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JOHN B. LACY

John B. Lacy (June 1793-February 1878) was born in Virginia. His father was Archibald Lacy of Virginia. He and his family moved to Waven County, Georgia, after John was born. In 1812 Lacy joined the Army and in 1820 he married Martha
Freeman of Baldwin County, Georgia. In 1824 they moved to Newton County, Georgia. He was converted and united with the Baptist Church at Holly Springs after being baptized by Rev. Cyrus White. He soon felt the call to preach, and moved with his family to Thomas County, Georgia in 1830. He supplied churches in the Cherokee County area from 1840-1845. He then moved back to Thomas County. He also labored in the Florida counties of Jefferson, Madison, Leon, and Gadsden.

Secondary Source: History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia Compendium, 1881, pp. 313-314.

W. B. LACY

W. B. Lacy was pastor at Greenwood and Campbellton in 1859 and 1860.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1859, 1860.

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JOHN B. LAMB

John B. Lamb (May 4, 1846-February 22, 1922) was the first pastor of Manatee Baptist Church of Christ. Lamb became pastor of Manatee Church located at Rye Post Office on August 10, 1888. Lamb was recognized in the Myakka City, Florida area as a pioneer pastor who helped organize a number of churches. He served as pastor of Friendship in Fruitville, Mitchelville, and Benevolence in Manatee County.
John B. Lamb was born in Suwannee County, Florida, on May 4, 1846. He joined the Confederate army at age 16 and served throughout the war. He was baptized by J. H. Tompkins in 1867 and was ordained in 1875. He died February 22, 1922.
Lamb was pastor of Concord, Rocky Hammock, Wekiva, and other churches in Levy County, Florida, from 1875-1881. Lamb married Mary Jones and they had three choldren; John, Jess, and Martha. Upon the death of Mary, John married Nancy Elizabeth Swaim and they had three daughters; Ruth, Nellie, Winnie and one son, Beatty.

Secondary Source: Audrey O. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, Myakka City, Florida. A Century of Meeting and Preaching,
pp. 7, 20-22.

W. R. LAMBERT

W. R. Lambert (1883-1970) was ordained at First Baptist Church in Pensacola in 1901. He served churches in Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, South Carolina, Washington, Georgia, and Florida. In Florida Lambert served as pastor of Tenth Avenue in Pensacola, East Bay, Holley, Brooksville, Apopka, Winder Garden, First Baptist in West Palm Beach, First Baptist in Quincy, Gretna, Glen St. Mary, College Park in Orlando, Mt. Dora, First Baptist in Haines City and Flat Creek in Quincy.
Lambert organized the Avondale Church in Jacksonville, and was pastor emeritus there at the time of his death. He organized the Florida Anti-saloon League in 1907.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 29, 1970, p. 8.

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THOMAS WALTER LAMKIN

Thomas Walter Lamkin (1904-1944) was born in Kentucky and graduated from William Jewell College (B.A., 1931), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1937).
Lamkin was ordained in 1924. He was pastor of Whitfield Memorial Baptist Church of Pensacola at the time of his death. He and his wife Ethel had two children, Lois and Robert.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 27, 1944, p. 3.
FBHS files.

LEWIS C. LAMPLEY

Lampley,-Lewis

Lewis C. Lampley (May 16, 1937- ) was born in Brundidge, Alabama. He was educated at Florida Beacon College and Tampa Bay Theological Seminary (M.A., 1990). He served as pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in St. Petersburg for thirty years from 1966 to 1996. He and his wife, Geraldine, served faithfully in family, pastoral, and denominational ministry. In 1996 Lampley became the West Florida Regional Director of the Florida Baptist Convention s African-American Church Planting Department. Lampley led in the starting of 29 churches in West Florida during his Convention service. He and his wife had nine children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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LANDMARK BAPTISTS

The name Landmark originated with the writings of James Madison Pendleton and James Robinson Graves in Kentucky and Tennessee. Both of these men had tremendous influence on the early years of Baptist organizational work in Florida through their writings and preaching. Both men wrote widely and traveled widely. Their physical presence in Georgia and Florida influenced greatly the early organizational years of the Florida Baptist Convention. The four primary tenets of Landmarkism are (1) the church is local and visible; (2) the commission was given to the church; (3) valid baptism is through a Baptist church; (4) and Baptist churches have existed by belief and practice (not by name) from New Testament times. Most churches in the American Baptist Association would hold to these four principles. There are an estimated 1.5 million members in different Baptist churches that hold to these beliefs. They have more than fifteen Bible institutes and seminaries supported by their churches.

Secondary Source: Frank S. Meade and Samuel S. Hill, Handbook of Denominations, 10th edition.

T. LANG

T. Lang served as pastor of Aenon in Leon County and Bethpage in Jefferson County in 1845. Both churches were in the Florida Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1845, p. 8.

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JOHN LANGFORD

Langford,-John

John Langford served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Myakka City in 1958.

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

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N. B. LANGFORD, JR.

N. B. Langford, Jr. (May 19, 1929-February 11, 1998) was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He was converted at age ten, and joined Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Langford was licensed to preach by the Moorhead Baptist Church in Moorhead, Mississippi, and was later ordained by the church.
Langford graduated from Gulfport, Mississippi High School, Mississippi College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary. He served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force in the Korean War. He served as pastor of D Lo Baptist Church in D Lo, Mississippi from 1954 to 1957, Kirkwood Baptist Church in Bondville, Kentucky from 1957 to 1960, First Baptist Church, Union Springs, Alabama from 1960 to 1963, North Central Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida from 1963 to 1978, and First Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida from 1978 to 1997. Dr. Langford served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1978 and 1979. He served as Trustee at the Baptist College of Florida and The Radio and Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Dr. Langford married Nancy Underwood of Amarillo, Texas, and they had two children, Nathan in 1961, and Nancy in 1963.

Secondary Sources: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Florida Baptist Witness, February 19, 1998. Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1998, p. 8.

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THOMAS E. LANGLEY

/Langley,-T.E.

Thomas E. Langley (August 16, 1834-March 30, 1890) was born near Forsyth, Georgia. He received his education in Perry, Georgia, and was a Latin and Greek scholar. Langley was ordained in January 1857, and remained in the ministry for 30 years until the loss of his health. Langley served as the first pastor of First Baptist Church, Chipley. The church was organized with 19 charter members in 1887. The church first met in a two room school building on the site where the current Washington County Court House stands on Highway 90 in Chipley, Florida.
Rev. Langley made the motion which led to the establishment of Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He served as Moderator of the West Florida Baptist Association for 18 years. He also served the same association for four years as missionary and evangelist.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Joan P. Chance, History of First Baptist Church, Chipley, 1887-1987.
West Florida Associational Minutes, 1890, pp. 7-9. Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.

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JAMES LANIER

Lanier,-James-F

James Lanier (1921-2000) served as pastor of several churches in Miami before moving to Conch Key in 1974. He was pastor emeritus of Layton Community Church in Florida Keys Association at the time of his death. Lanier was a dedicated minister to hundreds of people who vacationed in the Keys. He and his wife, Nellie, had three sons, James, Art and Brian.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 17, 2000.

DON LASTINGER

Don Lastinger (1911-1996) began his ministry at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola in 1954. In 1993 he was pastor emeritus and director of the church evangelism efforts. Don was born in Valdosta, Georgia. He was saved in 1936 and surrendered to preach in 1953.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 4, 1993, p. 3.
FBHS files.

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FRED LAUGHON

Fred Laughon served as pastor at Orangeburg, South Carolina, and left there to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church, Gainesville, in 1958. He proved to be an innovative and charismatic leader of the church.

Secondary Source: George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970, pp. 73-90.

B. D. LAW

B. D. Law was pastor of Lemon City Baptist Church in 1933.

Source: 1933 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4.

WILLIAM G. LAW

William G. Law was pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven. There is some discrepancy about his years of service at Winter Haven, but it seems to have been from 1908 to 1916.

Secondary Source: Josephine G. Burr. History of Winter Haven, Florida, p. 98.
Louise Beauchamp, 1885-1985 History of First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, pp. 12-13.

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CHARLES H. LAWHON

Charles H. Lawhon (August 18, 1925-March 13, 1999) was born in Avon Park to the late Raleigh and Miriam Lawhon. He served as pastor of Flora City and Plymouth Baptist Churches before being appointed a foreign missionary to the Philippines in 1960. He returned to the United States in 1970. At his death he was the director emeritus of the Jacksonville Baptist Association Seafarer Ministry. He and his wife had five children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 6, 1999.

H. S. LAWHON

H. S. Lawhon was pastor of West Side Baptist Church in West Palm Beach in1926.

Source: 1926 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 30.

R. C. B. LAWRENCE

R. C. B. Lawrence (1818-1904) died on December 12, 1904, at 86 years of age. In 1881 he was one of the charter members of First Baptist Church, Marianna, and was also their first pastor.

In 1860 he was pastor of Poplar Springs, Salem, Friendship, and Pilgrimís Rest in the West Florida Baptist Association. He served as a Baptist preacher for over 50 years.

Secondary Source: Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 1-3.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1905, p. 58.
West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1860, and 1905, p. 18.

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RICHARD S. LAWRENCE

In 1856 Richard S. Lawrence was an ordained minister in Marianna, Florida. He lived in the West Florida Baptist Association area.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1856.

ROBERT WILLIAM LAWTON

Robert William Lawton (June 16, 1847-January 3, 1909) was born at Albany, Georgia. He served in the Army during the Civil War and moved to Florida in 1870.
In 1872 Lawton married Mary Gwynn of Tallahassee. They had seven children. Lawton was ordained in 1873 and served as pastor of the Baptist churches of Chuluota, Osteen, Geneva, Fort Christmas and Oviedo. He died at Oveido on January 3, 1909.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1908, p. 80.
Florida Baptist Witness, January 14, 1909.

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CLIFF LEA

Cliff Lea (1970-) is a native of Virginia and grew up in Fort Worth. Lea graduated from Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lea served for nine years as pastor of Yorktown Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas before becoming pastor of First Baptist Church Leesburg in 2007. He and his wife, Suzy, have five sons.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 16, 2007, p. 11.

MILTON S. LEACH, JR.

Leach,-Milton

Milton S. Leach, Jr., (January 18, 1927-October 22, 2001) was known to many as the father of our language work in Florida. Leach was born in Sterling, Texas, and graduated from Howard Payne University and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Leach worked with Hispanics in Texas for nearly ten years before moving to Florida in 1954 to become the director of Spanish missions for the Miami Baptist Association. Leach was fluent in Spanish and bi-cultural. From 1963-1978 he served as director of missions in Puerto Rico. From 1978-1982 he served in the Language Missions Department of the North American Mission Board.
In 1982 Leach served again in Florida in language missions. His first wife, Wilma, died in 1981, and he was survived by his second wife Gladys, and three children; Paul, Angela, and Martha. Leach worked for nearly 50 years in the language, refugee, and immigrant ministries programs.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 1, 2001.

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ROLAND QUINCHE LEAVELL

Leavell,-Roland-Q.

Roland Quinche Leavell (1892-1963) is known as a Mississippi native and New Orleans seminary leader, but in Florida, he is known also as having served First Baptist Church in Tampa as pastor. Dr. Leavell served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia; First Baptist Church in Oxford, Mississippi, and First Baptist Church in Picayune, Mississippi. Leavell wrote numerous books. He also served as the director of evangelism of the Southern Baptist Convention s Home Mission Board. Dr. Leavell was president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1946 to 1958. He married Lilian Forbes Yarborough from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1923. In 1953, Dr. Leavell led the Seminary at New Orleans to a new 75 acre campus in Gentilly from their old downtown site in New Orleans.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 1963.

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RICHARD LEDGISTER

Ledgister,-Richard

Richard Ledgister (May 27, 1946- ) was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He was converted and baptized in 1962 at Zion Hill Baptist Church in St. Mary, Jamaica. He served as student pastor of Monique Baptist Church in St. Ann, Jamaica, and as pastor of the Yallahs Circuit of Baptist Churches from 1973 to 1979. He was pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Miami, Florida, from 1986 to 1988. Calvary merged with Sierra Norwood to become Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church in July 1988. Ledgister has served that church as pastor since the union of churches.
Ledgister serves in numerous capacities in the Miami Association and Florida Baptist Convention. He and his wife, Vorst, have three children, Damian, Sheree, and Mark.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

CHARLES R. LEE

Charles R. Lee was pastor at Ojus in 1922.

Source: 1922 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 41

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H. DOUGLAS LEE

H. Douglas Lee (1943-2009) was reared in Danville, Virginia. He attended the University of Richmond (B.A., 1964), Southeastern Seminary (B.D. and Th. M.) and the University of Iowa (Ph.D., 1971). He married Margaret Easley, and they had a son Gregory, and a daughter Elizabeth.

Dr. Lee went to Stetson University as vice president for development in 1978. Prior to that he served in the same position at Wake Forest University after having served on the religion faculty of Virginia Intermond College.

Dr. Lee became the eighth president of Stetson College in 1987. He and Mrs. Lee were very active in the civic and cultural interests of the state and as members of First Baptist Church of Deland.

Dr. Lee served as President of Stetson for 22 years (1987-2009) and was Chancellor at the time of his death.

Secondary Sources: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. PERRY LEE

J. Perry Lee served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Miami in 1934.

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

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JERRY WALLACE LEE

Lee,-J.W.

Jerry Wallace Lee (September 21, 1932- April 23, 2005) was born in Orange, Texas. He attended grammar schools at Eunice and Pineville, Louisiana, and Bridge City, Texas. He graduated from high school at St. Francisville in 1951. Lee attended Louisiana College (B.A., 1955), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1958; Th.D., 1964).

Dr. Lee served as pastor of six churches in Louisiana and Mississippi. He joined the faculty of Baptist Bible Institute in 1969, and taught Old Testament.

Dr. Lee married Joyce Bilbo of Bogalusa, Louisiana, in 1952. They had three children; Jerolyn in 1955, Jody in 1958, and Jay in 1960.

Dr. Lee is best known in the tri-states area for having served 40 different interims. At the time of his death, it was the most interim pastorates served by anyone in the Florida Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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ROBERT EDWARD LEE

Lee,-Robert-E.

Robert Edward Lee (1907-1984) was born near Prentiss, Mississippi. He attended Clarke Memorial College, Mississippi College, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Bayshore in Tampa on two occasions. He also served churches in Fort Lauderdale and Stuart. He and his wife, Theo, had three sons, James, Gaines, and Robert.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 4, 25, 1944; February 23, 1984, p. 6.

SAMUEL LEE

Samuel Lee became pastor of First Baptist Church in Callahan in 1974.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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DONNIE LEGG

Donnie Legg was ordained at Central Baptist Church in Melbourne. He went as pastor of First Baptist Church Aurantia in Mims in 2005. Legg served as chaplain to the Florida Marlins. He and his wife, Patti, have two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 1, 2005, p. 11.

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G. T. LEITNER

G. T. Leitner in 1877 served as pastor of Aucilla and Elizabeth churches in Jefferson County and New Macedonia in Madison County.

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

DAVID LEMA, JR.

David Lema, Jr., was Cuban born and a third generation minister. After living in Spain, Lemaís family moved to New Orleans. He graduated from the University of New Orleans (B.A.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.; D.Min).

Lema served as a church planter in Miami and joined the faculty of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 18, 2006, p. 9.

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ROGER D. LEMASTER

LeMaster,-Roger-D.

Roger D. LeMaster graduated from Campbellsville College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served Payneville Baptist Church in Kentucky four years before becoming pastor of Tropical Farms Church, Stuart, in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 6, 1980, p. 6.

RON LENTINE

Ron Lentine (1951-) graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (B. S.) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.). Lentine has served at First Baptist Church, Key Largo, First Baptist Church, Lake Park and Myrtle Grove Baptist Church, Pensacola.

Lintine and his wife Marilyn have two children Chris and Ashley.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

E. M. LEONARD

E. M. Leonard was pastor of FBC, Opa-Locka Baptist Church in 1941, 1943, and 1944.

Source: 1941 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 5; Ibid, 1943, p.8; Ibid, 1944, p. 34.

C. S. LESTER

C. S. Lester served as pastor of West Palm Beach in 1918.

Source: 1918 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 25.

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ROBERT LEVEY

The death of pastor Robert Levey was reported in the 1868 Florida Baptist Associational Minutes. In 1862 Levey was pastor of Aenon in Leon County, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1862, p. 8. Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1868, p. 5.

S. K. LEVITT

S. K. Levitt served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville
from 1884-1887.

Secondary Source: Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, p. 104.

DEWITT LEWIS

DeWitt Lewis was pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Miami in 1943 and 1944.

Source: 1943 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 9; Ibid, 1944, p. 34.

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J. EARL LEWIS

Lewis,-J.-Earl

J. Earl Lewis was raised in Florida. He attended Norman Park, Moody Bible Institute, and Mt. Vernon University in Arlington, Virginia. He served as pastor of Belmont Heights in Tampa (1931-1944) and Springfield in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 17, 1944, p. 12.

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J. M. LEWIS

In 1913 J. M. Lewis was employed by the Florida Baptist State Board of Missions as evangelist in Marion, Pasco, and Alachua Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 10, 1913, p. 14.

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JAMES LEWIS

James Lewis was a member of First Baptist Church in Lake City, Florida. He was ordained by the church on October 7, 1866. Lewis was one of the earliest black preachers among Florida Baptist Churches.

        Source: FBC, Lake City Minutes.  FBHS files.

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LeROY LEWIS

LeRoy Lewis is a native of St. Augustine. He graduated from The Baptist College of Florida, and served for 30 years as pastor of First Baptist Church San Mateo. He and his wife, Charlotte, have two daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 2, 2006, p. 11.

MICHAEL S. LEWIS

Michael S. Lewis was born in Georgia and graduated from Columbia International University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Georgia and Texas and became pastor of First Baptist Church, Plant City in 2009. In 2013 Lewis joined the North American Mission Board as executive director for church revitalization and pastoral relations. He and his wife Liliana have three daughters..

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 9, 2009, p. 4.
Alabama Baptist, January 21, 2013, p. 16.

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S. STANFORD LEWIS

S. Stanford Lewis (1933-1957) died at age 24, while serving as pastor of Heckscher Drive Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He was a native of Jacksonville. He had attended Truett-McConnell Junior College and Mercer University. He married Ruby C. Lewis. He died November 18, 1957 in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 28, 1957, p. 12.

WILLIAM ESTAL LEWIS, JR.

William Estal Lewis Jr. (January 8, 1929- ) was born in Sarasota, Florida. He was the son of William E. Lewis, Sr., and Margaret Ann Knight Lewis. His father was a carpenter and his mother was a nurse. Lewis had two brothers, Calvin, born in 1939, Jerry, born in 1941, and seven sisters; Virginia, born in 1926; Mary, born in 1927; Margaret, born in 1931; Clara, born in 1932; Jacquelyn, born in 1934; Eileen, born in 1936; and Gloria, born in 1938. Lewis graduated from Sarasota High School in 1946, Stetson University in 1952 (B.A.), and Southwestern Theological Seminary in 1955 (B.D.). He was converted at age eight, and baptized into First Baptist Church of Sarasota. He was also ordained at that church on August 5, 1951.
Lewis served as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Apache, Oklahoma (1952-1953), Wizard Wells Baptist Church in Wizard Wells, Texas (1953-1955), Northside Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, Texas (1955), and Northeast Baptist Church in Miami, Florida (1955-1958). He married Nina Beadie Allen on July 24, 1953 at Miami, Florida. They served as foreign missionaries in Dar es Salaam, Tangenyika, East Africa.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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V. L. ROY LIBURD

Liburd,-V.L.

V. L. Roy Liburd (August 23, 1942- ) was born in St. Kitts. He attended Sandy Point Senior High School in St. Kitts, Hannibal-LaGrange College in Boliver, Missouri, Luther Rice Seminary (M.A.), and Covington Theological Seminary (D.Min.).
Liburd was converted in St. Kitts in 1957, and was called to preach in 1959. He was baptized into the Cruz Bay Baptist Church of St. John (USCI) in 1959. He served as pastor in St. Kitts, Antigua, and the British Virgin Islands before coming to the United States. He served as pastor in Missouri, and then came to Harmony Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida. He and his wife, Ursula, have three children, Lancelot, Alexander, and R. Theo-Linda.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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THOMAS DILL LIDE

Lide,-Thomas-Dill

Thomas Dill Lide (1902-2001) served as pastor in Texas, South Carolina and Florida. He served Seminole Heights Baptist Church, Tampa; First Baptist Church, Perry; and First Baptist Church, Dunnellon. After retirement he served 25 churches as interim pastor. He and his wife of 72 years, Bettie Koller Lide had three daughters; Lee, Ilda, and Bobbie.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 18, 2001, p. 10.
FBHS files.

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HARRY M. LIECHTY, SR.

Harry M. Liechty, Sr. (1899-1990) was a Baptist preacher for 56 years, and helped start 150 missions. He was a native of Ohio, and moved to Jacksonville after World War I. He graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1933. He was ordained at Oceanway Baptist Church in Jacksonville in 1934, where he served as pastor. Four missions were started while he was at Oceanway. He then went to First Baptist Church in Marianna, and they started four missions. He was pastor of Franklin Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and they started four missions. He worked in the Florida Baptist Convention, and later in the California Baptist Convention. He was always on the cutting edge as a church mission starter.
He and his wife, Ruth Morris Liechty, had one son, Harry Jr., who served as a Baptist preacher for 40 years. They had one daughter, Jacqueline, who served 23 years as a missionary to India.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 11, 1990, p. 3.
Leitch, Christ Centured Century, pp. 12-21.

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HARRY M. LIECHTY, JR.

Liechty,-Harry

Harry M. Liechty, Jr. (1927-July 9, 2005) was the only son of Harry M. Leichty, Sr., and Ruth Morris Liechty. Liechty Sr., was a Baptist preacher for 56 years. Liechty Jr., was a Baptist preacher for 40 years. He served as pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, Ocala; Immanuel Baptist Church, Jacksonville; and was founding pastor of Lake Maggione Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. He moved to California in 1960 where he served three churches. He and his wife, Adah, had three children; David, Steve and Kathie and one step-daughter, Tina.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, August 4, 2005, p. 11.

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A. E. LIGHTFOOT

Lightfoot,-A.-E.

A. E. Lightfoot received his early schooling in Miami. He then graduated from Stetson University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained at First Baptist Church Deland on December 5, 1929. He served as pastor in South Miami, Northwood West Palm Beach, Blountstown, Starke (1939-1944), and Brentwood in Jacksonville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 6, 1944, p. 8.

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JAMES L. LIGHTSEY

James L. Lightsey (1932-2009) was a native of Wabasso and served in the United States Marine Corps in the Korean War. He served churches in Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama and Florida. Lightsey served Orange Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Pearce; Mount Pleasant in High Springs; Hogue in Gainesville and Fort White Baptist Church. He and his wife Helen were married 51 years and had two sons, Rob and Jeff.

        Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 12, 2009, p. 4.

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THOMAS EDWIN LILY

Thomas Edwin Lily (February 3, 1930- ) was born at Erwin, Tennessee. He was the son of Fred Lilly and Anna Hensley Lilly. His father was an engineer and his mother a housewife. Lily was raised in Charleston, South Carolina (1936-1939) and Savannah, Georgia (1940-1948). He graduated from Savannah High School in Savannah, Georgia, in 1948. Lily attended Mercer University (A.B., 1952) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.R.E., 1957). He was converted at age twelve, and was baptized on Easter Sunday in 1952 at Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah. He was ordained on February 26, 1952, at Taliaferro Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. Lily served as a Baptist Student Union Director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention (1956-1957) and then as Baptist Student Union Director at the University of Miami starting in 1957. He then served as Director of the Home Mission Board Rescue Mission in New Orleans. Lily married Carolyn Benson Lilly on April 30, 1952, at Macon, Georgia, and they had one son, Fred, born in 1957.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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HOMER GENTRY LINDSAY, JR.

Lindsay,-Homer,-Jr.

Homer Gentry Lindsay, Jr. (July 10, 1927-February 13, 2000) died at age 72 as a result of complications from cancer. Lindsay was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Ruth and Homer G. Lindsay, Sr. When he was 13 years of age his family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, when Lindsay, Sr., became pastor of First Baptist Church.
Lindsay graduated from Stetson University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1952. In September 1952, he married Shirley Tillman, and accepted the pastorate of a 42 member mission in Miami.This mission became Northwest Baptist Church and grew from 42 members to 3,280 members in the sixteen years Lindsay served as pastor. He became co-pastor in 1969 with his father at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. In the next 20 years the Sunday School enrollment increased from 2,300 to over 14,000. In 1982 Jerry Vines joined Lindsay as co-pastor, and a new 9,200 seat auditorium was built. Lindsay served for 31 years at First Baptist Church and had planned to retire on March 31, 2000. Lindsay and his wife, Shirley, had three daughters, Nancy, Clara, and Peggy. He was known for his love of the Lord Jesus, and his hard work at witnessing and soul winning. The Lindsay s had a son, Homer Lindsay III, who died of a heart attack on January 28, 2000.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 24, 2000, p. 1.
Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told, pp. 122-123.

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HOMER GENTRY LINDSAY, SR.

Lindsay,-Homer,-Sr.

Homer Gentry Lindsay, Sr. (1903-1981) was a native of Lake City, Tennessee. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville from 1940 to 1973, for a total of 33 years. He and his son, Lindsay Jr, were co-pastors of the church from 1969 to 1973, when Lindsay, Jr. became pastor. Lindsay was a denominational leader at a very critical time of state and national crisis. When he began the Jacksonville pastorate, the church had lost its property and was bankrupt. In 1969 the church had grown to 12,200 members.When the state convention was in a difficult time in 1945, Lindsay served as acting executive secretary-treasurer until the coming of Dr. John McGuire. He also served as president of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1962 until 1966. In 1964 he served as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention.He died of cancer on September 5, 1981. Lindsay was a graduate of Carson-Newman College and Southwestern Seminary. He served as pastor in Texas and Tennessee before coming to Florida. He and his wife, Ruth Ewton Lindsay had one son, Homer Lindsay, Jr., and one daughter, Jo Ann Nicholson, who died of cancer on April 28, 1981.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 17, 1981, p. 6.
Belton S. Wall, Jr. A Tale To Be Told.

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RICK LINEBERGER

Lineberger,-Rick

Rick Lineberger is a native of Arkansas, and a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas (1989-2003) before becoming as pastor of First Baptist Church in Bradenton in 2003. He and his wife, Tracey, have two adult children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 21, 2003, p. 10.

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ROBERT T. LINER

Robert T. Liner (1916-1997) served as pastor of churches in Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. He served in Florida at First Baptist Church, Plymouth from 1945 to 1949, First Baptist Church of Avon Park, First Baptist Church in Auburndale, McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, and Main Street Baptist Church in Bartow.

Secondary Sources: Florida Baptist Witness, March 24, 1949, p. 13; December 18, 1997.

HAROLD H. LINK

Harold H. Link died December 12, 1976, in Orlando, Florida. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to retirement, Link served as pastor of the following Baptist churches in Florida. Groveland in Groveland, Eliam in Melrose, Philadelphia in McAlpin, Oviedo, Williston, Key West, and Carrabelle. His last three years of ministry were spent as a missionary in the Cayman Islands. He and his wife, Smithie, had two sons and one daughter.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 22, 1976, p. 6.

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H. S. LINTON

H. S. Linton (1805-1868) was an early pioneer pastor in Florida. In 1845 H. S. Linton was pastor of Elizabeth in Jefferson County, Ebenezer in Jefferson County, and Ocilla in Madison County. All of these churches were located in the Florida Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1845, p. 8.

SIDNEY H. LINTON

Sidney H. Linton was pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Jefferson County from 1845-1847. He also served as pastor of Ebenezer in Jefferson County and Ocilla in Madison County. All of those churches were located in the Florida Baptist Association.

 Sources: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1845, p. 8; 1869, p. 9.

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CLYDE B. LIPSCOMB

Lipscomb,-Clyde

Clyde B. Lipscomb (1916-1992) served as pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville for 26 years (1953-1970). He was a native of Richmond, Virginia. He was a graduate of the University of Richmond, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was known for his pastoral work and community involvement.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 21, 1992, p. 7.

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BRUCE V. LISLE

Lisle,-Bruce-V.

Bruce V. Lisle served as the first part time bivocational director of missions in the Florida Keys Association starting in 1980. He had served as associate pastor at Big Coppitt Church and as chaplain of the Big Pine Key State Prison. He also worked as a security officer with the Monroe County public school system.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 1980, p. 12.

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ELWOOD LITTLE

Little,-Elwood

Elwood Little attended Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida, Clark Memorial College, and Hannibal LaGrange College. He served as pastor in Missouri and Florida. In 1980 he went as pastor of Miller Memorial Church in Orlando.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 29, 1980, p. 6.

THOMAS LITTLE, JR.

Thomas Little, Jr., graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida, Louisiana College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Little served as pastor of Hillsdale Baptist Church near Anite, Louisiana, and became pastor of First Baptist Church in Bratt in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 7, 1980, p. 6.

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B. DURWOOD LOCKE

Locke,-B.-Durwood

B. Durwood Locke (1909-1990) worked with the Home Mission Board in Florida for 30 years. He participated in starting 188 missions with 139 of them becoming churches. He served in the Tampa and Tallahassee area. Locke was licensed to preach by First Baptist Church of Bonifay, and ordained at First Baptist Church in Ponce deLeon. He attended Carson Newman College, Stetson University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Grace Poole Locke, were married for 52 years. They had one daughter, Laura, and one son, John.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 24, 1990, p. 14.

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JAMES L. LOCKE

Locke,-James-L.

James L. Locke graduated from Vanderbilt University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Forsyth, Missouri (1995-2005) before becoming pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola in 2005. He and his wife, Judy, have two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 26, 2005, p. 7.

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CARL J. LOGAN

Logan,-Carl

Carl J. Logan (May 18, 1957- ) was born in Mill Valley, California. He was converted in 1988, and baptized at Pilgrim Baptist Church in San Mateo, California. He was ordained there in 1993. Logan attended Philander Smith College (B.A., 1979), and Golden Gate Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1996). He has served in the ministry in California and Florida. He has served as pastor of Providence Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville since 1998. He and his wife, Jacquelyn Renee, have two daughters, LaQuita and Brittiany, and one son, Patrick.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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NORMAN LOGES

Norman Loges served as minister of education at First Baptist Church, Cross City, and then in 1980, went as pastor of Friendship Church at Live Oak.

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

G. W. LONG

The death of G. W. Long was reported in the 1875 Alachua Baptist Association Minutes. He was a good and faithful minister of the gospel.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1875,
pp. 5-6.

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MARK T. LONG

Mark T. Long (May 30, 1963- ) attended Mississippi College (B.A., 1985), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1988, Ph.D., 1995). Dr. Long served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pass Christian, Mississippi (1993-1994), Perkinston Baptist Church, Perkinston, Mississippi (1994-1999), and First Baptist Church, Glendale in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (1999-2001). He was licensed in 1981, and ordained in 1988 at First Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi. Dr. Long married Stephanie MacInnis. They have two children; Michael born in 1994 and Mason born in 1998. Dr. Long joined the faculty of the Baptist College of Florida in 2001 where he teaches New Testament.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

STEWART I. LONG

Steward I. Long (1878-1951) served as a Baptist minister for 43 years. He served in Sullivan, Valparaiso, Madison, Richmond, and Morgan City in Indiana. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Sarasota, Florida, from 1926-1931. Dr. Long was a veteran of the Spanish American War and of World War I. He served as a chaplain in France with the 31st Division.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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VALDA LONG

Long,-Valda

Valda Long (1928-1984) was appointed a foreign missionary to Nigeria in 1956. She taught and served as a nurse in Nigeria and Tanzania. Due to a need for cancer treatment she returned to the United States in 1978. Long was the daughter of Madison and Hazel Long of Ona.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 6, 1984, p. 7.

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THEODORE LOTT

Theodore Lott (1925-2008) was the founding pastor of Florida Gardens Baptist Church in Lake Worth. He also served as pastor of Hobe Sound, Greenacres and West Boynton Baptist. Lott participated in dozens of mission projects to South America, Africa, Ukraine, India and Korea. He and his wife Vivian had one son Paul and daughters Elizabeth, Gail and Deborah.

         Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 2008, p. 17.

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VIRGIL O. LOVETT

Virgil O. Lovett graduated from Valdosta State College and Luther Rice Seminary. He taught high school for six years while serving as pastor of rural churches and then served four years in music evangelism. In 2004 Lovett celebrated his 35th year (1969-2004) as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka. In the 35 years the church grew from 335 members to over 3,000 members. He and his wife, Dianne, have three sons.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 30, 2004,
p. 15.

STEVE LOY

Steve Loy is a graduate of the Baptist College of Florida and 2014 became pastor of Spruce Creek Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. He and his wife Leah have one daughter.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 28, 2014, p. 4.

J. F. LUDWIG

J. F. Ludwig was pastor of Lemon City Baptist Church in 1907. In 1908 he was pastor of Lemon City, Dania, and Silver Palm.

Source: 1907 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 16.
1908 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, n. p.

DAVE LUNDIN

Dave Lundin served as pastor of First Baptist Church Callahan from 1966 to 1973.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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PHILIP H. LUNDY

Lundy,-Philip-H.

Philip H. Lundy (ca. 1812-1873) served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola, in 1873. He was sent to the church by the Bethlehem Association. After only eight months at the church, the lawyer-turned-minister died of the yellow fever.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay On the Hill,
pp. 65-67.

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JILES B. LUNSFORD

Jiles B. Lunsford graduated from Stetson University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served for eight years (1973-1980) as pastor of Forest Park Baptist Church in Vero Beach. He retired there December 30, 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 24, 1980, p. 6.

J. T. LYNCH

J. T. Lynch served as pastor and on the State Board of Missions. He died in 1891. He was a young man who had shown great promise.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 15, 50.

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C. H. LYONS

C. H. Lyons ( -1895) might have been the first Black minister hired by the State Board of Missions. Late in 1894 the Board secured the services of Lyons to organize and conduct institutes for other Black church leaders. He was jointly paid by the State Board of Missions and the Convention of Black Baptists. Lyons set up an Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, but died in July 1895, before the program was fully operational.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Annual, 1895, p. 37.

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