Baptist Heritage Award
Since 1997 the Florida Baptist Historical Society has conferred the Baptist Heritage Award upon persons who have exhibited rare and unusual dedication to the cause of Florida Southern Baptist history and also have made a significant impact through such means as writing Baptist history, teaching Baptist history, and/or promoting the importance of Florida Southern Baptist history. The following individuals have been so honored.
2004-E. B. Browning, Sr.
2005-E. H. Rennolds, Sr.
2006-Harry Crawford Garwood
2008-John Leonidas Rosser
2012-James C. Bryant
2015 No recipient
2016-David Lema and Roger Richards
2017-Jerry M. Windsor
2020-L. David Cunningham
2021-Donald S. Hepburn
2022-Carolyn L. (Mrs. Edward) Calhoun
2022 Baptist Heritage Award Recipient: Carolyn L. (Mrs. Edward) Calhoun
The Florida Baptist Historical Society, for the past 26 years, has recognized an individual for their effective preservation and promotion of Florida Baptist history. The Society’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that their selection as the recipient of the 2022 Baptist Heritage Award is Carolyn L. Calhoun of St. Augustine, Florida.The Baptist Heritage Award seeks to recognize and honor those Florida Baptists who have exhibited rare and unusual dedication to the cause of Florida Southern Baptist history by having made a significant impact through such means as writing Baptist history, teaching Baptist history, preserving Baptist history, and/or promoting the importance of Florida Southern Baptist history.
The 2022 Baptist Heritage Award recipient, is a noteworthy individual who has committed herself to the preservation and promotion of her local church’s history. Carolyn L. (Mrs. Edward) Calhoun, is a lifelong member of the Ancient City Baptist Church, St. Augustine, having made a profession of faith at age 10. She has worked diligently since the last century to collect, organize and preserve the history of the church that was established in 1887. Although there exists a published history of the church written by an earlier pastor – titled A Long Road . . . 1887 to 1987 – Mrs. Calhoun has researched and identified numerous basic facts that are missing from the church’s history book. She has developed, a soon to be published, chronological narrative of the church’s early history and has added supplemental information bringing the church’s history narrative to a contemporary status.
Additionally, to promote the church’s history to benefit current members, Mrs. Calhoun enlisted other volunteers to establish a designated history room with a changing display of early information and memorabilia about the Ancient City Baptist Church. This task required the sorting and assessing of unorganized material stashed in dozens of boxes. Mrs. Calhoun’s volunteer leadership has been enhanced by over two decades of service on the church’s History Committee, whose members have worked to collect and preserve the history of the church.
Prior to her history-preservation volunteer service in the church, Mrs. Calhoun, age 78, served a variety of other volunteer positions in the church including as a Sunday School teacher of various age groups over the years, worked on several church committees and currently is a church greeter. Mrs. Calhoun’s professional career for over twenty years was devoted as a reading specialist teacher for the St. Johns’ County School Board. She attended the then called St. Johns Junior College and subsequently graduated from the Flagler College with a degree in Education. She did additional study at the University of North Florida to secure credentials as a Reading Specialist to teach grade school children who lacked age-appropriated reading skills.
Twenty-five individuals, since 1997, have been conferred the Baptist Heritage Award by the Florida Baptist Historical Society. These persons represented a broad range of Florida Baptists including pastors, denominational workers, college and seminary professors, and laypersons, all of whom had an interest and commitment to researching and publishing Florida Baptist history.