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History of the Florida State Convention

It was in 1901 that Elders from the various Primitive Baptist Associations of Florida and South Georgia were called to meet at St. John Church, Midway, Florida, to organize the state meeting. The chief objective at that time was the promotion of Christian fellowship and unity among the Primitive Baptist Churches and Associations.

The meeting convened for two days with Rev. T. Gurley of Thonotosassa presiding. The agenda included prayer meeting, preaching and discussion of the guidelines. The group raised $216.53 at its first session. The group organized itself under the name of the Florida-Georgia Convention and elected the following officers:

Elder T. Gurley, President
Elder S. C. Cromartie, Vice-President
Elder C. F. Sams, Recording Secretary
Elder A. L. Gainous, Financial Secretary
Elder Reuben Reed, Treasurer

President T. Gurley - led the Convention for 27 years. Thereafter, President C. P. Allen - led the Convention for 34 years. President Moses President General Miles, Tallahassee, FL led the Convention for the next 31 years
President Ernest Ferrell, Tallahassee, FL led the Convention for 10 years.
Elder Edward Buckner, DD, Cocoa Beach, FL, led the Convention for 8 years.

In April 2009, Elder F. R. Rush, Tallahassee, FL was elected as the President for the Convention. The new leadership is:

Elder Willie J. Williams, DD, Tampa, FL, First Vice-President
Elder Kenneth Washington, Miami, FL, Second Vice President
Elder Harry Cloud, Gretna, FL, Recording Secretary
Elder Clinton Smith, Tallahassee, FL, Treasurer
Elder Renson Thompson, Tallahassee, FL, Financial Secretary
Elder Bernard Yates, Pensacola, FL, Bible Expositor

The 2009, departmental leadership includes:

Sister Dr. Jerrlyne Jackson, President, Women Congress
Elder Dr. James Chester, Church School Congress
Deacon T. C. Daniels, President, Laymen Congress
Brother Joshua Postell, President, Youth Congress

Source: Florida State Primitive Baptist Convention, Inc., Centennial Celebration, 100 Years of Kingdom Building, Souvenir Program, April 2001


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