained in Alabama and lived in the Pensacola area in the 1880s.
McGill was the first Moderator of the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association and
had served as chairman of the group that organized the Pensacola Bay Baptist
Association, September 1, 1887.
McGill served as pastor at Milton (1886-1887), New Macedonia and Canoe Bluff
at Holts. In 1892 the family moved to Plant City.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

H. McGLON

In 1867 H. McGlon was pastor of Eden Church and Spring Church in Hernando County
and Lake Harris Church in Sumter County.

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

RICHARD LEE MCGOUGAN

R. L. McGougan (November 9, 1902-March 16, 2006) preached in 60 of the 64 churches in the Pensacola Bay Association in Florida. He began preaching in 1928 at a school house in Brewton, Alabama. He attended school at Holmes Bible College in Greenville, South Carolina, and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Alabama, and Florida. He was pastor of Park Place, Beulah, and Lakeview in the Pensacola Baptist Association.
            In 1932 McGougan married Una Helen Carter, a member of the music faculty at Holmes Bible College in Greenville, South Carolina. They were married 57 years and she died in 1989. They had eight children and 50 grandchildren. Two of his sons were ministers and two of his daughters married ministers.
            McGougan served for over 50 years in the Pensacola area and led revivals in churches of ten different denominations.

Secondary Source:
            Florida Baptist Witness, November 7, 2002, p. 4.
            FBHS files.

MALCOLM McGREGOR

Malcolm McGregor served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville from
1893-1896.

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

W. H. McINTOSH

W. H. McIntosh (1868-1950) was ordained in 1892, and served churches in West Florida faithfully until his death. He worked for the state mission board for 30 years.


McIntosh served one pastorate for 38 years. He organized 12 churches and helped erect 10 buildings.


When “Brother Mac” died on January 6, 1950, he and his wife, Essie McIntosh, had 108 descendants. More than 2,000 people crowded the building and grounds of Bethel Baptist Church in the Poplar Springs community near Graceville, Florida, for his funeral.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical files.

Florida Baptist Witness, February 20, 1913, p. 15.

JAMES ALTON McKEITHEN

McKeithen,-James-A.

James Alton McKeithen (1920-2000) served as pastor and evangelist. He was pastor
of Oceanway, Southside Estates, and Highlands Baptist Churches in Jacksonville.
He also served as pastor at Webster Avenue Baptist Church in Lakeland and Sunset
Heights in Miami. McKeithen served 32 years in full-time evangelism. He traveled
more than two million miles and preached in more than 850 churches.
McKeithen was a native of Wellborn. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He and his wife, Geraldine, had two daughters, Glorida and Glenda,
and a son, James, Jr.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 4, 2000.

DALTON McKELLIP, JR.

Dalton McKellip, Jr., graduated from Boyce Bible College and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Mt. View Baptist Church in Antioch,
Tennessee, before becoming pastor of Gibsonia Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida.
He and his wife, Dawn Elizabeth, have three children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 17, 2005, p. 9.

O. E. McKEOWN

O. E. McKeown was listed as pastor of the Providence Church in Gadsden County
in the 1851 Florida Baptist Associational Minutes. In 1860 he was pastor of
Concordia and Providence in Gadsden County, Florida. His death notice is mentioned
in the 1868 Florida Baptist Associational Minutes.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1851, p. 2; 1860; 1868, p. 5; 1868, p.
10.

JOHN E. McKINLEY

McKinley,-John-E.

John E. McKinley entered the ministry in 1945, from First Baptist Church in
Jacksonville. He received his B.D. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He served as pastor of Norwood and Englewood Baptist Churches in Jacksonville.
McKinley and his wife, Betty, also served in Orlando, Hollywood, Homestead,
and over ten years at Rainbow Lakes Baptist Church (1974-1984) in Dunnellon.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 20, 1984, p. 6.

HENRY L. McKINNEY

Henry L. McKinney graduated from Liberty University and Mid-America Baptist Seminary. He served churches in Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, and Florida.
In 2006 he became pastor of First Baptist Church Hawthorne. He and his wife
Karen had three sons.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 16, 2006, p. 19.

MARTIN VALCA McKINSTER

Martin Valca McKinster (September 3, 1906- ) was born in Fort Gay, West Virginia.
He was the son of Jesse Hopkins and Nannie Billups McKinster. His father was
a Justice of the Peace and his mother a housewife. He had two brothers, Frank
(1908), and Robert (1912), and three sisters.
McKinster graduated from Wayne County High School in Wayne, West Virginia in
1925. He attended Mississippi College (A. B. 1942), and the Baptist Bible Institute
in New Orleans (Th.B., 1939; Th.M., 1943). He married Grace Sigrest on August
12, 1937, in Hillsboro, Mississippi, and they had two children, David in 1943,
and Paula in 1947.
McKinster was converted at age nine and was baptized into the Big Hurricane
Baptist Church in Ft. Gay, West Virginia, in December 1915. He was ordained
at the Wayne Baptist Church in Wayne, West Virginia, on December 20, 1923.
McKinster served as pastor of several small churches in Wayne County, West Virginia,
from 1931-1936. He was pastor of the Rio Baptist Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana
from 1936 to 1939, Crowder Baptist Church in Crowder, Mississippi from 1942
to 1943, First Baptist Church, Ellisville, Mississippi from 1943 to 1944, and
State Line Baptist Church in State Line, Mississippi from 1948 to 1953. He served
as college dean (Clarke Memorial College in Newton, Mississippi 1944-1947),
Clear Creek Baptist School in Pineville, Kentucky (1954-1956), and at Baptist
Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida.
McKinster had as one of his singular accomplishments that he wrote, almost single-handedly,
the constitution of the Mississippi Baptist Convention that was only slightly
amended in its first ten years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOSEPH E. McLEOD

McLeod,-Joe

Joseph E. McLeod (1900-1955) was born at Myakka Head in Manatee County, Florida.
He was the son of Naaron Seth McLeod and Hattie Bryant McLeod.
McLeod attended public schools at New Zion and Wauchula. He was called to preach
in 1919 and ordained in 1921. He married Ruth Roberts on February 26, 1921,
and they made their home on their farm near Myakka City. Their four children
were William, Phillip, Howard, and Betty.
McLeod served as county commissioner in Manatee County from 1936-1954. He also
preached at Myakka City, New Zion, Ona, Athens, Lake Buffon, Gillette, Parrish,
Osprey, Bee Ridge, Fruitville, Boca Grande, Sandy, and Bethany. He served as
pastor at Bethany in 1940.

Secondary Source:
A. O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church 1888-1988, pp. 58-59.

S. E. McMICHAEL

S. E. McMichael was born at Fort Worth, Texas in 1917. He received a diploma
in Christian Theology from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1957.
He was ordained by the Hunter Memorial Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, and
served as pastor in Mobile and Pascagoula.
In 1949 McMichael became pastor of Oak-Griner Church of Ocala and served until
March 31, 1951.

Secondary Source: James Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Church,
pp. 61-63.

ERLE L. McMICHEN

McMichen,-Erle

Erle L. McMichen (June 9, 1932- ) was born in Hampton, Florida. He is a graduate
of Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida (1955-1958). He attended Norman
Park Junior College (1960-1961) and Valdosta State (1965-1967), and graduated
from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1970-1972).
McMichen served as pastor in Alabama (1958-1959), Georgia (1960-1971), and Mississippi
(1972-1974) before becoming pastor of East Thonotosassa Baptist Church (1974-1999).
He is now pastor of Alafia Baptist Church. He and his wife, Jimmie Sue, have
three children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HILLIARD WESLEY MCNAIR

Hilliard Wesley McNair (1886-1959) served as pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church (1908-1909; 1919-1920), Walnut Hill Baptist Church and Beulah Baptist Church (1921-1923).

Source:
FBHS files

J. W. McNAMARA

J. W. McNamara is a rather unique distinction among Florida Baptists. He preached
the Alachua Baptist Associational afternoon sermon at a meeting in 1885, and
the next day was non-fellowshipped by the group. His text was Matthew 12:31,
32. The associational minutes only states that he . . . did preach yesterday,
in the hearing of this body, doctrines contrary to and condemning the articles
of faith as held by this association and Baptists generally.

Secondary Source: Alachua Associational Minutes, 1885, p. 12.

J. L. McNEAL

J. L. McNeal (1936-) was born in Miami. He was saved in 1962 and felt the call to preach and went to Norman Park College. He served as pastor of FBC White Springs (1963-1965). McNeal served in Ohio and in Taft, Jacksonville and DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

McNeal married Wylene Fleming and they have three children: Doyle, Bruce and Rebecca.

Source: First Baptist White Springs, pp. 22-23.

R. N. McNEWER

R. N. McNewer served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Winter Haven from 1917-1918.

Secondary Source: Louise Beauchamp, History 1855-1985, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, p. 9.

RICHARD P. McPHERSON

Richard P. McPherson (1871-1950) died in Jasper, Florida. He served churches
in Georgia and Tennessee before moving to Florida. He served as pastor at Wauchula,
Tampa, Jasper, and Jennings in Florida. He was a graduate of Crozier Seminary
in Pennsylvania.
McPherson was born in Indiana. He moved to Tennessee as a boy and graduated
from Bethel College in Kentucky. He was pastor of First Baptist Church in Jasper
from 1928 to 1932.
McPherson was an active minister for 50 years, and for his 50th year celebration,
he was given a gift from a former church for $50.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 2, 1950, p. 13; July 27,
1950, p. 13.

WILLIE McPHERSON

Willie McPherson serves as the interdivisional church planting director of the
Florida Baptist Convention. McPherson attended California Baptist College (A.A.,
1970; B.A., 1974) and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977).
He also has received the Doctor of Humane Letters. McPherson was licensed and
ordained to preach in the Redwood Empire Association in Saint Helena, California.
Dr. McPherson served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Saint Helena, California
(1977-1979), worked as a consultant with the California Baptist Convention (1979-1984),
and the Home Mission Board (1984-1997) of the Southern Baptist Convention. From
1997-2000 he served as pastor of Sandtown Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

L. E. McRAE

McRae,-L.-E.

L. E. McRae (May 8, 1882-November 1, 1966) was born at Marble, North Carolina.
He attended school at Harlem in Hendry County, Florida. He was licensed to preach
in 1903 by Providence Baptist Church in Putnam County, and studied at Columbia
College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
McRae baptized over 3,000 converts, organized three churches, and served in
the active ministry for 64 years. On September 20, 1914, he married Hattie J.
Jordan and they had eleven children.

Secondary Source:
James Leland Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Baptist Church, 1915-1975, p.
37-38..

ERVIN L. McWILSON SR.

Mcwilson,-Ervin

Ervin L. McWilson Sr. (January 3, 1949-   ) was born in Pensacola, Florida, to Whitt L. McWilson and Carrie B. McWilson. He was converted at age nine, and was baptized at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Pensacola. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 1966, University of West Florida with a B.A. in 1973, Troy State University with a M.S. in 1974, and Reformed Theological Seminary with a Th.M. in 1992.
In 1982 McWilson led in the organization of The King’s Way Baptist Church in Orlando. In 1993 he became pastor of The Greater Little Rock Baptist Church in Pensacola. This church has started three other churches in the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association. McWilson and his wife, Carrie, have three children, Lynnetta, Lisa, and Ervin, Jr.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files;
Florida Baptist Witness
, June 19, 2008,p. 15.

HORACE CLIFTON MEADOR

Horace Clifton Meador (July 1, 1908- ) was born at Carthage, Mississippi. He
was the son of Arthur Augusta Meador and Mary Catherine Thornton Meador. His
father was a builder and architect, and his mother was a housewife. Meador had
two brothers, Vann, (1911) and Willie, (1917) and one sister, Mary (1920).
Meador was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1917 to 1929. He graduated
from Central High School in Chattanooga in 1928. He attended Stetson University
from 1938 to 1940, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating
in 1933.
Meador was converted at age 13, and baptized at the St. Elmo Baptist Church
in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was ordained at the Lake Alfred Baptist Church
in Lake Alfred, Florida, on April 7, 1934. He married Claire Marie Windsor on
July 30, 1934, at Winter Haven, Florida. They had three children; Alfred (1936),
Windsor (1940), and Wanda (1942).
Meador served as pastor at the following Baptist churches in Florida: Lake Alfred
(1934-1935), Parkview in Ft. Pierce (1935-1938), Longwood (1938-1940), Clewiston
(1940-1945), Lakeview, Tallahassee (1945-1958), and Crawfordville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

LOWELL GORDON MEADOWS

Lowell Gordon Meadows (1921-1994) was born in Gadsden, Alabama, and attended
Howard College in Birmingham, Alabama. He served as pastor of First Baptist
Church in Brandon, First Baptist Church in Lake Alfred, Stetson Baptist Church
in Deland, Shennandoah Baptist Church in Orlando, and First Baptist Church in
Port Orange. He and his wife, Thelma, had one child, Barbara.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 26, 1994, p. 8.

L. T. MEADOWS

L. T. Meadows served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1909.

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

RAY C. MELTON

Melton,-Ray-C.

Ray C. Melton (1931-2005) served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville
for 15 years and as pastor of North Shore Baptist Church in Miami for 13 years.
Earlier he served churches in Indiana and Texas. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Martha, and they had one child, David.

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

MEMORIAL MARKER

A Memorial Marker designating the spot of the organization of the Florida Baptist
Convention was erected near Madison, Florida, on November 17, 1946. There is
also a marker in downtown Madison on Highway 90, and a helpful marker at Concord
Baptist Church located west of Madison.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 21, 1946, p. 2; December 12,
1946.

HERMON MERCER

Hermon Mercer (1784-1854) was the third son of Silas Mercer and a brother of Jesse Mercer. He was baptized while a resident of Wilkes County, Georgia. Mercer was married three times and all three wives preceded him in death. He married Elizabeth Andrews (six children), Mary Battle (three children) and Mrs. Elizabeth Terrel who died in 1837. Soon after he moved to Albany, Georgia, he was involved in the building of some steam mills. He suffered some tragic business losses and was ordained to the ministry in about 1837. Due to asthma he moved to St. Andrews Bay, Florida, for his health. He was able to recover enough to preach some in the West Florida Association. His brother, Joshua Mercer, and other relatives were with him at his time of death.


Hermon Mercer served as a lieutenant and as a captain in the War of 1812.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1854,
p. 15.

JOSHUA MERCER

Mercer,-Joshua

Joshua Mercer (June 10, 1788-February 4, 1869) was born in Wilkes County, Georgia.
In 1845 Joshua Mercer was pastor of three churches in Florida. He was pastor
of Sardis in Jackson County, Bethlehem in Jackson County, and Union Academy
in Jackson County. He served as moderator of West Florida Baptist Association
from 1850-1859. He was the brother of Jesse Mercer and Hermon Mercer.
A wonderful tribute was paid to him in the 1860 West Florida Baptist Association
Minutes.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1845, p. 8; 1854, p. 8, 15; 1859, 1860.

LORAN G. MERCER

Loren G. Mercer graduated from the Baptist College of Florida. He served as pastor of Community Baptist Church in Lake Wales and First Baptist Church of Jan-Phyl Village in Winter Haven. He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters. In 2003 Mercer became pastor of First Baptist Church of Polk City and later became pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Auburndale. In 2007 he became pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Greenwood, Florida. His great-great-great grandfather, Joshua Mercer (1788-1869) was the first pastor of the Greenwood church.

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

T. R. MERCER

T. R. Mercer was a minister in the West Florida Baptist Association and living in Greenwood in 1852.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1852, p. 2.

GARY MERKEL

Gary Merkel graduated from Tacoa Falls College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Cape Fair, Missouri and became assistant pastor of First Baptist Church, Cape Coral in 2014. He and his wife Mary Jo have one daughter.

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

EARL HUBER MERRITT

Earl Huber Merritt (1904-1987) was born in Dozier, Alabama. Merritt was ordained January 3, 1932 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Baker. He served Valley Grove Baptist Church, New Spring Hill Baptist Church, Hickory Hammock Baptist Church and Shockley Springs Baptist Church.

Source:
FBHS files

HENRY MESSER

Henry Messer (January 27, 1837-December 27, 1926) was born in Dale County, Alabama.
He served during the Civil War and tradition states that his wife, Keziah Thigpen,
and their ten children moved to Florida by wagon train during the war. Three
of their children died on the move to Florida.
Keziah was born October 7, 1838, and she and Henry married May 4, 1857. She
died June 9, 1929. Henry and Keziah are buried in the Friendship Baptist Church
cemetery in Fruitville in Sarasota County.

Secondary Source: Audry O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church 1888-1988, pp. 22-23.

JAMES M. METTS, JR.

Metts,-James-M.

James M. Metts, Jr., was a native of Mississippi. He served as pastor of First
Baptist Church in Marianna from 1971 to 1974. Metts went to serve at Bradenton
when he left Marianna.

Secondary Source: Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 48-59.

ANDERSON E. MIDDLEBROOKS

Anderson E. Middlebrooks (1901-1937) was pastor of Seventh Avenue Baptist Church, Pensacola.

Source:
FBHS files

JOHN PAUL MIKELL

John Paul Mikell (1919-1991) attended Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville,
and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Georgia
and Florida. His Florida pastorates were Lake Buffum, Fort Meade, Parrish, Hopeful
in Lake City, West Thonotosassa, and Victory Way in Tampa. He and his wife,
Alice, had three daughters, Faye, Barbara, and Latrelle.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 9, 1991, p. 11.

WILLIAM MILAM

William Milam graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Sumner, Mississippi, before becoming pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Milton, in 2014. He and his wife Nancy have two children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 26, 2014, p. 4.

CHARLES WILLIAM MILFORD

Charles William Milford (1898-1953) died of a heart attack at his home in Madison
at age 55. He was a native of Alabama. He was a graduate of Mercer and The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Alabama and Georgia.
He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Adel, Georgia, and left there
to become pastor of First Baptist Church in Madison, Florida from 1949 to 1953,
where he was serving at the time of his death.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 12, 1953.

BOB MILLER

Bob Miller has served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Zolfo Springs, Olga Baptist Church, Fort Myers, First Baptist Church, Fort Myers Beach, and retired in 2007 after serving Lake Shipp Baptist Church, Winter Haven for 27 years.

Miller and his wife Jenell have two children Chesna and Chris.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 8, 2007.

GEORGE MILLER

George Miller was pastor of Yellow River Baptist Church from 18401844.

Secondary Source: The Pioneer Churches of Florida, p. 51.

GEORGE W. MILLER

George W. Miller (1816-1891) was born in Alabama. He and his wife, Elmira, married
in Wetumpka, Alabama. George was a carpenter by trade, and moved to Florida
about 1860. He and Elmira were the parents of at least one child (Mary) born
about 1865.
Miller enlisted in the Florida First Infantry in May 1862, and was discharged
at Greensboro, North Carolina in April 1865.
Miller was a pioneer missionary, pastor, and evangelist. He served as pastor
of Macedonia and Union Hill in Escambia County. In Santa Rosa County he served
as pastor of Wolf Creek (later Antioch), Coon Hill, Pine Level, Oak Grove at
Chumuckla, Shady Grove (now Joy First Baptist Church) and Milton.
Miller was one of four ministers who organized the Elim Baptist Association
in 1872. He also had a part in the organization of the Pensacola Bay Association
in 1887. He baptized 2,661 people in his rich ministry.

Secondary Source:
Judith Richbourg Jolly, Rev. George Miller .
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1893, p. 103.

JOHN L. MILLER

John L. Miller (1912-1975) was born in Sanford. He was the first pastor of Hypoluxo
Baptist Church in Lantana, Florida. He served as associate pastor of First Baptist
Church in Sarasota for 13 years. He and his wife, Virginia, had one daughter
and two sons.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 31, 1975, p. 7.

MAXIE MILLER

Miller,-Maxie

Maxie Miller (June 13, 1951- ) was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Maxie
Miller, Sr., and Lillian Lois Miller. He attended A. H. Parker High School in
Birmingham, Saint Leo College (B.A., 1980), Wayland Baptist University (B.S.,
1986), and Beeson Divinity School (M.Div., 1985).
Miller was converted and baptized at St. John Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida,
in 1976. He served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He has held numerous
denominational and academic responsibilities.
Miller has served as pastor in New York, Alabama, and Florida. In 1996 he became
pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Plant City, Florida. He is married to
Brenda Faye Harris-Miller. They have three children, Natasha, Maxie III, and
Dameien.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ROBERT MILLER

Robert Miller celebrated his 25th anniversary as pastor of Lake Shipp Baptist Church in Winter Haven. He and his wife, Jenell, began serving the church in 1979. Miller returned in 2006 after serving 27 years with the Lake Shipp church. Robert and his wife, Jenell, have two children; Chesna and Chris.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 19, 2004, p. 11; February 8, 2007, p. 11.

W. C. MILLER

Miller,-W.-C.

W. C. Miller served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Myakka City on two
occasions (1923, 1929-1931). He also served as pastor of Friendship Baptist
Church in Fruitville where he preached two Sundays a month and Mill Creek two
Sundays a month from 1924-1928. Miller died in Seville in 1934.

Secondary Source:
Audrey D. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 40-42.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1935, p. 8.

E. B. MILLS

E. B. Mills of Luraville served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1908 at Luraville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1908, p. 80.

LINTON WESLEY MILLS

Linton Wesley Mills (1900-1966) was born at Cairo, Georgia, on August 9, 1900.
He was the son of John Wesley Mills. Mills married Ruby M. Duncan and they had
five girls and one boy. Mills served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in
Myakka City in 1939.

Secondary Source: Audrey D. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 57-58.

WILLIAM MILLS

William Mills graduated from Tennessee Temple University and served in Portugal with Word of Life Ministries. He became pastor of Orange Avenue Baptist Church in 2010. He and his wife Isabelle have two daughters.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 29, 2010, p. 8.

 

D. R. MILTON

D. R. Milton served three years as pastor of Concord Church in Madison County
and his death was reported in the 1873 Florida Baptist Association Minutes.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1873, p. 6-7.

JAMES J. MILTON

James J. Milton (1813-1879) was born in Bullock County, Georgia, and grew up
near Thomasville. Milton moved to Florida around 1833 and fought in the Seminole
Wars of 1836-1868. Milton lived in Polk, Jasper, Hamilton, and Leon counties
in Florida.
Milton was a part-time Baptist preacher, and his father Nathaniel, and brother
Henry were Baptist preachers in Georgia. Milton was also related to Lacy J.
Simmons, a coutemporary Florida Baptist preacher in the 1800s.

Secondary Source:
Joyce Milton e-mail.
Florida Baptist Historical Society file of James J. Milton.

CHARLES L. MIMBS

Charles L. Mimbs (1916-1981) was ordained in 1947. He served as pastor of First
Baptist Church in Waverly, Evergreen, and Philippi Baptist Churches in Lake
City, and Elim in Fort White. He served for 22 years as pastor of Oak Grove
Baptist Church in White Springs. He and his wife, Mary, had one daughter, Laura,
and three sons, Clarence, Kenneth, and Alton.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 18, 1981, p. 6.

EDWARD MINCHIN

Edward Minchin is listed in the 1856 West Florida Baptist Associational Minutes
as an ordained minister living in Greenwood, Florida.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1856.

MARSHALL G. MINES

Marshall G. Mines was pastor of Delray Beach Baptist Church in 1937.

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

DAREL D. MITCHELL

Darel D. Mitchell is a graduate of Baylor Univeristy, Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor
of First Baptist Church in Chiefland (1979-2003) until he became the Director
of Missions of Lafayette Baptist Association in 2003. He and his wife, Jane,
have five adult children.

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

DOUGLAS W. MITCHELL

Mitchell,-Douglas

Douglas W. Mitchell served as pastor of Concordia Church in Havana and went
as pastor of Pisgah Church in Perry in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 26, 1980, p. 6.

JOHN C. MITCHELL

Mitchell,-J.C.

John C. Mitchell served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Winter Park. In 1989-1990
he served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention. He was very instrumental
in the establishment of the Pembrook Foundation in support of Florida Baptist
mission efforts.
Mitchell is a native of Morgantown, North Carolina. He graduated from Mars Hill
College, Wake Forest University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He served as pastor in five different states before coming to Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 2, 1980, p. 6.
John C. Mitchell, The Wonders of God s Perfect World.

J. W. MITCHELL

J. W. Mitchell (1856-1933) was born in Virginia and educated at Richmond College
and Crozer Theological Seminary. He served as editor of the Florida Baptist
Witness from 1918-1928. The paper was purchased by the State Board of Missions
in 1918 and moved to Jacksonville. Mitchell died on November 12, 1933, in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 18, 1927, p. 2.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1933, p. 4.

WALLACE MITCHELL

Wallace Mitchell (1921-2008) graduated from Baylor University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served in the United States Coast Guard in World War II. Mitchell served as pastor in Texas, Louisiana and Florida in his 40 year ministry. He retired as pastor of Gonzalez Baptist Church in Pensacola.

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

CARL A. MOBERG

Carl A. Moberg (1898-1963) came to Florida from New York. He served in Miami
for many years. Moberg was ordained at First Baptist Church in Miami. He served
at First Baptist Church in Dania, Little River in Miami, First Baptist Church
in Pahokee, First Baptist Church in Miami Beach, and Stanton Memorial in Miami.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 29, 1963, p. 12.

RICHARD ALBERT MOHLER, JR.

Richard Albert Mohler, Jr. (1970- ) grew up attending Southside Baptist Church
in Lakeland before the family moved to Pompano Beach, and joined First Baptist
Church. He is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and The
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as
pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church in Bedford, Kentucky, for five years, then
served as assistant to the president at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
from 1983 to 1989. Mohler then became editor of the Christian Index of the Georgia
Baptist Convention. In 1989 he became the president of The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary.
Mohler is a well known conference speaker and writer in the Southern Baptist
Convention. He currently serves the Convention in the role of administrator,
educator, and theologian.
Dr. Mohler and his wife, Mary, have two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 23, 1989, p. 11.

ADIEL JARRET MONCRIEF, SR.

Adiel Jarret Moncrief, Sr., graduated from Georgia Tech, and had a Doctor of
Divinity degree from Mercer. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola,
from 1921 to 1924. One of the great joys of his ministry was the ordination
of his son, A. J. Moncrief, Jr., to the gospel ministry on December 30, 1923.
Moncrief preached the annual convention sermon at Deland in 1923 on the text
of Ecclesiastes 7:10.

Secondary Source:
Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
pp. 151-170.

OTIS THEODORE MONCRIEF

Otis Theodore Moncrief (January 7, 1874-August 14, 1959) was born in Penfield,
Georgia. He was educated at Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He was ordained in November 1902. He married Carolyn Louise Whitehead
in November 1906.
Moncrief served as pastor in Georgia and Florida. In the state of Florida, he
served churches at Micanopy, McIntosh, Alachua, Apopka, Clermont, and Lynn Haven.

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

JAMES MONROE

Monroe,-James

James Monroe (1920-1999) was born in Gadsden, AL. He graduated from Livingston State University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Monroe’s pastorates included churches in Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana and Florida. He served as pastor at First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach for 18 years.

Monroe filled many leadership positions in the state conventions of Florida and Alabama, including president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1966. Upon retirement the Monroes were appointed as coordinators between the Foreign Mission Board and the state of Florida in Partnership Evangelism.

Monroe and his wife, Laura had three daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN MONTGOMERY

John Montgomery attended John Brown University and Luther Rice Seminary. He
served as associate at Arlington in Jacksonville before going as pastor of Eastside
Baptist Church in Fort Myers in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 7, 1988, p. 7.

JESS MOODY

Jess Moody is pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Baptist Church in Van Nuys, California
(1977-). He is the former pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach,
and was the founding president of Palm Beach Atlantic College in 1968.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 30, 2000.

PATRICK JESS MOODY

Patrick Jess Moody served as pastor of Del Cerro Baptist Church in La Mesa,
California (1994-2004) before becoming pastor of Northwood Baptist Church in
West Palm Beach (2004). He is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University.
He and his wife, Amy, have three children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 8, 2004.

ROY EDWARD MOONEYHAM

Roy Edward Mooneyham graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery,
Alabama, and Mobile College. He served as pastor of Howard Carlisle Church in
Panama City. He went to Howard Carlisle in 1980 from Old Field Church in Sylacauga.

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

A. H. MOORE

A. H. Moore died in 1893 after serving faithfully in the Marion Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1894, p. 40.

DAVID C. MOORE

David C. Moore is a graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville and as a Sunday School consultant with the Florida Baptist Convention before becoming pastor of Wayside Baptist Church in Miami in 2014. He and his wife, Kellie have two sons.

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

 

MARY PIMM MOORE

Mary Pimm Moore (1895-1980) served along with her husband, Cecil, as a Southern
Baptist foreign missionary to Chile for 44 years (1919-1964). Moore was a native
of Tampa. She graduated from Columbia
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College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, May 8, 1980, p. 6.

MILLARD L. MOORE

Millard L. Moore (1897-1971) died September 15, 1971, in Tampa. He
N was a native of Alabama, and had lived in Florida for 20 years. He served
as pastor of First Baptist Church, Sebastian; Florida Avenue Church, and West
Broad Street Church. His last pastorate was Baptist Chapel in Spring Hill, Florida.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, October 7, 1971, p. 8.

OSCAR D. MOORE

Moore,-Oscar-D.

Oscar D. Moore (1911-1988) was a native of North Carolina, and a graduate of
Elon College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
He served as pastor in North Carolina and Virginia before moving to Florida
in 1955. He served as pastor of North Main Street in Jacksonville for eight
years, and had to retire after a stroke in 1971. He served 25 interims in retirement.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, April 7, 1988, p. 7.

PEYTON MOORE

Moore,-Peyton

Peyton Moore served as a Southern Baptist foreign missionary to Viet Nam. In
1980 he became the director of missions of Gulf Stream Association.

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

RON MOORE

Ron Moore served as pastor of Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine from 1981 until his retirement in 2008. In his service at Anastasia Moore baptized over 1,300 people.

        Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 8, 2008, p. 15.

VERNON L. MOORE

Vernon L. Moore served as a missionary to Malaysia, chaplain at South Florida Baptist Hospital and pastor in the Shiloh Baptist Association. He died in 1986.

Source:1986 Shiloh Baptist Association Minutes, p. 3.

OWEN W. MORAN

Owen W. Moran was pastor of Dania Baptist Church in 1935 and 1940.

Source: 1935 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 6; Ibid, 1940, p. 6.

FRANK MORENO

Moreno,-Frank

Frank Moreno (April 28, 1951- ) was born in Valencia, Spain. He attended the
Hispanic Baptist Theological Seminary (1978-1979), University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
(B.A., 1983), University of Texas (1983-1985), University of Houston (M.A.,
1990), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A., 2002), and New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary.
Moreno served as pastor and denominational worker in Texas before becoming Director
of the Languge Church Planting Department of the Florida Baptist Convention
(1995- ).
Moreno has written widely and he and his wife, Magdalena, have two children;
Noemi and Ruben.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

FRANK G. MORGAN

Frank G. Morgan (1902-1960) died at age 58 while serving as pastor of 79th Street
Baptist Church in Miami. He was ordained in 1938, and became pastor at the 79th
Street Church in 1953.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 28, 1960.

RALPH MORGAN

Ralph Morgan (1927-) graduated from Baylor University (B.A. 1952), and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1958). Morgan pastored Bayou Boulevard Baptist Church, Pine Forest Baptist Church, Ensley Memorial Baptist Church and Northside Baptist Church, Pensacola.

Source:
FBHS files

W. D. MORGAN

W. D. Morgan graduated from the Baptist College in Mahagua, Nicaragua, and attended
Calabar Theological College in Kingston, Jamaica. He served as pastor in Jamaica
and Panama before going as pastor of Parkway Church in Opa Locka in 1980.

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

C. C. MORRIS

C. C. Morris (1920-1980) was born in Red Level, Alabama. Morris served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Harold, Wallace Baptist Church, Pleasant Home Baptist Church, Blackwater Baptist Church and Poplar Dell Baptist Church.

Source:
FBHS files

RICHARD EDWARD MORRIS

Richard Edward Morris (1904-1971) was born in Wainwright, Alabama. Morris pastored churches in Alabama and Florida. He was pastor of Pottery Road Baptist Chapel, Escambia County.

Source:
FBHS files

W. C. MORROW

W. C. Morrow (1815-1879) served as pastor of First Baptist Church,
Pensacola (1849-1850). He was a native of Tennessee and had a Presbyterian background.
He had served previously as pastor of Old Flat Creek Baptist Church in Turnbull,
Alabama. Morrow died at his home in Evergreen, Alabama, October 16, 1879.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay On the Hill, pp. 31-34.

ALEXANDER MOSELEY

In the 1846 associational minutes of the Florida Baptist Association, the death
of Elder Alexander Moseley is lamented.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1846, p. 3.

JOHN A. MOSELEY

John A. Moseley (August 3, 1818-February 8, 1901) was born in Greene County,
Georgia. He was converted at age 14 at the Paran Baptist Church, and was ordained
there in 1886. He served as pastor at Evergreen, Gadara, Tocal, Providence,
and other churches in the St. Johns Association. He and his wife had 11 children.

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

B. R. MOSLEY

In 1877 B. R. Mosley was pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Taylor County.

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

BILL MOSS

Bill Moss was honored by the Florida Baptist State Convention in 2006 as “Outstanding Smaller Church Pastor of the Year.”


Moss is a native of Galax, Virginia, and currently serves as pastor of First Baptist Church of Venus, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 2, 2006, p. 5.

ED MOSS

Ed Moss graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland and Columbia International Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2010 he became pastor of Crosspointe Fellowship Church in Holmes Beach. He and his wife Karen have four children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 9, 2010, p. 6.

L. MOTHERSHED

In 1867 L. Mothershed was pastor of Liberty Church in Volusia County.

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

WILLIAM R. MOYLE

William R. Moyle graduated from Wake Forest College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of Georgia and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Moyle served as a chaplain at the University of Georgia and as BSU Director at Florida State. He served 33 years as Director of the Tampa Bay Baptist Association. He and his wife Emma Grace had two daughters, Marcia and Lee. Moyle died in 2005.

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

HERBERT MULLALY, JR.

Herbert Mullaly graduated from The Baptist College of Florida. He became pastor of Wards Creek Baptist Church in St. Augustine in 2006. He and his wife, Amy, have four children

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 30, 2006, p. 14.

WILLIAM MUNDEN

William Munden in 1873 was pastor of Hammock Pond and Pleasant Hill located
at Okahumpka in the Alachua Association.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1873, p. 8.

ALBERT A. MURPHREE

Albert A. Murphree (1870-1927) was born near Chepultepec, Alabama. Murphree graduated from the University of Nashville (BA, 1894), and taught mathematics at several high schools and small colleges in Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. In 1895, Murphree moved to Florida to become a mathematics instructor at the West Florida Seminary (now Florida State University) in Tallahassee.

In 1897, Murphree became the third president of the West Florida Seminary and served until 1909. In 1909, Murphree was elected as the second president of the University of the State of Florida in Gainesville where he served until his death in 1927. Murphree served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1922-23.

Murphree was married to Jennie Henderson and they had four children.

Source: FBHS files

CHESTER MURPHY

Chester Murphy (1919-1988) was a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and a graduate
of Georgetown, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor
of Southside Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Armenia Baptist Church in Tampa,
State Highway Baptist Church in Tampa, and Shore Acres Baptist Church in St.
Petersburg. He also served as superintendent of missions in Tampa and Shreveport,
Louisiana. He and his wife, Francis, worked with the Home Mission Board of the
Southern Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 14, 1988, p. 15.

W. E. MURPHY

W. E. Murphy (December 7, 1866-December 27, 1947) was born in
Thomas County, Georgia. Murphy spent his first ministry years in Georgia. He
came to Florida in about 1907 as an evangelist and missionary with the state
mission board.
Murphy served as pastor in Tampa and Taft, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. M. MURRAY

W. M. Murray served as pastor of East Hill Baptist Church in Pensacola from
1922 to 1929.

Secondary Source: East Hill Baptist Church…1906-1956 Florida Baptist Historical
Society files.

IRVIN HENRY MURRELL JR.

Murrell,-Frank

Irvin Henry Murrell Jr. (July 25, 1945- May 31, 2014) graduated from Harding High School
in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1963. He attended North Carolina State University
(B.S., 1967), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.R.E., 1973; M.C.M.,
1978; M.M., 1980), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (D.M.A., 1984),
and Louisiana State University (M.L.S., 1986).
Dr. Murrell served as minister of music at churches in Kentucky, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. He became Librarian
at the Baptist College of Florida in 1989.
Dr. Murrell married Phoebe Maria Moore on June 15, 1974. They have one child,
Irvin Henry, III (Trey).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical files

W. S. MUSGROVE

W. S. Musgrove was pastor of Mt. live in Jackson County, Florida, in 1874.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1874, p. 8.

BOBBY J. MUSSELWHITE

Bobbie J. Musselwhite (1938-), a native of Georgia, was saved in 1952 and was called to preach in 1956. He graduated from Mercer University (1961), Southwestern (1966) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1978) and became pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church in Saint Augustine in 1978. Bobby became pastor of Gonzalez Baptist Church (1988-1996) and then served as Director of Missions in Santa Rosa Association (1996-2006). He and his wife have three children: Jennifer, David and Michelle.

Secondary Source: The Long Road with God; a ‘Living’ History of Ancient City Baptist Church, 1887-1987, pp. 81-92.