YEAR BY YEAR
1951 - 1975
HAMILTON BAPTIST CHURCH, 1873--1946
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, HAMILTON, 1947-1998
See also: First
Baptist Church, Hamilton, TX
There was no debt at the end of the church year.
Salaries excluding the pastorís salary was $1,693. Expenditures for new
building and equipment was $2,856.86.
Baptist Church was excluded from HCBA and Gentrys
Mill Baptist Church was added to the membership of HCBA. There was a
significant increase in the value of church property. The value of the
pastorís home was $10,500.
Mission was started in 1952. Located at the south end of Manning
Street--802 Manning Street-- in the southeast part of Hamilton, its first
building was a barracks moved from Fort Hood. Plans for opening Calvary
Mission were developed during the ministry of Rev. R. C. Tennison, who was
pastor at First Baptist Church from 1944 to 1952. Rev. Ralph T. Wooten,
the next pastor at First Baptist Church, completed the plans for Calvary
Baptist Mission which was opened in 1952. William Lewis "Willie"
Rodgers, a retired Baptist minister, pastored the mission in its earliest
days until a mission pastor could be secured.
Dr. Julius R. Hickerson retired as District XVI
missionary and he was replaced by Clifford Nelson. The enrollment of a
mission Sunday School was 26. Value of church property increased
significantly from 1952. A full-time music director was paid $300 per
Baptist themes in 1954 were "A Million More in
Ď54, and Every Baptist a Tither." The amount paid on church debt
was $3,671.28. The value of the pastorís home increased from $10,000 to
$10,500 The parsonage was at 303 S. Bell.
A Vacation Bible School, which reached a multitude
of lively children, was held during the summer of 1954 at Calvary
Baptist Mission. Before the Fall of 1954 Charles N. Gilbert, pastor of
First Baptist, closed the mission despite the fact that it was being
effective in reaching unchurched people. The minutes of HCBA in 1954 noted
that First Baptist Church, Hamilton supported one mission. (1954 was the
first year the published minutes provided space on which to report
missions supported by churches.) Mission Sunday School enrollment was 40.
There were 695 resident members. Forty-three tithers
were in the church and The Baptist Standard was sent to all church
families. January Bible Study was observed as well as a Sunday School
Training School. There was a library, two choirs, and a film-strip
projector. Church debt at the end of the church year was $20,000. Staff
salaries excluding the pastorís salary were $2,600.
The 1955 minutes of HCBA recorded a $9.83
contribution from Calvary Mission
for the Hamilton County Baptist Association given between Sept. 1, 1954,
and August 31, 1955; however, the data for First Baptist Church, Hamilton
revealed that it did not support a mission. I remember the great
concern Willie Rodgers and other men had about the fact that there was an
empty church building which could not be utilized to reach lost souls, but
I cannot recall why Calvary Mission was closed. I remember also that
Willie would take friends to the unused church building to pray with him
that the mission would be reopened. Others including David Hedgpeth, Loys
Landes, Kenneth Kendall, and Ruel Todd went weekly to pray outside the
The Resolutions Committee of the HCBA included the
"That we renew daily our fight against the
liquor traffic, card playing for prizes, and for every form of gambling.
That we vigorously protest against the modern dance which means spiritual
suicide to every Christian indulging in it; and that we strongly protest
the use of our public school buildings as dance halls, thus compelling
every Christian taxpayer to furnish accommodations for this evil
The Baptist Standard was sent to all church
families. HCBA minutes in 1956 recorded no enrollment for a Sunday School
Mission of First Baptist Church, Hamilton, nor that it operated a local
mission. January Bible Study was observed. Choir membership was 40 and the
Broadman Hymnal was used in the auditorium. The value of the
parsonage was $10,500. Seventeen percent of the church budget was sent to
the Cooperative Program.
The Baptist Standard was included in the
church budget. The 1957 minutes reported a similar status about the lack
of a missionís being sponsored by First Baptist Church, Hamilton.
George Veteto was Chairman of the Recreation
Committee and Cecil Kelly was Chairman of the Royal Ambassador Committee.
At a Brotherhood meeting at First Baptist Church in
1958, Bro. Gilbert made the statement that the keys to the mission were in
his pocket and that was where they were going to stay.
The Brotherhood program was about providing opportunities to worship in
missions for people who would not want to attend a larger church. At this
meeting Seth Moore said, "I donít know why, but some people will
attend a small church, when they will not attend a large church."
With the help of Seth Moore and Arvord Abernethy, three men-- Loys Landes,
Kenneth Kendall, and Ruel Todd--permission was granted to re-open Calvary
In October, 1958, First Baptist Church, Hamilton,
reported that it sponsored one mission which had a Sunday School
enrollment of 21.
Baptist Jubilee Advance was observed from 1959
through 1964. Fifty-four members were added by letter and 37 were lost by
death and transfer of membership. Choir membership was 25 and the Baptist
Hymnal was used in the auditorium. Reuben Smith was Chairman of the
Royal Ambassadors Committee. There was no church debt at the end of the
In 1959 First Baptist Church, Hamilton reported that
it had sponsored a local mission which had 48 enrolled in a mission Sunday
School and 63 enrolled in a mission Vacation Bible School. The mission
grew rapidly and by the summer of 1959 requested release from mission
status from First Baptist Church to become Calvary
Baptist Church. Calvary became a church on September 20, 1959, and
celebrated the occasion with a fellowship dinner at the Lions Youth
Center. On October 5, 1959, Calvary was admitted to the Hamilton
County Baptist Association as a church with 50 charter members. The
motion to admit Calvary to HCBA was made by Rev. John P. Wheat, pastor of Littleville
Baptist Church, and it was seconded by Rev. Douglas Brown, pastor of
First Baptist Church Hamilton.
Within HCBA 3,110 Baptists were members of 19
churches. Sunday School enrolment was 1,815, Training Union enrolment was
614, and there had been 78 baptisms during the past year. HCBA continued
to financially support Pioneer Work in East Lansing, Michigan. Fifteen
percent of the church budget was sent to the Cooperative Program.
The churches of HCBA contributed $2,400 for the
Pioneer mission work in East Lansing, Michigan. Total membership of the 19
churches in HCBA was 3,082.
FBC had three choirs-- adult, junior, and primary.
For the first time in associational minutes an opportunity was provided to
report that FBC had a pipe organ. (This organ had been donated by George
Morrow Carlton in memory of his late wife, Fronia Adams Carlton who died
in 1921.) Cecil Kelly was Chairman of the Royal Ambassadors Committee, and
Raymond Beck was Chairman of the Recreation Committee. While $49,000 was
spent on new construction/property/material/equipment, (for a new
fellowship hall and new Sunday School rooms) there was no increase
reported in the value of the parsonage or church property.
Choir enrolment was 48 in three choirs. Raymond Beck
was Chairman of the Royal Ambassadors Committee. The library contained
1,250 books, and Mrs. George (Wilma) Williams was Church Librarian.
This was the last year for HCBA to be a member of
District XVI of the BGCT since the district plan was being phased out and
the area plan would become operational for the next church year. Dr.
Clifford Nelson was the District Missions Secretary during the last ten
and a half years of the district plan. Coryell, Hamilton, and Lampasas
Associations had agreed to form an area group, and there was the
possibility that Erath County might choose to participate in this area.
Mrs. George (Wilma) Williams was the librarian of
the 1,500 volume church library. Improvements were made in church
facilities. The value of the pastorís home increased from $10,500 to
$12,000 and the total value of church property increased from $116,500 to
On May 1, 1964, Rev. N. Ray Harrell was the first
Director of Missions of the new Tri-Rivers Baptist Area which was composed
of Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, and Lampasas Associations. This was also the
date into which the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area came into being. HCBA provided
$100 each month in support of the Fairview Baptist Church, Anchorage,
Twenty percent of the church budget was contributed
to the Cooperative Program.
HCBA continued to provide $100 each month in support
of the Fairview Baptist Church, Anchorage, Alaska.
HCBA contributed $975 to the Fairview Baptist Church
in Anchorage, Alaska. N. Ray Harrell resigned as Director of Missions of
the Tri-River Baptist Area in October, 1966.
The Baptist Standard was sent to each church
family. There were four choirs--primary, junior, intermediate, and adult.
Fifteen percent of the church budget was designated for the Cooperative
Program. There were 100 tithers among the church membership. FBC operated
a kindergarten program.
Lee Roy Williamson became the new Tri-Rivers Area
Director of Missions on March 15, 1967. HCBA contributed $1,125 for the
FBC had a regularly scheduled visitation program.
The value of the parsonage increased from $12,000 to $15,000 when a new
parsonage at 1105 East Gentry was purchased. The music program provided
choirs for people from age six through adulthood. The Cooperative Program
received 15% of the church budget.
HCBA continued to support the Alaskan mission, as
well as Latin missions within the association and area. A kindergarten
program continued to be part of FBC ministry.
In 1969 there were 2,620 Baptists who were members
of 18 Baptist Churches in Hamilton County. Only 1,677 people were resident
members. Only 12 baptisms were reported by the 18 churches during this
associational year. Sunday School enrollment for HCBA was 1,217.
FBC maintained a Kindergarten program.
Fire destroyed the two-story FBC on 27 May, 1970.
Ten percent of the church budget was given to the Cooperative Program.
Church committees included Stewardship, Kindergarten, and Library.
A new auditorium and office space was completed in
August, 1971, and dedicated on September 19, 1971, being built at a cost
of $143,000. FBC continued to operate a kindergarten. Church committees
included Stewardship, Church Property, and History. The church continued
to have a library and to include the "Baptist Standard"
in the budget.
Mr. and Mrs. Kirtes Calvery were called as the first
full-time Music and Youth Director. There were 20 active deacons and
kindergarten enrolment was 23.
The highlight of this year was the centennial
celebration complete with an historical pageant, special worship services,
and the publication of a centennial directory.. In the 1973 HCBA minutes,
Kirtes Calvery was listed as Associate Pastor/Music. There were 23 active
deacons. An enrolment was not reported for a kindergarten class.
Mrs. Billy G. (Frances) Wood was Vacation Bible
School Director. There were 22 active deacons and seventeen children were
enrolled in Kindergarten.
Charles W. Newsom was the Royal Ambassadors Leader
at FBC. Twenty-four children were enrolled in kindergarten.
THE BEGINNING OF BAPTIST WORK IN HAMILTON COUNTY
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 1896-1897
YEAR BY YEAR, 1873 - 1899
YEAR BY YEAR, 1900 - 1925
YEAR BY YEAR 1926 - 1950
YEAR BY YEAR 1976 - 1998
A HISTORY OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, HAMILTON