ANTHONY S. KAY
Anthony S. Kay served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Crestview, from 1974-1978. Kay was a graduate of Carson-Newman (1962) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., 1965; D.Min., 1973). Kay left Crestview to go as pastor of First Baptist Church, Calhoun City, Mississippi.
Secondary Source: A History of First Baptist Church, Crestview,
JAMES W. KEEN
James W. Keen died June 14, 1992, after serving 43 years as a Baptist preacher. He was a native of Florida. He served as pastor of Five Points in Fernandina Beach, Hyde Park Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and Pine Grove Baptist Church in Trenton. He and his wife, Mary Ann, had two children.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 9, 1992, p. 11.
Nathan Keen graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Calloway (1973-1980), in Panama City, and in 1980, went as pastor of First Baptist Church in North Pole, Alaska.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 1980, p. 6.
A. C. KEENE
A. C. Keene (1834-1914) served as a Baptist preacher for over 50 years. Most of his pastorates were Illinois, Indiana and South Dakota. He moved to Miami in 1910 and preached for two years at Fort Lauderdale and Homestead.
Source: 1914 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 17.
Frank Keene was pastor of Coral Gables Baptist Church in 1926.
Source: 1926 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 28.
J. RALPH KEENE
J. Ralph Keene served for 17 years as pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church (1950-1967) in Tampa, Florida. He died in October 1967.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 16, 1967, p. 8.
W. W. KEEPON
W. W. Keepon was pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from 1870-1871.
Secondary Source: Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, p. 104.
Robert Keith (1814-1902) served as a Florida Baptist pastor and died at age 89 in 1902.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1903, p. 19.
COLIN P. KELLY, JR.
Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr., was the first recognized war hero of World War II. He was a great-grandson of Richard Johnson Mays. Kelly gave his life in an attack on the Japanese battleship Haruna.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Tallahassee Democrat, December 14, 1966.
A. A. KEITH
A. A. Keith was pastor of Eau Gallie Baptist Church in 1908.
Source: 1908 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, n. p.
R. Keithly was pastor of Stanton Memorial Baptist Church in 1935.
Source: 1935 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 6.
Earl Kelly was serving as pastor of Good News Chapel in Tampa in 1980.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 28, 1980, p. 12.
JOHN O. KELLY
John O. Kelly (1799-1882) served in New River Association as pastor and died in 1882. Kelly was born in South Carolina and moved to Florida about 1858. In two different marriages he was the father of 18 children. John served as a preacher in the New River Association.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1883, p. 34. Florida Baptist Historical files.
JOSEPH PATRICK KELLY
Joseph Patrick Kelly (1874-1877) was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as pastor at Oakes, Lake Alfred, Auburndale, Eagle Lake, Jacksonville, and Coleman in Florida.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 10, 1977, p. 6.
RICHARD A. KELLY
Richard A. Kelly served as pastor in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida. In Florida he served as pastor in Hastings and Lake Worth. Kelly died at his home in Black Mountain, North Carolina, on August 27, 1956. He was married to Claire Binford Kelly. They had two sons; Richard Jr., and Charles.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 27, 1956,
ROBERT A. KELLY
Robert A. Kelly (1927- ) was born to John Wesley and Bertie Mae Taylor Kelly.
He was saved as an eleven-year-old child and was licensed and ordained at Hopewell
Baptist Church in Madison County, Florida, under the ministry of Butler Horton.
Kelly served in the military in the Korean War and was wounded on March 22, 1952. He was discharged in 1953. He has served as pastor of eight churches in the last fifty years. He served Mt. Olive, Madison County, 1953-1955; Bethel Creek in Lafayette County, 1955-1957; Corinth in Hamilton County, 1957-1958; Friendship in Hamilton County, 1958-1959; Oklawilla in Brooks County, Georgia, 1960-1961; New Hopeful in Madison County, 1962-1966; Macedonia in Madison County, 1966-1971; Airline in Lafayette County, 1971-1975; and in 2004 was ministering in fifteen nursing homes in five counties. He and his wife, Bonnie Wooten Kelly have five children; Robert A. Jr., Kathy, Gary, Timothy, and Amy Lynn.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Jeremiah Kembril and E. H. Callaway were the preachers who assisted in constituting the oldest Southern Baptist Church in Florida. On Saturday, March 12, 1825, they helped organize the Campbellton Baptist Church. The next day the church called E. H. Callaway as pastor.
Secondary Source: Jackson County Baptist Association Minutes, 1939, p. 13.
CARROLL UPTON KENDRICK, JR.
Carroll Upton Kendrick, Jr. (January 16, 1927- ) was born at Jacksonville. He attended the University of Florida (B.S., 1950), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1953); Th.M., 1954), and The London College of Applied Science (Ph.D., 2003). Kendrick served as pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky (1950-1954); Neptune Baptist Church at Neptune Beach, Florida (1954-1973); First Baptist Church, Orange Park (1973-1985); and retired as pastor of Oak Harbor Church (1985-1992). Kendrick married Carolyne Gates, and they had two children; Carroll and Jonathan.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Kirby Kennedy graduated from Wayland Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div, D. Min).
He served in New Mexico and became pastor of FBC, Palatka in 2010. He and his wife Deborah have two daughters.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 27, 2010, p. 4.
Pierre Kennedy was ordained by FBC, Dover, Florida in 1964. He has served in the areas of music, youth and the pastorate in the state of Florida. He served as pastor of Garden Baptist Church (1965-19668), Ambassador Baptist Church (1968-1976), East Bay Baptist Church (1976-1978), Trinity Baptist Church (1978-1983), and Taylor Memorial Baptist Church (1986-2003), all in the Tampa area. Kennedy also served as an evangelist from 1983-1986.
Source: FBHS files.
JESSE C. KENNON
Jesse C. Kennon (1932-1992) was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary. He served churches in Alabama, Kentucky, and Florida. He served as
pastor of First Baptist Church in Eau Gallie for 18 years (1974-1992).
He and his wife, Martha, had two daughters, Ginger and Gayle, and one son, Craig. Kennon died unexpectedly at age 60 of a heart attack while cutting grass at his home.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 20, 1992,
pp. 7, 10.
W. P. KETCHAND
W. P. Ketchand is listed in the 1856 West Florida Baptist Associational Minutes as an ordained minister and living in Open Pond, Alabama. He was elected as a delegate to the 1857 Florida Baptist Convention.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1856.
Jerry Key (1946-2006) graduated from the University of South Florida and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was in the seafood business in Tampa before his call to ministry. He and his wife Ramona had two children, Jonathan and Amy.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 2, 2006, p. 11.
R. Kidd served as pastor of Paradise Grove and Providence in Jackson County, Florida, in 1876.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1876, p. 8
GEORGE W. KIERCE
George Washington Kierce (August 30, 1836-May 24, 1918) was born in Swainsboro, Georgia, the son of Rev. Wilson J. Kierce (1810-1886) and his wife, Bedy Jane Curl (1813-1863). His family lived in Baker County, Georgia, and Coffee County, Alabama when Kierce was young. He enlisted in the Alabama 42nd Regiment during the Civil War, and reached the rank of Captain before being captured at the siege of Vicksburg. After the war Kierce served churches and taught school. He became postmaster at Red Level in 1873, and served as pastor of the Fairmount Baptist Church. At age 80 he wrote his autobiography and sold copies for 25 cents each. Kierce served as pastor of the Milton Baptist Church, and also served as missionary for the Bethlehem Baptist Association. George married Mary L. Savell on November 10, 1850. Mary died on November 6, 1887, after she and George had been married 27 years. George then married Theodocia Terry on August 2, 1888.
Secondary Source: Judith Richbourg Jolly. Rev. George W. Kierce
Henry Kierce (January 8, 1846-April 14, 1928) was born in Baker County, Georgia,
on January 8, 1846. He was the seventh child of Rev. Wilson J. Kierce and his
wife Bedy Jane Curl Kierce. Henry was the younger brother of George Kierce.
Kierce enlisted in the Alabama 63rd Regiment on May 19, 1864. He was later captured and paroled on May 13, 1865. He married Honor Elizabeth Hinote on November 24, 1867, in Santa Rosa County. They had two sons and a daughter.
Kierce was a farmer, blacksmith, and pastor. He served as pastor of Millview (1881), Enon (1890), and Beulah from 1896 to 1900, all in Escambia County, Florida. In 1903 he served as pastor of Shady Grove (now Joy First Baptist Church).
Secondary Source: Judith Richbourg Jolly. Rev. Henry Kierce.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Edward Kimber was the earliest known person of Baptist extraction to visit Florida. Kimber was the son of Rev. Isaac Kimber, a Baptist minister of London. Kimber was the chronicler with General James Oglethorpe in the St. Augustine expedition of 1743.
Primary Source:Edward Kimber, A Relation or Journal of a Late Expedition to theGates of St. Augustine on Florida. Boston: Charles E. Goodspeed andCo., 1935. p. iii.
Secondary Source: Gordon Crawford Reeves, A History of Florida Baptists. Thesis presented to Stetson University in 1938, p. 1.
O. D. KIMBRELL
O. D. Kimbrell was pastor of Dania Heights Baptist Church in 1944.
Source: 1944 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 34.
RONALD W. KIMBRELL
Ronald W. Kimbrell (June 28, 1945- ) was born at Railford, Florida. He married
Sue Redding on November 21, 1964, and they have two daughters, Amy and April.
Kimbrell was called to preach in 1982, and licensed by the First Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. In 1990 he became pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church in Hilliard, Florida.
Secondary Source: History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard, p. 21.
J. R. KIMBREW
In 1877 J. R. Kimbrew was pastor of the Indian Springs Baptist Church in Leon County.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1877, p. 15.
Travis Kimbril served as pastor of FBC White Springs (1986-1994) and FBC Werrisdale, Florida. He and his wife, Josie served as a team in VBS and Sunday School work.
Source: First Baptist Church White Springs, p. 24.
THOMAS A. KINCHEN
Thomas A. Kinchen (December 28, 1946- ) was born in Thomasville, Georgia. He was licensed and ordained to preach by the Dawson Street Baptist Church in Thomasville in 1973. He married Ruth Ann Hunter of Swainsboro, Georgia. They have two children; Alex born in 1971, and Lisa born in 1974. Kinchen attended Georgia Southern College (B.A., 1969), the University of Georgia (M.Ed., 1975), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1979, and Ph.D., 1982). He served as pastor of Big Creek Church and Fredonia Baptist Church in Thomasville. He has served as interim pastor in numerous churches. He taught at Swainsboro High School in Swainsboro, Georgia, and also worked with the Georgia Department of Human Resources. He served as Vice President for Student Affairs, and Director of Church-Minister Relations at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of Continuing Education and Doctor of Ministry Programs at New Orleans. Dr. Kinchen served as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, and has served as President of the Baptist College of Florida since 1990.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
HENRY MONROE KING
Henry Monroe King (April 8, 1839-March 1, 1917) was born in Ralls County, Missouri. He attended Shelbyville Seminary at Shelbyville, Missouri. King labored in the ministry in Missouri, Kentucky, and Texas before moving to Florida. King moved to Florida due to his health, and had a mighty influence in the State. He helped start Baptist work in Cuba and Mexico through the Home Mission Board. While he was pastor at Chapel Hill, Texas, he and Dr. Powell of Kentucky began the first Home Mission Board work in Mexico. King and pastor Woods of First Baptist Church in Key West, Florida, helped start the board endeavors in Cuba. King preached the ordination sermon of A. J. Diaz, who became an influential Cuban pastor and missionary. It was also under the preaching of King that Frank Fowler, the first native Floridian appointed by the Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board, was converted. King also baptized Fowler. Dr. and Mrs. Fowler and their family served in Argentina from 1908 to 1933. King was the first pastor of the Baptist Church at Saint Augustine. With the help of A. P. Ashurst, James Turner, and C. V. Waugh he helped found the Florida Baptist Witness in 1883. He served as President of the Florida State Convention and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Stetson University. He was pastor at Ferdandina, Starke, Melrose, St. Augustine, Hawthorne, Campville, Gainesville, Key West, and Micanopy.
Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Long Road With God. . . A Living History of Ancient City Baptist Church, 1887-1987, pp. 9-10. George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970, p. 10.
S. W. KING
S. W. King became pastor at Fort Pearce in March 1913. He moved to Ft. Pearce from Butler, Oklahoma.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 10, 1913, p. 8.
Willie King served for many years among the Florida Seminoles. He
L served in the Everglades, and used a Model A Ford in his work. In 1944 the Florida W.M.U. led a drive in purchasing a car for King. The fund was Mr. King s Car. The drive was a success, and King and his wife and daughter Ruth, received a 1939 Chevrolet.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 13, 1944, p. 9., July 13, 1944.
Lee Kirk graduated from Mississippi College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2003 he became pastor of First Baptist Church in Umatilla. He and his wife, Cherie, have three children.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 23, 2003, p. 11.
EDDIE B. KIRKLAND
Eddie B. Kirkland (September 8, 1925- ) was born in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of Tampa (1973-1975) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1976-1978). He served as pastor in Louisiana (1977-1980) before becoming pastor of First Church in Lacoochee, Florida (1980-1981). He has also served as pastor of University Baptist Church in Tampa (1981-1983), Main Street Baptist Church in Inverness (1983-1985), and has been a supply pastor in Hillsborough and Hernando Counties (1986-1998). Kirkland is married to Alice B. Kirkland and they have two children; Brenda and Cheryl.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
J. J. KIRKLAND
In 1867 J. J. Kirkland was pastor of Fort McCoy Baptist Church and Stafford s Pond Baptist Church in Marion County.
Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1867, p. 8.
P. Kisor served as pastor at Union in Washington County in the West Florida Baptist Association in 1869. According to the 1882 West Florida Minutes a "Brother Kizer" died that year. (p. 3.)
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1869, p. 8.
Austin Knight served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1910.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1911, p. 83.
CHARLES R. KNIGHT
Charles R. Knight served as pastor of Lake Mystic Baptist Church in Bristol, and in 1980 went as pastor of Cherry Lake Church in Madison.
Secondary Source: Florida Bapist Witness, February 21, 1980, p. 6.
WILLIAM ANDERSON KNIGHT
William Anderson Knight (1778-1859) was born in North Carolina on February 16,
1778. He moved with his family to Effingham County, Georgia, in about 1788.
In 1798 he married Sarah Cone, daughter of the Hon. William Cone, Sr., who was
born in South Carolina on October 16, 1780. The Knights had nine children.
Knight was a Primitive Baptist preacher. He was ordained at Union Church on March 10, 1832. He was a well known preacher and member of the legislature in Georgia. He served as a Representative and Senator from Wayne County, Georgia. He was elected the first Senator from Lowndes County, Georgia, and served from 1826 to 1828. Knight served as pastor of Union Church until his death on December 8, 1859. His wife Sarah died on November 28, 1859, and both are buried in the Old Union Cemetery.
Secondary Source: Old Providence Church Minutes, p. 101.
Folks Huxford, Pioneers of Wiregrass, Georgia.
E. M. KNOWLES
E. M. Knowles served as pastor of Smyrna in Henry County, Alabama, in 1871.
Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1871, p. 11.
ROBERT C. KNOWLES
Robert C. Knowles worked as a bivocational pastor and in 2001 retired from the Alabama Forestry Commission. He then became pastor of Peace Creek Baptist Church in Bartow. He had previously served as pastor of Alco Baptist Church in East Brewton, Alabama. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two adult children.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 3, 2004, p. 11.
T. N. KNOWLES
T. N. Knowles (February 5, 1837-July 14, 1904) died in July 1904 after serving as pastor in the West Florida Baptist Association.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1905, p. 58.
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1904, p. 18
CHARLES A. KOGAR
Charles A. Kogar (May 31, 1845-May 22, 1901) was born in Coleton County, South Carolina, on May 31, 1845. He served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War. His property was destroyed during the war. He moved to Fruitland, Florida, where he lived until his death. He was ordained to the ministry on December 14, 1873, and served in the St. Johns River Association. He was a member of Beulah Church in Putnam County at the time of his death.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual. 1901, p. 46.
THEODORE J. KOLLAR
Theodore J. Kollar became pastor of First Baptist Church of Valparaiso in 2008. Kollar served in the United States Air Force from 1984-2002. He served previously as pastor of Union View Baptist Church in Franklinton, North Carolina.
Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 11, 2008, p. 11.
I. W. KRAKER
I. W. Kraker served as a pastor in the Florida Baptist Convention and died at Tampa in November 1903.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1904, p. 32.
HOWARD A. KRAMER
Howard A. Kramer felt called of God to take the gospel to his own Jewish people.
He was converted in April 1935, at First Baptist Church in Eustis. He attended
school at Stetson University. He became pastor of the Port Orange Church.
In August 1940, he and his wife founded the Hebrew Christian Society. He was serving as president of Hebrew Christian Alliance of America at the time of his death.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 9, 1952, p. 12.
John Kuesport served in the United States Navy and is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Kuesport served as church planter with the Massachusetts Baptist Association and was director of missions of the New Hampshire Baptist Association (1994-2005) before becoming director of missions of the Pasco Baptist Association in 2005. He and his wife, Melissa, have three children.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 23, 2005, p. 7.
S. THOMAS KYZER
S. Thomas Kyzer (1933-2005) attended the University of Alabama and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas, Florida, and Alabama from 1973-1991 when he joined the Florida Baptist State Convention staff in the area of evangelism. Kyzer was the director of the Florida Baptist Convention Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Department until his retirement in 2000. He and his wife, Barbara, were married for 51 years and had a daughter, Susan.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 9, 2005, p. 11.