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CLAUDE RABOTEAU

Claude Raboteau served as pastor of the Orlando Church. He died on February 16, 1900, at age 37. His was greatly beloved by his church members and people throughout the City of Orlando.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual. 1900. p. 41.

H. MORGAN RADFORD

H. Morgan Radford (November 21, 1914-June 22, 1999) was a native of Memphis, and a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of four churches in Kentucky, and First Baptist Churches of Lake Wales and Dania in Florida. He also served as pastor of Tropical Farms Baptist Church in Stuart, Southside Baptist Church in Bradenton, and Calvary in Deland. Radford served as president of the Florida Baptist Pastor s Conference. He and his wife, Lelia Lavodis Radford, had two daughters, Patsy and Debi. His son-in-law, Van Capps, is a vocational evangelist, and his son-in-law, Gary Lydic, works with Focus on the Family.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 29, 1999.

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OSBORNE KILLEBREW RADFORD

Osborne Killebrew Radford (March 2, 1901-April 28, 1960) was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. He married Minnie Bell on May 7, 1927. Radford served as business manager of the Clear Creek Baptist Assembly in Kentucky. He then served as minister of education at First Baptist Church, Pineville, Kentucky, First Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and First Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Florida. He went to work with the Florida Baptist Convention in 1926, and worked in the Church Training Department for thirty years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

CHARLES RAGLAND

Charles Ragland served the Florida Baptist Convention for 27 years from 1964 to 1991. He is best known for his work with the Brotherhood Department from which he retired in 1991. He has since served as interim director of missions in Black Creek Association and curriculum writer for convention materials.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 15, 1993, p. 10.

RONNY RAINES

Ronny Raines served as pastor in Kentucky and Florida. Raines graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2014, Raines became pastor of First Baptist Church, Bradfordville. He and his wife Angie moved to Florida from Kentucky.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 3, 2014, p. 4.

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MORRIS J. RAMSEY

Morris J. Ramsey (1922-1956) was a graduate of Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Archer and at Lake Park Chapel in Gainesville, Florida.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, March 15, 1956, p. 12.

PERCY RANSOM

Ransom,Percy

Percy Ransom (July 16, 1945- ) was born in Green County, Georgia, the son of Hillard and Katie Ransom. The family moved to the Miami area in 1952. Ransom was converted in 1962, and joined Gethsemane Baptist Church in Hollywood. Ransom graduated from Attucks High School in Hollywood in 1963. He served in the United States Army (1963-1966), and attended Miami-Dade Community College (A.A.) and Florida International University (B.A., 1974). Ransom did graduate work at North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Th., D.Min.), and Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.D., 1996; Ph.D., 2002). Dr. Ransom was licensed to preach in 1976, and ordained January 24, 1982, by the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Miami. He is currently pastor of the Cosmopolitan Baptist Church in Miami, and has served there since its organizing in 1988. Ransom and his wife, Purnel, have four children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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THOMAS E. RATCLIFF

Ratcliff,-Thomas

Thomas E. Ratcliff graduated from Sam Houston State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as director of missions in the Blanco Bend area in Texas (1975-1980) before going as missions director of Palm-Lake Association.

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

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MARK ANTHONY RATHEL

Rathel,Mark

Mark Anthony Rathel (November 19, 1957- ) was born in Panama City, Florida. He attended Okaloosa-Walton Community College (A.A., 1977), William Carey College (B.A., 1979), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1981; Th.D., 1988). Dr. Rathel was licensed to preach on June 6, 1976, and was ordained on May 25, 1980 at the Rosemont Baptist Church in Niceville, Florida. He has served as pastor at Old Hebron Baptist Church in New Hebron, Mississippi from 1982 to 1983, First Baptist Church of Springfield, Louisiana (1983-1989), Bay Vista Baptist Church in Biloxi, Mississippi (1989-1994), and First Baptist Church of Blountstown, Florida from 1994 to 1996. Dr. Rathel married Angela G. Wilkerson on August 6, 1977. They have two sons, David and Steven. Dr. Rathel served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Historical Society from 1997 to 2002. He joined the faculty of the Baptist College of Florida in 1995 and has taught theology and philosophy.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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J. ELWOOD RAWLS

J. Elwood Rawls (1914-1985) died of lukemia after serving as a Baptist preacher for 42 years. He was a native of Pensacola, and served as pastor of Spencer Memorial Baptist Church, Ballard Point Baptist Church in Tampa, Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, Flagami in Miami, and First Baptist Church in Homestead. He and his wife, Virginia, had two sons.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 25, 1985, p. 6.

EMIT O. RAY

Emit O. Ray (1920-2004) was a native of Texas and a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as a bombadier in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. During Ray s ministry he served as pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Miami for 20 years (1970-1990). He served on the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and served as a missionary in the Caribbean. He served as pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Wichita, Kansas. and as chairman of the Florida Baptist State Board of Missions. Ray and his wife, Katheryn, had three children; Karen, Steven, and Kurt.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Florida Baptist Witness, December 2, 2004, p. 4.

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HENRY GREEN BERRY RAY

Henry Green Berry Ray (1827-1909) was born December 15, 1827, at Camden, Alabama. He was one of 16 children born to Hall and Salina Wilkerson Ray who married in Clarke County, Alabama, on February 20, 1821. Ray married Mary Susan Sturdivant on December 19, 1849, in Wilcox County, Alabama. He enlisted in the Mississippi 13th Regiment on June 1, 1861, and served there until the end of the war. After the death of Mary Susan, Ray married Eliza Colson, a widow, in Monroe County, Alabama, on July 18, 1865. Ray was a pioneer Baptist preacher in Escambia County (Alabama and Florida) and was pastor of as many as four churches at one time. Ray was one of the four ministers who helped to organize Elim Association. He served as pastor of Oak Grove, Mitchell s Creek, Union Hill, Enon, and Ray s Chapel in Escambia County, Florida. He served as pastor of Traveler s Rest, Little Escambia, Magnolia, Blue Springs, and Sardis in Escambia County, Alabama.

Secondary Source: Judith Richbourg Jolly, Rev. Henry Green Berry Ray. Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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JAMES R. RAY

James R. Ray graduated from Clear Creek Baptist College, and served as pastor in Kentucky before becoming pastor of Romeo Church in Dunnellon in 1980.

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

W. J. RAY

W. J. Ray was pastor of the Madison Church in 1927.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 8, 1927, Vol. XL, No. 36.

STEPHEN EARL RAYBURN

Stephen Earl Rayburn (November 27, 1947) was born in Panama City, Florida. He graduated from Gulf Coast Community College (A.A., 1967), Mississippi College (A.B., 1969), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1974; D.Min., 1981). Rayburn served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Quitman, Georgia (1980-1985), Neptune Baptist Church (1985-1995) and Delaney Street Baptist Church (1995-). He and his wife, Patsy, have two children; Christopher and Jennifer.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

IRVIN READON

Irvin Readon (1937-2011) served most of his pastoral life in the Miami area. He had two sons who were pastors in the Miami Association at the time of his death. Phillip Readon was pastor of Bible Baptist Church and Eric Readon was pastor of New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church.

Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

A. J. REAMY, JR.

A. J. Reamy, Jr., served as pastor of La Grange Baptist Church in 1904.

Source: 1904 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 15.

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ANDREW W. REAVES

Andrew W. Reaves died July 24, 1959. He served as a minister for 44 years and served pastorates in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. In Florida he served Stanton Memorial in Miami, Brownsville in Pensacola, and Pleasant Grove in Pensacola. He and his wife had three daughters. The daughters were Mrs. Henry Allen Parker, Mrs. D. B. Nicholson, and Mrs. Frank Baker.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, August 20, 1959, p. 12.

BOB H. REAVES

Bob H. Reaves graduated from Luther Rice Seminary. He served aspastor of Knights Church, Plant City, before going as pastor of North Kissimmee Church in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 21, 1980, p. 6.

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HERB REAVIS, JR.

Reavis,Herb

Herb Reavis, Jr., is a native of Texas. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Milligan College, and the Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies. He is currently pastor of North Jacksonville Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He and his wife, Lisa, have three sons; Joshua, Jonathan, and Joseph.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society

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ROBERT E. RECCORD

Robert E. Reccord serves as president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1997-). Previously he served as pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon (1987-1992) and First Baptist Church of Norfolk, Virginia (1992-1997).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 5, 2004, p. 10.

I. A. REDD

I. A. Redd (1835-1912) was born in Russell County, Alabama. He went to the Sarasota area in 1857. He worked for Bill Whitaker, Sarasota County s first settler. He moved to Tallahassee and married Elizabeth Brown. He served in the Civil War and then moved back to the Sarasota area in 1867. He settled in and funded the Bee Ridge community. Elizabeth lived to be 102, and died in 1933.
Redd worked to expand the Baptist cause in Southwest Florida. He served as pastor of Friendship in Manatee County and Benevolence Church (1880-1882) in Gillette. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Peace River Association at the time of his death in 1912.

Secondary Source: Peace River Association Minutes, 1912, p. 38. Eula Tucker Lastinger. The First One Hundred Years in the Life of Friendship Baptist Church (1875-1975).

MIKE REED

Mike Reed is a native of Tennessee. Reed and his wife Carolyn founded Toccoa Wilderness Ministries in Blue Ridge Georgia in 1980. He also served as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Turtletown, Tennessee. In 2006 Reed became pastor of San Jose Baptist Church.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 27, 2006, p. 14.

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JOHN FRANKLIN REEDER

John Franklin Reeder (December 11, 1860-June 10, 1946) was born in Noble County, Ohio. He became one of the most effective bivocational pastors in Florida Baptist State Convention history. Reeder was raised in West Virginia where he joined the Goose Creek Baptist Church. In 1891 he married Sarah Fordham. They had six sons and one daughter. Reeder surrendered to preach in 1898, and was soon ordained. He served churches in West Virginia, but failing health caused him to move to Florida in 1903. His health was restored and he became engaged in the bakery, trucking, and poultry businesses. He was committed to organizing and assisting Baptist churches. He served as pastor at Gillette, Parrish, Terra Ceia, Balm, Wimauma, Bee Ridge, Fruitville, Samoset, and Oneco.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, August 8, 1946, p. 15.

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KYLE TRUMAN REESE

Kyle Truman Reese (1971-) graduated from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas, and became pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville in 2006. He and his wife, Amy, have three children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 27, 2006, p. 10.

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WILLIAM REESE

Reese,William

William Reese became pastor of First Church, Fort Myers Beach in 1980. He had previously served in Pennsylvania. He attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 27, 1980, p. 6.

J. N. REID

J. N. Reid died on September 1, 1893. He moved to Hamilton County,Florida, from Tennessee in about 1865. Nearly all the early churches of
Hamilton Baptist Association were helped in their organizational efforts by either J. N. Reid or his friend D. F. Ward.

Secondary Source: Hamilton Baptist Association Minutes, 1893, p. 10. Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1884, p. 40.

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R. A. REID

R. A. Reid served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in 1898.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1898, p. 22.

U. E. REID

U. E. Reid died July 23, 1950, at Lantana, Florida. He was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was ordained by First Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida, on September 15, 1915. He was pastor at Winter Park (1924-1928), First Baptist Church, Stuart, and Lake Worth (1931-1947). Reid served as moderator of the Miami Baptist Association, and as pastor in Moulton, Alabama and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. and Mrs. Reid had a son, 1st. Lt. Marion U. Reid, who was killed in World War II in a bombing raid over Berlin in 1944.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Florida Baptist Witness, December 7, 1944, p. 5.

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ERNEST C. REISINGER

Ernest C. Reisinger (c. 1920-2004) was a native of Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific in World War II. He founded Reisinger Brothers Construction Company in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and served as a deacon in his local church. Reisinger was ordained to the ministry in 1971, and served as pastor of North Pompano Baptist Church; First Baptist Church, Islamorado; and pastor emeritus of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral. Christian literature distribution was a prime interest for Reisinger and he was noted especially for his reprint of James P. Boyce s Abstract of Systematic Theology. Reisinger and his wife, Mima Jane (Shirley), were married for 66 years and they had one son, Donald.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 10, 2004, p. 6.

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EDWIN HANSFORD RENNOLDS SR.

Rennolds,E.H.

Edwin Hansford Rennolds Sr., (1839-1912) was born October 30, 1839, in Louisa County, Virginia. Raised primarily in Tennessee, he taught public school until the Civil War. Upon enlisting in the Tennessee 5th Regiment, Rennolds served out the war. He saw heavy fighting in many major battles of the war and survived, but was wounded. At the beginning of the war there were 1,300 men in the Tennessee 5th Regiment. On April 24, 1865, only 30 of the original 1,300 were present for duty. At the close of the War, Rennolds was a second lieutenant in Company D of the 5th Regiment.

Rennolds married in 1866 and he and his wife, Margaret Catherine Cox, had seven children. He was converted in 1868, and ordained to preach in 1870. Farming proved unprofitable so Rennolds and his family moved to Florida in 1882. He worked as a farmer, a salesman, an orange grower, and he preached some. His interest in history, and his ability to research and write led to his being elected to serve as the first Historical Secretary of the Florida Baptist Convention in about 1894. He also served for short periods of time as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Nassau County, Florida, acting editor of the Florida Baptist Witness, three terms as county surveyor, (two terms in Tennessee, one in Florida), and four terms as chaplain of the Florida State Senate.

Rennolds died on November 17, 1912, at his home in Jacksonville, Florida. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery. He worked diligently and faithfully to retrieve, research, and compile early Florida Baptist history. He probably did more than any other person to see the potential of Florida Baptist historical research.

Secondary Source: Unpublished autobiography (Florida Baptist Historical Society). The History of Henry County Commands, Confederate Army, by E. H. Rennolds, Sr.
Florida Baptist Witness, February 13, 1913, p. 14.

H. E. RESSLER

H. E. Ressler was pastor of the Opa-Locka Mission of First Baptist Church, Miami in 1930 and 1933.

Source: 1930 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 33; Ibid, 1933, p. 4.

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S. J. REVEL

S. J. Revel was pastor of Apalachicola in 1873.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1873, p. 8.

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JOHN N. REVELL

John N. Revell (1820-1885) was born in South Carolina and married Miss P. A. Hudson in 1848. Upon the death of his wife he married Mrs. A. C. Roberts in 1872 in Waukulla County. Revell was called to preach at Bristol in 1873.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1877, p. 15;
November 26, 1885, p. 2.

COOLEY SUMNER REYNOLDS

Cooley Sumner Reynolds (December 18, 1830-June 21, 1901) was born in Belfast, Alleghany County, New York. He came to Florida in 1851, and was married to Judith Alexander, in Tampa in 1854. They had seven children; Mrs. T. J. Sheridan, Sumner J. Reynolds, Mrs. Leroy Brandon. Three of them were living in 1901. For 50 years, Reynolds served as a minister of the gospel. He married and buried more people in South Florida in his work than any other minister of his day. In 1876 he was pastor of Midway Church in Hillsboro County. Reynolds was also a newspaperman and politician. He edited papers in Ocala, Palatka, Tampa, Key West, and Clearwater. During the Civil War he was tax assessor in Marion County, and was later elected to the State House of Representatives twice from the Clearwater area.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1901. pp. 44-45. Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1867, p. 8.

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D. G. RHODE

D. G. Rhode died in 1928. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Punta Gorda.

Secondary Source: Peace River Association Minutes, 1928.

EDMUND H. RICE

Edmund H. Rice was a native of Texas, and was educated at Baylor University in Texas. He spent much of his ministry in the Miami Association serving Florida churches. He went first to Key West, Florida, and then to Miami in 1925. He organized Allapattah Church in Miami, and remained as pastor over ten years. He also served as pastor at First Baptist Church in Wauchula, Homestead, Fernandina, First Baptist Church in Hollywood, and Southside Church in Miami. He also served as Association Missionary. Rice and his wife, May Belle, had two daughters He died on November 16, 1970.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 4, 1946, p. 15.

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EDWARD EUGENE RICE                          

Edward Eugene Rice (March 31, 1878-May 5, 1944) was born in Medora, Illinois. He attended Ellingham College. He was ordained by East Hill Baptist Church of Pensacola on February 20, 1907. He served as pastor of East Hill (1912-1916) in Pensacola and West Hill in 1916, and Emmanuel of Pensacola. He also served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Nashville, Illinois, and Mountain View Baptist Church of Denver, Colorado.

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

ORDEN RICE

Orden Rice was born in 1918 and died January 27, 2004. Rice was ordained on November 20, 1936, by the Pulaski Baptist Church of Pulaski, Kentucky. He attended Georgetown College (A.B.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.B.) Rice served as pastor of Pulaski Baptist Church; Blue Ash Baptist Church in Blue Ash, Ohio; First Baptist Church in Chipley; First Baptist Church in Arcadia; Calvary in Arcadia; West Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale; First Baptist Church in Waverly, Ohio; and Governor s Park Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ohio. Rice was a Baptist preacher for 71 years. When Rice was pastor of First Baptist Church in Chipley (1955-1958) the church gave 25 percent of its undesignated income through the Cooperative Program. Rice and his wife, Lydia Lucretia, were married for 63 years, and had one daughter, Gladys.

Secondary Source: Joan P. Chance. First Baptist Church, Chipley, 1887-1987, pp. 12-14. Florida Baptist Witness, February 26, 2004, p. 10.

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WILLIAM RICE

William Rice (1964- ) grew up in the Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater. He was called to preach, licensed and ordained at the church. He grew up in Pinellas County and graduated from Seminole High School. He graduated from Sanford University (1985), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1990; D.Min., 1996). Rice served as pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Dora, Alabama (1984-1987); Cypress Lake Baptist Church, Tampa (1987-1992); Gladeview Baptist Church, Anniston, Alabama (1992-1997); and Hillcrest Baptist Church, Pensacola (1997-2004) before going as pastor of his home church, Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater. Rice and his wife, Cheryl Baker Rice, have three children; Amanda Leigh, Anna Ruth, and Stephen.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 2, 2004, p. 5.

A. RICHARDS

A. Richards was pastor of Ebenezer and Greenfield in Washington County in 1890.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1890, p. 19.

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S. J. RICHARDS

S. J. Richards served as pastor of the Mt. Vernon Church in Liberty
County, Florida, and his death is reported in the 1876 Florida Baptist Association Minutes.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1876, p. 7.

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WILEY RICHARDS

Richards,Wiley

Wiley Richards (June 25, 1932- ) was born near Pensacola, Florida. Richards was the son of Walter and Charlie Richards. He served in the United States Navy (1951-1953) and graduated from Howard College in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1957. He later attended New Orleans Seminary (B.D., 1961; Th.D., 1963) and Florida State University (M.A., Ph.D.). Dr. Richards served as pastor of Millview Baptist Mission in Pensacola; Macedonia Baptist Church in Chilton County, Alabama; Progress Baptist Church in Zachary, Louisiana, and First Baptist Church of Lantana, Florida. Dr. Richards taught for 34 years at Baptist Bible Institute, (in 1988 changed the name to Florida Baptist Theological College, and changed again in 2001 to The Baptist College of Florida). He wrote numerous articles and books. He was interim 41 pastor times in 33 different churches. Dr. Richards married Betty Hargrove and they have four children, Walter Glen, August 24, 1954; Roger, February 14, 1957; Regina Rozsa, December 9, 1959; and Charlene Wiggins, August 24, 1963.

Secondary Source: Baptist College of Florida files

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BOBBY RICHARDSON

Bobby Richardson graduated from the University of North Carolina and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Bay Street Baptist Church in Eustis and also served churches in North Carolina and Virginia.

Richardson was Director of Missions of the Seminole Baptist Association for nine years (1999-2007) and in 2007 became the pastor of Central Baptist Church in Sanford. He and his wife Carolyn have three children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 26, 2007, p. 14.

FRANK RICHARDSON

Frank Richardson (1920-2008) was born in Bessemer City, North Carolina. He graduated from Mars Hill College and North Carolina State University. He served in Army Intelligence in World War II. After the war he attended Stetson University where he earned the B. A. and a masters degree. He served as Royal Ambassador Secretary for the Missouri Baptist Convention, business manager for Garder-Webb College and for 27 years served the Florida Baptist Convention (1953-1982) in business services. He and his wife Libby had a son, Frank and a daughter, Susan.

Source: Email/November, 2008.

FREDERICK RICHARDSON

Frederick Richardson (1922-1983) retired as a chaplain in the United States Army and served as pastor in Georgia, Kentucky, and Florida. He served in Florida as pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church in Tallahassee. He and his wife, Roberta, had a daughter, Deborah, and two sons, Dennis and Mark.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 22, 1983, p. 6.

W. P. RICHARDSON

W. P. Richardson (February 27, 1834-September 29, 1913) was born in Kentucky and served faithfully over 50 years as a Baptist preacher. He was pastor of the Damascus Baptist Church in Jackson County in 1890.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1890, p. 19, 1913, pp. 17-18.

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HAWLEY E. RIDENOUR JR.

Hawley E. Ridenour Jr. (1909-1983) served the Florida Baptist Convention as associate Training Union director with O. K. Radford from 1939 to 1960. He also served churches as pastor in the panhandle. Ridenour was a graduate of the University of Florida in 1934, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1937. He and his wife, Villa, had three daughters, Barbara, Minnie, and Ruth, and one son, Hawley III.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 1, 1983, p. 10.

PERRY E. RILEY

Perry E. Riley (1951-2002) was born in Houston, Texas. He served as pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna from 1987 to 2002. He was very much involved in denominational and community service. He and his wife, Joyce, had one daughter, Angela, and one son, Nathan.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 13, 2002

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HERMAN C. RIOS

Rios,Herman

Herman C. Rios was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico. He attended Cameron State University (B.A., 1970), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1973) and Luther Rice (D.Min., 2001). Rios served as pastor in Oklahoma and Texas. He served in fulltime evangelism (1973-1978) and worked with the Home Mission Board as National Consultant in Evangelism with ethnics (1978-1990). He has served in the Florida Baptist Convention since 1990 and is currently the Director of the Language Evangelism and Stewardship Department. Rios is married to Gwendolyn Janette Fillman Rios, and he has authored tracts published by Mercury Press.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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J. F. D. RITCHER

J. F. D. Ritcher was pastor of the Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church in Jackson County in 1889.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1889, p. 16.

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RALPH C. RITTENHOUSE, SR.

Ralph C. Rittenhouse (1912-1974) was a native of Saskatchawan, Canada, and was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as moderator of the Miami Baptist Association, as president of the Florida Baptist Pastor s Conference, and as trustee of the Miami Baptist Hospital. He and his wife, Frances, had two sons, Ralph Jr. and Raymond, and two daughters, Frances and Mary.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 18, 1974, p. 8.

W. H. RITTENHOUSE, SR.

W. H. Rittenhouse (1895-1961) served for over 40 years in the pastoral ministry. He served in Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. He served as a chaplain in World War II. In Florida he served as pastor at First Baptist Church in Melbourne, and Southside in Miami. Rittenhouse was killed in an automobile wreck near Hillsboro, North Carolina.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 2, 1961, p. 12.

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PETE RIVERA

Rivera,Pete

Pete Rivera (May 7, 1937- ) was born in Puerto Rico. He attended
Hardin-Simmons (B.A.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.R.E.). He served as pastor in Louisiana and Illinois before moving to Florida in 1998. He was the state director of language missions in Illinois (1986-1998) before moving to Florida to serve as Field Missionary in Southwest and Central Florida with the Florida Baptist Convention Rivera and his wife, Ann Marie, were married October 25, 1958, in Clayton, Missouri. They have four children; Miguel, Yvonne, Raquel, and Yvette.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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WALLACE RIVERS

Wallace Rivers graduated from Stetson University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served at First Baptist Church in Alachua, and then went as pastor of Flagler Street Baptist Church in Miami in 1980.

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

ALTON ROBERTS

Roberts,Alton

Alton Roberts (April 5, 1896-April 8, 1970) was the son of Rev. John Alton Roberts and Edna Albritton Roberts. The Roberts family were descendants of Henry Carson Roberts, a Civil War veteran. John Alton Roberts came to central Florida by wagon train when he was twelve years of age (1882). Alton was raised on Horse Creek near the New Zion community with his brothers, Owen, Sidney, and Leland. Alton married Ruby Boyd (1892-1942) a school teacher. She died and he later married Addie Hampton (1902-1977). Alton was licensed to preach in 1933. He was pastor of Bethany in Myakka City on three occasions (1933, 1938, 1951) and served as a bivocational pastor in the central Florida area.

Secondary Source: Audrey D. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 53-55.

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C. R. ROBERTS

C. R. Roberts died September 28, 1971. He was born near Lake City, the eldest child of Robert Edward and Mittie R. Roberts. His great-grandparents were the first white settlers around Lake City, and his grandfather, Roberts B. Roberts, was the second white child born in Columbia County. Roberts was licensed to preach by First Baptist Church in Mulberry on December 3, 1924, and ordained by the Bethlehem Baptist Church, Lake City on January 28, 1927. Roberts served as pastor of Bethlehem, Hopewell, Old Providence, Fellowship, Southside, Oluster, Elim (near Fort White), and Lake Harbor at Lake Harbor. He served as pastor of Pine Grove, Lake City, for 17 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 9, 1971, p. 13.

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IVAN BERYL ROBERTS, SR.

Ivan Beryl Roberts, Sr. (1913-1990) was a native of Malvern, Arkansas. Roberts served as an army chaplain in World War II. He served as pastor of Brownsville Baptist Church in Pensacola, First Baptist Church in Leesburg, and Lake Carroll Baptist Church in Tampa for 18 years. He and his wife, Neva Rainer Roberts, had three sons, Ivan, Jr., Kelly, and Judson.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 16, 1990, p. 10.FBHS files.

IRA IDOMINIUM ROBERTS

Roberts,I.I.

Ira Idominium Roberts (1886-1952) died on June 29, 1952, at Pensacola. He was ordained by the Pleasant Grove Church in the Pensacola Bay Association. He was a Baptist preacher for more than 40 years and served as pastor of numerous churches in West Florida. His last pastorate was Escambia Bay Baptist Church. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Milton, from 1919-1922. He also served as the third pastor of First Baptist Church, Crestview from 1919 to 1920.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Witness, July 17, 1952, p. 12.
Joe M. Bamberg, The History of First Baptist Church, Milton. p. 29.
History of First Baptist Church, Crestview. pp. 15-16.

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J. M. ROBERTS

Dr. J. M. Roberts of College Street Baptist Church in Dade City died in 1897.

Secondary Source: Pasco Baptist Association Minutes, 1897, pp. 11, 14.

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JAMES ROBERTS

James Roberts is a veteran of the United States Army and graduated from the Baptist College of Florida in 1988. He served as pastor in Alabama and Florida before becoming the Director of Missions of Beulah Association in 2007. He and his wife, Connie, have one son.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 7, 2007, p. 20.

JOHN ALTON ROBERTS

Roberts,J.A.

John Alton Roberts (September 17, 1870-May 27, 1938) was born in Decatur County, Georgia, and was the son of Henry Carson Roberts and Nancy Ann Norris. Many of the Roberts family members and DeSota, Hardee, Manatee, Lee, and Hillsborough counties are the descendents of this family. Henry died in Georgia in 1882 and a wagon train left Bainbridge, Georgia, bound for South Florida. John Alton made this trip and was about twelve years of age when this wagon trip was made. John married Edna V. Albritton and they had four sons; Alton, Owen, Sidney, and Leland. John was ordained in 1911 and served as pastor of numerous churches in the Hardee County area.

Secondary Source: Audry O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church 1888-1988, pp. 35-38.

JOHN PINCKNEY ROBERTS

John Pinckney Roberts (1843-1896) was born in Marion District, South Carolina. Roberts made a public profession of faith in 1869 and was baptized at Mount Bezor Baptist church, Wakulla. Roberts served as pastor at Mount Bezor, Lake Ellen, Mount Elon and Crawfordville in Walkulla, Aenon in Leon, and Bristol in Liberty County.

Roberts married Ella Bostick in 1867 and they had five sons and two daughters.

Source: 1896 Florida Baptist Association Minutes, pp. 21-23.

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LEO B. ROBERTS

Leo B. Roberts (1904-1976) was a graduate of Stetson and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was licensed to preach in 1925 at Pleasant Grove. Roberts was the first pastor of Myrtle Grove and he also served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Haines City for four years, and Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando for 11 years. At the time of his retirement in 1968, he was serving as the general director of the Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 25, 1976, p. 6.FBHS files

OSCAR O. ROBERTS

Roberts,Oscar

Oscar O. Roberts (1893-1976) was the son of Henry Carson Roberts and Nancy Ann Norris Roberts. The family moved from Bainbridge, Georgia, to the Fort Green area in May 1882. Roberts married Lottie Bell Roberts and they served together in many churches in southwest Florida. They had three sons; Otis, Russel, and Jean.
Roberts was a pastor, a rancher, and a singer. He wrote over 100 gospel songs and served as pastor of churches in Manatee and Hardee counties.

Secondary Source: A. O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988 pp. 60-63.

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A. ROBERTSON

A. Robertson of Parish, Florida, died in 1892 after serving as pastor.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1893, p. 103.

J. J. ROBERTSON

J. J. Robertson served in South Florida and died in 1903.

Secondary Source: South Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1903, p. 22.

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J. J. ROBERTSON

J. J. Robertson served as a pastor in the Florida Baptist Convention and died at Palmetto on July 18, 1904.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1904, p. 32.

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G. W. ROBIE

G. W. Robie served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven in 1893.

Secondary Source: Louise Beauchamp, History 1885-1985, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, p. 9.

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JIM ROBINETT

Jim Robinett is a native of Shellman, Georgia. He attended Georgia Tech and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Clewiston, and as pastor of First Baptist Church in Live Oak for over 17 years. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children. In 2004 he became the Director of Missions for the Northwest Coast Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Florida Baptist Witness, September 16, 2004, p. 11.

PAUL DAVID ROBINSON, SR.

Robinson,Paul

Paul David Robinson, Sr. (December 14, 1937-), is a native of Dora, Alabama, and attended Samford University (B.A., 1963), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1971), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min., 1981), and Jacksonville University (M.A., 1987). Robinson was ordained at First Baptist Church, Dora, Alabama in 1961. He served as pastor in Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida. Robinson served as a chaplain in the United States Navy (1966-1985), After his retirement, he joined the faculty of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville. He married Laura Marie Piper on December 23, 1961, and they have two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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WILLIAM A. ROBINSON

William A. Robinson (1918-1983) served as director of missions of Ridge Association from 1971 to 1982. Prior to that he served as pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Ruskin, Bethel Baptist Church in Lakeland, and as associate at First Baptist Church in Key West. Robinson served as pastor in North Carolina before coming to Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 15, 1983, p. 6.

ADRIAN PIERCE ROGERS

Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 9, 1931-November 15, 2005) was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, to Arden and Rose Rogers. He has been pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis since September 1, 1972. He graduated from Stetson University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from five educational institutions. He served three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979, 1986, 1987). Dr. Rogers served for six years at Parkview Baptist Church in Fort Pierce (1958-1964) and First Baptist Church in Merritt Island for eight years (1964-1972) before going to Bellevue in Memphis. He is widely used as speaker, author, and denominational servant. He retired from Bellevue in 2005.  He is married to Joyce Gentry Rogers. They have two daughters, Gayle and Janice; and two sons, Steve and David.

        Secondary Source:
        Florida Baptist Witness, August 31, 1972, p. 10; September 16, 2004, p. 10.
        Southern Baptist Preaching Today, pp. 586-587.
        Emir and Ergun Caner. The Sacred Trust, pp 161-164.

J. B. ROGERS

J. B. Rogers was pastor of La Grange Baptist Church in 1905.

Source: 1905 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes, p. 23.

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JAMES P. RODGERS

James P. Rodgers served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter
Haven from 1947-1953.

Secondary Source: Josephine G. Burr. History of Winter Haven, Florida, p. 98.

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JOHN BETHEL RODGERS

John Bethel Rodgers (December 4, 1881-April 26, 1968) was born in Polk County, Florida. Rodgers was licensed to preach by First Baptist Church, Miami (Central), and ordained in 1907 at First Baptist Church, Deland. He married Zula Fincher on April 2, 1911, and they had four children; John, Evelyn, Martha, and Betty.
Rodgers graduated from Stetson University in 1904, and attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1917 he began mission work in the Miami Association which stretched from West Palm Beach to Key West. He organized a number of churches in the state, and in 1918 became pastor of the Lemon City Church, which became the First Baptist Church of Miami. This was the first Baptist church in Dade County. Rodgers also helped organize South Miami, First Baptist Church in Perrine, Stanton Memorial, Allapattah, Hialeah, Seventy Ninth Street, Emmanuel, North Miami, First Baptist Church in Hollywood, First Baptist Church in Dania, Northwood, and churches in Lake Worth, Pahokee, Belle Glade, and South Bay. Rodgers served as pastor at Oviedo, Green Cove Springs, Mayo, Alachua, Milton, Bowling Green, Panama City, First Miami, and Lakeside Miami.
He was the first director of mission work for the Florida Baptist Convention, and was probably the most effective church planter in south Florida history.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. Florida Baptist Witness, May 30, 1968, p. 8.

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RALPH RODRIGUEZ

Ralph Rodriguez served as pastor of churches at Lake City, Jacksonville, and High Springs. In 2006 Rodriguez left the pastorate of Bethel Baptist Church in Trenton to go to Southside Baptist Church in Lake City.

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

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CECIL W. ROENFELDT

Cecil W. Roenfeldt graduated from Wayland Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served in Texas from 1949 to 1970 and served as an associate in the Sunday School department of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1974-1995. Roenfeldt died in Texas in 2006. He and his wife Wanda had three children; Cynthia, Debra, and Robert.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 23, 2006, p. 15.

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CHARLES ROESEL

Roesel,Charles

Charles Roesel began his pastorate of First Baptist Church in Leesburg, in 1975. First Baptist has been a leader in ministry evangelism for The Southern Baptist Convention. The church has over 7,000 members, baptizes about 200 persons a year, and has 70 different ministries to meet the needs of the community. Roesel celebrated 50 years in the ministry in 2003. He retired as pastor of First Baptist Church, Leesburg in 2006.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 3, 1993, p. 3; March 20, 2003, p. 12; March 2, 2006, p. 5.
Baptist Press News, August 11, 2004.

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ADRIAN PIERCE ROGERS

Rogers,Adrian

Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 9, 1931- ) was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, to Arden and Rose Rogers. He has been pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis since September 1, 1972. He graduated from Stetson University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from five educational institutions. He served three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979, 1986, 1987). Dr. Rogers served for six years at Parkview Baptist Church in Fort Pierce (1958-1964) and First Baptist Church in Merritt Island for eight years (1964-1972) before going to Bellevue in Memphis. He is widely used as speaker, author, and enominational servant. He retired from Bellevue in 2005. He is married to Joyce Gentry Rogers. They have two daughters, Gayle and Janice; and two sons, Steve and David.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 31, 1972, p. 10; September 16, 2004, p. 10. Southern Baptist Preaching Today, pp. 586-587. Emir and Ergun Caner. The Sacred Trust, pp 161-164.

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C. E. RODGERS

C. E. Rodgers (1895-1963) was born in Mango, Florida, on September 25, 1895. He went to school at Mercer University and Southern Seminary. He married Flora Crum of Plant City on January 19, 1917, and she died January 6, 1986 at the Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach. Rodgers served as pastor of FBC Brandon (1930-1935), Bayshore Baptist Church in Tampa (8 years), and FBC Vero Beach (13 years).

Source: Born in the Heart; a History of FBC Brandon, pp. 43-56

CLINT E. ROGERS

Clint E. Rogers (1930-1983) died after a heart attack while serving as pastor of Gateway Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. He had previously served as pastor in Kentucky, Georgia, and the Keene Terrace Church in Largo, Florida. He and his wife, Jane, had two daughters, Kathy and Renee, and one son, David.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 23, 1983, p. 6.

D. ROGERS

D. Rogers served Friendship Baptist in Jackson County, Florida, and Pilgrim's Rest in Henry County, Alabama, as pastor in 1872.

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

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JAMES P. ROGERS

James P. Rogers graduated from Miami High School, Stetson University (1930), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1933). He served as pastor in Birmingham, Alabama, Washington D.C., and was pastor of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven from about 1948-1954. He then went as pastor of First Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia.

Secondary Source: Josephine G. Burr. History of Winter Haven, Florida, p. 98.
Louise Beauchamp, History 1885-1985, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, p. 9.

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R. F. ROGERS

R. F. Rogers 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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STUART BEGGS ROGERS

Rogers,-S.B.

Stuart Beggs Rogers (September 18, 1866-August 16, 1926) was born near Macon, Georgia. He attended Mercer University and the University of Chicago. He married Daisy Walker in 1896. They had three children. Rogers served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna (1896-1903 served at Marianna and Chipley), First Baptist Church in Chipley, and First Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida (1904-1909). He was elected president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1904, and became Executive Secretary of the Convention in 1909, upon the death of L. D. Geiger. The Baptist headquarters building in Jacksonville was built during Roger s term of service, and the building is named the Rogers Building in his honor.
April 6, 1917, found the United States entering World War I, and 42, 000 men from Florida served in the war. The tragedy of war also influenced the worldwide outbreak of influenza that hit Florida in epidemic proportion. Hundreds of people died, and this brought great sorrow to the churches. Rogers wrote a 23 page booklet, A Brief History of Florida Baptists 1825-1925 . The booklet has no documentation but is a popular history of the period. The history was written upon the centennial celebration of the organization of the Baptist Church at Campbellton, Florida (Bethlehem, then First Baptist Church, Campbellton).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. John L. Rosser. A History of Florida Baptists, pp. 89-100, 335-336. George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1879-1970, pp. 20-24. Joan P. Chance. First Baptist Church, Chipley, 1887-1997, pp. 3-4. Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 4-5. West Florida Baptist Assosciation Minutes, 1926, p. 29. C. Douglas Weaver, First Baptist Church, Gainesville.

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WALLACE ROLAND ROGERS

Rogers,-Walace-R.

Wallace Roland Rogers served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola, during the World War II years from 1939 to 1947. He and his family were a loving, caring influence in a military community at a crucial time. Rogers left Pensacola in 1939 to go as pastor of Citadel Square Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill, pp. 199-220.

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J. C. ROONEY

J. C. Rooney served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Pinellas County in 1934.

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

THOMAS S. ROOTE, JR.

Thomas S. Roote, Jr. graduated from Mercer University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as director of missions of the New Orleans Baptist Association before joining the faculty of Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville in 1963. He later served as director of missions in Columbus, Georgia, and then the Jacksonville and Northeast Associations in 1971. He and his wife, Martha Stoudenmier Roote had two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 3, 1970, p. 12.

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EMMANUEL ROQUE

Emmanuel Roque (1966-) was born in New York City and reared in Miami. He graduated from Baylor University (B. A.) and served as associate pastor of Iglesia Bautista Resurreccion in Miami. From 2004-2006 Roque served as Director of Hispanic and International Ministries with the Miami Baptist Association. In 2006 Roque became Director of the Language Church Planting Department of the Florida Baptist Convention.

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

JOHN LEONIDAS ROSSER

John Leonidas Rosser (December 1, 1875-June 5, 1972) was born in Rustburg, Virginia. He was converted in 1896 as a 19 year old college student at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He attended Roanoke College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rosser served five churches as pastor: Memorial Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia (1903-1905), First Baptist Church, Selma, Alabama (1906-1913), First Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia (1913-1932), Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville (1932-1939), and Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine (1939-1948). Dr. Rosser retired on July 1, 1948, and moved with his family to Bristol, Tennessee. Rosser wrote A History of Florida Baptists in 1949, and two other books plus some tracts and hymns. He married Evelyn C. Craig in November 1909, and they had five children.

Secondary Source: Mark Rathel, John L. Rosser. Florida Baptist Historical Society files. The Long Road With God. . . a living history of Ancient City Baptist Church 1887-1987, pp. 47-52.

CHRIS ROTH

Chris Roth attended Santa Fe College and The Baptist College of Florida. He became pastor of Paran Baptist Church in Grandin in 2014. He is married to Amanda.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 9, 2014, p. 4.

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GIDEON JACQUES ROUSSEAU

Rousseau,G.-J.

Gideon Jacques Rousseau (January 17, 1880- ) was born in Steynsburg, South Africa. He was the son of Johann Heinrich Bruchauzer Rousseau and Aletta Johanna Elizabet Van Zyl. Rousseau s father was a teacher, and a rather passive man; his mother was uneducated, but driven. Rousseau was raised in abject poverty in South Africa. He worked at various jobs as a child and teenager, and received very little formal education. In October 1899 in the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), he was commandeered to fight against the British. He was made a prisoner of war and was kept for over two years on the island of St. Helena. That time was spent reading and learning the English language from books sent over from America. Rousseau was now multi-lingual and learned to use the wireless. He actually met Marconi during his training. He served aboard Atlantic sailing ships and there met Christine McConnel, his wife to be. Her father was a Baptist minister, and served with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board. After marriage, Rousseau was converted in a revival in Alliance, Nebraska. He and his family moved to Waco, Texas, where he attended college and became a student pastor. Rousseau served as a chaplain in World War I, and then became pastor at First Baptist Church, Norman, Oklahoma, and afterward First Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas. His most satisfying ministry was serving as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida from 1925 to 1930.

Secondary Source: Martha P. Trotter, The Real Aristrocracy of Gideon Jacques Rousseau 1880-1969. Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay on the Hill, pp. 171-186. Florida Baptist Witness, December 23, 1926, pp. 7-8.

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JEFF ROUSSEAU

Rousseau,Jeff

Jeff Rousseau (1918-1997) served as a pastor for over 60 years. He was pastor emeritus of Olive Baptist Church (1954-1971) in Pensacola at the time of his death at age 79. He and his wife, Audrey, had been married 59 years at the time of his death.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 16, 1997. Judith W. Steele. At the Heart of Things, pp. 83-109.

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ARCHIE MILTON ROWE

Archie Milton Rowe was born November 3, 1890 in Nichols, South Carolina, and moved to Georgia at an early age. Rowe attended Norman Park Junior College in Georgia and came to Madison County, Florida in 1922. He was ordained on December 3, 1922 by the Moseley Hall Baptist Church near Greenville, Florida. In over 50 years of ministry he served as pastor in Brooks County, Georgia, and in Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton and Taylor Counties in Florida. In the Madison area, Rowe served as pastor of Moseley Hall, Sirmans, Ochlawilla, New Home, Hopewell, Midway, and Pine Grove. Rowe and his wife, Elizabeth, had two daughters; Elizabeth and Lorene, and one son, Judson. On May 24, 1998 Ochlawilla Church had a special posthumous service honoring the former pastor.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

RON ROWE

Ron Rowe (1946-) served as pastor and Director of Missions in the Jacksonville area. He served four years as DOM of Black Creek Baptist Association and 17 years as DOM of Jacksonville Baptist Association. Rowe retired in 2010 as DOM of Jacksonville Baptist Association and he and his wife Ithenia have four children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 29, 2010, p. 9.

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STEPHEN ROWE

Stephen Rowe is listed in the 1856 West Florida Baptist Association Minutes as an ordained minister living in Ochessee. In 1860 he was pastor at Sardis and New Hope.

Secondary Source: 1856 West Florida Baptist Association Minutes 1860.

DEAN RUCKER

Rucker,Dean

Dean Rucker graduated from the University of Central Florida and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served previously as pastor of Airline Baptist Church, Metairie, Louisiana, and Sunset Point Baptist Church in Clearwater before becoming pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church in Lakeland in 2005. He and his wife, Tammy, have two children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 7, 2005, p. 15.

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WINSTON W. RUDOLPH

Rudolph,Winston

Winston W. Rudolph (October 23, 1949- ) was born in Pensacola and graduated from Wedgewood High School in 1968. He was converted and joined Ebenezer Baptist Church in Pensacola at the age of seven. He studied at Saint Stephen s Theological Seminary and Saint Thomas University. He has served as pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami for eleven years, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Pompano Beach for three years, and was the founding pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Pompano Beach in 1993. He currently is the pastor there. Rudolph is well known through his religious, civic, and academic commitments. He is a clinical and pastoral therapist and counselor. For over fifteen years he has worked in community and family crisis intervention in the Miami area. He and his wife have three children, Jolanda, Winston Jr., and Erica.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical files Florida Baptist Witness, May 27, 2004, p. 5.

STEPHEN RUMMAGE

Stephan Rumage is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph. D.). He has served pastorates in North Carolina, Louisiana and Virginia. Rummage became pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon in 2009. He and his wife Michele have one son, Joshua.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 7, 2009, p. 17.

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J. F. RUSSELL

J. F. Russell served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in the Middle Florida Association in 1934.

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

PAUL H. RUSSELL

Russell,Paul-H.

Paul H. Russell (December 14, 1962- ) was born in Florence, Alabama. He attended Georgia Tech (B.S., 1986) and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1992). Russell served as pastor of Taylor Baptist Church (1992-1995) in Taylor, Mississippi before coming to Florida as pastor of Sunridge Baptist Church in Sebring, Florida (1995-2002). Russell has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Punta Gorda since 2002. Russell has served as moderator of the associatios where he has ministered. He married Karen Lynn Beckham Russell on September 20, 1986.

         Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

ROBERT H. RUSSELL

Robert H. Russell was pastor of Lake Worth and Delray in 1920.

Source: Miami Baptist Association Minutes, 1920, p. 38.

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HENRY DANIEL RYALS

Henry Daniel Ryals (1845-1933) was born in Columbia County, Florida. He and his father served in the Civil War in the Union Army. Henry was ordained in 1885 and served as pastor of a number of churches in the Zephyrhills area. Ryals was the father of fourteen children and was survived by 42 grand children and 24 great-grandchildren.

        Source: FBHS files

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