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J. E. OATES

J. E. Oates was born in England. He served as pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church on two occasions. (1986-1901; 1915-1920).

Secondary Source: The Long Road with God. . . a living history of Ancient City Baptist Church, 1887-1987, p. 28.

R. J. O BRYANT

On June 24, 1916, R. J. O Bryant of Lucedale, Mississippi, became pastor of East Hill Baptist Church of Pensacola. He served for one year and then went to serve First Baptist Church in Geneva, Alabama.

Secondary Source: East Hill Baptist Church. . . 1906-1956, Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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A. C. ODOM

A. C. Odom became pastor of East Hill Baptist Church in Pensacola on October 24, 1917. He served until 1922.

Secondary Source: East Hill Baptist Church. . . 1906-1956, Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

DONALD R. ODOM

Odom,-Donald-R.

Donald R. Odom (March 6, 1956- ) was born in San Diego, California. He attended William Carey College (B.Mu., 1978; M.Mu., 1980), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (D.M.A., 1990). Dr. Odom served as Minister of Music at the Westside Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (1976-1977), First Baptist Church, Sumrall, Mississippi (1977-1980, 1984-1987), First Baptist Church, Houston, Mississippi (1980-1984) and Lakeview Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Odom married Sarah P. Odom of New Orleans, and they had two children; Ashley in 1984, and Jarrod in 1988. Dr. Odom joined the music faculty of the Baptist College of Florida in 1990.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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NASH A. ODOM

Nash A. Odom served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Dublin, North Carolina, and went as pastor of First Baptist Church, Lake Park in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 31, 1980, p. 6.

W. W. ODOM

W. W. Odom served as a traveling missionary in the Florida Panhandle in 1867

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

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ZUELL COLON O’FARRELL                       

Z. C. O’Farrell (1885-1945) graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary and moved with his family to Wyoming where he served as an evangelist. He helped establish the churches at Casper and Glenrock. He later served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Butte, Montana. He left there to serve First Baptist Church in Milton, Florida, and Bagdad Mission as pastor (1926-1930). He left Milton to go as pastor of First Baptist Church in Douglas, Georgia. He later became manager of an orphan’s home in Baxley, Georgia, and upon his death in 1945, the home was taken over by the Georgia Baptist Convention and is now known as the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home.

Secondary Source: Joe M. Bamberg. The History of First Baptist Church of Milton, Florida. p. 31.
FBHS files.

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OVERL OGLESBEE

Overl Oglesbee (1919-1990) was a native of Columbia, Mississippi. He served for 15 years as pastor of Oakcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola. He and his wife, Pearl, had two daughters, Kaye and Carol.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, March 15, 1990, p. 14.

J. ALLEN O HARA

J. Allen O Hara served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola, in 1886. He was a traveling evangelist at heart and did not stay long with the church.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
p. 79.

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ARTEMAS FRANKLIN O KELLEY

O'Kelley,Artemas-Frank

Artemas Franklin O Kelley (September 4, 1871-July 1, 1945) was born in Hall County, Georgia. He was one of the three O Kelley preacher brothers. He graduated from Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
O Kelley served as pastor in Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. He retired from pastoral work in April 1940, after serving in Perry, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 12, 1945, p. 8.

JOHN FRANCIS MARION O’KELLY

John Francis Marion 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.
FBHS files.

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NATHANIEL BOAZ O KELLEY

Nathaniel Boaz O Kelley (November 27, 1866-August 4, 1946) was born in Hall County, Georgia and died in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 80 years of age at his death. O Kelley was a graduate of Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was one of the three O Kelley preacher brothers. He served as pastor in Texarkana, Arkansas; Atlanta, Georgia; and as pastor of First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida (1915-1922); Riverside Baptist and First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. While pastor at Gainesville, the wife of O Kelley died of bronchial pneumonia in March 1920. Alberta B. O Kelly was 45 years of age at the time of her death. The O Kelley brothers made a tremendous mark in the Southern Baptist Convention. N. B. O Kelley organized Druid Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. T. W. O Kelley was pastor for many years of First Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Frank O Kelley served in Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. At the Southern Baptist Convention held in Saint Louis in 1913, Frank read the scripture, N. B. led in prayer and T. W. preached the Convention sermon from the text of II Corinthians 8:4.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, August 22, 1946, p. 4. P
George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970, pp. 25-28. Southern Baptist Convention Annual, 1913.

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MIGUEL OLMEDO

Miguel Olmedo started 72 new churches and worked in two continents and three states. He grew up in the Republic of Panama, and accepted Christ at age 15. He attended the Baptist Seminary in Havana, Cuba, and then returned to Panama to pastor. He also served as the President of the Panama Baptist Convention.

In 1970 he attended the California Baptist College in Riverside, and then studied at Golden Gate Theological Seminary at Mill Valley, California. He served as pastor in California, and then became Language Missions Coordinator for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans from 1979-1992.

In 1992 Olmedo came to Florida to start churches with various language groups. He retired from the Florida Baptist Convention staff in 2003.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 2003.

J. HILTON OLIVE

J. Hilton Olive was a native of Bascom, Florida and the Mount Olive Baptist Church. Olive graduated from Howard College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Olive served as pastor in Alabama, Kentucky and Florida. Olive served as pastor of Silver Church, Daytona Beach; First Baptist Church, High Springs; Riverview in Jacksonville and Fifth Avenue Church in St. Petersburg. He and his wife, Alice Jo have two daughters: Lois and Sharon.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 10, 1972, p. 11.

W. S. OLIVER

W. S. Oliver served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Jacksonville in 1934.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1934, p. 7.

F. A. O’NEAL

F. A. O’Neal was pastor of Delray in 1927.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 24.

JAMES LAWRENCE O’NEILL

James Lawrence O’Neill (1928-2008) served as pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church in Kingsferry, Florida; Northside in Fort Pearce; and FBC, Dania. He served faithfully on the summer staff at the Florida Royal Ambassador camp. He received two degrees and taught at Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville. He and his wife Lamona had one daughter, Heather.

Source: Email from Lamona O’Neill, October 19, 2008.

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DARRELL ORMAN

Darrell Orman serves as pastor of First Baptist Church, Stuart.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 18, 2007, p. 15.

MICHAEL J. ORR

Orr,Mike

Michael J. Orr (August 25, 1968- ) was born in Canton, Georgia. He and his wife, Stephanie Wann Orr, met and served together as members of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia. Orr surrendered to the call to preach in July 1994, and was licensed and ordained by First Baptist Church, Woodstock, on December 11, 1996. He graduated from Florida Baptist Theological College in 1999 (B.A.), and served at Madred Baptist Church, Madrid Alabama (1996-2000), and as pastor of First Baptist Church, Chipley (2000-). He and his wife, Stephanie, have one daughter, Savannah.

Secondary Source: Joan P. Chance, History of First Baptist Church, Chipley, 1887-1987, p. 11.

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MILES OSBORNE

Miles Osborne served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1910.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1911, p. 83.

LOWELL O’STEEN

Lowell O’Steen served as pastor of FBC White Springs (1979-1986). He and his wife Gwen have one daughter, Karen.

Source: First Baptist Church White Springs, p. 24.

T. F. O’STEEN

T. F. O’Steen (1908-) was known as “The Walking Preacher” in Polk County. He was born in Coffee County, Georgia, one of nine children. He preached his first sermon in 1923 in Mora, Georgia. In 1930 he married Bonnie Lee Adams and they had four boys and one girl.
O’Steen served as pastor of ten different churches in his ministry and eight of them were in Polk Count. He served over 50 years in the ministry.

Source: FBHS files.

BILL OSWALD

Bill Oswald died July 27, 1980. He served numerous church in north and central Florida before his retirement in 1970. He served as pastor at Campbellton, Alford, Bonifay, South Bay, Westside in Lake Wales, First Baptist in Zephyrhills, First Baptist in Apalachicola, and was serving at Gritney in Bonifay when he died. He and his wife, Robbie, had one son, Charles.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 4, 1980, p. 6.

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JERRY E. OSWALT

Oswalt,-Jerry

Jerry E. Oswalt (December 17, 1937- ) was born at Starkville, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University (B.A., 1959) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1965; Th.D., 1969). Dr. Oswalt served as pastor of Durant Chapel Baptist Church in Bay Minette, Alabama (1970-1971), and Second Avenue Baptist Church in Laurel, Mississippi from 1981 to 1985. Dr. Oswalt served as Chaplain at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi from 1971 to 1975, and then served as Vice President of Student Affairs (1975-1977). He then served as Professor of Religion at William Carey College from 1972 to 1981. In 1985, Dr. Oswalt became Director of Missions of Baldwin Baptist Association, Silverhill, Alabama (1985-1986). He then taught at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1986 to 1991. In 1991, Dr. Oswalt became Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Baptist College of Florida, and served in that capacity until becoming Dean of the Chapel in 2002. Dr. Oswalt married Shelvie Hornsby in 1967, and they have two children; Deborah (1973, and David (1977).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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DON OTWELL

Otwell,-Donald

Don Otwell (April 1, 1943- ) was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Truett-McConnell, Oglethorpe, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Otwell has worked in the deaf, blind, and language ministries since 1964. He is currently a consultant with the Florida Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board in the area of deaf ministries. Otwell married Yvonne Donaldson on November 22, 1962, and they have three children; James, Joseph, and Lori.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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J. B. OWEN

J. B. Owen served faithfully as a pastor in the Marion Association and died in 1889.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1890, p. 47.

GUY OWEN

Guy Owen was pastor of West Flagler Park Baptist Church in 1943 and 1944.

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

J. C. OWEN

J. C. Owen (May 26, 1870- ) was born in Balsan Grove, North Carolina. He served as a foreign missionary in China from 1899-1911. He also worked for eight years as a home missionary evangelist. He served as acting president of Montezuma College of New Mexico, and served as the Secretary of the New Mexico Baptist Convention from 1931-1932. Owen was elected as the first president of Florida Baptist Institute in 1945. Due to poor health he served less than six months.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

WILLIAM RUSSELL OWEN

William Russell Owen was pastor of FBC Macon, Georgia and went as pastor of University Baptist Church in Coral Gables in 1927.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 17.

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B. LEZELLE OWENS

Owens,B.-Lezelle

B. Lezelle Owens died February 2, 1977. He was a native of Pensacola and a graduate of Stetson University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Klondike Baptist Church and Scenic Heights Baptist Church in Pensacola. He also served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Cocoa Beach, and was the prime organizer of Tampa Shores Baptist Church. He served as pastor of Northwest Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and was academic vice-president of Luther Rice Seminary.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 21, 1977, p. 6.

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ERNEST S. OWENS, JR.

Owens,-Earnest

Ernest S. Owens, Jr.(1925-) left Memphis to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna from 1975 to 1978. Owens was born in Brewton, Alabama. He served as a pilot in World War II. He graduated from Stetson University (B. A., 1948; M. Ed, 1950) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (B. D., 1958; Th. D., 1960). He served as pastor in Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee. He and his wife Edna have six children, Ernie, Eddie, Wally, Ellen, Suzzane and Waylon.

Secondary Source: Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 59-68.
FBHS files.

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JAMES THOMAS OWENS

Owens,J.T.

James Thomas Owens (August 2, 1930-July 14, 2008 ) is a native of Chipley, Florida. He attended Stetson University (B.M.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M.), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Ed.D.). He served as Professor of Conducting at Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Florida. His wife Charlotte, a native of Orlando, Florida, served as Assistant Professor of Piano. She also attended Stetson University (B.M.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M.), and New Orleans Baptist Theolgoical Seminary (Ed.D.). The. Owens served as Southern Baptist foreign missionaries to Mexico. Dr. J. T. Owens was Chairman of the Music Department at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary in Mexico City. The Owens have three children. Dr. James Thomas Owens, Jr.
(married to Dr. Rosa Centron-Owens), Karen Owens Hodgin (married to Ric K. Hodgin), and Laura Jo Shelton (married to Paul L. Shelton). The Owens have seven grandchildren. Sara Rosa Owens, Carrie Jeannette Hodgin, Lauren Elizabeth Hodgin, Nathan King Hodgin, Joshua T. Shelton, Andrew J. Shelton, and Jolie Shelton. Dr. J. T. Owens served in the U.S. Air Force (1952-1957). He led the male chorale at Florida Baptist Theological College while serving there.

Secondary Source: Baptist College of Florida files.

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WILLIAM CARLTON OWENS

William Carlton Owens (1928-) was born at Wellborn, Florida. He attended Norman College (1950-1951), Stetson University (1954, B. A.), and the University of Georgia (1975, M. Ed.).
Owens served as pastor in Florida and Georgia (1955-1977). He served as Director of Missions in Middle Florida Association and Taylor Baptist Association.
Owens and his wife, Lorraine Christie had two daughters.

Source: 1992 Middle Florida Baptist Association Minutes, p. 75.

Z. A. OWENS

Z. A. Owens served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola (1882-1883). He moved to Pensacola from Mobile. He was unmarried, and died in Pensacola of the yellow fever while serving as pastor of First Baptist. He stood by his people in the time of the plague and gave his life for it.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay On the Hill, pp. 73-76.

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