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LESTER TAGGART

Lester Taggart (1913-2002) served as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Clay County in 1976-1979. Taggart and his wife Gladys had three children.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

T. L. TALBERT

T. L. Talbert served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pensacola in 1885. He attended Mississippi College and The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He and his wife had four boys. A church pleasure trip in 1885 to Santa Rosa Island ended in tragedy with the heart attack of pastor
Talbert. He was not able to preach again and died soon in his native state of Mississippi.

Secondary Source:
Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,  pp. 77-78.

HENRY TALBIRD

Henry Talbird (November 7, 1811-October 14, 1890) served as a professor and then president of Howard College in Marion, Alabama. He was born
in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and attended Madison (now Colgate) University (A.M., 1841). He married Mary C. Griffin on January 15, 1845.
During the Civil War he served in the Alabama 7th and 41st regiments. Talbird served as pastor at Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1842), Henderson, Kentucky
(1868-1871), Lexington, Missouri (1872-1884), and Starke, Florida (1884-1887).

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.

DAVID TARKINGTON

Tarkington,David

David Tarkington graduated from the University of North Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He went to First Baptist Church,
Orange Park, as pastor in 2005. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 18, 2005, p. 10.

ERNEST TATHAM

Ernest Tatham served as pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ADGER R. TATUM

Adger R. Tatum served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Myorkka City, Florida,
from 1962-1973.

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

J. F. TATUM

J. F. Tatum served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Barberville, 1904-1905.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JIM TATUM

Tatum,Jim

Jim Tatum (1927-2012) was a member of First Baptist Church Jacksonville and had a successful career in the insurance business before beginning a
ministry of “suits for servants.” He opened a number of clothing stores but his joy was loving his family, teaching his Sunday School class and putting
preachers in new suits. He and his wife Bernice were married for 63 years and had four children, Terri, Tim, Tracy, Tammy and nine grandchildren.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, June 14, 2012
Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. R. TATUM

J. R. Tatum was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Peace River Association.
He died in 1924.

Secondary Source: Peace River Association Minutes, 1924, p. 29.

A. W. TAYLOR

A. W. Taylor was pastor of Belle Glade Baptist Church in 1934 and 1939.

Source:
1934 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4;
Ibid, 1939, p. 4.

ALLEN TAYLOR

Allen Taylor served as pastor of Eden Baptist Church, Brooksville.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

B. W. TAYLOR

B. W. Taylor served as pastor of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Dale County, Alabama, in 1872.

Secondary Source:
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1872, p. 11.

E. E. TAYLOR

E. E. Taylor served as pastor of Double Branch Baptist Church (now First Baptist Church, Wesley Chapel).

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

FRANK TAYLOR

Frank Taylor served as pastor of Mosley Hall Baptist Church in Greenville, and in 1980, went as pastor of Union Baptist Church in Branford.

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

HOMER N. TAYLOR

Homer N. Taylor (1914-2001) served as a pastor in Central Florida for more than 55 years. He helped start Woodhaven Church and Victory Church in
Orlando and Rock Springs Church in Apopka. He and his wife, Hassie, had two sons, Richard and Eddie.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, January 25, 2001, p. 10.

HUBERT R. TAYLOR

Taylor,Hubert-R.

Hubert R. Taylor (1926-1990) was a native of Jacksonville. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Cedar Key, First Baptist Church of Lake Monroe,
Hart Haven Baptist Church for seventeen years, Riverside Park Baptist Church for eleven years, and Dames Point Baptist Church for six years. After
retirement in 1988, Taylor devoted himself to gospel ventriloquism, and presented programs in nearly 100 churches in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
He attended Stetson University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Gwendolyn,
had two daughters, Melba and Lois.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 5, 1990, p. 11.

IRVIN LAFAYETTE TAYLOR

I. L. Taylor (1845-1929) served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola (1879-1881). He served as pastor of Milton Baptist Church on three occasions.
Taylor was very active preaching in Escambia County, Santa Rosa County and Conecuh County, Alabama. Taylor served in the Alabama 61st, Company D
in the Civil War.

Secondary Source:
Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay On the Hill,  pp. 70-73.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. G. TAYLOR

J. G. Taylor served as pastor of Sardis Baptist Church, Worthington Springs.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JESSE TAYLOR

Jesse Taylor died in 1907.

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

JOHN TAYLOR

John Taylor served as Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Bonifay.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

MARY A. TAYLOR

Mary A. Taylor studied at the Chicago Baptist Training School. She went to Havana, Cuba, in 1900 under the appointment of the Home Mission Board.
She may have been the first woman appointed by Florida Baptists for mission service abroad.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual 1900-1903.

P. T. TAYLOR

P. T. Taylor served as pastor of Phoenix Baptist Church, Jacksonville and was pastor in Dania in 1923.

Source:
1923 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 35.
Florida Baptist Witness, April 20, 1933, p. 7.

PERRY T. TAYLOR

Perry T. Taylor served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Delray Beach.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

PHILIP EDWARD TAYLOR

Philip Edward Taylor died on December 3, 1966, while he was serving as pastor of the Marietta Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Taylor was a native of Andrews,
South Carolina, and had lived in Jacksonville since 1939. Taylor was a graduate of Stetson University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served
as pastor of First Baptist Church, Folkston, Georgia; Wesconnet, Holly Ford, Paul Avenue, all in Jacksonville, and First Baptist Church, Sorrento.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 15, 1966, January 5, 1967.

ROBERT G. TAYLOR

Robert G. Taylor served as pastor of Lake Mystic Baptist Church, Bristol.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

RUSSELL TAYLOR

Russell Taylor served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Holt.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. TAYLOR

W. Taylor served as pastor of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, Cottondale.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. C. TAYLOR

W. C. Taylor was pastor of Pahokee Baptist Church in 1927 and 1928.

Source:
1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 26;
Ibid, 1928, p. 28..

LUCINA BEACH TELFORD

Telford,Mrs.L.B.

Lucina Beach Telford (1826-1892 was born in Brockport, New York. In January 1887, she was chosen as the Corresponding Secretary of the Woman’s
Mission Work of the Florida Baptist Convention. She worked through the local associations and traveled and spoke widely for mission causes. Her health
limited her but she worked through yellow fever scares, drought, and economic downturn to promote missions among women of the Florida Baptist churches.
Lucina Beach married Robert Telford of Hall, New York, and they served as American Baptist foreign missionaries for ten years in Thailand, Siam, and China.
They returned to the United States in 1864 and Robert Telford served as a pastor in the midwest for 19 years. Lucina served the Woman s Mission cause in
Florida for six years. She died July 17, 1893.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Martha Trotter, Faithful Servants.

CHARLES TEMPLES

Charles Temples served as pastor of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, Cottondale.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ALBERT EUGENE “GENE” TENNES

Albert Eugene “Gene” Tennes was born in Paducah, Ky., to the late Mikel and Hannah Tennes. Tennes served as pastor of Oakdale Baptist Church (now
Valley Road), Crestview and Wright Baptist Church, Fort Walton Beach, 1962-1964. He and his wife Earline Cowart of Fort Walton Beach had one son,
and five daughters.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

LULU SPARKMAN TERRY

Lulu Sparkman Terry (May 24, 1887-1965) was born at Wauchula, Florida. She was the daughter of Thomas J. Sparkman and Susan E. Futch Sparkman.
Her father was a minister and her mother a housekeeper. Terry had four brothers; Hugh (1880), Walter (1884), William Carey (1891), Charles Spurgeon
(1894), and two sisters; Mary (1878) and Maude (1882). She was converted in 1898, and baptized in the Peace River at Arcadia, Florida. She was raised in
Wauchula, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Nocatee, Owens, Deland, and Lakeland, Florida. She attended Stetson University, and the W.M.U. Training School in
Louisville, Kentucky (B.M.T., 1910). She became interested in mission work in Latin America at an early age. Lulu married Adolph John Terry (July 5, 1883)
on June 8, 1911, at Palmetto, Florida. They were appointed to serve in Brazil in July 1912. A. J. Terry died in 1945 but Lulu was able to carry on her work in
Brazil until she retired in 1957 after 45 years of service. They had two children; Daniel (1912) and Susan (1917). Both children were born in Recife, Brazil.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Eula Tucker Lastinger, The First One Hundred Years, pp. 70-71.

A. C. TESTON

A. C. Teston retired as pastor of First Baptist Church in Citrus Park on January 13, 1980.

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

CORNELIUS TATE TEW

Cornelius Tate Tew (1880-1948) died in Alachua on July 19, 1948. Tew was a Baptist preacher for over 40 years. He served as pastor in North Carolina,
Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky, and Florida. Tew was pastor of First Baptist Church, Fort Myers from 1927 to 1937, and First Baptist Church in Pompano
from 1937 to 1945.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 26, 1948, p. 13.

AUSTIN JOSEPH THAMES

Austin Joseph Thames pastored Damascus Baptist Church, Coon Hill, 1898 and Milligan Baptist Church from 1899-1900. Thames served part time as
missionary to Pensacola Bay Baptist Association in 1898. Thames and his wife Elouise had two sons.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. EARL THARP

J. Earl Tharp (c 1908-1998) served as pastor of New Orleans Baptist Church in Tampa for 38 years before retiring. He and his wife, Wilma, were married for
65 years, and they had one daughter, Paulette. Tharp served as pastor in the Tampa Bay area for 43 years.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, November 13, 1980;
February 18, 1999.

J. H. THARP

J. H. Tharp served for a time as an editor of the Florida Baptist Witness. He assisted in the building of the subscription list and served as a public relations
man for the paper and the convention as he was a one-man news bureau sending and receiving information on Baptist work from secular and religious
journals. He resigned from the Witness in 1909 due to ill health. Tharp served as a pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven (1902)  First Baptist
Church in Lakeland (1902-1906) and First Baptist Church, Sarasota (1909). . The church started having services every Sunday and built a parsonage and
a new auditorium during his ministry.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 4, 1909, p. 11.
Alice M. Muir, A Historic Sketch, p. 17-18.
Louise Beauchamp, History 1885-1985, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, p. 9.

JAMES A. THAYER

James A. Thayer was pastor of Coral Gables Baptist Church in 1928.

Source:
1928 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 26.

R. W. THIOT

Thiot,R.W.

R. W. Thiot died in the prime of life on May 19, 1931 while serving as pastor of Avondale Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1931, p. 21.

WILLIAM B. THIRLWELL

William B. Thirlwell (1909-1989) was a graduate of Georgetown College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He served as pastor
in Brooksville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Five Points Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, 1947-1951. He also served for many years as chaplain at the
Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 21, 1989, p. 10.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

C. S. THOMAS

C. S. Thomas served as pastor of Phoenix Baptist Church, Jacksonville and First Baptist Church, Eustis.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 20, 1933, p. 7.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

DANIEL THOMAS

Daniel Thomas (1921-1991) was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served churches in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Florida. He
worked for the Kentucky Baptist Convention for four years, and for the Florida Baptist Convention ten years. He and his wife had two daughters, Judith
and Sylvia.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 11, 1991, p. 10.

ERNEST THOMAS

Ernest Thomas served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Hernando.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

FRANK THOMAS

Frank Thomas graduated from Stetson University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thomas served as pastor of the First Baptist Church,
Tavares, 1975-1979; First Baptist Church, Cocoa, 1979-1985; and Alta Woods Baptist Church.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

FULTON THOMAS

Fulton Thomas served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Milligan.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

I. F. THOMAS

I. F. Thomas served as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Clay County in 1922-1923 and 1927-1928.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

I. R. THOMAS

I. R. Thomas served as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Clay County in 1903-1904, 1906 and 1909-1910.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. W. THOMAS

J. W. Thomas (November 28, 1824-August 24, 1899) was born in Barnwell, South Carolina on November 28, 1824. He was converted at age 17, and
joined the Baptist Church at Cypress Chapel, South Carolina. In 1850 he moved to Florida, and joined the church at Hawthorn. In the fall of 1853 he
moved to Penial where he lived and labored till he was called up higher. He was ordained in December 1854, and faithfully preached the gospel for 45 years.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1899, pp. 43-44.

KEITH THOMAS

Keith Thomas (1956-2013) served as pastor of First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach (1990-2003). Cottage Hills Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama, and at
the time of his death was pastor of Cornerstone Church in The Woodland, Texas (2011-2013). Thomas served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention
(1996-1997) and also served as trustee at the Baptist College of Florida (1997-2000) and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He and his wife Karen had four
children: Nathan, Nolan, Lauren and Kelsey.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files

L. E. THOMAS

L. E. Thomas served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Stuart.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

STEVE THOMAS

Steve Thomas graduated from the University of Missouri in Rolla and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2008 he became pastor of First
Baptist Church West Palm Beach. He and his wife Julie have three children.

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

WARREN THOMAS

Warren Thomas served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Barberville.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

DAVID THOMASSON

David Thomasson served as pastor of Lake Asbury Baptist Church from 1986-1992. He and his wife, Charlyn had two sons.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

L. B. THOMASON

L. B. Thomason went as pastor of First Baptist Church in Crystal River in 1969. He was chosen as a minister of the year by Stetson University in 1980.

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

BOB THOMPSON

Bob Thompson graduated from Howard Payne University and was serving as pastor of First Baptist Church, Eastpoint, in 1980.

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

E. A. THOMPSON

E. A. Thompson served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Eustis.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. O. THOMPSON

E. O. Thompson served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Mt. Dora.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

EARL THOMPSON

Earl Thompson served as pastor of Goodhope Baptist Church, Baker.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. A. THOMPSON

J. A. Thompson served as pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. E. THOMPSON

J. E. Thompson served as pastor of Silver Palm Baptist Church in 1914.

Source:
1914 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 16.

J. N. THOMPSON

J. N. Thompson served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Havana.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 13, 1939, pp. 8-9.

JAMES R. THOMPSON

James R. Thompson (1914-1985) served for 51 years as a Baptist preacher. He served as pastor in other states and served at First Baptist Church in
Auburndale, and Ortega Baptist Church in Jacksonville from 1971 to 1981 before his retirement. Thompson served as director of missions of the Indian
River Association. He and his wife, Martha, had two daughters, Martha and Jennifer.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 30, 1985, p. 6.

JOHN N. THOMPSON

John N. Thompson (September 24, 1870-July 18, 1957) was born in Reidsville, Georgia. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Thompson. He became a
Missionary Baptist minister early in life. His first pastorate was at Surrency, Georgia. He served in Florida at Tampa, Punta Gorda, Terra Cota, Fort Pierce,
La Crosse, Micanopy, Havana, Island Grove, Winder Garden, and Oviedo. Thompson married Annis C. Thompson. They had one child, J. Allen Thompson.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 18, 1957, p. 13;
August 18, 1927, p. 13.

LARRY THOMPSON

Larry Thompson served as pastor in Hobart, Oklahoma; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Merritt Island, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama before becoming pastor of First
Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale in 1994. Thompson developed the idea of the Watchman Prayer Ministry used in more than 2,000 churches. He and his
wife, Cynthia, have two daughters.

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

REX THOMPSON

Rex Thompson served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Blountstown.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ROY MICHAEL THOMPSON

Roy Michael Thompson (1952-2006) was born in North Carolina and served Baptist churches there before becoming pastor of FBC, Flora City (1996-2006).
He and his wife Cathy cared for more than 70 children through their ministry as licensed foster care parents. They had three sons; John, Christopher,
Michael and five daughters; Amanda, Monique, Monica, Nicole and Jessie.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, August 24, 2006, p. 10.

S. H. THOMPSON

S. H. Thompson was a native of Allamance County, North Carolina. He came to Lake City as pastor in 1910 and was considered the college pastor for
Columbia Baptist College. He attended Franklin College in Indiana (A.B. and A.M.). He also studied at the National Normal College in Lebanon, Ohio.
Thompson was a pastor-teacher and served as pastor in Virginia for twenty-one years before moving to Florida. From 1904-1910, Thompson was pastor
of First Baptist Church, Bluefield, West Virginia.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, March 3, 1910.

STEVEN THOMPSON

Steven Thompson serves as pastor of Crown Point Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and in 2003 was honored for his 25 years in the ministry. He served as a
chaplain in the Florida Air National Guard and previously served in Virginia before coming to Florida. He and his wife, Gloria, have three children.

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

T. E. THOMPSON

T. E. Thompson served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church, Sanford.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

WARREN THOMSON

Warren Thomson served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Barberville.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

H. G. THORNTON

H. G. Thornton served as pastor of Pleasant Home Baptist Church, Holt.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. S. THRASHER

J. S. Thrasher served as pastor of Silver Palm Baptist Church in 1910 and El Bethel Baptist Church, Tampa.

Source:
1910 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 21.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOSEPH THRIFT

Joseph Thrift served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Pinellas County in 1934.

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

DAVID THROCKMORTON

David Throckmorton graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has pastored in Florida and Texas. Throckmorton served as
pastor of First Baptist Church, Blountstown and First Baptist Church, Floral City. He and his wife Sally have three children.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

O. C. THURMOND

O. C. Thurmond died June 14, 1973, at Pompano Beach after serving as a pioneer pastor in the Miami area for 40 years. He helped start 12 different
churches in his ministry. He helped organize Northside, Emmanuel, and Arch Creek in Miami.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 12, 1973, p. 7.

BEN TIDWELL

Ben Tidwell (1927-1990) died of a heart attack in the Sunday morning worship service on March 18, 1990, while serving as pastor of Westside Baptist
Church in Boynton Beach. He served churches in Miami and Hialeah. Tidwell was known as the father of bus ministries in south Florida. He and his
wife, Doris, had three daughters, Carolyn, Nancy, and Becky, and one son, Ben III.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, March 20, 1990, p. 7.

THOMAS E. TILLER

Thomas E. Tiller served as pastor of First Baptist Church Bartow and died in 1891.

Secondary Source:
South Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1891, p. 10
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.

J. E. TILLMAN

J. E. Tillman was pastor of Flagler Park Baptist Church in 1931.

Source:
1931 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 29.

JIM TILLMAN

Jim Tillman served as pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Westville, 1983-1985.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ORRIS G. TILLMAN

Orris G. Tillman ( -1936) graduated from Wake Forest College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th. D.). He married Myrtle Fuller of
Wake Forest, N. C., and they went as missionaries to Burma. They had to return to the USA for health reasons and Tillman became pastor of First
Baptist Church, Cary, N. C. In 1935 he became pastor of Pompano Baptist Church. His last sermon was entitled “Preparation for Death”. He and
his wife had one son, George and a daughter, Willie Burt.

Source:
1936 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4-5.

VIRGIL TILLMAN

Virgil Tillman was named an outstanding Pastor of the Year by Lifeway Christian Resources in 2007. Tillman serves as pastor of Kingswood Baptist
Church in Southport (2002-).

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

E. A. TIMMONS

E. A. Timmons (1814-1888) was a pioneer preacher in Florida and died in 1888.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1889, p. 52.

RAY C. TINDALL

Ray C. Tindall (1912-2007) was born in Spartanburg, S.C., and graduated from Wofford College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After
graduation he joined the U.S. Navy as a chaplain. Tindall served as pastor of East Hill Baptist Church and Morningside Baptist Church, Tallahassee.
Tindall and his wife Mary Louise Coakley, had two sons, David and Danny.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

CARLTON WATSON TODD

Carlton Watson Todd (August 5, 1916-February 1998) is one of the most remarkable Baptist pastors who ever served due to his records of longevity. He
was pastor of three Primitive Baptist Churches in three different states at the same time for about 50 years each. Todd was pastor of Bethel Primitive
Baptist Church in Caryville, Florida (1941-1998), County Line Primitive Baptist Church in Abbeville, Alabama (1956-1998), and Shady Grove Primitive
Baptist Church in Arlington, Georgia (1942-1998). Todd was born in Bluffton, Georgia, on August 5, 1916. He married Martha Melvin Todd, and they
had three children; Aaron, John Rutherford, and Jeanelle (Sapp). Todd was baptized at the age of 19 by Elder W. I. Kelly. He was ordained in October,
1940, by W. I. Kelly, R. K. Blacksher, and Tom Crawford who served as the ordination council. C. W. Todd set a record of pastoral faithfulness in the same
three churches with the annual call and war and economic downturns. His people called him faithful.

Primary Source:
Jerry M. Windsor interview of C. W. Todd, May 13, 1996.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. L. TODD

E. L. Todd served as pastor of El Bethel Baptist Church, Tampa and in 1909 he served as colporteur and missionary of the South Florida Baptist
Association.

Source:
The South Florida Baptist Association, George C. Osborn and Jack P. Dalton, p. 6.
Florida Baptist Witness, December 3, 1925, p.3.

S. B. TODD

In 1867 S. B. Todd was pastor of Salem Church in Polk County and Shiloh Church
in Hillsboro County.

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

FANCISCO TOLA

Francisco Tola (1955-) graduated from Mercy College (B. S.); Fordham University (M. S.) and Long Island University (M. S.) all in New York. Tola is a native
of Guayaquil, Ecuador and served as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Resurreccion in Belle Glade and Primara Iglesia Bautista in Jupiter. In 2006 Tola became a
language church planting field missionary in Central and Southwest Florida.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 28, 2006, p. 4.

KEVIN TOLLEY

Kevin Tolley served as pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Westville, 1998-2000.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

DAVID TOMBERLIN

David Tomberlin (February 24, 1941-December 10, 1983) was born in Milledgeville, Georgia. He and his wife, Nancy Irene, had three sons; Jim, Darrell,
and David. His son David died in May 1983 of Muscular Dystrophy. Tomberlin was licensed in 1978 and ordained February 7, 1982, at First Baptist Church
in Bascom, Georgia. He moved to Graceville, Florida, to attend the Baptist Bible Institute. Tomberlin started his pastoral work at First Baptist Church in
Bascom. Not soon after he stopped on Interstate 10 to help three people get out of an overturned automobile and was killed in his efforts. Tomberlin’s call,
surrender, and life influenced his brother, John who became a minister and graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

F. W. TOMBERLIN

F. W. Tomberlin died November 9, 1968 in Frostproof, Florida. He had served as pastor at Malone, Greenwood, and Bonifay. Tomberlin served as a minister
in Alabama and Florida for over 40 years.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 12, 1968, p. 10.

R. P. “TOMMY” TOMBERLIN, JR.

R. P. “Tommy” Tomberlin, Jr., (1922-2013) was born in Tallahassee. He graduated from Leon High School, served as Corporal in the US Marines during WWII, and
obtained a Bachelors of Engineering from the University of Miami and a Masters of Divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served
as pastor for a total of 55 years, including 25 years at Seminole Baptist, Tallahassee (1952-1975). Tomberlin and his wife Christine had four children.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, September 4, 1975, p. 6.
George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida 1870-1970, pp. 1-3.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN HENRY TOMKIES

John Henry Tomkies (1839-1878) was born in Hanover County, Virginia, the son of Edmond M. and Mary Christian Tomkies. He was raised in a pious home,
well off and educated. Converted and committed to preach, Tomkies entered Richmond College at age 19. He was ordained at Ashland, Virginia, under the
ministry of J. William Jones and E A. Dickinson. Just before the Civil War, Tomkies moved to Madison, Florida, and preached and taught school there. He
then taught at the East Florida Seminary (Gainesville) and preached in the area. Tomkies enlisted in the Florida 7th Regiment as a private and after one year
was elected chaplain of the regiment. He served through the war and then served in the Gainesville area by preaching at Fort Clark, Waccahoota and Stafford’s
Pond Churches. He served as pastor at Fernandina (1868-1870); Elim, Eliam, Providence, Pleasant Grove (1870-1875); and First Baptist Church in Gainesville
(1873-1875). Tomkies married Fannie Emma McCuen, and they had three daughters and one son.

Secondary Source:
Georgia Compendium, pp. 533-534.
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1873, p. 7.

R. PERRY TOMLINSON

R. Perry Tomlinson served as pastor of FBC Brandon from 1938-1939)

Source:
Born in the Heart; A History of FBC Brandon, pp. 62-66.

L. C. TOOLE

L. C. Toole served as pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

WILLIAM TOUCHTON

William Touchton (1953-2000) was killed in a tragic automobile wreck on July 3, 2000. He and three church members were returning home from a golf
outing in St. Marys, Georgia. Touchton was pastor of Wingate Road Baptist Church, and was the only one to die in the wreck. In nearly six years at
Wingate, Touchton had been a catalyst for 80 people going into vocational ministry. He and his wife, Gail, had two daughters, Allison and Shanna.
Touchton attended Florida Baptist Theological College. He had served seven years as youth minister at First Baptist Church in Argyle before going
to Wingate as pastor.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 13, 2000.

TERRELL TOWNS

Terrell Towns served as pastor of West Pittman Baptist Church, Westville, 1982-1984.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

G. H. TOWNSEND

G. H. Townsend served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Havana.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 13, 1939, pp. 8-9.

NEVI TOWNSEND

Nevi Townsend graduated from Jacksonville University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Townsend of Lantana went to Parkview
Church, Fort Pierce, as pastor in 1980.

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

THOMAS C. TOWNSEND

Thomas C. Townsend, Thomas C. served as pastor of Wright Baptist Church, Fort Walton Beach.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

TIM TRASK

Tim Trask became pastor of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Tallahassee in 2015. He and his wife, Kylene have one son.

Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 9, 2015, p. 7

ALEXANDER TRAVIS

Alexander Travis (1790-1852) was a Baptist missionary in Escambia County, Florida. Travis and his co-worker, Joseph Mitchell are credited with the
organization of First Baptist Church, Pensacola, 1847. Travis married Mary Ann “Polly” Williams in 1810 and they had four children.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

GENE TRAWICK

Gene Trawick (1930-2001) served as pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Century from 1991-1997.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

TED TRAYLOR

Traylor,Ted

Ted Traylor (1954- ) is a native of Pisgah, Alabama. He attended Northeast State Junior College, Samford University (B.A., 1977), and Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1981; D.Min., 1986). He was converted at age 12, and called to preach at age 17. He served as pastor in Alabama
and Texas before going to Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola as pastor in 1990. Traylor served on the executive mission board of the Texas and Florida
Baptist Conventions. He has preached widely on television and in convention conferences. He served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in
1995-1996. He is married to Elizabeth Bennett Traylor, and they have two children, Rachel and Bennett.

Primary Source:
Video Tape Sermons, Baptist College of Florida
Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, May 8, 2003, p. 1.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Judith W. Steele. At the Heart of Things.

JACK TRETTEN

Jack Tretten was pastor of Queen’s Park Mission in 1943.

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

E. TRICE

E. Trice served as pastor of Lake Ellen Church of Waukulla County in 1877.

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

JAMES E. TRICE

James E. Trice served as superintendent of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, Arcadia for 21 years. Trice served as pastor of Bay Haven Baptist Church,
Sarasota, 1933-1935. Mrs. Trice served with her husband as matron of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home. Trice died suddenly on August 2, 1935.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

GERALD VAN TREUREN

Gerald Van Treuren (1893-1968) was born in Rotterdam, Holland, and came to Florida in 1945. He held pastorates in Miami, Bonita Springs, Goulds, and
Fernandina. He last lived at Daytona Beach, and died June 22, 1968.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, July 11, 1968.

MARTHA POPE TROTTER

Martha Pope Trotter (August 5, 1933-January 12, 1997) was a native of West Point, Mississippi, and the only child of Hal and Lillian Dean Davis Pope. Shortly
after her birth, the family moved to Aberdeen, Mississippi. Martha graduated in 1955 from from Mississippi University for Women, and received her master’s
degree from Emory. She also attended William Carey College New Orleans campus and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. For 33 years Martha was
married to Dr. Robert W. Trotter, pastor licensed psychologist and CPE supervisor. At the time of his death in July 1993 he was Director of Pastoral Care and
Counseling at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. Martha and Robert had two children, Frank and Mary Dean. Martha served as chairman of the board of directors
of the Florida Baptist Historical Society and is best known to Florida Baptists as the author of Faithful Servants. The Story of Florida Woman s Missionary
Union 1894-1994
.

Secondary Source:
Martha Trotter, Faithful Servants, p. 337.
The Journal of Florida Baptist Heritage, Vol. 5, Allison Chestnut. “If Martha Trotter Were Alive Today”, pp. 46-56.

CARLTON TUCKER

Carlton Tucker served as pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Tallahassee and Capitola Baptist Church, Leon County.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

GARY TUCKER

Gary Tucker served as pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, Winter Garden and First Baptist Church, Woodville. .

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HARRY W. TUCKER

Harry W. Tucker (October 27, 1895-January 5, 1961) was born and raised in Pomona Park. He was ordained June 28, 1928. His first pastorate was in
his home town. He also served as pastor of Lemon Heights in Palatka, Sanford, and Frostproof.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, February 23, 1961, p. 13.

J. W. TUCKER

J. W. Tucker served as pastor of Eden Baptist Church, Brooksville, Key West Baptist Church and Knights Baptist Church, Plant City.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOHN TUCKER

John Tucker (April 10, 1785- ) was the son of Andrew and Jemima Andres Tucker. He came to Florida before 1827 because records show his son Jesse
H. Tucker was born November 27, 1827, in Alligator, Florida (now known as Lake City). Rev. Hayman, the first missionary to Manatee County was
converted under the preaching of John Tucker, and was baptized July 7, 1844, by Tucker. Tucker preached in a circuit of 450 miles. He was the only
ordained minister in the area. With the help of Daniel Edwards of Georgia, they constituted five churches, ordained five deacons, and baptized four
people in three weeks time. He preached in 20 different settlements, and it took him 30 days to make the rounds. In 1848 he was pastor of Bethesda
and Eden in Alachua Association which was in Benton County, Florida. John Tucker was one of the first 100 Baptist preachers to preach and serve in
Florida.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Earl Joiner, A History of Florida Baptists, pp. 22-23. Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1848, p. 6.

JOHN C. TUCKER, JR.

Tucker,John-C.

John C. Tucker, Jr. (April 26, 1920) was born near Fitzgerald, Georgia. He attended Tampa Business College, Texas Wesleyan College (B.S.), and
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D.). Tucker served as pastor in Oklahoma, Florida, Nebraska, and Georgia. He served as pastor of
Oak-Griner in Ocala (1957-1958) and later at Jackson Heights in Tampa. Tucker married Virginia Bacon of Tampa and they had two children; Martha
and Jonette.

Secondary Source:
James Luffman, A History of Oak-Griner Church, pp. 77-85.

JOHN POWELL TUCKER

John Powell Tucker (February 8, 1889-1982) was born in Greenville, North Carolina. He was the son of James Henry Tucker and Mary Elizabeth Powell
Tucker. Tucker had one sister, Wallace Burnette W. Tucker, who was born in 1891. James Henry Tucker was a prominent attorney. Tucker was converted
in 1900 and baptized at First Baptist Church, Asheville, North Carolina. He attended Bingham Military School, Wake Forest University (B.A., 1911), Yale
University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Wake Forest in 1932. Tucker married Susan
Gray Renfro in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 8, 1916. They had four sons; John Jr., (1918), James (1923), George (1925), and Richard (1932).  Tucker
served as a pastor of the following First Baptist Churches. Springfield, Kentucky; Kershaw, South Carolina; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Selma, Alabama;
Raleigh, North Carolina (10 years), and Orlando, Florida (1938-1956). Tucker served on various state and convention-wide committees. He served as
a Trustee at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and served on the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, November 25, 1982, p. 6.
Patricia J. Birkhead. We’ve a Story to Tell, pp. 117-137.

RUFUS TUCKER

Rufus Tucker served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Crawfordville and Leon Ebenezer Baptist Church, Leon County. .

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

KERR BOYCE TUPPER

Kerr Boyce Tupper supplied the pulpit of First Baptist Church, Orlando (October 1, 1918-June 1, 1919) when they were without a pastor. Tupper was
a graduate of Mercer University, a native of Georgia, and a former pastor of First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tupper was a brilliant
preacher, teacher of theology, and public speaker.

Secondary Source:
Patricia J. Birkhead. We’ve a Story to Tell, p. 99.

HENRY E. TURLINGTON SR.

Henry E. Turlington, Sr. (1919-2002) and his wife, Helen, served as foreign missionaries from 1946 until their retirement. They served in China, Iran,
India, West Germany, and the Philippines. He was a native of Gainesville. Prior to foreign mission service, he was pastor of First Baptist Church in Delray
Beach. The Turlingtons had two daughters, Carol and Lynn, and two sons, Henry Jr. and John.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, October 19, 2000.

G. M. TURNER

G. M. Turner served as pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church, 1941.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

LEN TURNER

Len Turner attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mars Hill College. Turner served as pastor of East Hill Baptist Church, Tallahassee
and First Baptist Church, Merritt Island. He and his wife Pansy have three children.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

VICTOR TURNER

Victor Turner (1903-1980) served as pastor of South Clewiston Baptist Church; Palmdale; Lake Harbor; and Venus. He and his wife, Dora,
had two daughters.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 1980, p. 7.

W. D. TURNLEY

W. D. Turnley was an orange grower at Lake Weir, editor of the Baptist Witness, Lake Weir Independent and a practicing attorney in Ocala. He served
as pastor of First Baptist Church, Orlando, and First Baptist Church, Fort Meade, 1911-1912 and 1915. Turnley married Maud Gary.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JESSIE L. TURPIN

Jessie L. Turpin served as pastor of Ferndale Baptist Church, Apopka, 1949 and First Baptist Church, Sorrento.

Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

HORACE EDGAR TWINE

Horace Edgar Twine (August 13, 1929- ) was born in Chowan, North Carolina. He was the son of Oliver Clingmon Twine and Essie Wheeler
Chappell Twine. He had two brothers; Louis (1916) and Ray (1918), and three sisters; Irene (1920), Clara (1923), and Lillian (1927). Twine
finished high school at South Norfolk High School in South Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Old Dominion (A.A., 1948), University of
Richmond (B.A., 1951), Southwestern Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1954), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Th., 1955)
(D.Min. 1973). Twine was converted at age 14, and baptized in August 1943, into the South Norfolk Baptist Church. He was also ordained
at South Norfolk on August 12, 1951. Twine served as pastor of churches in Virginia and Maryland before serving as pastor of Riverside Baptist
Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He also served nine years with the Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

WILLIAM TYLER

William Tyler served as pastor of Duval Station Baptist Church (1988-1993) and is now pastor of Cedar Bay Baptist Church (1993- ). Tyler was saved
in 1979 and ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1987. He graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in 2003. He and his wife, Robin, have three
children; Michael, Ashley, and Megan.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. C. TYNER

E. C. Tyner served as pastor at Bushnell in 1935.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1935, p. 225.

WILLIAM W. TYRE

William W. Tyre served as a Baptist preacher for 65 years. He was a veteran of World War II. He served as pastor at Lulu, Lake City, Lakeland, Plant City,
Trilby, Day, McAlpin, Starke, Fellsmore, and Greenville. He died March 31, 1999.

Secondary Source:
Florida Baptist Witness, April 15, 1999.

GENE TYREE

Gene Tyree served as pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Tallahassee.

Source
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.