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CHARLES HENRY NASH

Charles Henry Nash (1836-1936) was born in New York and became a circuit rider in Kansas. He came to Florida before 1885. He served as pastor
in Marion County and was pastor of Palm Avenue Baptist Church in Tampa about 1901-1906.

Source:
Judy Jolly email/February 8, 2009

NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION

This has been the organizational name of some organized Black Baptist work since 1886. By 1876 all of the southern states except Florida had a
state missionary convention. In 1895 the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., was organized. In 1915 there was a split over the legal ownership
of a publishing house. The two convention names became N.B.C. Unincorporated (it incorporated in 1988) and N.B.C., U.S.A., Inc. There is a
reported membership of 3,500,000 with the largest number of members in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and California. There is an
annual convention and officers elected each year.

Secondary Source:
Frank S. Mead, Sam Hill, Handbook of Denominations, 10th Edition.

NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, U.S.A., INC.

This body of Black Baptists has more than 7,500,000 adherents and is the largest of the black Baptist groups. This body has common roots with
the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. This convention meets annually and its officers and a 15 member Board of Directors give
oversight to convention business. The very successful and long tenure of Joseph H. Jackson (1953-1982) as President of this convention set the
tone of strong presidential leadership. This denomination has strong interests in missionary, publishing, and education endeavors. A new world
headquarters was opened in Nashville, Tennessee in 1990.

Secondary Source:
Frank S. Mead and Sam Hill, Handbook of Denominations, 10th Edition

EUGENE NAZARUK

Eugene Nazaruk (1908-1998) served as pastor of Russian Ukranian churches in Newark, New Jersey, and in Miami.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 17, 1998.

ED NEELEY

Ed Neeley served as pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Westville, 1970.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ISMAEL NEGRIN

Ismael Negrin (April 22, 1899- ) was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain. He was the son of Francisco Negrin and Sebastiana Sanchez
Negrin. His father was a carpenter, and his mother a housewife. He had two brothers; Antonio (1891), Victoriane (1887), and two sisters;
Maria (1895), and Zoila (1893). Negrin was raised in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain from 1899 to 1904; Gibara, Cuba, from 1904 to 1909;
and Gunyos, Cuba, from 1909 to 1917. He graduated from high school at Guayos, Cuba, and attended the National Institute in Cuba (B.S. and
B.A.). He attended the University of Havana, the Baptist Seminary in Havana, and received a D.D. degree from a University in Indianapolis,
Indiana. Negris married Bessie E. Harrill Negrin on May 30, 1925, in Havana, Cuba. They had two children; Ismael in 1926, and Annie in 1928.
Negrin was converted at age 19, and baptized on September 1, 1918, in Guayos, Cuba. He was ordained on October 1, 1924, at the Baptist Temple
in Havana, Cuba. Negrin served as a pastor in Cuba (1924-1927, 1929-1946), Tampa (1927-1929), and Key West (1946-1959).

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. D. NELSON

E. D. Nelson was pastor of Bethlehem Church in Jackson County in 1889.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1889, p. 16.

J. J. NELSON

J. J. Nelson was born about 1875 in Alabama. In 1913, Nelson was pastor of Jay Baptist Church. He pastored Poplar Dell Baptist Church (1915-1918),
and First Baptist Church, Century (1921-1922). Nelson died January 5, 1924.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JERRY NELSON

Jerry Nelson served as pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach and Bluff Springs Baptist Church in Alabama. In 2010 he became
pastor of Live Oak Baptist Church in Crestview. He and his wife Rhonda had three daughters.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 21, 2010, p. 7.

W. A. NELSON

Nelson-W.A.

W. A. Nelson of Orlando served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1909.

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

JAMES NEWELL

Newell,-James

James Newell served twenty-three years as a Southern Baptist pastor. In 2005 he went to the Baptist College of Florida as associate professor of
Old Testament and Hebrew. Newell graduated from William Carey College (B.A.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.D.).
He served as pastor of First Baptist Church Jasper, Alabama (2002-2005) before moving to Florida. He and his wife, Roberta, have two children;
Andrew and Tiffany.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. C. NEWMAN

J. C. Newman served as pastor of Gainesville Baptist Church in 1894. He resigned to go as pastor of First Baptist Church of Milledgeville, Georgia.

Secondary Source:
George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970, p. 10.

J. DONALD NEWMAN

J. Donald Newman (1936-2005) was a native of Gainesville and retired from the pastoral ministry in 2004 after serving as pastor of First Baptist
Church, Summerfield, for 27 years. Newman and his wife, Margaret, had three sons; Darrell, Kenneth, and Carl, and a daughter, Karen.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 26, 2004, p.10; September 1, 2005, p. 11.

L. C. NEWMAN

L. C. Newman (1906-1993) died April 21, 1993, at age 87 at Valdosta, Georgia. Newman was a native of Suwannee County, Florida, and lived in
Greenville from 1940-1993. Newman was a farmer, carpenter, school custodian, and served as a Florida Baptist preacher for over 35 years.
Newman and his wife, Rosa Thigpen Newman, had three sons; Norman, Nathan, and Ronald, and three daughters; Georgia, Ruth, and Ruby.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JAMES M. NEWSOME, JR.

James M. Newsome, Jr. (March 1, 1944- ) was born in Augusta, Georgia. He attended Mercer University (1963-1967) and The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary (1967-1971). He served in staff positions in Georgia and Florida and is now pastor of First Baptist Church, Vero Beach
(1996-). He has served on the staff at Vero Beach since 1976. Newsome and his wife, Karan, have three children: James III, Mindy and Carolyn.

Primary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society Biographical Sketch, 2003.

J. E. NEWTON

J. E. Newton served as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Clay County in 1933-1938 and 1944-1947.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

LEE NICHOLS

Lee Nichols died in March 1975. He served 21 years in Daytona Beach as pastor of First Baptist Church and Central Baptist Church. He established
the first day care center for working mothers in Daytona Beach. He served on Southern Baptist Convention and Florida Baptist Convention committees.
He and his wife, Bertie E. Nichols, had one daughter and three sons.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, March 20, 1975, p. 5.

JOHN NICHOLSON

John Nicholson served as Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Bonifay and Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JACK B. NIGHTINGALE

Jack B. Nightengale (1924-1999) retired as pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Deland. He was ordained in 1945, and served a number of churches
in Florida. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois, to whom he was married 46 years. He was survived by his wife, E .J., and three sons.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 16, 1999.

ZACHEUS NIX

Zacheus Nix served as pastor of Holmes Valley Baptist Church in the West Florida Baptist Association in 1858.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1858, p. 6.

G. ELMER NOBLE

G. Elmer Noble (1891-1964) was a native of Chicago. He worked with the Salvation Army before coming to Florida to serve as pastor. He served at
Hogan and Beach Boulevard churches in Jacksonville, First Baptist in Baldwin, and Mt. Carmel in Lake City. Noble and his wife, Pearl, had two
sons, George and John, and one daughter.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 17, 1964, p. 8.

JACK R. NOFFSINGER

Jack R. Noffsinger served as pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, and left there to become pastor of the First Baptist Church
of Gainesville (1951-1958). He was widely used in youth assemblies all across the South as an inspirational speaker. He left Gainesville to become pastor
of Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Noffsinger was a graduate of the University of Richmond, attended Colgate-Rochester
Theological Seminary, and served as a chaplain in the United States Marines in the Pacific.

Secondary Source:
George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970, pp. 57-74.

F. W. NOLTE
F. W. Nolte was pastor of Pahokee Baptist Church in 1924.

Source:
1924 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 25.

REY NOREGA

Rey Norega served as pastor of West Pittman Baptist Church, Westville, 1993-1997.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ROBERT NORMAN

Robert Norman graduated from the University of South Florida, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southeastern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He served as pastor of Greenwich Baptist Church in Connecticut, Riverside Baptist Church in Miami, and First Baptist Church in Key
Largo before becoming pastor of First Baptist Church,Wauchula in 2004. He and his wife, Linda, have two sons.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 19, 2004, p. 11.

HENRY H. NORRIS

Henry H. Norris was born August 24, 1843, in Early County, Georgia. In 1858, his family moved to Florida. On April 2, 1861, in Tallahassee, he enlisted
in the Confederate States Army, serving first in Company D, (Old) 1st Florida Infantry and later in Company C, 5th Florida Infantry. He was promoted
4th Cpl in 1862, then 3rd Cpl in early 1863. On July 2, 1863, he was wounded at Gettysburg, captured, and imprisoned at Fort Delaware. He was released
on oath June 11, 1865. Following the war, he was a member of Camp E.A. Perry, United Confederate Veterans. For over 50 years, he pastored Florida
Baptist churches, including New Hope, Bradenton, Sarasota, Wimauma and Boyett. He died September 29, 1916, at his home near Oneco and was
buried at Adams Cemetery, Bradenton. Mourned as one of Manatee County’s pioneer citizens, he was “a man who through a long and exemplary life
had contributed much to the civic and religious upbuilding of both city and county.”

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files
Secondary Source:
Peace River Association Minutes, 1916, p. 6.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, p. 67.

J. L. NORRIS

J. L. Norris served as pastor of LaCross Baptist Church, 1939 and Beulah Baptist Church, Clay County in 1943.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. F. NORRIS

W. F.. Norris died in 1907. He served in the Peace River Association.

Secondary Source:
Peace River Association Minutes, 1907, p. 25.

IRVIN L. NORTHCUTT

Irvin L. Northcutt served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, and in 1980 went as pastor of First Baptist Church in Tavares.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 21, 1980, p. 6.

WILLIAM J. NORTON

William J. Norton (1900-1961) was a native of Knox County, Tennessee. He attended Carson-Newman College and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. Norton served as pastor in Irvine, Kentucky, First Baptist Church in Umatilla, Florida; and First Baptist Church, Dunedin, Florida. In 1956
he was called to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church, Jasper, Florida, and served there until his death in 1961. Norton and his wife, Beatrice, had a
daughter, Margaret Ann Norton Womack, who served as minister of music at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 27, 1961, p. 12.

WILLIAM DUDLEY NOWLIN

Nowlin,-William-Dudley

William Dudley Nowlin (March 10, 1864-July 30, 1950) was licensed to preach before he was called. His church licensed him over his protest but
he later surrendered and attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His first pastorate was Parkland Church in
Louisville. He was ordained at Martin, Tennessee on May 5, 1892. Nowlin s pastorates included churches in Louisville, Lexington, and Owensboro,
Kentucky. The church in Owensboro would seat 2,700, and was often crowded as he preached. He was also pastor at Knoxville, Tennessee, and
Lakeland (1911-1913), and Arcadia in Florida. At the request of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, he wrote the History of Kentucky Baptists. He
served as editor of the Western Recorder. He served as President of both the Kentucky and the Florida State Conventions (1930-1931). He also
served as editor of the Florida Baptist Witness.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, March 16, 1944, p. 6; September 7, 1950, p. 5.
Alice M. Muir. A Historic Sketch, p. 20.

WARREN J. NUBERN

Warren J. Nuburn (1929-1992) was a native of Zolfo Springs, and was a World War II Navy veteran. He was ordained by the Ozona Baptist Church,
and served as pastor in Odessa, LaCrosse, Eliam Baptist Church, Melrose, Calvary Baptist Church, Gainesville, Sunset Point Baptist Church,
Clearwater, First Baptist Church, Greenacres, El Bethel Baptist Church, Tampa, Lakeview Baptist Church, Delray Beach, and New Hope, Wauchula.
He and his wife, Charlene, had one son, Roger.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 14, 1980, p. 6; October 1, 1992, p. 11.