Bowling Green—Forty-two Kentucky Baptists attended the J.H. Spencer Historical Society meeting on the Monday prior to the annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention to hear Thomas White’s presentation on “James Madison Pendleton and his contributions to Baptist ecclesiology.”
White serves as the president of Cedarville University in Ohio and is author of the three volume set of “Selected Writings of James Madison Pendleton.”
About 25 more people heard Ronnie Hicks give a second presentation on “The Life and Influence of Bro. Richard Oldham.”
Included in the meeting attendance were several students from Anchored Christian School in Bowling Green, which was founded by Oldham. While more than 200 men surrendered to preach under Oldham’s ministry, Hicks was the third to do so. After serving as pastor of Baptist churches for more than 40 years, he has retired and returned to Bowling Green.
Rodney Skipworth, pastor of Bellview Baptist Church of Allegre, was elected president of the historical society. Don Houston, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church of Mayfield was elected vice-president, and Ben Stratton, pastor of Farmington Baptist Church, was elected secretary-treasurer.
Former officers include Charles Blair, pastor of Poplar Grove Baptist Church of Hickman; Stan Williams, pastor of First Baptist Church of Cannonsburg; and Stephen Wilson, former chair of history at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield.
The historical society continues work on Volume 2 of “Twentieth Century Kentucky Baptist Biographies.” Volume 1 contained 403 entrees written by 97 authors, and 525 copies of the volume were sold. So far nearly 100 entrees have been written for Volume 2, and Bill Whittaker again is serving as editor.
To submit a biography of a significant Kentucky Baptist from the 20th century, contact Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org The J.H. Spencer Historical Society was founded in 2008 and currently has 103 members. Its purpose is to preserve and promote the distinctives, doctrines and history of Kentucky Baptists. For membership information, write to P.O. Box 26, Farmington, KY 42040. (WR)