D. F. PADDOCK
D. F. Paddock was pastor of South Olive Baptist Church in 1928.
Source: 1928 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 28.
Chester Padgett graduated from Baptist Bible Institute, and served as pastor
of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gibsonton and Damascus Baptist Church in Graceville.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 28, 1980, p. 2.
Gus Padgett (November 3, 1882-November 20, 1934) was born near Lake City. He
attended Columbia College and obtained his teacher s certificate and taught
until age 26. He married Callie Shealey of Morriston, Florida, in 1908 and graduated
from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1910.
Padgett served as pastor in Inez and Harlan, Kentucky. In 1915 he moved back
to Florida and served as pastor of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Beulah in Beulah Association.
He also served as pastor at Ft. McCoy, Sparr, Oklawaha Bridge, Citra, Oak-Griner,
Bushnell, and Mayo.
Secondary Source: James Leland Luffman, Oak-Griner Baptist Church, pp. 25-26.
James Page was the Black pastor of the church at Bell Air in 1856. Bell Air
Church was composed of Black members and was located in Leon County under the
leadership of the Tallahassee Church. This would be one of the very first churches
in the Florida Baptist Convention that was distinguished as being a colored
church. The churches were normally integrated then with no such distinction.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1856, p. 17; 1860.
M. W. PAGE
M. W. Page (1840-1905) was born in Randolph County, Georgia. He started preaching in 1883. Page was wounded in the Civil War battle at Petersburg and was converted while in the hospital.
The Southern Baptist Witness, March 2, 1905, p. 5.
W. B. PAGE
W. B. Page (1894-1953) was born June 15, 1894. He was a veteran of World War
I. He was ordained as a Baptist minister at Seminole Heights Baptist Church
in Tampa. He served as pastor at Seffner, Dundee, Mount Olive near Polk City,
and Amelia near Dade City.
Pope married Virginia Clary of Lakeland in 1921. They had two children.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 1, 1953.
Daniel Paixao (August 10, 1939- ) was born in Brazil. He was educated at the
Baptist College in Brazil, the South Brazil Theological Seminary, North Texas
State University (B.A.) and Southwestern Baptist Theolgoical Seminary (D.Min.).
Paixao served in Brazil, Texas, New Jersey, and Florida as pastor. He has served
as a family counselor (New Jersey 1992-1996) and was at First Brazilian Baptist
of Orlando (1996-2000) when he became the Director of the Language Church Development
Department of the Florida Baptist Convention in 2000.
Paixao married Ivanir Paixao on July 8, 1970. They have two children; Valeria
Primary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Daniel Palmer served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Altoona in 1917.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1917, p. 67.
JO ANN (WALTON) PARHAMROBERT PARHAM, JR.
Robert Parham Jr. (1927-2003) was born in Columbus, Georgia, and reared in Jacksonville,
Florida. His wife, Jo Ann (Walton) Parham and he were appointed foreign missionaries
to Nigeria in 1953.
Parham graduated from the University of Florida and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He and his wife retired from foreign missions service in 1974.
Parham served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Fairbanks, Union Baptist
Church in Newberry, and Northwest Baptist Church in Gainesville prior to missionary
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Brandon Park grew up in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He attended Liberty University (B.S., M. A., M. Div., D. Min.) and became pastor of Wayside Baptist Church in Miami in 2007. He and his wife Carrie Ann have one son.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 13, 2007, p. 11.
A. M. PARKER
A. M. Parker served for over 50 years as a rural minister in the Perry Florida area from about 1915-1965. He was killed in an automobile wreck in Perry.
In 1947 as a rural preacher he preached the Florida Baptist State Convention sermon. His text was Romans 1:16 and was especially remembered.
Source: FBHS files.
C. F. PARKER
C. F. Parker of Central Association died in 1908.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1908, p. 80.
CHARLES R. PARKER, SR.
Charles R. Parker, Sr. graduated from Mercer University (B.A.), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Thomas University, and Troy University. he received an honorary doctorate from the Baptist College of Florida. Parker served 30 years in the United States Navy and was a decorated veteran who retire as a Captain in 2006.
Parker served as pastor, chaplain and interim pastor. He became the Baptist College of Florida Vice President for Development in 2003.
Source: FBHS files
HENRY ALLEN PARKER
Henry Allen Parker (June 17, 1913- ) was born in Windham, Texas. He was the
son of Douglas Parker and Minnie Jones. His father was a Baptist preacher. Parker
had four brothers; Douglas (1909), Wilbur (1915), James (1917), John (1929),
and two sisters; Eula (1911), and Minnie (1919).
Parker was raised in Malcolm (1913-1926), and Mobile (1926-1932), Alabama. He
graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile in 1932, and attended Howard College
(now Samford University), (A.B., 1936), and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary (Th.M., and Th.D.).
Dr. Parker was converted at age nine, and was baptized at Malcolm Baptist Church.
He was ordained at Ruhama Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1933. He served as
pastor at Hillsboro Baptist Church in Versailles, Kentucky (1939-1941), First
Baptist Church in Quincy, Florida (1941-1944), Allapattah Baptist Church, Miami,
Florida (1944-1945), First Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama (1945-1952), First
Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama (1952-1956), and First Baptist Church
in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Parker married Lois Virginia Reaves on June 1, 1937, in Birmingham. They
had three children; Walter Allen (1943), Sara Margaret (1944), and John Daniel
Primary Source: Henry Allen Parker Memoirs—Florida Baptist Historical
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, September 30, 1976, p. 6.
Patricia J. Birkhead.
We ve a Story to Tell, pp. 138-157.
H. B. PARKER
H. B. Parker is listed as a minister living at Greenwood in the 1858 Minutes of the West Florida Baptist Association.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1858, p. 14.
J. P. PARKER
J. P. Parker in 1875 was pastor of three churches in Alachua Association. He
was pastor of Ocklawaha Bridge Church in Grahamsville. He was pastor of Pine
Level in Adamsville and was pastor of Oak Grove in Sumpterville.
Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1875, p. 9.
LOIS VIRGINIA REAVES PARKER
Lois Virginia Reaves Parker (July 16, 1913- ) was born in Birmingham, Alabama.
She attended college at Blue Mountain, Baylor, and Mary Hardin-Baylor. She married
Henry Allen Parker on June 1, 1937. They had three children, Walter Allen, Margaret,
and John David.
Parker is remembered as a wonderful wife and mother. She also has the distinction
of being the only woman to serve as president of the Florida Baptist Convention.
In 1974 A. R. Fagan was elected president of the Convention. Fred H. Cooper
was elected first vice-president, and Virginia Parker was elected second vice-president.
Fagan was pastor of First Baptist Church in Bradenton, Cooper was director of
information services at Stetson University, and Parker was a pastor s wife and
housewife from Orlando. Fagan moved to Nashville and Cooper resigned.That meant
Parker presided at the 1974 Convention in Lakeland. She also delivered the President
s address, entitled,
Fellowship of Florida Baptists. She proved to be a most capable, kind, and humble
president of the convention.
Florida Baptist Witness, November 21, 1974,
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Noah Parker (1804-1867) served Red Rock Baptist Church, Milton and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Bluff Springs.
ROBERT A. PARKER
Robert A. Parker (1925-2009) was a native of Arkansas and was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Parker was a World War II veteran and spent 31 years as pastor in Kentucky and Arkansas. He served four years in Florida as the Director of United Christian Action. He and his wife Thelma had five children: Robert, David, Kathryn, Suzanne and Ellis.
Source: FBHS files
WILLIAM ROBERT PARKER
William Robert Parker (1935-) is a native of Alabama. Parker graduated from Grace College (1963, B. A.), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1969, M. Div., 1974, D. Min.), Princeton Theological Seminary (1971, Th. M.). He has served in Kentucky, Indiana, New Jersey and Florida. Parker began pastoring FBC, Markham Woods in 1984.
He and his wife Gloria Jean have two children, Brenda and Brad.
Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Chris Parkin served as pastor of Dalkeith Church in Wewahitchka before going
as pastor of Calvary Church, Eustis in 1980.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 17, 1980, p. 10.
PATRICIA ANN PARKS
Patricia Ann Parks (August 17, 1945- ) was born in Jasper, Florida, on November
16, 1964. She married Ralph Parks, Jr., a Medical Technologist. They had three
children; Lee, David, and Kelli.
Parks graduated from Jasper High School in Jasper, Florida, and attended the
North Florida Community College (A.A., 1975), and Valdosta State College (B.S.,
1977; M.Ed., 1984, ESD, 1997).
Parks served in the Hamilton County Florida school system as teacher, assistant
principal, and as County Superintendent of Public Schools. She served numerous
terms of service as a board member with the Florida Baptist Convention s Florida
Baptist Historical Society.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Shelby Parmer was ordained to the ministry at First Baptist Church in Marianna
on October 2, 1953. He studied at Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, and
served churches in Chipola Association until his death in January 1980.
Secondary Source: Leitch, Christ Centered Century, p 29.
Steven Parris graduated from Stetson University and The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He went as pastor of First Baptist Church in Sunrise
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 30, 1980, p. 6.
JAMES W. PARRISH
James W. Parrish (1913-1981) was a native of Jacksonville. He was a graduate
of Stetson and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He had honorary doctorates
from Stetson and Mississippi College. He served as president of the Florida
Baptist Convention in 1953.
Dr. Parish served as pastor of First Baptist Churches of Dade City, Plant City,
and Winter Park (1963-1971). He then served as pastor of Riverside Baptist Church
in Miami for over ten years. He and his wife, Lucile Blair Parrish, had one
daughter, and two sons.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 15, 1981, p. 8.
Jeff Parrish is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Memphis State and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. He became pastor of Indian Rocks Baptist Church in Largo in 2007. He and his wife, Martha, have four children.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 16, 2007, p. 11.
A. C. PARROT
A. C. Parrot was pastor of FBC, Deerfield Beach in 1944.
Source: 1944 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 34.
J. J. PARSONS
J. J. Parsons served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from
1896-1900. In 1900 the church had 150 members and a budget of $2,000.
Secondary Source: Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, pp. 102-104.
S. W. PARTEE
S. W. Partee was pastor of Larkins Baptist Church in 1920 and pastor of Larkins and Fulford in 1922.
Source: 1920 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 38; Ibid, 1922, p. 42.
C. E. PATCH
C. E. Patch (1901-1967) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as a Baptist
pastor for over 40 years in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Florida.
Patch attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University
in Nashville, Tennessee. He was pastor of Aloma Church (1955-1967) in Winter
Park, Florida, at the time of his death.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 27, 1967, p. 8.
James Pate graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville. He served in
pioneer work in Ohio and became pastor of First Church, White City in 1980.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 13, 1980, p. 6.
J. E. PATTEN
J. E. Patten served in the Jackson County Baptist Association and died in 1929.
Secondary Source: Jackson County Baptist Association Minutes, 1929, p. 22.
Mike Patterson graduated from Brewton Parker College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Pennsylvania and Georgia. In 2015 he became pastor of Francis Baptist Church in Palatka. He and his wife Phyliss, have two daughters.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 7, 2015, p. 4.
A. SCOTT PATTERSON
A. Scott Patterson (1886-1962) was born near Wellborn, Florida, and grew up
on a farm near Jasper. He married Ione Geiger, a native of Clermont. They had
The Pattersons spent 40 years (1910-1950) as missionaries in Nigeria. After
retirement he led in the organization of more than 20 churches in the Atlanta,
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 1, 1962, p. 3.
Billy Patterson (1936-1992) was a native of Georgia, and a graduate of Norman
College and Covington Seminary. He served as pastor of Ramona Boulevard Baptist
Church in Jacksonville, Old Providence in Lake City, and Westside in Lake Wales.
He and his wife, Marilyn, had three daughters; Donna, Kathy, and Julie, and
two sons; Glenn and Melvin.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 19, 1992, p. 11.
V. MILES PATTERSON
V. Miles Patterson retired in 1980 after 41 years in the gospel ministry. He
served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Apopka; First Church, Clermont; and
Parkview Church, Gainesville. He retired in 1980, while serving as pastor of
First Baptist Church in Fort Meade.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 7, 1980, p. 6.
O. H. PATTESON
O. H. Patteson was pastor of Hialeah Baptist Church in 1935.
Source: 1935 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 6.
W. D. PAYNE
W. D. died in 1931. He was a member of Dry Prairie Baptist Church in the Peace
Secondary Source: Peace River Association Minutes, 1931.
Isham Peacock and Fleming Bates organized the Pigeon Creek Baptist Church on
January 7, 1821. This was the first Baptist church organized in Florida. The
church is located near Callahan, Florida, in Nassau County.
Secondary Source: Joiner-Hepburn, A History of Florida Baptists.
J. WINSTON PEARCE
J. Winston Pearce graduated from Wake Forest College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He attended the University of Chicago and Yale University. He served as pastor in Missouri, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida. He also served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Deland.
Source: The Window Sill of Heaven
CHARLOTTE RINKENBERGER PEELMAN
Charlotte Rinkenberger Peelman (1866-1943) served the longest tenure of any
corresponding secretary of the Florida WMU. She served for 25 years (1911-1936).
Charlotte Rindenberger married Henry C. Peelman in 1885. They had one daughter,
Peelman was educated in Chicago and served Florida WMU during World War I, the
depression years, and during the disastrous hurricanes of 1926 (Miami) and 1928
(West Palm Beach). She was an excellent organizer and fund raiser.
In 1931 she traveled to Cuba and started the first WMU there.
When she took office in 1911 there were 275 WMU organizations in Florida. When
she left that office in 1936 there were 1,574 WMU organizations in Florida.
Lelia Boring Lassiter, On This Foundation.
Martha Trotter, Faithful Servants.
Troy Peeples is a graduate of Trinity College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Texas before serving at Northside Baptist Church in Plant City and New Hope Baptist Church in Zephyrhills. In 2013 Peeples became pastor of Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando. He and his wife have five daughters.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 9, 2013, p. 7.
JOHN E. PELHAM
John E. Pelham (1901-1972) received fatal injuries when struck by an automobile
on November 22, 1972, in Chipley. For 25 years he served as pastor of churches
in West Florida.
Pelham had two sons, John and James. John L. Pelham served as pastor of First
Baptist Church in Palatka. James lived in Albany, Georgia. A daughter, Maxine
Toves, lived in Panama City.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 14, 1972, p. 11.
JOHN LEE PELHAM
John Lee Pelham was born in Fadette, Alabama. He served as pastor of First Baptist
Church in Palatka for twenty-two years, from 1963 until 1985. He also was well
known to Florida Baptists for his good work with Stetson University, and their
relationship with the Florida Baptist Convention. He served as vice president
for church relations at Stetson. He served in the United States Navy (1943-1946)
in World War II.
Pelham graduated from Stetson in 1950. He than attended The Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary and graduated from there in 1954 (B.D.). He served as a
trustee at Stetson for ten years, and was chairman of the board for four years.
He received an honorary doctorate from Stetson in 1976. He also served as president
of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1976.
Pelham and his wife, Judy Rhodes Pelham, had two children. Pelham died August
2, 2004 in Palatka.
Florida Baptist Witness, April 21, 1983, p. 6.
Dothan Eagle. August 5, 2004, p. 2B.
J. F. PELOTE
J. F. Pelote was a minister and a member of New Hope Church of the Alachua Association
when his death was reported in 1884.
Alachua Association Minutes 1884, p. 8.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1884, p. 32.
EUGENE R. PENDLETON
Eugene R. Pendleton left the Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia, to serve
as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola (1910-1916). In concern over the
tension in Europe, Pendleton volunteered his services to the YMCA. They sent
him to France as a cook.
Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
G. E. PENT
G. E. Pent was pastor of Deerfield Baptist Church in 1934.
Source: 1934 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4.
CLAUDE DENSON PEPPER
Claude Denson Pepper (1900-1989) served many years as a congressman from Florida
Pepper was born on a farm near Dudleyville, Alabama. He taught school and worked
at a power plant and a steel mill to earn money to go to school. He attended
Alabama State University and Harvard Law School (L.L.B., 1924). Pepper was admitted
to the Florida Bar in 1925, and began law practice. He was a state legislator
Pepper was a Florida Baptist and was known for his support of the elderly on
a national scale. He died May 30, 1989, in Washington. D.C.
Florida Baptist Witness, March 30, 1944, p. 12.
Florida Biographical Dictionary, Somerset Publishers, 1995,
JOHNIE LEE PERRY
Johnie Lee Perry (December 17, 1935- ) was born at Holt, Florida. He was the
son of Charlie Lee Perry and Nancy Caroline Whittington. His father was a Baptist
pastor and his mother a housewife. Perry had seven brothers (Seth, 1905; Charlie,
1907; Thomas, 1910; Uel, 1912; William, 1916; Paul 1918; Grady, 1927, and five
sisters; Gertrude, 1910; Nettie, 1914; Mary, 1921; Alma, 1923; and Ruth, 1929.
Perry finished high school at Baker High School in 1947, and attended Florida
State University (B.S., 1950), Stetson University, and Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary (B.D., 1954). He was converted on July 7, 1937, and baptized
into the membership of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Baker, Florida. He served
in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was ordained on November 21, 1948, at Capitola
Baptist Church at Capitola, Florida.
Perry served as pastor of Capitola Baptist Church in Capitola in 1948-1949;
Panacia Baptist Church in Panacia in 1949; Mt. Elon Baptist Church in Tallahassee
in 1948-1950; Yellow River Baptist Church in Baker in 1951; New Hope Baptist
Church in Kinston, North Carolina, in 1952-1955; Sandy Bottom Baptist Church,
Kinston, North Carolina in 1952-1955. He also served as Chaplain in the United
Perry married Elizabeth Ann Wells on December 24, 1947, at Andalusia, Alabama.
They had two children; Carolyn in 1950, and Steven in 1952.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Joshua Perry (1829-1893) of the Sardis Church in Alachua Association died in
1893. He was a pioneer preacher in many of the destitute localities of our territory,
having organized and built up several churches in the years when the field was
large and the laborers few. Perry was born in Lancaster County, South Carolina,
on January 7, 1829. He was baptized in that County in 1844, and ordained in
Perry served as pastor of Mt. Zion, Oak Grove, Pine Level, Pleasant Plains,
Sardis, and Hopewell Churches in the Alachua Association.
Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1893,
p. 18; 1873, p.
7. Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1894, p. 40.
R. M. PERRY
R. M. Perry served as pastor of Antiock Baptist Church in Alachua County in
In 1867 Perry preached the introductory sermon at the Alachua Baptist Association
meeting at New Providence Church in Marion County. He was serving as pastor
of New Hope and Ocala at that time.
Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1856, p. 14; 1867, p.
RONALD M. PERRY
Ronald M. Perry is a graduate of Samford University, Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). He came as pastor
of First Baptist Church in Graceville, Florida, in 1994, and left there to teach
at Clear Creek Baptist College in Kentucky. He and his wife, Kim, have two sons.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 26, 1994, p. 8.
THEOPHILUS HARVEY PERRY
Theophilus Harvey Perry (1848-) was born in Alabama. He was one of ten children born to James L. and Mary Rhyme Perry. Perry enlisted in the Alabama 4th Regiment in 1864. He did not receive a bounty in that he was under 18 years of age. He married Mary M. McArthy in 1868 in Monroe County, Alabama.
His wife died and Perry moved to Florida in 1889. Perry served as pastor in Santa Rosa County, Florida.
Source: FBHS files.
W. S. PERRY
W. S. Perry served faithfully as a Florida pastor in the Santa Fe River Association
and died in 1889.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1890, p. 47.
Noah Peterson was pastor of Goulds Baptist Church in 1935.
Source: 1935 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 6.
Michael Petty served as pastor in Georgia and Louisiana and then as pastor of First Baptist Church, Marianna. Petty graduated from Brewton Parker and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2007 Petty became director of missions of Gulf Stream Baptist Association. He and his wife, Sue have two children.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 26, 2004, p. 3.
Adolph Phares (1933-2010) served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Chipley from 1974-1995. He was ordained on February 26, 1956, at the Moundville Baptist Church in Moundville, Alabama. He received his (B.A.) degrees from Howard College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.).
Phares served as pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Brent, Alabama; Rhodes Chapel in Greensboro, Alabama; Coker Baptist in Coker, Alabama; Taylorsville Baptist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; First Baptist Church in East Gary, Indiana; and Shadowtown Baptist Church in Prichard, Alabama. He retired on July 1, 1995, after serving 21 years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Chipley. Adolph and his wife Shirley had four children.
Secondary Source: Joan Chance, History, First Baptist Church, Chipley, Florida, 1887-1987.
JAMES L. PHARR
James L. Pharr (1922-1988) was a native of Alabama, and was the captain of the
football team at Auburn University when he played there. He was a graduate of
Auburn and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of
First Baptist Church in Ocala. He and his wife, Pat, had served previously in
Texas, North Carolina, and Alabama. His brother, Keener Farr, served in the
education division of the Flordia Baptist Convention.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 28, 1988, p. 6.
Keenar Pharr (circa 1916-2004) was a native of the Gadsden, Fort Payne, Alabama
area. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served
as a sergeant in the United States Army.
Pharr served in the Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida Baptist Conventions.
He served at the Baptist Sunday School Board (1960s) in Nashville and served
the Florida Baptist Convention from 1969-1981.
Pharr served as president of Church Growth Priorities from 1982 until the time
of his death at Signal Mountain, Tennessee. He and his wife, Grace Faulkner
Pharr, had two daughters.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 11, 2004, p. 6.
BAXTER C. PHILLIPS
Baxter C. Phillips (1927-2005) served with the Third Infantry Division in World
War II. He graduated from Wake Forest University, Southeastern Baptist Theological
Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary. He served more than 30 years of his 63 year
ministry career in Miami.
Phillips served as a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves and with VFW Post 3918.
Phillips and his wife, Wanda, had four sons; Stephen, Timothy, and Nathan, and
he was preceded in death by their son Joel.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 26, 2005, p. 7.
C. R. PHILLIPS
C. R. Phillips served as pastor of West Palm Beach in 1912.
Source:1912 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 32.
R. W. PHILLIPS
R. W. Phillips served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died at Suwannee on
April 3, 1903
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1904, p. 32.
Henry Pickern (1930-1984) died of a heart attack while serving as
pastor of Tenth Street Baptist Church in Palmetto. He had previously held pastorates
in Missouri and First Baptist Churches of Grand Ridge and Carrabelle. He and
his wife, Edna, had four sons; Steve, Jeff, Mike, and Danny.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 23, 1984, p. 7.
Julio Pineiro (1967-) is a native of Havana, Cuba. He served as pastor of Iglesia Biblica de Hileah (1997-2004) and worked as a contract worker with the Language Church Planting Department from 2004-2007. In 2007 Pineiro was elected Southeast Florida language church planting missionary.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 7, 2007, p. 2.
A. Z. Pinnell was pastor of Goulds Baptist Church in 1941.
Source: 1941 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 5.
WOODROW M. PINSON
Woodrow M. Pinson (1917-2009) graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1947. He served churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, and Florida. In Florida he served as pastor of FBC, Inverness, Eastside in Orlando, Starke Lake in Ocoee and served as interim pastor of several Central Florida churches. He and his wife Edna were married for 68 years and they had two daughters, Nancy and Anne.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 9, 2009, p. 4.
M. C. PIPPEN
M. C. Pippen served in the Jackson County Baptist Association and died in 1929.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1929, p. 21.
C. ROBERT PITTARD
C. Robert Pittard (1897-1989) was a native of Alabama. He served many years
as pastor of Allapattah Baptist Church in Miami. After retirement he served
12 interims in Florida and in Georgia. He and his wife, Ethel, had one daughter.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 27, 1889, p. 10.
ELISHA TANNER PITTS
Elisha Tanner Pitts (1875-1956) was born in Butler County, Alabama. He was the
youngest child of William Isaiah Pitts (1836-1896) and Elizabeth Louisa Pitts
Pitts married Ada Cooper in 1875 in Butler County and she died after 1900. In
1904 Pitts married Mary Rebecca Brake of Santa Rosa County and she died in 1933.
Pitts then married Kiziah Hardy in 1935. He died in 1956.
Pitts served as a Baptist preacher in Santa Rosa County and present day Okaloosa
County. He served as pastor at Spring Hill, New Providence and Calvary in Milton.
He served Pine Grove at Catawba, New Hope at McLellan, Pleasant Home at Bed
Rock, Bethel at Cora, Valley Grove at Munson, Snew Hill at Indian Ford, Jay,
Wellman at Blackman, Yellow River at Oak Grove, Beaver Creek at Otahite, and
Magnolia at Laurel Hill.
Secondary Source: Judith Holly, Rev. Elisha Tanner Pitts.
J. J. W. PLACE
J. J. W. Place served in Palatka in August 1885. He wrote that there were 14
additions in the Palatka church in the previous seven weeks. He also noted that,
Our brethren are building a neat little parsonage to protect their pastor against
high rents and cheap houses.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 6, 1885, p. 2.
JAMES L. PLEITZ
James L. Pleitz (c. 1929- ) served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pensacola
from 1959 to 1977. He and Margaret Ann and their children, Danny and Nancy,
moved to Pensacola from Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Pleitz graduated from Ouachita Baptist College and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary (B.O., 1953). He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Bentonville,
Arkansas, and Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, before moving
In October 1977 Pleitz went as pastor of the Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas,
Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
Jack Plew (March 14, 1923- ) was born in Flint, Michigan. He was a bivocational
pastor who worked for the United States Navy for 38 years. He was licensed to
preach on December 19, 1967, by the Lake Shore Baptist Church in Jacksonville,
Florida, and then was ordained there on August 25, 1968. He has served as pastor
of Springhill in Fernandina, and Ephesus Baptist Church in Hilliard from 1978
Secondary Source: History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard, Florida, p. 19.
JOE H. PLOTT
Joe H. Plott served as pastor of FBC Mary Esther for 25 years (1983-2008) and retired in 2008.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 2008, p. 14.
L. B. PLUMMER
L. B. Plummer served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from
Secondary Source: Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, p. 104.
N. B. PLUMMER
N. B. Plummer served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Anthony in 1934.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1935, p. 7.
R. N. PLYANT
R. N. Plyant (September 5, 1820-December 3, 1905) was born in South Carolina
and died at his home near Homeland in Polk County. He moved to Florida in 1858
and lived in Tampa several years. He later moved to Polk County and was one
of the premier preachers of the South Florida Association.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1906, p. 90.
J. D. POINDEXTER
J. D. Poindexter served as pastor of First Baptist Church Callahan from 1932
Secondary Source: First Baptist Church Callahan, A Brief History, p. 3.
J. M. POINER
J. M. Poiner served as pastor of Friendship Church in the West Florida Baptist Association in 1864.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1864, p. 9.
R. L. POLK
R. L. Polk (-2006) served as pastor of Ona Baptist Church, Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Avon Park, First Baptist Church in South Bay, and Northside Baptist Church in Plant City. He served as pastor of Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church from 1998-2006. He and his wife, Lorraine, had three sons; Howard, Bobby and Glenn; and a daughter, Rebecca.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 27, 2006, p. 10.
Forrest Pollock (1964-2008) served as pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon. He and his son Preston (13) were killed in a private plane crash on May 12, 2008. Forrest was survived by his wife Dawn and children: Courtney, Brooke, Hope, Blake and Kirk.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 7, 2009
Glenn J. Pollock (1962-2010) was a graduate of The Baptist College of Florida (2004) and served as pastor of Unity Southern Baptist Church in Jacksonville (1995-1998). He also served as North Florida Regional Director for the African American-Ministries Division of the Florida Baptist Convention (2005-2007). He and his wife Juana had one daughter, Shanequa.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 23, 2010, p. 18.
David Polo is the bivocational pastor of Iglesia Bautista de Boca Glades in
Boca Raton. He was a physician in Columbia, South America, and
now has a cosmetic surgery practice in Boca Raton.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 17, 2003. p. 5.
Jim Ponder (1934-2001) was a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and a graduate of
Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as
pastor in Texas and Illinois before coming to Florida and serving as director
of evangelism for the Florida Baptist Convention from 1970 to 1981. He had a
world vision and a heart for evangelism. He and his wife, Joy, had a daughter,
Keli, and a son, Ken.
Florida Baptist Witness, January 25, 2001.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
B. D. PORTER
B. D. Porter was pastor of the Perrine Church in 1927 and the Key West Baptist Church in 1928.
Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 27; Ibid, 1928, p. 27.
J. C. PORTER
J. C. Porter (November 10, 1855-March 5, 1904) served as an editor of the Florida
Baptist Witness on two occasions (1890-1893; 1895-1904).
Porter attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as an agent
for the American Baptist Publication Society, Stetson, the State Board of Missions
and worked as a pastor and evangelist.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1905,
Earl Joiner, A History of Florida Baptists, pp. 124-125, 308.
A. T. POSEY
A. T. Posey served as Baptist pastor in Florida and died in West Florida Association in 1903.
Source: 1903 Florida Baptist Convention Minutes, p. 19.
L. H. POTTER
L. H. Potter served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1883.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1894, p. 32.
J. FRANK POTTS
J. Frank Potts was pastor of Orchard Villa Mission in 1943.
Source: 1943 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 8.
E. T. POULSON
E. T. Poulson died on November 10, 1949, at St. Petersburg, Florida. He served
as pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando (1913-1918), and First Baptist
Church in St. Petersburg (1918-1928). While at St. Petersburg, Dr. Poulson assisted
in organizing the Central, Hobson Memorial, and Northside churches. He served
as pastor at Northside (1928-1945) for over 17 years.
Poulson was educated at Richmond College, and received the D.D. degree from
Franklin College in Indiana.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 22, 1949, p. 13. Patricia
J. Birkhead, We ve a Story to Tell. pp. 91-96.
Amon Powell (1902-1967) was born in Columbia County. He moved to St. Petersburg
in 1941, and started the Friendship Baptist Church where he served as pastor
from 1941 to 1956. He later served as pastor of Mt. Pleasant in High Springs.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 13, 1967, p. 8.
GEORGE C. POWELL
George C. Powell (December 13, 1809-November 1881) became involved in one of the most tragic circumstances in American history. Powell was born in Burke County, Georgia, near Botsford meeting house. He was baptized by John Blackston into the membership of Mount Panan Church, Crawford County, on December 28, 1828. He was married in 1830, and was ordained to preach at Liberty Church in Russell County, Alabama in 1847. In 1848 he was called as pastor to Beulah Church in Steward County, Georgia, and moved near Bellville, Florida, in 1859. He preached at Providence Church in Bradford County for about a year and moved to Lake Jessup in Orange County. He lived also at Oviedo and Orlando. He was pastor of several churches in Central Florida. Records show that Powell reorganized Bethel Baptist Church in Orlando in 1871, and it became present day First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida.
The tragedy relates to his sons. Powell had one son killed in the Civil War, another crippled, and a third hung. Lewis Thornton (Paine) Powell, the son hung, is shrouded in much mystery down to this day. He was the man who tried to kill Secretary of State William Seward the same evening John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. Therefore, he was hung with the other conspirators. Much controversy surrounds the life and death of Lewis (Paine) Powell.
The wife of George was Caroline Powell (1811-1885) who was born in Jones County, Georgia in 1811 and died at Lake Harvey, in Orange County, Florida on December 2, 1885.
Secondary Source: FBHS files.
Florida Baptist Witness, January 14, 1886, p. 3.
J. W. H. POWELL
J. W. H. Powell ( -1899) died near Richland on April 22, 1899, in the
zenith of his usefulness. He was pastor of some of the leading churches in the
Pasco and South Florida Associations. He was pastor of Bethel Church in Polk
County for six years and lamented upon his death as a wise counselor, an able
defender of the truth, a consecrated Christian, and a successful pastor.
Florida Baptist Convention Minutes. 1899. pp. 43-44
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1881, p. 34.
T. J. POWERS
T. J. Powers served as pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine
from 1954-1962. He was a native of Alabama, and was one of the most innovative
pastors the church has ever had. Much growth, maturity, and outreach came during
the work of Dr. Powers. He left St. Augustine to become pastor of Parkview Baptist
Church in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he stayed many years.
The Long Road with God. . . a Living History of Ancient City
Baptist Church, 1887-1987, pp. 53-64.
J. M. POYNER
J. M. Poyner served as pastor at Campbellton in 1870.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1870, p. 9.
G. A. PREVATT
G. A. Prevatt died November 11, 1947. He served as a pastor in Florida for 47
Prevatt became a Christian in 1896. He married Alice E. Harris in 1898. He was
moderator of the Black Creek Association for over 12 years, and served on the
state executive board for over 20 years.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 6, 1948, p. 14.
BRUCE H. PRICE
Bruce H. Price served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, then
he served in Ashboro, North Carolina. In 1944, he went as pastor of Beech Street
Baptist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 2, 1944, p. 9.
GORDON E. PRICE
Gordon E. Price (1937-1998) served as pastor of Six Mile Creek Baptist Church
in Tampa for nine years. He also served East Chelsea in Tampa and North Fort
Myers First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Carolyn, had three daughters, Teresa,
Denise, and Heather.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 17, 1998.
JOHN F. PRICE
John F. Price (1887-1989) was born November 16, 1887. He served as pastor of
First Baptist Church, Punta Gorda from 1945 to 1955. Price was not able to attend
the 1989 Centennial Celebration of the Punta Gorda Baptist Church, but he was
age 101 when the church was age 100.
First Baptist Church Centennial Brochure: First Baptist Church, Punta, Gorda.
Florida Baptist Convention Minutes, 1945-1955.
The Primitive Baptist group is one of the most independent Baptist groups of
all. They do not claim denominational status, and see the local church as the
only governing body for Baptists. This group has no denominational structure,
no mission sending societies, and no Sunday School organization. They are in
favor of evangelistic effort but feel the New Testament views it as personal
responsibility, and not an organizational task.
The associations have annual minutes, articles of faith, rules of order, and
fellowship with like minded believers. They are strongly Calvinistic, and hold
to the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord s Supper. Ministers are not required
to have any theological training, and many of them serve completely at their
own expense. Each congregation is careful about receiving new members, and there
is no national organization to report statistical reports. It is estimated they
have 1,000 churches, and 72,000 members. Membership is primarily in the south.
Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, Handbook of Denominations, 10th edition.
EDWIN PRITCHETT, JR
Edwin (Sonny) Pritchett, Jr., graduated from the University of Alabama, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and the U.S. Army Chaplains Center and School, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Pritchett served as a chaplain in the Alabama National Guard, church planter in Thailand with the International Mission Board, and he served as director of missions of the Florida Keys Baptist Association. In 2006 Pritchett began service as the director of missions in the Walton County Baptist Association. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 30, 2006, p. 14.
PROGRESSIVE NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, INC.
This group was begun in 1961, and came primarily as a split from The National
Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., over presidential term limits and direct civil
rights involvement. High profile leadership like Martin Luther King, Sr., Martin
Luther King, Jr., Gardner Taylor (the first president), Ralph Abernathy, and
Benjamin Mays have been active in this group. Political involvement, social
justice, civil rights, and presidential leadership are vital issues with this
Frank S. Mead and Sam Hill. Handbook of Denominations. 10th Edition.
J. H. PUDDINGTON
J. H. Puddington was pastor of Little River Baptist Church in 1931 and Coconut Grove Baptist Church in 1934.
Source: 1931 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 30; Ibid, 1934, p. 4.
A. P. PUGH
A. P. Pugh served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola from 1892-1897.
He was a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Furman University and The
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pugh left the Baptist Church in Lexington,
Mississippi, to move to Pensacola.
Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
Rick Pughe graduated from Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of LifePointe Church in Windemere before becoming pastor of First Baptist Church Eustis in 2007. He and his wife, Gina, have three children.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 16, 2007, p. 11
DON LESTER PULLEN
Don Lester Pullen (1885-1959) was the son of James Harmon Pullen and Anna Nora
Rowlan married Lula Sutton on April 19, 1908. They had seven children; Annie,
Thomas, Don, John, Zena, Paul, and Curtis.
Pullen spent 37 years as a bivocational minister in the Clewiston area. He was
a painter and a preacher. He served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Myakka
Secondary Source: Audrey D. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 55-57.
Gerald Purvis (November 3, 1944- ) was born in Ocilla, Georgia. He and his wife,
Irene, have two daughters, Tamela and Zandra.
Purvis was saved at age 33, and joined First Baptist Church in Callahan. In
1977 he surrendered to preach. He graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in
Graceville in 1980. He served as pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church in Hilliard
from 1982 to 1986. From there he went to the pastorate of First Baptist Church
in Statham, Georgia.
Secondary Source: History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard, Florida, p. 20.
S. M. PYLES
In the Civil War S. M. Pyles served as a preacher among the five companies of
soldiers stationed in the area of the West Florida Baptist Association.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1864, 1865.