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L. T. FAGAN

L. T. Fagan died December 16, 1976 in Arcadia. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Arcadia, and Clewiston. Fagan was also a retired military chaplain. He and his wife, Grace, had three sons, Rudy, Oscar,
L. T., and three daughters.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 3, 1977, p. 6.

OVIS E. FAIRLEY

Ovis E. Fairley (1928-1992) was a graduate of Mississippi College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor in Mississippi, Kentucky, Montana, Wyoming,, and Florida during his 30 year ministry. At the time of his death he was serving as mission pastor of College Park Baptist Church in Orlando. He and his wife, Virginia, had three daughters; Ellen, Carol, and Jacquiline, and two sons, Peter and Timothy.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 15, 1992, p. 8.

ADELA FALES

Adela Fales spoke English and Spanish and was one of the very earliest pioneers in Home Mission work among Cubans for the Florida Baptist Convention. In 1884 the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and the State Mission Board of Florida appointed Miss Fales as a missionary to Cuba. Miss Fales served faithfully in Cuba, Key West, and Tampa. Her hard work and influence upon the Cuban population is well recorded.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness 1884-1891
Una Lawrence, Cuba For Christ.

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OSWALD BENJAMIN FALLS

Oswald Benjamin Falls (July 4, 1877- January 1, 1967) was born in Bedford County, Virginia. He attended school at Fork Union Academy (1898), Richmond College (1905), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1907). He served as pastor of Fulton Avenue Baptist Church in Baltimore (1907-1911), First Baptist Church in Denison, Texas (1911-1914), First Baptist Kissimmee, Florida (1916-1921), First Baptist Church in Bamberg, South Carolina (1922-1926), Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. (1926-1927) and others before he retired in 1949. Falls married Glennie Parker (who was born in Berwick, Nova Scotia) on October 12, 1910 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. They had five children; Howard, Oswald Jr., Helen, Catherine (born in Kissimmee) and Margaret.

Secondary Source: Dr. Helen Emory Falls, October 2, 2003.

FRANK FARIS

Faris,-Frank

Frank Faris (January 6, 1882-December 19, 1975) had a dream of seeing training offered to non-college men for ministry. In 1943, T. S. Boehm, pastor of First Baptist Church in Lakeland gave Faris the nod he needed to help start Baptist Bible Institute. After the founding of the school, Faris served on the board of trustees for ten years. He was chairman of the board in 1957, when the school came under the auspices of the Florida Baptist Convention. Faris was born and raised a Catholic. He was saved at age 38 while attending a Baptist revival meeting.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 5, 1976.

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D. B. FARMER

D. B. Farmer was born in Maine and died in Massachusetts in 1905. He worked in Floria for 25 years as pastor and evangelist. He had an extensive library and was known for his great doctrinal preaching.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1906, p. 90.

A. L. FARR

A. L. Farr served as a pastor last in Orlando and died in 1887.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1888, p. 34.

ARCHIBALD L. FARR

Archibald L. Farr (1826-1886) was born in Albion, New York and graduated from the University of Rochester (1854) and Rochester Seminary (1856). He served as a pastor in Illinois, Iowa, New York and DeLand Florida (1881-1882).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 9, 1886, p. 2.

ALPHA THEODORE FARRABEE

Farrabee,-A.-T.

Alpha Theodore Farabee (January 28, 1850-June 14, 1912) was born in Athens, Georgia. He and his wife had eleven children. Farabee served as pastor of Bethan Baptist Church in Myakka, Florida from 1893-1895. It was while Farabee was pastor that the name of the church was changed from Manatee Baptist Church of Christ to Bethany Baptist Church.

Secondary Source: Audrey O. Hendry, Bethany Baptist Church, 1888-1988, pp. 28-29. Peace River Associational Minutes, 1912, p. 38.
Una Lawrence. Cuba For Christ.

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JOSEPH W. FAULKNER

Joseph W. Faulkner served as pastor of Spring, Warrior and Unity Baptist churches in Taylor County in 1877, and died in 1890.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1891, p. 50.
Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1877, p. 15.

WALTER B. FEAGINE

Feagins,-Walter-B.

Walter B. Feagine (1887-1975) served as pastor in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. He served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater for over 15 years. Feagine was a graduate of Kings College, Bristol, Tennessee, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctorate from Stetson University. Feagine and his wife, Beulah, had two sons, Carroll and Walter.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 27, 1975, p. 6.

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EDWARD P. FENDLEY

Edward P. Fendley served as pastor of Athens Baptist Church in Lake City, Main Street in Leesburg, and First Baptist Church in Delray Beach. He also served as pastor in Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas. Fendley married Erin Livingston, and they had two daughters, Peggy and Carolyn, and one son, Edward Jr. Fendley died March 8, 1962, in Demopolis, Alabama.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 5, 1962, p. 12.

LLOYD ERNEST FERGUSON

Lloyd Ernest Ferguson (1891-1945) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Elsie Virginia Bobo. He served as pastor of Myrtle Grove Baptist Church (1939-1940).

Source: FBHS files.

AL FERNANDEZ

Al Fernandez (1958-) is a native of Miami. He has served as Director of the South Florida Urban Impact Ministries since October 1, 2007. Prior to that Fernandez served as a church planting field missionary for the southeast Florida region.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, October 4, 2007, p. 5.

C. H. FERRELL

C. H. Ferrell served as pastor of the Sarasota Baptist Church in 1913. He moved there from Harrisburg, Illinois. He and his wife moved to Sarasota when he was about age 45.

Secondary Source: Baptist Witness, January 2, 1913, p. 11.

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ROBERT E. FERREL

Ferrel,-Robert-E.

Robert E. Ferrel served churches in Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, and North Dakota before becoming pastor of Pembroke Lakes Chapel in Miramar in 1980.

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

W. A. FERRELL

W. A. Ferrell served as a Baptist pastor in Florida and died in 1934.

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

SAMUEL FIELDS

Samuel Fields was pastor of Coconut Grove Baptist Church in 1939.

Source: 1939 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4.

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JOHN THOMAS FILLINGIM

Fillingim,-John-Thom.

John Thomas Fillingim (March 15, 1856-June 24, 1946) was born at Cedartown (present day Molino). His parents were Valendine and Sarah Alexina Dukes Fillingim. John Thomas married Eugenia S. Durden on February 2, 1875, and they had seven sons and four daughters. Fillingim was pastor of numerous churches in the Pensacola area during his ministry, but he and his wife always remained members at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Secondary Source: Judith Richburg Jolly, John Thomas Fillingim.

J. FINK

J. Fink served as a pastor in Florida and died in December 1891.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1892, p. 55.

D. T. FIROR

D. T. Firor was pastor of Ojus and Lemon City Baptist churches in 1915.

Source: 1915 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 22.

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J. L. A. FISH


J. L. A. Fish served faithfully as a pastor in Florida and died in 1890.

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

A. L. FISHER

A. L. Fisher served as pastor of FBC Brandon from 1924-1925.

Source: Born in the Heart; A History of FBC Brandon, pp.24-25.

GRANVILLE C. FISHER

Granville C. Fisher was pastor of Little River Baptist Church in 1933 and 1934.

Source: 1933 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 4; Ibid, 1934, p. 4.

JAMES E. FISHER, III

Fisher,-James

James E. Fisher, III, (1961-2003) died while attending the Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in Phoenix, on June 24, 2003. He had served as pastor of Wauchula Hills Baptist Church and East Side Baptist Church in Punta Gorda. At the time of his death he was pastor of Liberty Community Church in North Port. He and his wife, Cindy, had one daughter (Ashley) and one son (A. J.).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, July 17, 2003. p. 10.

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LOUIS BENJAMIN FISHER, JR.

Louis Benjamin Fisher, Jr., (June 21, 1936- ) was born in Pompano Beach, Florida. He was the son of Louis and Inez Fisher. Fisher graduated from Pompano Beach High School (1954) and the University of Miami (B.A., 1961). He was ordained by First Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, in 1958. Fisher served as pastor of Loxhatchee in Loxhatchee; West Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale; Palm Springs in Hialeah, and Palm Springs in Palm Springs. Fisher organized the Benny Fisher Evangelistic Association in 1965, and preached all over Florida, and in many prominent pulpits outside the state. Fisher and his wife, Barbara, had two sons; Louis III and Lamar. The family of Fisher helped organize First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

THOMAS FISHER

Thomas Fisher was a minister at Tampa Second and died in 1896.

Secondary Source: South Florida Baptist Association Minutes, 1896, p. 17.

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KARL NATHANIEL FLAGG

Karl-Nathaniel

Karl Nathaniel Flagg (November 26, 1959- ) was born in Palatka, Florida, the son of John Henry Flagg, Sr., and Effie Lee Flagg-Smith. Flagg attended St. Johns River Community College, Miami Dade Community College (A.S., 1979), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Flagg has served as pastor of Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church (1991-present), and is President of the Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel, Inc., in Palatka. He has been a city commissioner in Palatka (1990-1995), and has served as mayor since 2000. Flagg is married to Terriana Gilyard-Flagg (June 14, 1986—Flag Day). They have two daughters, Karla Nikole (April 1, 1991) and Kandyce Nateria (March 24, 1997).

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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VERNON F. FLEGLE

Vernon F. Flegle (1926-1999) served faithfully as pastor of seventeen different Baptist Churches in Florida over a ministry of 37 years. Flegle served Union Baptist Church, Lily (1961-1963), North Hillsboro Baptist Church, Arcadia (1963-1965), First Baptist Church Dundee(1965-1970), Garden Baptist Church, Tampa (1971-1975), First Baptist Church, Estero (1976-1980), Crossroads Baptist Church, Lithia (1980-1982), Lake Pearce Baptist Church, (1982-1984), First Baptist Church Arcadia (1985), and First Baptist Church Moore Haven, where he retired in 1990. Rev. Flegle came out of retirement to pastor Limestone Baptist Church, Zion Hill Baptist, Fort Green, Fort Ogden, and Brownsville. Family members project that over 4,000 came to Christ in the ministry of Brother Flegle.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, February 7, 1980, p. 6, and Larry Flegle family records. FBHS files

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LOUISE CECILIA FLEMING

Fleming,-Louise

Louise Cecilia Fleming (January 28, 1862-June 20, 1899) was one of the most remarkable Baptist women in Florida in the 1800s. She was born in Hibernia (near Green Cove Springs), Clay County, the daughter of a slave mother who was owned by a family in the farming business. The first name of her mother and the name of the slave-owning family are lost to us. Clay County Courthouse records burned and few records are available before 1865. Fleming attended church with her mother and the slave-owning family at the Bethel Baptist Church of Jacksonville. This church was organized in 1848 with eleven whites and 145 slaves. After the war the church divided along racial lines and the white members called themselves First Baptist Church, Jacksonville. The black members became what is now Bethel Baptist Institutional Church of Jacksonville. Fleming taught school for awhile after completing a tenth grade education. She moved to North Carolina and taught in the Raleigh area. She was invited to attend Shaw University, and graduated as class Valedictorian on May 27, 1885. She sought an appointment as an American Baptist Convention foreign missionary, and was appointed as their first black female missionary. She was appointed to the Congo in May 1886, and served until an illness caused her to come back to Raleigh for recuperation. She saw the need for medical attention in the Congo, and enrolled as the first black female to attend the Women s Medical College at Philadelphia (now known as the Medical College of Pennsylvania). Dr. Fleming was assigned to Ireba, in the upper Congo, on October 2, 1895, by the Women s Missionary Foreign Mission Society of the American Baptist Convention. She became medical missionary to a very large geographical area. During this service she became ill with African Sleeping Sickness. She returned to the United States for treatment and died at Philadelphia on June 20, 1899. Few Florida women have influenced the cause of Christ as valiantly and as faithfully as Dr. Louise Fleming. She is a role model for Baptist women in education, medicine, and mission service.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
The Missionary Journey of Louise Lulu Fleming, M.D. , by Joseph R. Moss.

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ROBERT FLEMING

Fleming,-Robert

Robert Fleming (August 3, 1797-March 29, 1880) was born in Warren County, Georgia. His father, Samuel Fleming, was a native of Ireland. His mother was a Grier and a near relative of Robert Grier the author of Grier s Almanac .
Fleming started teaching in 1815, and taught most of his life. It was in 1820, under the preaching of Methodist James O. Andrew that he was converted. In June 1821, Fleming was baptized into the Union Church in Warren County, Georgia, by Winder Hillman. Fleming was licensed to preach in November 1827, and then was ordained in 1830, in Warrenton. Fleming taught primarily in Warren, Meriweather, and Talbot counties in Georgia. He preached with complete preparation and often wrote out sermon manuscripts. He wrote and edited in his lifetime. Fleming is listed in the 1857 annuals as one of the active Baptist preachers in the Georgia/Florida Corridor. He was married three times. His first wife was Elizabeth Grenby, his second wife was Charlotte D. Sherwood, and his third wife was Mrs. R. A. Harris, widow of Dr. Bennet Harris.

Secondary Sources: J. H. Campbell. Georgia Baptists, pp. 422-425.
History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia—Compendium, 1881.

HAL FLETCHER

Noel Halbert Fletcher, Jr. was a native of Florida and a graduate of Mississippi College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Mid-America Baptist Seminary. He served as pastor or children’s pastor of four churches. At the time of his death he was pastor of Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park. Fletcher and his wife Lauren had three sons, Jason, Josh and Joel.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, December 23, 2010, p. 18.

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FLORIDA BAPTIST CONVENTION

On Monday evening, November 20, 1854, delegates from three Florida Baptist associations (West Florida, Florida, and Alachua) met in the parlor of pastor Richard J. Mays and organized the Florida Baptist Convention. They met in Clifton House which was located near Concord Church about twelve miles west of Madison, Florida. Officers elected for the first year were R. J. Mays, president; D. G. Daniel, secretary; S. C. Craft, assistant secretary, and John Cason, treasurer. There are 2,031 churches, 490 missions, and 1,039,280 members in the Florida Baptist Convention. State Convention headquarters are located in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. John Sullivan has served as the Executive Director-Treasurer since 1989.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

W. C. FLOYD

W. C. Floyd was the fifth pastor of First Baptist, Crestview, and served in the early 1920s. He was an elderly widower whose children were grown and lived elsewhere.

Secondary Source: History of First Baptist Church, Crestview, p. 19.

J. M. FLOWERS

J. M. Flowers was pastor of South Miami Baptist Church in 1927.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 27.

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JOSEPH B. FOLDS

Joseph B. Folds (c. 1915-2001) was ordained by First Baptist Church, Leesburg. He served as pastor of West Flagler Baptist Church in Miami, and as Director of Missions of South Florida Baptist Association from 1963 until his retirement in 1982. He and his wife, Mildred, had two sons, Joseph Jr., and John.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, April 5, 2001, p. 10.

R. C. FOLKS

R. C. Folks was pastor of Park Baptist Church in 1927 and 1928.

Source: 1927 Miami Baptist Association Minutes, p. 26; Ibid, 1928, p. 26..

HINTON FLOYD FOLSOM

Hinton Floyd Folsom (February 7, 1914-1983) was born to Hinton Folsom and Harriet Floyd White Folsom in Marianna, Florida. His father was Jackson County tax collector and his mother was a housewife. Folsom had two brothers (Frank, 1910; James 1901), and two sisters (Lucile, 1904 and Grace, 1907). Folsom finished high school at Jackson County High School in Marianna in 1931. He attended Western Kentucky Teachers College in Bowling Green (B.S., 1944), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.D., 1949). He married Mary Josephine Hardy in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on February 22, 1938. They had two children, James (1944), and Grace (1950). Dr. Folsom was converted at age nine and baptized at First Baptist Church, Marianna. He was ordained as a Baptist minister at First Baptist Church, Marianna on September 10, 1942. Folsom served as pastor at Rocky Springs Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky (1942-1943), Burton Memorial Baptist Church in Bowling Green (1943-1946), Audubon Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, (1946-1949), and Miami Shores Baptist Church in Miami, Florida for 27 years. Dr. Folsom gave up a successful business career at Daffin Mercantile in Marianna to enter the ministry.

Secondary Sources: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Florida Baptist Witness, November 13, 1980, p. 6; September 15, 1983, p. 6. Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 17-18.

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JOHN FRANKLIN FORBES

Forbes,-John-F.

John Franklin Forbes (June 13, 1853-March 30, 1926) was born in Middlesex, New York. He served as the first President of Deland College (later Stetson University). Stetson University opened its doors as Deland Academy in 1883, and had no president. Dr. J. H. Griffith, pastor of Deland First Baptist Church, served as principal at Deland Academy until 1885. In 1885, Forbes went to Deland Academy as President of Deland College. He was personally selected by Henry Deland, the founder of the school. The son of a Baptist minister, Forbes grew up in New York. He was well qualified for the new work and had the academic and experimental knowledge to head the new school. He earned his A.D. in 1878; A.M. in 1881; and Ph.D. in 1885. Forbes served as President of Stetson University from 1885-1903.
Dr. Forbes became President at age 32 at a starting salary of $2,000 per year, plus room and board for himself and his family. He left Stetson in 1903 to enter private business. He was in business at Rochester, New York (1903-1910), and associated with Rochester Business Institute from 1910-1926. He served as President of Rochester Business Institute from 1924-1926.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.
Leitch, Christ Centered Century, pp. 17-18.

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CHARLES SHELBY FORD

Charles Shelby Ford (March 6, 1921- ) was born at Crescent City, Florida. He was the son of Edward White Ford and Effie Lee Render Ford. His father was a medical doctor in Putnam County, and his mother was a housewife. He had three brothers (Edward, William, and John), and four sisters (Nancy, Elizabeth, Annabell, and Kitty). Ford graduated from Crescent City High School, the University of Florida (B.S., B.A., M.A.), and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D., 1952). Ford was converted at age 13, and baptized at Crescent City Baptist Church in 1934. He served as a missionary to Nigeria, West Africa. Ford married Dorothy Lucille Taylor in Abeokuta, Nigeria, on December 6, 1954. They had three sons, Charles Taylor (1956), Stephen (1957), and John (1958). Before missions service Ford had served as a teacher and a Naval officer.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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WILLIAM HERSHEL FORD

Ford,-Wm-Hershel

William Hershel Ford is best known for his pastoral work as pastor of First Baptist Church, El Paso, Texas, and the very popular series of 12 sermon books entitled, Simple Sermons. Ford was born in Monroe, Georgia, on November 21, 1900. He attended Wake Forrest and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Ford served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville in the 1940s.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, January 6, 1944, p. 5.

JERRY LEE FOSTER

Jerry Lee Foster (1938-2009) graduated from the University of Florida and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Foster was serving as pastor of Good News Baptist Church in Jacksonville (1984-2009) at the time of his death.

Source: Florida Baptist Witness, August 13, 2009, p. 6.

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CHARLES D. FOURAKER

Charles D. Fouraker attended Stetson University. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; Springfield Baptist Church in Jacksonville; Springhill Church in Fernandina Beach, and Union Church in O Brien.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, March 20, 1980, p. 6.

FRANK JAMES FOWLER

Fowler,-Frank

Frank James Fowler (November 13, 1870-November 13, 1933) was born at Melrose, Florida, on an orange plantation. His parents were Hugh J. and Polly Baldwin Fowler. They were faithful members and leaders in the Eliam Baptist Church in Melrose. After conversion and a call to preach, Frank preached his first sermon at the Baptist church at Ochwilla. He attended Mercer University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Mattie Aiken of Branesville, Georgia, after his first year in the seminary. He returned to Florida and was pastor of the Waldo Baptist Church, LaCrosse, Lake Butler, and Starke churches. While at Starke, his wife died leaving a young daughter Elvie, who died later.
Fowler then returned to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to finish his studies in that he felt called as a foreign missionary. He became pastor of Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman, Tennessee. While there he met and married Daisy Cate Fowler on October 26, 1903. They were appointed as foreign missionaries to Argentina and served together until Dr. Fowler s death in 1933. Mrs. Fowler died in 1953 after returning to the states in 1934. The Fowlers were premier foreign missionaries. Dr. Fowler was the first native Floridian to be appointed by the Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board. They had three children, James, Margaret, and Franklin. The Fowler family was honored at the 2004 Florida Baptist Convention held in Jacksonville. The 1933 Florida Baptist Convention Annual was dedicated to Frank Fowler upon his death three weeks before the convention met.

Primary Source: Correspondence and interviews in the Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness

MALLEY J. FOWLER

Malley J. Fowler (1890-1988) was born in North Carolina and moved to Florida in 1906. In 1910 Fowler married Frances O’Lena Dees who died in 1963. They had six children. Fowler married Jamie E. Weaver and she died in 1984.
Fowler was ordained at Brewer Lake Baptist Church in 1914 and he served as a Baptist preacher for 58 years (1914-1972). Fowler served as pastor of 18 different Southern Baptist churches in his pastoral ministry.

Source: Middle Florida Baptist Association, 89th Annual Session, p. 51.

GEORGE LOUIS FRANCIS

George Louis Francis (1952-  ) was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. He graduated from Stetson University (B. A., 1979) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1984). He served as pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and he and his wife Sharyn Lee Maxwell of Miami Beach married in 1972 and had three children, Daniel (1973), Christy (1980) and Joshua (1987).

Source: FBHS files.

RUSSELL FRANKLIN

Russell Franklin graduated from the Baptist College of Florida and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. In 2009 Franklin was called as pastor of Olean Park Baptist Church in Jacksonville Beach. He and his wife Cami have two children.

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

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ROSA LEE FRANKS

Rosa Lee Franks (July 4, 1918- ) was born at Walker, Alabama. She was the daughter of Paul Franks and Josephine Palumbo Franks. She had six brothers (Sam, 1904; Pete, 1911; Norman, 1912; Joe, 1914; Frankie, 1916; Gary, 1920; and one sister, Theresa, 1923. Franks was born of Italian parents near Birmingham, Alabama. Her parents were led to Christ by the Italian missionary, Rev. Pucciarelli, and they became very active in the Baptist church. Rosa Lee was converted at age 11 and baptized at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1929. She served faithfully as a Home Missionary summer worker in Miami (1947-1949), and then served in the Miami Goodwill Center for many years. Rosa Lee could speak Spanish and Italian, and was faithful in seeing many come to Christ at the Miami Home Mission Board Goodwill Center.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

MARY EVELYN FREDENBURG

Mary Evelyn Fredenburg (January 12, 1923- ) was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. She was the daughter of David Ralph Fredenburg and Mary Elizabeth Davis Fredenburg. Her father was a plant electrician, and her mother was a housewife. Mary had a brother, David Marshall (April 16, 1932), and two sisters, Mildred Agnes (November 19, 1925), and Margaret Carol (December 24, 1928). Mary Evelyn was raised in Wauben, Minnesota (1923-1936) and Orlando, Florida (1936-1940). She graduated from Orlando High School in 1940, attended Mars Hill College in North Carolina, and received her R.N. at Southern Baptist Hospital at New Orleans. She received her B.S. in nursing from Womens State College (new Florida State University) in Tallahassee, and also attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Minnesota. Mary Evelyn was converted at age 14 and baptized at the Baptist Church in Pinecastle, Florida, in 1936. She served as a Southern Baptist Convention foreign missionary to Nigeria, West Africa.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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FREE WILL BAPTIST

The Free Will Baptist Churches come from an Armenian influence of theology that were produced from two distinct strains. The Southern line was begun in 1727 when Paul Palmer organized a church at Chowan, North Carolina. The Northern line was begun when Benjamin Randall organized a congregation in New Durham, New Hampshire. Both groups taught free grace, free will, and free salvation. The two groups merged into the National Association of Free Will Baptists on November 5, 1935. Their doctrine teaches Christ as a ransom for all and not just the elect, all are called to repentance, baptism is by immersion, communion is open, and foot washing is practiced. There is a system of congregational government, and they have two Bible Colleges, two liberal arts colleges, 209, 223 members in 40 states, and 2,500 churches. About 160,000 of the membership reside in the southern states.

Secondary Source: Frank S. Mead and Samuel S. Hill. Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 10th edition.

H. DONALD FREEMAN

H. Donald Freeman (1930-) was born at Genoa Florida in Hamilton County. He was saved in 1942 while listening to the radio ministry of Dr. Robert Witty. At age 16 he preached his first sermon and was ordained at the Watertown Baptist Church.

Freeman was a bi-vocational minister and worked for the Florida Department of Transportation. He served as supply preacher in many churches in Beulah, Suwannee and Lafayette associations.

In 1959 Freeman married Frances Dodd and they have three children: Regina, Marisa and Timothy.

Source: First Baptist Church White Springs, p. 23.

TRAVIS RICHARD FREEMAN

Freeman,-Rick

Travis Richard Freeman (October 8, 1946- ) attended college at Ouachita Baptist University getting his B.A. in 1987. He received his M.Div in 1990, and the Ph.D. in 1997 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Freeman served as pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas from 1983 to 1985, and served in numerous teaching and service positions in Arkansas and Texas.
Dr. Freeman married Dawn Pennington in 1964. They had two children; Travis Richard Jr., in 1965, and Veronica in 1970. Dr. Freeman joined the faculty of the Baptist College of Florida where he taught Old Testament.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Historical Society files.

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GARY FRENCH

Gary French graduated from the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville. He served as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Malone, Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs, and now serves as pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Perry. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, June 3, 2004, p. 11.

H. M. FRIAR

H. M. Friar spent his life preaching in Middle Florida. He was elected moderator of the Florida Baptist Association in 1879 and served 11 years. He was the first pastor of Macedonia Church and with the exception of two years, served that church continually until his death. He died in 1896.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Convention Annual, 1896. p. 33. 1931 Florida Baptist Association Minutes.

 

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O. J. FRIER

O. J. Frier served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Winter Haven from 1894-1897. He was the first minister ordained by First Baptist Church, Winter Haven in 1895. He then served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Lakeland, from 1897-1899. He resigned to go as pastor of the Baptist Church at Kissimmee.

Secondary Source: Alice M. Muir, A Historical Sketch, p. 16.
Louise Beauchamp, History 1885-1985, First Baptist Church, Winter Haven, pp. 9-10.

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RYAN FRIER

Ryan Frier

Ryan Frier (1800-1890) was born in Bulloch County, Georgia. On October 9, 1819, he married Sarah Peacock who was born in 1804, in Bulloch County, Georgia. She was the daughter of Isham Peacock, a Primitive Baptist minister. Ryan and Sarah Frier had ten children.

Frier was converted and baptized into the Upper Black Creek Church in Bulloch County, Georgia. He was ordained on February 9, 1833 at Union Church, at the request of Friendship Church.

Frier and his family moved back and forth between Georgia and Florida. He died at the age of 90 in Plant City. Sarah died one week later and both are buried in Shiloh Cemetery near Plant City.

Secondary Source: Old Providence Church Minutes, p. 101.
Folks Huxford, Pioneers of Wiregrass, Georgia.

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HENRY DURANT FRINK

Frink,-Henry

Henry Durant Frink (1904-1954) was born in Maxville, Florida. He graduated from Stetson University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Th.D.
Dr. Frink served as pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then came as pastor of First Baptist Church in Dunedin, Florida. He later served Clermont, First Baptist Church in Melbourne, and was pastor at Park Hill, Florida, at his death. He died July 26, 1954. Frink married Lorraine Mims Frink from Melbourne, Florida. They had two sons; Henry Durant Jr., and Robert, and two daughters; Flanola and Eva Melle.

Secondary Source Florida Baptist Witness, August 5, 1954, p. 13.

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LOYS FRINK

Loys Frink (1902-1967) was born at McRae, Georgia. He was brought to Florida by his parents who later owned businesses at Maxwell, Eau Gallie and Ft. Pearce, Florida. Frink went to school at Baptist Bible Institute in New Orleans in 1926 and Mercer University in 1926. Frink married Elizabeth Holloway of Tampa on January 7, 1928. Frink served as pastor at Avon Park, Winter Park, Titusville, Inverness and served also in Melborne and at Rio Baptist Church. During World War II Frink served as an army chaplain in the Phillipines (1944-1946). The Frinks had four children: Kenneth, Richard, Charlotte and Yvonne.

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R. FRYER

In 1845 R. Fryer was pastor of four churches in the Florida Baptist Association. He was pastor of Columbia in Columbia County, Florida; South Prong in Columbia County; Beulah in Hamilton County; and Concord in Hamilton County.

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

B. S. FULLER
In 1845 B. S. Fuller was pastor of four churches in the Florida Baptist Association. He was pastor of Sharon in Madison County, Indian Springs in Leon County, Hickstown in Madison, and Liberty in Thomas County, Georgia. In 1860 Fuller was pastor of Elizabeth Church in Jefferson County, Florida.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Associational Minutes, 1845, p. 8; 1860.

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JAMES WOODROW FULLER SR.

Fuller,-J.W.

James Woodrow Fuller Sr. (1914-1993) was a native of Benton County, Mississippi. He was ordained in 1931 by the Endroa Church in Memphis. He graduated from Union University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of churches in Kentucky and Texas before coming to Florida. In 1969 he became the first director of the Florida Baptist Convention s missions division. He served from 1969 to 1980. His mission administration experience in Texas helped him become a missions giant in Florida. He served the convention at a crucial time in missions strategy. His leadership included the shift from convention district leadership to local associational leadership. He led in the Florida-Pennsylvania-South Jersey and the Caribbean partnerships formation. He served as interim executive-director treasurer of the convention after the resignation of Dr. Harold Bennett. He and his wife, June, had two daughters; Ann Fuller Coffman, and Virginia Fuller Johnson, and two sons; James Jr. and Robert.

Secondary Source: Florida Baptist Witness, November 27, 1980, p. 8; November 11, 1993, p. 5.

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SWINTON FUTCH

Swinton Futch was ordained at Nashville, Georgia, on November 20, 1955. He was serving as pastor of Lemon Heights Church, Palatka in 1980.

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

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