Baptist Heritage Award

Baptist Heritage Award


Since 1997 the Florida Baptist Historical Society has conferred the Baptist Heritage Award upon persons who have exhibited rare and unusual dedication to the cause of Florida Southern Baptist history and also have made a significant impact through such means as writing Baptist history, teaching Baptist history, and/or promoting the importance of Florida Southern Baptist history. The following individuals have been so honored.

1997-Earl Joiner
1998-Adolph Bedsole
1999-Joe Bamberg
2000-Ruth Bagwell
2001-John Hillhouse
2002-Martha Trotter
2003-Wiley Richards
2004-E. B. Browning, Sr.
2005-E. H. Rennolds, Sr.
2006-Harry Crawford Garwood
2007-Pope Duncan
2008-John Leonidas Rosser
2009-Doak Campbell
2010-Judith Jolly
2011-Jack Dalton
2012-James C. Bryant
2013-David Elder
2014-Mark Rathel
2015 No recipient
2016-David Lema and Roger Richards

2017 Baptist Heritage Award Recipient: Dr. Jerry Windsor

Dr. Jerry Windsor began working as the part-time Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Historical Society in 2002 while concurrently serving on the faculty of The Baptist College of Florida. In 2006, Dr. Windsor retired from his faculty position, having completed 16 years’ service as a professor of preaching. Since that time he worked to enhance the role, purpose and Florida Baptists’ awareness of the Historical Society as it seeks to help individuals and churches research significant Florida Baptist history. He led the Society from 2002-2016. “I felt led to teach (1953), called to preach (1956) and called to research, write and publish in successive order,” Windsor told the Society directors in his retirement announcement. “The Florida Baptist Historical Society was very fitting for my interest, my calling and training.”