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R. T. CADDIN

R. T. Caddin served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1917 in Lakeland.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1917, p. 67.

MAX EUGENE CADENHEAD

Cadenhead,-Max

Max Eugene Cadenhead (1930-June 6, 1991) was a native of Oklahoma. He graduated from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cadenhead served as president of the Michigan Baptist State Convention in 1968 to 1969, and the Florida Baptist Convention in 1986. He moved to Florida in 1970 as pastor of First Baptist Church in Dover and served until 1975. He worked with the evangelism department of the Florida Baptist Convention from 1975 to 1982. He was serving First Baptist Church in Naples as pastor at the time of his death. He went there in 1982 and served until 1991. Cadenhead conducted over 200 revival meetings in 13 states and foreign countries. He and his wife, Doris, had two daughters, Darlene and Cindy, and one son, Jerry.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 13, 1991, p. 7.

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CARROLL D. CALDWELL

Caldwell,-Carroll

Carroll D. Caldwell served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Crestview, from 1967-1974. Caldwell was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Secondary Source: History of First Baptist Church, Crestview, p. 23.

A. E. CALKINS

A. E. Calkins served as pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church from 1918-1938.
United States President-elect Warren Harding and his party attended worship services at Ancient City on February 19, 1921, when Calkins was pastor. Calkins died on February 7, 1939.

Secondary Source: The Long Road with God. . . a Living History of Ancient City Baptist Church 1887-1987, pp. 35-47.

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E. H. CALLAWAY

E. H. Callaway was the first pastor of the oldest Southern Baptist Church in Florida. When the Campbellton Church was organized on March 12, 1825 the ministers who assisted those 19 Baptists were Jeremiah Kembril and E. H. Callaway. Then on Sunday, March 13, 1825 the church called Callaway as their first pastor.

Secondary Source: Jackson County Baptist Association Minutes, 1939, p. 13.
J. W. White “History of the First Baptist Church of Florida,” pp. 13-14.

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THOMAS M. CALLAWAY

Callaway,-T.M

Thomas M. Callaway moved from Talladega, Alabama, to go as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola. He served there from 1906-1910. There were 39 Baptist preachers in the Callaway family.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
pp. 128-135.

RILEY CALVERT

Riley Calvert served as pastor of FBC Brandon from 1921-1924.

Source: Born in the Heart; A History of FBC Brandon.

W. E. CALVERT

W. E. Calvert was pastor of South Bay Baptist Church in 1932.

Source: 1932 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4.

AVERY TILLMAN CAMP

Avery Tillman Camp (October 15, 1869-December 5, 1942) was born in Liberty County, Mississippi. He was self taught and then taught school for awhile in Mississippi. Camp preached in Mississippi and Alabama before moving to Florida. He served as pastor in Greenville, Bonifay, Chipley (1915-1924), and the Chipley area. He and his wife had three children, Paul, John, and Grace.

Secondary Source:Joan P. Chance. First Baptist Church, Chipley, 1887-1987, p. 8.

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FLOYD CAMP

Floyd Camp (1913-1987) served as pastor in Illinois and Florida. Camp served Braden River Baptist Church in Bradenton from 1970 to 1978, and Dixie Highway Baptist Church in Auburndale. He and his wife, Hazel, had four children, Donald, Lois, Marcella, and Allen.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 3, 1987, p. 11.

A. B. CAMPBELL

In 1867 A. B. Campbell was pastor of Summer Hill and Thomasville, Georgia, in the Florida Baptist Association.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1867, p. 17.

C. D. CAMPBELL

In 1867 C. D. Campbell was pastor of the Quincy Baptist Church in Quincy, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1867, p. 17.

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DOAK SHERIDAN CAMPBELL

Campbell,-D.S.

Doak Sheridan Campbell (November 16, 1888-March 23, 1973) was born at Tate (Scott County) Arkansas. He was the son of Edward S. T. Campbell and Elizabeth DeWitt Hunsucker Campbell. Edward was a physician and Elizabeth was a housewife. Doak had two sisters, Nellie Ann Campbell Cammack (1889), Cecil Byrd Campbell (1892), and three brothers, Day Hamilton (1898), Curtis Rogers (1900), and Paul Temple (1901). Campbell grew up in the communities of Tate (1888-1892), Golden City (1892-1898), Tone (1898-1901), and Hon (1901-1910), Arkansas. Doak Campbell graduated from Poteau Valley High School in Hon, Arkansas (1905); Ouachita Baptist College (A.B., 1911); and George Peabody College (M.A., Ph.D., 1928-1031). Dr. Campbell married Helen Gray Smith (1890)-1938) on Mary 28, 1913, in Augusta, Arkansas. They had two children, Doak S. Campbell, Jr., (February 28, 1915) and Elizabeth Caroline (November 12, 1920). After the death of Helen, Dr. Campbell married Edna S. Simmons on February 5, 1941, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Campbell served as public school teacher, superintendent, State Sunday School and Baptist Young People s Union Director, author, college president, college dean, and university president. Dr. Campbell was converted at age 15 in 1903, and was baptized at Hon Baptist Church in Hon, Arkansas. He served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon for over 40 years. He served as President of Central College in Conway, Arkansas. He also served as Dean of Peabody College. In 1949 he was the President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Dr. Campbell became President of Florida College for Women in 1941, and presided over its transition to the Coeducational Florida State University from which he retired in 1957. He was the author of numerous works and his When Do Teachers Teach (1935), a Sunday School teachers guide is still used today. Dr. Campbell served as President of the Arkansas Baptist Convention and the Florida Baptist Convention (1948). He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Ouachita, Stetson, Florida Southern, Bob Jones, Florida State University, and Tampa University.

Primary Source: Doak Campbell papers. Florida State University

Secondary Sources: Tallahassee Democrat, March 23, 1973.
Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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ALBERT BROWN CANNADY

Cannady,-Albert

Albert Brown Cannady (1873-1944) was born in Granville County, North Carolina, and educated in the public schools of Silver City, North Carolina, and Wake Forest.
Cannady served as pastor of New Smyrna, Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Crescent City, and Ortega Church in Jacksonville. Cannady died on February 24, 1944, while serving as pastor of Ortega Baptist Church. He had married Edith Bennett Cannady, and she and a loving church grieved his death.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 2, 1944, p. 8; August 17, 1944, p. 15.

SAYER J. CANOVA

Sayer J. Canova (1922-1998) was born in St. Louis, Mo. He graduated from John Brown University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served in the United States Navy in WWII.

Canova served as pastor of FBC White Springs (1958-1960); FBC Jasper; Branford, and for 20 years he served as pastor of FBC Edgewater (1965-1984).

Canova served as chaplain of numerous baseball teams in spring training. He would sketch nationally known sports figures and used his art in evangelism.

In 1947 Canova married Frances and they had four sons: Dennis Lee, Courtney, Jay, Timothy and one daughter Grace.

Source: First Baptist Church White Springs, p. 22.

CRAIG CANTON

Craig Canton graduated from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (D. Min.). He served as pastor of FBC, in Westminster, South Carolina and became pastor of Northwest Baptist Church in Gainesville in 2010. He and his wife Melinda have two daughters.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 24, 2010, p. 4.

FRANK WARREN CAPELL

Frank Warren Capell (1907-1993) was a native of Hawthorne, and a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of several churches in Florida. He was a member of the Florida Baptist Convention staff for 20 years, serving in the church training department. He and his wife, Edith Evone Capell, had three daughters, Cynthia, Sharon, and Susan, and one son, David.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 21, 1993, p. 11.

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WAYLON CARLISLE

Carlisle,-Waylon

Waylon Carlisle is a graduate of Carson-Newman (B.A.) and Emmanuel Baptist University in Shelby, North Carolina (M.S., Ph.D.). Carlisle has served as pastor of West Side Baptist Church in Lake Wales (1972-1978) and Eastside Baptist Church in Plant City In 2008 he became pastor of Alafia Baptist Church in Lithia. He has served as moderator of Ridge Association twice and moderator of Shiloh Association three times. He and his wife, Jean Rogers Carlisle, have four daughters; Pam, Kim, Lisa, and Lorrie.

       Secondary Source:
       Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
       Florida Baptist Witness, February 7, 2008, p. 15.

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WILLIAM T. CARLTON

In 1867 William T. Carlton served as pastor of Oclawaha Church in Marion County. In 1873 he preached the opening sermon of the Alachua Baptist Association Meeting. He died in March 1891.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1892, p. 55.
Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1867, p. 8; 1873, p. 3.

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W. W. CARLTON

W. W. Carlton served as a Baptist preacher in the South Florida Association and died on July 24, 1904.

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

PAUL D. CARMICHAEL

Paul D. Carmichael served as pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine from 1962-1969. He was a native of Jacksonville Beach. He left Ancient City to become pastor in Valdosta, Georgia. Dixon Free was ordained by the church in 1962. Angel Martinez led in a revival meeting in July 1963 that resulted in 192 new additions to come into the church. Paul and Minnie Carpenter lated stated that the Ancient City years were probably their best years in the ministry.

Secondary Source: The Long Road with God. . . a Living History of Ancient City Baptist Church 1887-1987, pp. 66-74.

ALBERT L. CARNETT

Carnett,-Albert

Albert L. Carnett (June 22, 1911-September 29, 1970) was born in Chafee, Missouri, the son of Frank and Dora Montgomery Cornett. His father was a Southern Baptist minister and his mother was a housewife. Albert married Lois Johnson of Altoona, Florida, on June 5, 1931, and they had two children (Marion and Carol).

Carnett attended Stetson University (B.A., 1936) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.B., 1937; Th.M., 1940). He also received a D.D. degree from Stetson University.

Dr. Carnett served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention (1951-1952) and in numerous other denominational posts. He is best known as having served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, Florida, from 1954 to 1970.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Josephine G. Burr. History of Winter Haven, Florida. p. 98.
Louise Beauchamp, History 1885-1985, First Baptist Church Winter Haven, pp. 35-41.

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EDWARD E. CARR

Edward E. Carr was pastor of Key West Baptist Church in 1927.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 25.

CLARENCE LEE CARROLL

Clarence Lee Carrol (November 23, 1906-February 6, 1971) was born in Georgia. He moved to Ocala and married Nellie Mae Ward in 1926. Carroll served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Palatka, Mount Olive in Hastings, Interlachen, Sardis in Worthington Springs, and First Baptist Church in Charlotte Harbor from 1957 to 1971. Carroll and his wife, Nellie, had one daughter named Nettie.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 8, 1971, p. 11.

GEORGE W. CARROLL

George W. Carroll was pastor of West Side Church in 1927.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 26.

W. J. CARROLL

W. J. Carroll was a medical doctor and a Florida Baptist preacher. He died in 1896.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1896, p. 33.

C. A. CARSON

Senator C. A. Carson served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1911.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1911, p. 2.

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A. W. CARTER

A. W. Carter served in the Jackson County Baptist Association and died in 1926.

Secondary Source: Jackson County Baptist Association Minutes, 1926, p. 22.

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J. DAVID CARTER

J. David Carter served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Graceville, Florida (1976-1981), First Baptist Church in Clermont, Florida, and then joined the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in the area of stewardship development.

Carter graduated from Mississippi College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Polly, had one son, Jim.

Secondary Source:  Florida Baptist Witness, January 31, 1980, p. 2; Feburary 3, 1972. p. 7.

FRANK L. CARTER SR.

Frank L. Carter Sr. (1936-2000) was the organizing pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Highland Pines, Tampa. He had lived in Tampa since 1957. He and his wife, Ernestine, had three daughters, Jennifer, Sharon, and Cassandra, and one son, Frank Jr.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 14, 2000.

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JOSEPHY PERRY CARTER

Josephy Perry Carter (October 8, 1894- ) was born in Fletcher, North Carolina, the son of Leonard P. Carter and Nannie Garren Carter. His father was a farmer and his mother a housewife. Carter had one brother and two sisters. In his younger years Carter lived in Fletcher, North Carolina (1894-1902; 1908-1912). He also lived in Boise, Idaho (1902-1904), and DeQueen, Arkansas (1904-1908). He attended Fruitland Institute in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and graduated from Carson-Newman College (A.B., 1926) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1930). Carter married Mary Grace Wells on August 28, 1923, at Rutherfordton, North Carolina. They had two children, Betty Rae (August 28, 1926) and Mary Jo (March 31, 1932). He was converted at the age of nine and ordained at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 1926. He served as evangelistic singer (1919-1924), pastor of Forest Hill Baptist Church, Newport, Tennessee (1925-1926), Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (1927-1935), Felix Memorial, Lexington, Kentucky (1935-1937), Carlisle Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (1937-1943), Flagler Street, Miami (1950-1959) and Superintendent of the Baptist Retirement Home of Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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REINALDO CARVAJAL

Carvajal,-Reinaldo

Reinaldo Carvajal graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Stirling Road Baptist Church in Hollywood, Florida, from 1977 to 1982, and Tamiami Baptist Church in Miami. He served as Spanish Youth Camp director with the Foreign Mission Board from 1981 to 1983. He and his wife, Rita, served as catalytic missionaries in Miami under the appointment of the Home Mission Board.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 23, 1984, p. 7.

JOHN CASHMEN

John Cashmen was pastor of Lemon City Church in 1913.

Source: 1913 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 21.

J. H. CASON

J. H. Cason was pastor of Pahokee Baptist Church in 1926.

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

THOMAS CASON

Thomas Cason served as a pastor in the Florida Baptaist Convention and died at Starke in 1902.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1903, p. 19.

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R. N. CATE

R. N. Cate served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1911. Cate had a very special gift. He was a builder of church buildings and he would serve as pastor while the building was being constructed. He could build a church house for $2,500. He did this at Jacksonville, Crescent City and Apopka.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 28, 1909.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1911, p. 83.

SIDNEY JOHNSTON CATTS

Catts,-Sidney

Sidney Johnston Catts (July 31, 1863-March 9, 1936) was born in Pleasant Hill, Alabama, to Adeline R. Smyly Catts and Samuel W. Catts. Catts briefly attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College in Auburn, and Howard College in Marion, Alabama, before receiving a law degree from Cumberland University in Tennessee. Catts practiced law in Alabama for three years and then entered the ministry in 1895. He had married Alice May in 1886.
Catts led a very colorful and controversial career. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Tuskegee, Alabama, and then pastor of First Baptist Church, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Catts ran successfully as Governor of Florida on the Prohibition Party ticket and served from 1917-1921. His service as governor was ever endingly filled with political dynamite as his main themes were race, rum, and religion. He was able to get some important reforms on the treatment of prisoners and was an advocate of women s sufferage.

Primary Source: Sermons of Sidney Johnston Catts. Florida Baptist Historical Society microfilm.

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DAVID EDWARD CAUSEY

DAVID EDWARD CAUSEY

David Edward Causey (August 26, 1929-March 27, 2008) was born in Phenix City, Alabama. He graduated from Eufaula High School (1948), and was licensed to preach the same year. He graduated from Howard College (1954), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1960). He married Dorothy McRae of Nashville, Tennessee. Causey served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Brooksville (1974-1989), and as Director of Missions for the Santa Rosa Association (1989-1996).

       Secondary Source:
       Joe M. Bamberg. The History of First Baptist Church, Milton, Florida,
       pp. 112-113.
       The Alabama Baptist, May 15, 2008, p. 12
       Florida Baptist Witness, May 8, 2008, p.15.

 

KING WOLSEY CAWTHON

King Wolsey Cawthon was from Atlanta, Georgia, and served as pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church from 1901-1902. He and his wife became Southern Baptist Foreign Missionaries to Argentina on December 17, 1903.

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

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JOHN CAYLOR, JR.

John Caylor, Jr., was a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was called to the ministry in the fall of 1940. He served as pastor of a mission in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1941, then as pastor in Ruby, Louisiana, in 1942 to 1944. He resigned to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and then served as a Navy chaplain in the Marin Corps. Caylor then served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Madison, Florida, on June 15, 1947.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 1, 1948, p. 13.

KINSEY CHAMBERS

Kinsey Chambers (1814-1889) was born six miles from Milledgeville, Georgia.. In 1832 he was baptized into the membership of Mount Olive Baptist Church by Elder T. D. Oxford. He was was called as pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Camden County, Georgia, before moving to Columbia County, Florida. He became the first pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church of Hilliard in 1845. He also served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1867. He baptized over 500 people in Florida, and helped start numbers of churches. Chambers was employed by the Florida Baptist Convention as state evangelist and made his first report to the Convention in 1873.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
History of Ephesus Baptist Church, Hilliard, Florida, p. 11.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1873, p. 24; 1875, p. 33; 1876, N.P.; 1890, p. 47.

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LARRY M. CHAMBERS

Larry M. Chambers is a graduate of Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville and of Dallas Baptist College. Chambers served as pastor of Clarksville Church, Clarksville; Bridge Creek Church, Ponce de Leon; Beverly Hills Church, Jacksonville; and in 1980 went as pastor of First Baptist Church of North Miami.

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

GREGORY B. CHAMPAGNE

Gregory B. Champagne (August 18, 1955- ) trusted Christ as his saviour at age 11 and was baptized at the East Brent Baptist Church in Pensacola. He was raised in a Christian home and his great-grandfather was a Baptist minister in Florida.
Champagne completed junior college in Jacksonville (A.A., 1975) and later graduated from Stetson University (B.A., 1977), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky (M.Div., 1980), and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (D.Min. 1998). Champagne was licensed to ministry in May 1975, as he was much involved in Lake Shore Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida. He served as Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church of Conway, Florida. While in seminary, Champagne served as pastor of Union Baptist Church in Greensbury, Indiana. He served as pastor of Norwood Baptist Church in St. Petersburg (1983-1985), First Baptist Chapel of Casselberry (1985-1989), and First Baptist Church, Brooksville (1990-). He has served widely in denominational service and written for various publications. He and his wife, V. LeeAnn Calhoun Champagne, have two children; Megan and Tyler.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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ELBERT P. CHANNELL

Elbert P. Channell served formerly as a pastor in Lawton, Oklahoma. In1980 he went as pastor of East Naples Baptist Church.

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

THOMAS N. CHANNELL

Thomas N. Channell (1916-1984) died of a heart attack on November 13, 1984. He had served for seven years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Beverly Hills. He also served as pastor of Calvary and Herris Hill Baptist Churches in Milton, First Baptist Church in Inverness, and Russell Park Baptist Church in Fort Myers. He and his wife, Mabel, had three daughters; Lydia, Sarah, and Rachel, and two sons; Timothy and John.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 20, 1984, p. 6.

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A. F. CHAPMAN

A. F. Chapman was pastor of Key West Baptist Church in 1918.

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

HORACE CHAPMAN, JR.

Chapman,-Horace

Horace Chapman, Jr. graduated from Mercer University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Morningside Baptist Chapel, Tallahassee, before going in 1981 as the part-time director of missions for the Southwest Florida Baptist Association. Chapman served as pastor in Georgia and South Carolina before coming to Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 18, 1980, p. 14.

MARCUS L. CHAPMAN

Marcus L. Chapman (1905-1965) was a native of Kansas City. He served as pastor of Cedar Hurst Church, Oakville, and First Baptist Church in Garden City. He and his wife, Rona, had one daughter and four sons.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 25, 1965, p. 8.

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JAMES GARVIN CHASTAIN

James Garvin Chastain (1854-1954) lived to be 100 years of age. He served 30 years with the Foreign Mission Board in Mexico, and 10 years with the Home Mission Board in Florida and Cuba.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 8, 1927, Vol. XL, No. 36, p. 5 Florida Baptist Witness, March 4, 1954, p. 13.

JERRY CHATTIN, SR.

Jerry Chattin, Sr. graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville. He served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Wauchula, and in 1980 went as pastor of Victory Way Baptist Church in Tampa.

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

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CAROLINE AMANDA FRENSLEY CHAUDOIN

Caroline Amanda Frensley Chaudoin (1835-1907) was lovingly known in the Florida Baptist State Convention as Aunt Carrie. She was born in 1835 in Davidson County, Tennessee. On May 6, 1850, she married William Newell Chaudoin. They had no children but Caroline adopted Robert Roe Chaudoin (1876-1960) after the death of William. William Newell Chaudoin served as President of the Florida Baptist State Convention, and as the first Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer of the State Board of Missions. The Chaudoin family sacrificed self and possessions for the cause of missions. Dr. Chaudoin served as pastor of the LaGrange Baptist Church for 33 years as pastor. Mrs. Chaudoin died in LaGrange (near Titusville) in 1907.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

WILLIAM NEWELL CHAUDOIN

Chaudoin,-W.-N.

William Newell Chaudoin (August 10, 1829-January 22, 1904) was born August 10, 1829, in middle Tennessee. He was the son of John Mills and Sarah Caltharp Chaudoin. He was raised on a farm and had limited education. His boyhood nickname was “Bill Shad” and he was converted at age 16. Chaudoin began preaching at age 18, and on May 6, 1850, married Caroline A. Freneley, with whom he lived 54 years. The Chaudoin’s had no children and in 1851, W. N. was ordained as the pastor of Charity Church, 15 miles from Nashville.

In 1853, Chaudoin became pastor of Second Church, Nashville, and while there contracted a pulmonary infection that caused him much suffering for the rest of his life. He worked for the Bible Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Middle Tennessee and North Alabama from 1856-1857. Due to his ill health, Chaudoin moved to Southwest Georgia where he served as principal of the Georgia Academy for the Blind for one year. He was pastor of several churches in southwest Georgia from 1865-1870, and preached to the Confederate troops in Virginia during the Civil War. In 1870 he became an agent with the Southern Baptist Convention Domestic and Indian Board. In 1871 he was promoted to District Secretary for Georgia and Florida.

Due to ill health, Chaudoin moved to LaGrange, Florida, in 1880, and purchased a small orange grove. He is sometimes referred to as “Father of the Florida Baptist Convention” in that he was the first chief executive and the founding leader of the convention executive committee. Chaudoin served as convention president from 1880-1903, with the exception of 1886-1888, when H. M. King served as President. He was Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer of the State Board of Missions from 1881 to 1901. Chaudoin served as trustee of Stetson University from 1886-1903. It was in 1893 that Chaudoin received the first honorary Doctor of Divinity degree that Stetson gave. Dr. Chaudoin was known by the beloved name “Uncle Shad” and Caroline was known as “Aunt Carrie” to Florida Baptists.

Primary Source: William N. Chaudoin Diary, 1858-1859.

Secondary SourcesE. H. Reynolds, Sr.
Florida Baptist Witness
, January 27, 1904, p. 9.
Georgia Biographical Compendium, pp. 120-121.
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1860, p. 2.
1904 Indian River Baptist Association Minutes
, pp. 5-7.

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JAMES S. CHAVIS, JR.

Chavis,-James

James S. Chavis, Jr. (1941- ) graduated from Samford University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Mississippi and Georgia before becoming pastor of First Baptist Church Tallahassee. Chavis served as Director of the Church Development Division office of the Florida Baptist Convention.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. W. CHILDERS

In 1860 W. W. Childers was pastor of Aenson Baptist Church in Leon County, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1860.

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ANN ELIZABETH BILLUPS CHIPLEY

Ann Elizabeth Billups Chipley (ca. 1849-1910) was the daughter of John R. Billups, a prominent planter in Russell County, Alabama. She moved to Pensacola in 1876 at age 27 with her husband and three children; Hunt, Clara, and Dudley. She was the wife of William Dudley Chipley, businessman and railroad builder. They were members of First Baptist Church in Pensacola, and very influential in civic concerns.
Mrs. Chipley served as the Florida vice-president of the Woman s Missionary Union, Southern Baptist Convention, in 1888-1889, and from 1893 to 1910. In 1878 she organized a Ladies Aid Society at First Baptist Church, Pensacola, and in 1888 she attended the WMU organizational meeting in Richmond with Mrs. L. B. Telford of Florida.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill, pp. 68, 134. Francis P. Fleming, Memoirs of Florida, p. 482. Martha Trotter. Faithful Servants, p. 67. Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1911,
p. 83.

WILLIAM DUDLEY CHIPLEY

Chipley,-W.-D.

William Dudley Chipley (June 6, 1840-December 1, 1897) was born in Columbus, Georgia, the son of Dr. William Stout Chipley and Georgia Amelia Stout Chipley of Lexington, Kentucky. He and his family moved to Pensacola in 1876. He and his wife, Ann Elizabeth Billups Chipley, made a tremoundous impact in the Florida panhandle. They had three children; Hunt, Clara, and Dudley. Chipley was general manager of the Pensacola and Louisville Railroad. He had vast holdings of land, and influenced politics and publishing with his money and power. The Chipley family was vitally involved in First Baptist Church, Pensacola. They came to Pensacola from the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Pine Mountain was formerly Chipley, Georgia, until the Calloway family started the Callaway Gardens and changed the name of the town.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
pp. 68-70. Francis P. Fleming, Memoirs of Florida, p. 481.

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CARLE E. CHRISTIAN

Christian,-Carle

Carle E. Christian (1935-1986) was a native of Ohio. He was a graduate of Furman University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as a foreign missionary to Costa Rica, and also served as pastor in North Carolina and Missouri before coming to Florida. He served for twelve years as director of Tampa Bay Association s Christian Counseling Center from 1974 to 1986. He and his wife, Esther, had one daughter, Heidi, and one son, Paul.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 11, 1986, p. 11.

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JAMES H. CHRISTIE

Christie,-James

James H. Christie (1897-1981) served as pastor of Flagler Street and Pinewood Park in Miami, St. Andrew Baptist Church in Panama City, New Hope in Marianna, and First Baptist Churches of Altha, Century, Bonifay, and Archer Road in Gainesville.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 3, 1981, p. 7.

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RON CHURCHILL

Churchill,-Ron

Ron Churchill is a native of Tennessee. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served churches in Georgia, Arizona, and Texas before coming as pastor of First Baptist Church in Plant City in 1988. Ron served as a single s pastor and was used widely in single s ministries all over the state.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 29, 1988,
p. 10.

J. C. CLARK

J. C. Clark was pastor at Fort Lauderdale in 1911.

Source: 1911 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 27.

JAMES L. CLARK

James L. Clark was pastor of Perrine Baptist Church in 1941.

Source: 1941 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 5.

J. J. CLARK

J. J. Clark served as a pastor in Florida and died on September 29, 1912, at Starke.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1912, p. 93.

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W. HARRY CLARK

In the 1904 Minutes of the Florida Baptist Convention it is stated that
W. Harry Clark who had been laboring in Cuba was now employed to take care of the Cuban work in Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Minutes, 1904, p. 44.

WILLIAM RICHARD CLARK

William Richard Clark (April 24, 1880- ) was born in Orange, New Jersey. His father was a baker and his mother a housewife. Clark was converted at age 19 (April 12, 1900) and baptized in September 1919, at First Baptist Church, Orlando. Clark married Victoria M. Slack on September 7, 1904, and they had four children: Constance, September 13, 1905; William Richard, Jr., June 6, 1909; Newell William, April 23, 1914; and Isabel, April 8, 1916. Clark worked as an office manager, salesman, and pastor. He was ordained October 8, 1936, by the North Park Baptist Church of Orlando. Clark served as pastor of the North Park Church (1936-1948), Kilarney Baptist Church in Winter Park (1950-1953), and served as interim at First Baptist Church, Winter Park (1955-1956), First Baptist Church, Orlando (1956), and Azales Park Baptist Church in Orlando (1957). He served as moderator of the Wekiwa Baptist Association in Florida from 1942-1944.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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TOM CLEARY

Tom Cleary served with the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board from 1971-1980 in Austria. He became pastor of University Baptist Church in Tampa in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 9, 1980, p. 6.

CLARENCE L. CLEMENTS

Clarence L. Clements (1908-1975) was a native of Dowling Park. He served as pastor of 16 different Baptist churches in Florida. He was ordained at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lake City, in 1932. The Bethlehem church was his first and last pastorate.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 10, 1975, p. 8.

JOE CLEMENTS

Joe Clements died July 29, 1997. He had served as pastor of Belmont Baptist Church in Tampa for 19 years. He also served other churches in the Sebring and Tampa area. He was a graduate of Mercer University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was survived by his wife, Ann, of Tampa.

Secondary Sources: Florida Baptist Witness, August 25, 1988, p. 12.; September 11, 1997, p. 10.

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C. RUSSELL CLEMONS

Clemons,-C.-Russell

C. Russell Clemons graduated from the University of Florida and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Kentucky before becoming pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Leesburg in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 12, 1980, p. 6.

J. J. CLOAR

J. J. Cloar served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, and left there to serve as pastor of the Gainesville Baptist Church (1909-1914). Cloar left Gainesville to go as pastor of Baptist Tabernacle Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Secondary Source: George C. Osborn. The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970, pp. 24-25.

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M. A. CLONTS

M. A. Clonts was pastor of Key West Baptist Church in 1905.

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

A. E. CLOUD

A. E. Cloud (May 8, 1828-March 28, 1890) was born near McDonough in Henry County, Georgia. He was baptized in 1848. He was educated at Mercer University, graduating in 1852. He was licensed to preach in 1853, and married Lizzie Calloway the same year. He was ordained at McDonough, Georgia, in January 1854, and served as pastor at Jonesboro, Georgia, for thirty years. Cloud developed lung trouble and came to Florida in 1881. He lived at Lady Lake and died there in 1890. While living in Florida he served as pastor at Leesburg, Lady Lake, Pine Level, and Whitney. In Georgia, Cloud served in the state legislature and was one of the organizers of the college at Jonesboro. He was president there for years.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes 1890, p. 14.
Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.

JOHN L. CLOUGH

John L. Clough (April 9, 1938- ) was born in Stark, Florida. He graduated from Tennessee Temple (B.A.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Georgia State University (M.Ed.), and New Orleans Baptist Theolgoical Seminary (D.Min.). Clough served as a chaplain in the United States Navy and pastor of Woodmont Baptist Church, Patterson Baptist Church (1975-1979), Neptune Baptist Church (1979-1984), and also served as associate director in the Sunday School Department of the Florida Baptist Convention (1984-1988). He served as pastor of First Baptist Church Oviedo (1988-1992), Central Baptist Church in Waycross, Georgia (1992-1997), and Carver Baptist Church in Douglas, Georgia (19972000).
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

TONY CLUBB

Tony Clubb graduated from the University of Florida and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of FBC, Williston for 13 years and became pastor of FBC, Interlachen in 2010. He and his wife Melanie have three children.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 27, 2010, p. 4.

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CLAUDE MILTON COALSON

Claude Milton Coalson (October 20, 1895- ) was born in Dallas, Georgia. He was the son of John Thomas Coalson and Alice Lucinda Robins Coalson. His father was a farmer and his mother a housewife. There were seven children in his family. His brothers were Aubrey, 1892; Emmett, 1897; Elmer, 1900; Paul, 1903; Monroe, 1905; Truman, 1908; and Hubert, 1909; and one sister, Burma, May 1894. Coalson was raised in Dallas, Felton, and Rockmont, Georgia. He attended high school in Powder Springs, Georgia, and graduated from Mercer University (A.B., 1924; A.M., 1925). Coalson married Lenora Annette Wells (November 18, 1921) and later Carolyn DeLynn Johnson (February 27, 1927). He worked as a farmer (to 1919), teacher (1916-1918), (1924-1932), pastor (1920-1951), and associational missionary (1951- ). Coalson was converted August 13, 1909, and ordained August 1917 at County Line Baptist Church in Rockmont, Georgia. He served as pastor at Island Creek Baptist Church in Carrs Station, Georgia (1921-1925), Wadley Baptist Church, Waddy, Georgia (1925-1933), First Baptist Church, Statesboro, Georgia (1933-1942), First Baptist Church, Cordele, Georgia (1942-1946), Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida (1946-1951), and then as associational missionary of Jacksonville Baptist Association.

Secondary source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

JOSEPH C. COATS

Joseph C. Coats was serving as pastor of Glendale Church in Miami in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 28, 1980, p. 12.

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MARK COATS

Mark Coats (November 10, 1962- ) was born and raised in Florida. He is the son of Joseph and Catherine Coats. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Baptist College of Florida. Coats was baptized in 1974 at the Glendale Missionary Baptist Church, and ordained there in 1996. He served as associate pastor at Glendale from 1991 to 1998, and is the founding pastor of the Grace of God Baptist Church in Miami started in 1998. Coats has served in many prominent denominational and civic positions. He and his wife, Trena, have seven children; Marcey, Mark Jr., Marguiese, Joseph, Julius, Latisha, and Joshua.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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L. C. COE

L. C. Coe was pastor of Sixty-second Street Mission in 1943.

Source: 1943 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 8.

DAVID COFFIELD

David Coffman (1918-February 20, 1983) served as pastor in Alabama and Florida. He came to Florida in 1952, and served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Mount Dora for 28 years (1952-1980). He served as a Baptist preacher for 46 years. He and his wife, Esther Ross Coffield, had two daughters, Joyce and Janice, and two sons, John and David.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 17, 1983, p. 6.

BILL COFFMAN

Bill and Ann Coffman served Southern Baptists faithfully for over forty years. He graduated from Howard Payne (1958) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1962). Bill served as pastor of Flagler Street Baptist Church in Miami (1973-1974), Central Baptist Church in Sanford (1974-1978), First Baptist Church in Crestview (1978-1984), and Arlington Baptist Church in Jacksonville (1984-1990).
The Coffmans served as missionaries to Puerto Rico. In 1990 Coffman became the director of the Florida Baptist Convention s Language Mission Department, and retired in 2002. He then served as pastor of Westview Baptist Church in Sanford.
The Coffmans served as leaders in the Florida Baptist Convention for more than 30 years. Bill has served as pastor, teacher, missionary, and denominational worker. Ann his been a proven leader in the Woman s Missionary Union in Florida. Both promoted missions and the Cooperative Program in their work. Bill served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention in 1986-1987.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 9l 2003, p. 4.
History of First Baptist Church, Crestview, p. 30.

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S. VIRGIL COFIELD

Cofield,-S.-Virgil

S. Virgil Cofield served as a Baptist pastor for 45 years. He was a native of Georgia, and served there before coming to Florida in 1925 as pastor of First Baptist Church in Melbourne. He was pastor of First Baptist Church in Newberry from 1937 to 1948, and Mayo Baptist Church from 1948 to 1956, when he retired. He died in 1967 in Mayo, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 16, 1967.

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JAMES DAVID COGGINS

Coggins,-David

James David Coggins (July 1, 1962- ) was licensed to preach in 1985, and ordained in 1990 by the West County Line Baptist Church of Opp, Alabama. Coggins graduated from Opp High School in Opp, Alabama in 1980. He attended the Baptist College of Florida where he received the B.A. in 1992, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he received the M.Div. in 1997. Coggins served as pastor of New Chapel Baptist Church in Kinston, Alabama from 1990 to 1992, and Flat Creek Baptist in Colquit, Georgia from 1993 to 1998. He and his wife, Connie, married September 9, 1983. They have two children; Courtney and Jonathan. Coggins teaches Christian Leadership at the Baptist College of Florida, and has served as interim pastor in the tri-state area.


Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. R. COGGINS

W. R. Coggins (1828-November 29, 1894) was born in Montgomery County, North Carolina in 1828. He became a minister at an early age and served 20 years in the North Carolina Baptist Convention. In 1879 he came to Florida and worked mostly without salary all of his ministry and worked primarily with the poor in Florida. The 1895 Florida Baptist Annual says, . . . of course he died poor, yet rich in faith and an heir of the Kingdom. He died in Webster, Florida, November 28, 1894.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Annual, 1895, p. 57.

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A. D. COHEN

A. D. Cohen attended Furman Seminary at Society Hill and was ordained by Dr. Richard Fuller. Cohen served a long and useful pastorate eith the Black Swamp Baptist Church in Robertsdale, South Carolina. He moved to Charleston then Savannah. He came to Florida in 1884 and served as pastor at Sanford. He was the first pastor of First Baptist Church of Titusville in 1887. He died in 1905.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1906, p. 91. Early Southern Baptist Work in Brevard County-The LaGrange Church, Joseph R. Moss.

JAMES ALDERMAN COKER

Coker,-Jim

James Alderman Coker (1892-1952) was the son of Reverend John and Nancy Stephens Coker. He was born February 2, 1892, at Sandy, Florida, in Manatee County. His father was a minister and he had a brother who became a minister.
James was a school teacher at Tasmainia, in Glades County, near where Venus is today. James was ordained at age 17 at Myakka Baptist Church. When he was seventeen years old he married Alma Essie Young on July 15, 1916. James and Alma had three children; Bernice, James Edward and Mitchell Joseph. Coker was a school teacher, pastor, and supply preacher in the area around Myakka City.

Secondary Source: Audrey D. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 51-53.

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JOHN COKER

Coker,-John

John Coker (December 22, 1854-June 2, 1925) was a descendent of a family who came from the Carolinas to the Old Town area in the early 1800s. John was the son of Jonathan Coker who drowned in Charlie Creek near Zolfo. John Coker was married four times. He married Nancy Alice Stephens and she died on June 2, 1898. They had children and John then married Ann Stephens, her sister who helped him raise the children. Upon the death of Ann he married Ellen Thomas Albritton and when she died he married Rhoda Thompson. John was not ordained until age 50 and he had two sons to follow him into the ministry. He also helped in the ordination of his grandson, L. J. Coker. John served as pastor primarily in Manatee County.

Secondary Source: Aubrey O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church 1888-1988, pp. 38-40.

LARRY COKER

Larry Coker (1948- ) was born in Last Chance, Oklahoma, and upon his conversion, became a member of the Last Chance Baptist Church. He worked as a high school football coach in Oklahoma, and served as assistant football coach at Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Miami. Coker won a national football championship at the University of Miami in his first year as head coach (2002).
Coker states that, Head coach is not who I am, it s what I do. This position gives me a vehicle to share my faith. He is a member of the University Baptist Church in Coral Gables.

Secondary Source: The Alabama Baptist, January 9, 2003, p. 16.
Florida Baptist Witness, January 16, 2003, p. 12.

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VERNON COKER

Coker,-Vernon

Vernon Coker (1898-1967) was the son of Rev. John and Nancy Stephens Coker. He was born near Myakka City and later married Lena Albritton in 1918. Vernon worked as a salesman, store clerk, and U. S. postal courier. He and his wife had three children; Flora Mae, Evelyn, and John. Vernon was ordained in Myakka City on August 1, 1926. Coker served as pastor of Grange Hall (now disbanded), Mill Creek (now disbanded), Osprey, Boca Grand, Bethany, (Lily) Union, Limestone, Alva, Samoset, North Eighth Avenue in Wauchula, Zolfo Springs, Avon Park, Florida Avenue, and lastly, a mission in Wauchula.

Secondary Source: Audrey D. Hendry. Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 42-44.

GIROD H. COLE, JR.

Girod H. Cole, Jr., (November 16, 1924- ) graduated from Phillips High School in Birmingham (1943), Howard College (now Samford University) (B.A., 1949), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1952). Cole married Jane Garrison of Bessemer, Alabama, in 1947, and they had four children (Marijane, 1953; Candia, 1955; Ginger, 1957; and Girod III, 1964). He served as pastor of Fayetteville Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Indiana (1949-1952), Comer Baptist Church in Comer, Georgia (1952-1957), Second Avenue Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia (1957-1960), and College Park Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida, 1960- ).
Cole served in many denominational posts in Georgia and Florida. He also taught in the Mercer University and Stetson University Extension Centers.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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RONALD E. COLE

Ronald E. Cole (1956-2003) was born in Florence, Alabama. He graduated from the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville. He served as pastor of the Bethany Baptist Church in Bonifay, Florida. He and his wife, Eve Cole, had one daughter, Jessica and two sons, Carl and Josh. Cole was serving as pastor in Samson, Alabama, when he was killed in a tragic automobile wreck on October 17, 2003. He was 47 years of age.

Secondary Source: Dothan Eagle, October 18, 2003, p. 26.

A. B. COLEMAN, JR.

Coleman,-A.-B.

A. B. Coleman, Jr., was serving as pastor of St. Andrew Church in Jacksonville in 1980.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 28, 1980, p. 12.

T. RUPERT COLEMAN

T. Rupert Coleman (1908-1998) was born in Lyons, North Carolina. He was a graduate of Duke University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Ph. D. He served as pastor of University Baptist Church in Coral Gables, and Southside Baptist Church in Lakeland, until his retirement. He served outhside from 1964 to 1973. Coleman was an innovator in worship, journalism, and missions. He and his wife, Lucille, had one son, Larry.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 27, 1998, p. 13.

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WILLIE COLEMAN

Willie Coleman (1945-2009) was pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Jacksonville in 2009 at his death and was known widely as a gospel radio station deejay on WCGL. He and his wife Jeanette had five children: Shandora, Demetries, Sonya, Yolanda and Darrell.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 18, 2009, p. 10.

B. W. COLLIER

B. W. Collier served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Marianna from 1904 to 1909.

Secondary Source: Leitch, Christ Centered Century, p. 5.

EVELYN COLLIER

Collier,-Evelyn

Evelyn Collier (1942- ) was born in Newton, Alabama. She attended grade school, taught, and served as principal of Newton Elementary School in front of her house. She attended Samford University (B.S., 1965), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.R.E., 1967), Troy State University (M.S., 1975), and Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama (A.A., 1980).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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B. C. COLLINS

B. C. Collins (1889-1972) served churches in Barberville, Bonita Springs, and Jacksonville prior to retiring in 1953. He and his wife, Maggie Rosa Williams Collins, had three sons and four daughter.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, May 11, 1972, p. 11.

HERMAN COLLINS

Herman Collins (? -2001) served as a pastor and evangelist for 67 years. He served as pastor of Westside Baptist Church, Lake Wales; Central Avenue Baptist Church, Lakeland, and First Baptist Church, Auburndale. He and his wife, Marita Durrance Collins, had two daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, Marach 1, 2001, p. 9.

THOMAS MARSHALL COLLINS SR.

Collins,-Thomas

Tom Collins served as pastor, denominational servant, and evangelist. He died March 22, 1978. Collins was a graduate of Mississippi College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Cedar Hills Baptist Church in Jacksonville, North Jacksonville, First Baptist in DeFuniak Springs, and served as the Florida Baptist Convention Sunday School Director. He also held pastorates in Texas, Alabama, and Georgia. Collins and his wife had one daughter, Carol, and two sons, Marshall Jr., and George. Mrs. Collins died June 3, 1975.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 1, 1976, p. 6.

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WILLIAM COLVIN

William Colvin graduated from Louisiana Tech and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Easley Baptist Church in Oneonta, Alabama, and in 2005 became pastor of First Baptist Church of Destin, Florida. He and his wife, Shannon, have two sons.

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

DAVID HERBERT COMBEE

David Herbert Combee (1909-1986) was ordained on July 11, 1937, by the Oak Ridge Baptist Church. He served as pastor in the Shiloh, Pasco, and Ridge Associations. He was pastor of Mt. Olive, Polk City, Griffin, Bradley, Loughman, Trilby, Amelia, Cedar Grove, and Lebanon. He was a Baptist preacher for 49 years.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 20, 1986, p. 14.

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KERMIT S. COMBS

Kermit S. Combs (1906-1973) pastor of First Baptist Church in Waldo (1971-1973) died January 13, 1973. Combs served 15 years as a United States Army chaplain, and then served as pastor in the Santa Fe River Association. He served as pastor or interim of eight churches. He and his wife, Geraldine, had three sons and one daughter.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 1, 1974, p. 9.

H. C. COMPTON

H. C. Compton was pastor of Lake Worth Baptist Church in 1927 and 1928.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 25; Ibid, 1928, p.27.

JOHN LEONARD CONE

Cone,-John-Leonard

John Leonard Cone (1924-2002) was born in Haines City. He was the son of John Henry and Vallie Brown Cone. Cone attended Norman Park Junior College, Mercer University, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was licensed to preach (1950) and ordained (1961) at First Baptist Church in Perry. Cone served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Gray, Georgia, for 24 years (1962-1986). He retired in 1986 and moved to Perry, Florida. In retirement he served as interim and supply pastor at over a dozen churches in Florida. He and his wife, Tommy Lee Fowler Cone, were married 50 years and had one son, John.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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W. CONNEL

In 1856 W. C. Connel was serving as pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Marion County and Fort Clark Baptist Church in Alachua County.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1856, p. 14.

WILSON CONNER

Wilson Conner (July 7, 1768-June 5, 1844) was the first Baptist preacher to come to Florida. He came in 1812 with the militia that marched into Florida to protect the colonists. Conner was born in Malborough District, South Carolina. He was a Methodist in his early years. He responded to the call to preach at age 21. He was the first pastor of the Baptist Church of Hawkinsville, Georgia in Tel Fair County, and actually died there while preaching a worship service on June 5, 1844.

Secondary Sources: S. B. Rogers, A Brief History of Florida Baptists, p. 4.Huxford GSQ, June 1992, pp. 111-113.Georgia Baptist Historical Society files.

JAMES F. CONWAY

Conway,-James

James F. Conway (c 1891-March 11, 1981) served as pastor of 15 different churches in Florida. He served at Ortega, Faith Memorial, and Macedonia in Jacksonville, Highland Baptist Church in Lawtey, Evergreen in Stark, Orange Street in Baldwin, First Baptist in Orange Park, Shiloh and Hickory Grove in Green Cove Springs, Black Creek, Black Pond, and Middleburg Baptist Churches in Middleburg.
Conway served as associational moderator for 10 years in Black Creek Association, and three years in St. Johns Association. He and his wife had seven children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 26, 1981, p. 6.

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J. E. COOK, JR.

J. E. Cook, Jr. served as pastor of the Perry Baptist Church from 1924
1927.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 8, 1927, Vol. XL, No. 36, p. 19.

JOHN MAXWELL COOK

John Maxwell Cook was pastor of Miami Beach Baptist Church in 1936.

Source: 1936 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 6.

ROBERT S. COOK

Robert S. Cook (1924-2009) was born in West Texas and graduated from Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cook served Southern Baptists for over 37 years in various denominational responsibilities. He served as director of the Florida Baptist Church Training Department from 1969-1982. He also served in the Family Life Department of the Florida Baptist Convention. He and his wife Helen had a daughter, Barbara, and a son, Randall.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November, 26, 2009, p. 5.

C. EARL COOPER

C. Earl Cooper served as pastor of Riverside Church in Jacksonville for 21 years (1959-1980). He retired in 1980, and the church presented him a plaque, a love offering and the pastorium.

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

EDGAR R. COOPER

Edgar R. Cooper (1918-2010) was born, in Ojus, Florida. He graduated from Stetson University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th. M., 1947; Ph. D., 1949). He served as pastor of North Park Baptist Church in Orlando (1959-1968) and North Jacksonville Baptist Church (1968-1970). He served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention 1966-1967 and was editor of the Florida Baptist Witness from 1971-1983. He and his wife Melvyne had two daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 24, 1970, p. 19; November 18, 2010, p. 18.
FBHS files

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QUIN A. COOPER

Quin A. Cooper (1904-1994) was a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church in Miami, Sunset Heights Baptist Church in Hialeah, First Baptist Church in Groveland, Green Pond Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church in Polk City. He and his wife, Hazel, had one daughter, Penny.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 18, 1994, p. 11.

T. B. COOPER

T. B. Cooper (December 26, 1824- ) was born in Montgomery County, Georgia. He attended school at Mercer University (A.B., 1849; A.M., 1850; B.D., 1851) when it was at Penfield, Georgia. He was licensed to preach by the Penfield Baptist Church in 1847 and ordained in 1852. He served in Georgia as pastor of the Maynesville Baptist Church and at Brunswick (1851-1857). He served as professor at Georgia Female College (1858), teacher at Stone Mountain Academy (1859), and airdstown Academy (1860). He served as President and Proprietor of Marietta Female College (July 1860-August 1863). He served in many other places as teacher and then pastor of Wades Church in Scriven County (1864-1865). Cooper was an agent of the Foreign Mission Board in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida (1866-1871). He taught for years afterward and became invalid in 1895. Unpon this tragic experience, he wrote widely for the Christian Index, Religious Herald and other papers and published various books. On October 3, 1900, Cooper summarized his ministry by saying, I have been pastor of six churches, taught at 20 schools, assisted in ordaining 20 ministers, married 25 couples, preached 1,500 sermons, gave 150 addresses and traveled at least 50,000 miles.

Primary Source: Autobiography of T. B. Cooper. Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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WILLIAM BRAUNER COOPER, SR

William Brauner Cooper, Sr., (April 26, 1807-May 1, 1878) was born in Abbeville, South Carolina, the son of Joseph Cooper (1777-1842) and Sarah Ann Franklin (1788-1874). Some consider him the first missionary Baptist preacher in Florida.
Joseph Cooper was born in Winchester, Virginia, of Quaker parents and Sarah Ann was born in Maryland. They came to Abbeville/Laurens area in 1805 and had 15 children. Cooper attended Furman Institute followed by two years at Columbian College in Washington, D.C. Upon answering the call to the Baptist ministry, he served at Hamburg, South Carolina. While there he experienced a rheumatic condition causing him to seek a milder climate further south. Cooper came to the Florida Territory (ca. 1833-1836) to Hamilton County as a member of the Concord Baptist Church, near present day Jennings. Cooper was a Primitive Baptist but abandoned these tenets and in 1838 became pastor of the Hickstown Baptist (now First Baptist Church, Madison) in Madison County. Later he became pastor of Little River/Troupville Baptist Church near Valdosta and Ocklockonee in Thomas County, Georgia. He worked as a missionary in Madison, Leon, and Jefferson counties in Florida and Lowndes and Thomas counties in Georgia. He was a key leader in the organization of the Florida Association and served as its moderator 16 times. He served three terms as President of the Florida Baptist Convention (1866, 1872, 1876). He served as pastor in Florida at Hickstown (1850), Concordia (1861), Indian Springs (1863), and Elizabeth (1876).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Earl Joiner. A History of Florida Baptists, pp. 23-24.

PETER A. COPELAND

Peter Copeland graduated from Southern Illinois University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor at Port City Christian Fellowship in Muskegon, Michigan and Northstar Church in Jacksonville before becoming pastor of Hogan Baptist Church in 2007. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters.

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

ROBERT E. CORAM

Robert Coram served as pastor of FBC, Webster and Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church before becoming pastor of Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Quincy in 2010. Coram graduated from The Baptist College of Florida and Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Shari have one son.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 18, 2010. p. 18.

J. W. CORE

J. W. Core was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Sardis Church of Hollister on February 20, 1913.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 3, 1913, p. 16.

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TED M. CORLEY

Ted M. Corley graudated from Golden Gate University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana, before going to Long Avenue Church in Port St. Joe in 1980.

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

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JAMES ARBERY CORNELISON

James Arbery Cornelison died May 24, 1988, in Bonifay. He had served churches in Alabama and Florida. He was most recently pastor of First Baptist Church in Lynn Haven. He and his wife, Ann, had two sons and two daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 14, 1988, p. 10.

WILLARD STEVEN CORNETT

William Steven Cornett (1887-) was born in Chipley, Georgia. He graduated from Locust Grove Institute and was ordained as a minister June 23, 1917, at Bethany Baptist Church in Harris County, Georgia. In 1912 he married Minnie Ola Wright and they had ten children.

Source: Born in the Heart; A History of FBC Brandon, p. 26-27

P. W. CORR

P. W. Corr was a graduate of Richmond College, Virginia, and served on the faculty at Mercer University before coming to Florida. Dr. Corr was a pastor and educator. He was principal of Frink Junior High School in Calhoun County at the time of his death. Corr was connected with schools and Baptist churches in Florida for over 45 years. He was married to Alys M. Corr. He served for a number of years as principal of the school in Dade City. Dr. Corr was pastor of numerous churches in Florida. He served as pastor at Cedar Keys, Gainesville ((1887-1890), Wauchula, Monticello, Ft. White, Dade City, White Springs, and First Baptist Church Lakeland. He also preached widely in the state when he served as a missionary pastor under the State Board of Missions.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files. George C. Osborn, The First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Florida, 1870-1970, pp. 8-9. Alice M. Muir. A Historic Sketch, p 17.

JOHN CORTEZ

John Cortez (1934-2000) was active in ministry to migrants and was the retired pastor of Bowling Green Hispanic Mission. He and his wife, Bette, had two daughters, Deborah and Belinda, and one son, John Jr.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 19, 2000.

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LORACE COTHRON

Lorace Cothron (1931-2006) served as pastor of Tabernacle, Trinity and Southside Baptist Church in Palatka. He and his wife Avice had a daughter Lori and two sons, Mitchel and Thomas.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 30, 2006, p. 6.

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DERIS COTO

Deris Coto (1965-) is a native of Havana, Cuba. He was elected to serve as director of the Language Church Development Department of the Florida Baptist State Convention in 2007. Previously he had worked with the Language Church Planting Department (1997-2004) and planted Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Comienzo Church in Miami.

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BARRY ALAN COTTLE

Barry Alan Cottle (September 13, 1952- ) was born in Charleston,West Virginia. He graduated from the West Virginia Institute ofTechnology (B.S., 1980) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A.,1998). Cottle served in the United States Navy (1973-1978; 1981-1985) and the United States Naval Reserve (1986-1991). As a teenager he reached the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
Cottle has served as pastor of Sugarloaf Baptist Church since 1998. He married Katahryn Roundtree Cottle, and they have two children; Thomas and Christopher.‘

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

DILLARD COUCH

Dillard Couch (February 27, 1878-May 11, 1954) was born in Wolf County, Kentucky. He married Lucy Minter on August 8, 1901. They had ten children. He served at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 17, 1954, p. 13.

HUBERT F. COUCH

Couch,-Hubert

Hubert F. Couch (September 3, 1929- ) married Mildred M. Couch and they had two children, Vicki and Danny. Couch graduated from Baptist Bible Institute (now The Baptist College of Florida) in 1958, and from the University of Mobile (B.A.). Couch served nine different churches as pastor. He served Blue Lake in Chipley, Florida (1955-1958), Mt. Pisgah in Birmingham, Alabama (1959-1962), Antioch in Quincy, Florida (1962-1964), Mt. Olive in Bascom, Florida (1964-1972; 1980-1993), First Baptist Church, St. Elmo, Alabama (1972-1978), Eden Baptist in Brooksville, Florida (1978-1980), Bluffton Baptist in Bluffton, Georgia (1994-2001). He has served as interim and supply preacher in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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JOE H. COURSON

Courson,-Joe-H.

Joe H. Courson (July 18, 1931- May 5, 2007) was born at MacClenny, Florida. He married Ann Jackson of Fernandina Beach, Florida, on May 23, 1952. They had three children; two sons, and one daughter.

Courson attended Jasper High School (graduated in 1949) in Jasper, Florida, Stetson University (B.A., 1957), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., 1965).

He served as pastor of Azalea Park Baptist Church in Orlando (1954-1957), Pinecrest Baptist Church in Sanford (1957-1958), Terry Parker Baptist Church in Jacksonville (1958-1963), Downman Road Baptist Church in New Orleans (1963-1964), First Baptist Church, Fort Myers (1967-1970), Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and Stetson Church in Deland.

Courson served in many associational and state convention capacities. He is best known for his faithful and fruitful work as the Southern Baptist Annuity Board representative in the Florida Baptist Convention. He helped many ministers and their families in time of great need. He retired in 2002.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

J. D. COURTNEY

J. D. Courtney served as a pastor in Florida and died in 1910.

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

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JOSE VICTORIANO COVA

Jose Victoriano Cova was educated in Portland, Maine, as an Episcopal ministerial student. He first came into contact with Baptists when he returned to Havana in 1890. He was of gentle birth and breeding. He mastered Spanish, French, and English and was a learned student of the Bible. His Bible studies led him to became a Baptist and he was ordained by a group of pastors from Key West and Tampa. He was ordained a Baptist preacher in 1891, and served faithfully until his death in 1919 while attending the Cuban Convention. In the fall of 1893 the Home Mission Board sent Pendleton Jones to superintend the Baptist work in Cuba. It was Jones who coined the God given phrase, Cuba para Cristo.

Secondary Source: Una Lawrence. Cuba For Christ, pp. 152-156.

BUFORD ELLIOTT COX, JR

Cox,-Buford

Buford Elliott Cox, Jr., (January 3, 1956- ) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia. He attended Shorter College where he received the (B.Mu. in 1978, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received the M.C.M. in 1980, and Auburn University receiving the Ph.D. Dr. Cox married Judith Lynn Sturgill Cox, and they had three sons; Jonathan in 1985, Jeremy in 1987, and Jordan in 1990. Dr. Cox joined the faculty of the Baptist College of Florida where he taught in the Music School.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical files.

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C. A. COX

C. A. Cox was pastor of Hialeah Baptist Church in 1927.

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

D. T. COX

D. T. Cox (1897-1948) came to Florida from Atlanta, Georgia. He was a Baptist preacher for 33 years. He was pastor of First Baptist Church, Lynn Haven, Florida, at the time of his death.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 27, 1949, p. 16.

W. J. COX

W. J. Cox was a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in Tampa Bay Association in 1934.

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

S. A. COXWELL

S. A. Coxwell served as pastor of First Baptist Church Crawfordville from 1958-1972.

Secondary Source: FBHS archives

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SAMUEL C. CRAFT

Samuel C. Craft served as a traveling missionary in Madison and Jefferson Counties. In the 1851 minutes of the Florida Baptist Association, Samuel C. Craft is listed as the pastor of Union Church in Jefferson County. He also served as pastor at Concord, Monticello, Pine Grove, Hopewell, and Shilo in Greenville. Craft was very interested in each church keeping good records and writing a history of their fellowship.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1851, p. 2.
Phil Heard, There Came A Man. Florida Baptist History Society Monograph.

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REBECCA CRANDALL

Rebecca Crandall is a native of Macon, Georgia. She graduated from LSU in 2000 and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. She served in campus ministries at the University of Louisiana in Monroe and as BSU intern at the State University of West Georgia. In 2006 Crandall was appointed BCM Ministry Director for the University of Miami.

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

L. B. CRANTFORD

L. B. Crantford was pastor of First Baptist Church, Homestead in 1943.

Source: 1943 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 8.

LAWRENCE M. CRANOR

Lawrence M. Cranor graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as associate pastor of Ridglea West Church in Fort. Worth. In 1980 he went as pastor to Bay Ceia Baptist Church in Tampa.

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

JAKE CRAVEY

Cravey,-Jake

Jake Cravey was ordained by First Baptist Church, Cross City, and in 1980, was serving as pastor of Rock Sink Church in Old Town.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 25 1980, p. 6.

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GARY CRAWFORD

Crawford,-Gary

Gary Crawford became pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville on July 12, 1981. He is a graduate of the University of West Florida and Southwestern Theological Seminary. He came to Gainesville from the pastorate of First Baptist Church in Godley, Texas. Crawford has been very active in evangelism and missions locally and globally. He has served as the chairman of the State Board of Missions, and on numerous other associational and state convention committees.
Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 16, 1981, p. 6.

MRS. T. D. CRAWFORD

Crawford,-Mrs.-T.D.

Mrs. T. D. Crawford served as president of the Central Committee of woman s mission work from 1894-1896.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Martha Trotter, Faithful Servants, p. 45.

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WILLIAM DOUGLAS CRAWFORD

William Douglas Crawford (1938-1987) was a graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Tropical Farms Baptist Church in Stuart, Broadmoor in Miami, and Laurel Hills in Orlando. He and his wife, Sherry Kelly Crawford, had one daughter, Wanda, and two sons, William Jr. and Walter.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 2, 1987, p. 10.

DANIEL W. CREAMER

Daniel W. Creamer was pastor of the New Harmony and Grassy Point churches in Washington County in 1889 and also pastor of Piney Grove in Jackson County.

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

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GENUS CRENSHAW

Crenshaw,-Genus

Genus Crenshaw (c 1919-November 15, 1998) served with his wife, Carolyn, as a Home Missionary to the Seminole Nation for 47 years from 1951 to 1998. His life and testimony lives on among the Seminole people.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 17, 1998.

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HARRISON CREWS

Crews,-Harrison

Harrison Crews died in August 1975. He served as a pastor in Florida for 38 years. He served as pastor of First Baptist Churches in Fort Meade, Auburndale, and Alturas. He was also pastor at Westside Baptist Church in Lake Wales, Florince Villa Baptist Church (now Inman Park) in Winder Haven, Hopewell in Plant City, Southside in Sebring, Lena Vista in Auburndale, Fellowship in Avon Park, and Bethel in Lake Wales. Crews was very much involved in the early days of Baptist Bible Institute. He also served as a trustee of the Florida Baptist Children s Home for 18 years. He and his wife, Pauline Summers Crews, had three sons and one daughter.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 4, 1975, p. 6.

THOMAS N. CREWS

Thomas N. Crews died in 1927, and he was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in the Peace River Association.

Secondary Source: Peace River Associational Minutes, 1927, p. 29.

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BOB W. CRISWELL

Bob W. Criswell (1939-2005) was pastor of First Baptist Church, Parrish, where he died May 3, 2005. Criswell was a former rodeo chaplain and often performed with his trick horse, Pepper. He and his wife, Bobbi, had six children; Cheryl, Coleen, Clinton, David, Timothy, and Paul.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 9, 2005, p. 11.

ABRAM CROSBY

Abram Crosby served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died at Ward City in 1903.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1903, p. 19.

ANCIL CROSBY

Ancil Crosby served as a Baptist minister in Florida and died in New River Association in 1934.

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

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C. A. CROSBY

C. A. Crosby died November 4, 1971. He served as a pastor in Florida for over 50 years. His first pastorate was First Baptist Church at Graham, and his last pastorate was Linden Church in Linden. Most of his ministry was in the New River Association. Crosby served as pastor of Linden Baptist Church three times.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 11, 1971, p. 8.

CLAUDE W. CROSBY

Claude W. Crosby served as Director of Missions of Shiloh Baptist Association from 1977-1985.

Source: 1985 Shiloh Baptist Association Minutes, p. 2.

J. ROY CROSBY

J. Roy Crosby (1920-1998) served as pastor in Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. He served as pastor of two pioneer churches in Monroeville and Hershey, Pennsylvania. He headed the committee that wrote the constitution for the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Convention. He and his wife, Margaret, had one daughter and four sons.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 29, 1998.

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P.S. CROSIER

P. S. Crosier was the founding pastor of First Baptist Church Winter Haven in 1885. He and his family moved to the Winter Haven area in 1885, and organized a Sunday School in the real estate office. He served as Sunday School Superintendent, preacher, and then pastor. Crosier was pastor at Winter Haven on two occasions: 1885-1892 and 1895-1896.

Crosier was not ordained until January 1, 1887, and then he was formally called as pastor at Winter Haven.

Secondary Source: Louise Beauchamp, History 1885-1985, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, p. 11.

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JOHN CROSS

John Cross (1963-   ) was born in Covington, Georgia. He was converted at age 8 and called to preach at age 18. He was licensed by the Alcova Mountain Baptist Church, Monroe, Georgia, on February 28, 1982. He was ordained by the Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, on June 10, 1990.
Cross attended Mercer University (B.A., 1986) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1990). He has served as pastor of South Biscayne Baptist Church in North Port, Florida, since June 1990. John married the former Dawn Pollock in 2009 and they have five children: Courtney, Brooke, Hope, Blake and Kirk. Cross served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention in 2009 and 2010.

Secondary Source:Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, July 1, 2010, p. 7.

S.L. CROSS

S. L. Cross served as pastor in the South Florida Baptist Association and died in 1881.

Secondary Source: South Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1881, p. 6.

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CAREY M. CROSSWAY

Carey M. Crossway served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Lakeland from 1929-1935. During this time the church grew to over 2,000 members.

Secondary Source: Alice M. Muir, A Historic Sketch, pp. 26-27.

GEORGE CROSWELL

George Croswell (1911-1970) died November 23, 1970, while serving as pastor of Bayless Highway Baptist Church in Starke, Florida. He had previously served as pastor of Oak Grove in Wauchula, First Baptist Church in Lutz, Lebanon in Plant City, and Balm Baptist Church near Tampa. He and his wife, Dorothy, had one son and six daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 17, 1970, p. 10.

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P. S. CROZIER

P. S. Crozier and his wife moved to Winter Haven from New York City to start a sanitorium on Lake Martha. In the spring of 1885, they organized a Sunday School class that later became First Baptist Church of Winter Haven. Crozier served as pastor for ten years.

Secondary Source: Josephine G. Burr, History of Winter Haven, Florida, p. 29.

BILLY F. CRUCE

Cruce,-Billy

Billy F. Cruce (1940-2010) graduated from Samford University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Janice Goode, of Montgomery, Alabama, served as foreign missionaries to Uganda. Cruce served as pastor in Alabama, Southside in Brandon, and pastor of Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee from 1983-2001. Upon his retirement he has served as “pastor’s pastor” to many ministers in Tallahassee. He and his wife have one daughter, Jill, and one son, Barrett.

 

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 15, 1976, p. 6.

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FRANCIS W. CRUCE

Cruce,-Francis

Francis W. Cruce (c 1915-March 30, 1987) moved to Cabbage Grove in 1945 to work in the forestry industry. He organized a Sunday School there and began supplying the pulpit at Oakland. Following graduation from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Cruce served as pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church in Perry, Central, and Gibsonia Baptist Churches in Lakeland. He was director of missions for the Beulah-Suwannee Association from 1974 to 1980. He and his wife, Susan, had one daughter, Marsha, and two sons. One son, Billy, served as pastor of Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee for 18 years. The other son, Charlie, is pastor of Lamar Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, September 10, 1987, p. 10.

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FRANK H. CRUMPLER

Frank H. Crumpler is a graduate of Wake Forest University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Union Seminary. He is a native of North Carolina. He has served with the Home Mission Board, as a pastor in Tennessee, and as secretary of evangelism for the Virginia Baptist Convention. He came as pastor of First Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida, in 1993.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 4, 1993, p. 8.

Z. A. CRUMPTON

Z. A. Crumpton in 1880 was pastor of four churches in the Alachua Association. He was pastor of Wacahoota at Archer, Ebenezer at Levyville, Stafford s Pond at Williston, and Mount Arnow at Flemington.

Secondary Source: Alachua Baptist Association Minutes, 1877, p. 16.

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GEORGE HARVEY CRUTCHER

Crutcher,-George

George Harvey Crutcher (July 12, 1870-February 26, 1944) was born at South Berlin, Tennessee. He attended Union University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Crutcher served as a foreign missionary to Mexico for eight years. He served as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana Baptist Convention (1912-1919) for eight years. He then headed the department of evangelism at the Home Mission Board, and later head of the departmenet of evangelism at Baptist Bible Insitute in New Orleans. Dr. Crutcher served as pastor of Riverside in Miami 11 years (19291940).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 16; March 23, 1944.

D. CUMBIE

D. Cumbie was a minister in the West Florida Baptist Association while making his home in Ucheeanna in 1852.

Secondary Source: West Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1852, p. 2.

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JAMES E. CURRY

James E. Curry (1925-2005) was an Army veteran of World War II and a graduate of Baptist Bible Institute, Lakeland. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church Seville, Park Avenue in Winter Garden, and several churches in Miami. He served as pastor of Estside Baptist Church in Deland for ten years and was their pastor emeritus at the time of his death. He and his wife, Betty, were married for 61 years, and had five children; Logan, Jaime, Rebecca, Deborah, and Cynthia.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 9, 2005, p. 11.

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J. H. CURRY

J. H. Curry was well educated and experienced. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Pensacola, from 1890-1892.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill,
pp. 93-103, 106.

LEROY CURRY

Leroy Curry (1912-1984) was a native of Plant City. He served as pastor of Thonotosassa in Plant City, Beaulah in Winter Garden, Barden Shores in Orlando, Concordia in Havana, and First Baptist Churches of Chiefland, Monticello, and Branford. He and his wife, Marcele, had a daughter, Bonita Rouse.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 9, 1984, p. 6.

LEWIS A. CURTIS

Curtis,-Lewis

Lewis A. Curtis (April 28, 1919-May 5, 2000) was born and raised in
116 Meridian, Mississippi. He attended the public schools there and graduated from Meridian Municipal Junior College. He received his B.A. degree from Mississippi College and his Th.M. and Th.D. degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Curtis served as pastor of five Baptist Churches in Mississippi. He was pastor of Ramah Church in Franklin County, Friendship Church in Lincoln County, Hickory, First Baptist Church, Tutwiler, and First Baptist Church, Calhoun City. Dr. Curtis taught at Baptist Bible Institute and taught primarily theology and pastoral work. He married Beatrice Birdsong of Meridian and they had three daughters (Cathryn, Carolyn, and Robin). Dr. Curtis was known for his great pastoral work and his wonderful sermons. He was always prepared when he preached and his sermons were about twenty minutes long, rapid, and precise. He was interim pastor of 30 churches in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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THOMAS E. CUTTINO

Thomas E. Cuttino attended the Citadel, the College of Charleston (B.S., 1948), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., 1953; Th.M. 1954). He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Quincy (1956-1971), and after receiving his doctorate degree from Florida State University joined the faculty of Columbia College in South Carolina. Cuttino and his wife, Anne, had two children; John and Anne.

Secondary Source: Sara Davis Martin, A History of First Baptist Church, Quincy, pp. 64-69.

ALLEN S. CUTTS

Cutts,-Allen

Allen S. Cutts and his four brothers followed their father into the Baptist ministry. He graduated from Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Howard College conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity degree.
Cutts desired to earn a doctoral degree in theology but due to the loss of an eye, he was not able to pursue his studies. However, he did not stop his scholarly research. Each year on summer vacation he would read the entire New Testament in Greek. Dr. Cutts ad his family left Highland Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1931, to go to Pensacola where he then served as pastor of First Baptist Church from 1931 to 1939.

Secondary Source: Toni Moore Clevenger. On the Bay—On the Hill, pp. 187-198.

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HENRY CYPRESS

Henry Cypress served faithfully as a pastor in the Seminole Reservation in Florida. He served for eleven years as pastor of Big Cypress First Baptist Church on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation. He died in a humble chickee on October 3, 1983, where he had gone to see a lost man.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 14, 1963, p. 12

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