1950 the Church voted $10.00 for the deacons to build an outdoor
fireplace on the back of the church lot. The purchase of a
duplicator was approved. The minutes also read: "A motion was made
and carried that the commode in the church be fixed at once."
building of a car port for the pastorium was authorized in June 1950
and Mr. Hart was authorized to do the work. In July Bro. James
Sawyer of Cocoa was invited to hold a revival. Also there was
discussion about joining with the Melbourne and Cocoa Churches in a
Baptist Hour over WMMB each Sunday afternoon. The yearly rate was
to be about $1.40 per Sunday.
important step Was taken on August 9, 1950 when a building fund was
established for the purpose of erecting an education building. It
was stipulated that the fund was not to be used for any other
afternoon session of the Indian River Baptist Association meeting at
the First Baptist Church, Vero Beach, Rev. J. D. Hartsfield read the
Scripture and led in prayer. He served that year on the special
Hartsfield presented his resignation as pastor on November 19,
1950. He was paid for 30 days service, but his resignation took
place after the evening service. A revival was being planned at
that time, but was postponed until a regular pastor could be called.
Robert F. Wright was called to serve as interim pastor in February
1951. He served for about one month until Josh Long was called on
March 11, 1951. The deacons served as the pulpit committee in this
matter. The pastor's salary was to be $40.00 per week and utilities.
Long (pictured) was born July 28, 1923 at Newberry,Florida. He
holds B.A. and Th.M. degrees and has been a public school teacher
for 20 years. He has pastored eight churches, all in Florida. Josh
and his wife, June, have five children.
the first items to be carried out was the improvement of the
physical appearance of the church. The Church decided to print a
Sunday bulletin at this time. On May 9, 1951 Paul Hansen was
licensed as a Gospel minister.
1951 saw the approval of the Church given for the construction of a
two-story education building in back of the church. The building
was to be approximately 30'r 50' in size.
Graham, Mr. Grantham and Sgt. Britt were appointed to serve as a
items were approved in October 1951. The bank account was moved
from Melbourne to Barnett National Bank in Cocoa, the Pastor's
salary was increased to $45.00 per week, offering envelopes were
ordered for each member, and a Board of Trustees was appointed
consisting of Sgt. Britt, Chairman, Mr. J. E. Grantham and Mr.
Wright. The trustees were authorized to investigate putting city
water in the pastor's home.
two-story education building continued to receive attention in the
March 1952 Church minutes. They read in part: "The Deacons
recommended that we elect James Grantham as Building Foreman having
charge of the necessary materials, oversee work up to the time that
the building is turned over to a contractor and after that to
oversee all donated work." It was about this time that Addie
Vaughter, who is currently a member of this Church, helped make the
first choir robes for First Baptist. They were blue with white
1952 "Mrs. Myers moved that Saturday, June 7th be a work lay for
the men to clear the trees from the back of the church lot in
preparation for the new building. The women are to bring a picnic
resigned as pastor on August 3, 1952. His resignation was accepted
with deep regret. The resignation read in part:
of the fact that I am to enroll in Stetson University of DeLand,
this September, with deep sorrow I announce my resignation as your
pastor. The days that have gone by have been happy ones. Much has
been done, and there is much more to be done, for God's glory.
Feeling the need for further education we feel that God has led us
to this decision." His services were to end on August 31. A letter
of recommendation was signed by the Church so that Brother Long
could attend Stetson University tuition free. The deacons were
elected to serve as a pulpit committee in securing a new pastor.
Barnes (pictured) was called to serve as pastor in October 1952 and
he was serving as moderator by December of the same year showing
that he was on the church field.
January 1953 it was decided to use the Broadway Finance Plan of
church bonds for the financing of the two-story education building.
Barnes was born March 26, 1917. His wife is the former Mary Totten
of Geneva, Florida and they have one son, Barry Lee. Brother Barnes
went to Plant High in Tampa, Florida; attended two years at Baptist
Bible Institute in Lakeland, Florida; received a B. S. degree from
Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida and a Bachelor of
Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, North
Carolina. He is now retired, having pastored churches for 30 years
in Florida and North Carolina.
Church was actively involved in ethical matters in the community. At
a special called business meeting on February 15 1953 "Rev. Barnes
discussed an ordinance that was up before the city council as to
whether or not alcoholic drinks should be sold on Sunday in Eau
Gallie. It was voted that our church go on record as being very
much against the sale of alcoholic drinks on Sunday. Rev. Barnes
and a member of his own choosing to appear before the council and
voice the objections of the church."
1953 the Church voted to buy a bus for the purpose of transporting
children to Sunday School. This had already been discussed in the
February meeting. The April 1953 business meeting showed continued
concern for the two-story education building. "R. H. [Graham] asked
that more men try to help on our new educational building or else we
might have to get a contractor to finish it." Much of the labor on
the education building was volunteer. Herbert Jungbluth, Vance Bell
and Raymond Layne were among the current members who helped with
a bus report showing 19 riders the First Sunday and 33 the second
Sunday. A request was made for more men to take the test for a
license to drive the bus.
1953 an historic action was taken when the Church voted to withdraw
from the Indian River Baptist Association in order to join with
other churches in the area to form a new Association.
reported in the May meeting that the bus debt had been paid.
Nominating Committee was appointed on Sunday, July 5, 1953 to select
officers for the new church year. The members of the committee were
as follows: W. E. Broome, Chairman, Herbert J. Jungbluth, Vance
Bell, Mrs. R. W. Layne, and Mrs. E. P. Cook.
A look at
the Sunday School workers for the 1953-1954 year shows the structure
of the Sunday School at that time.
Mrs. J. E. Grantham
Mrs. T. E. Addison
Men's Teacher - Mr.
Women's Teacher -
Mrs. E. A. M. Stewart (Mrs. J. A. Phelps)
Builders' Class -
Mrs. R. W. Layne
Pianist - Mrs,
W. C. Carter
Intermediate - Young People
Superintendent - Mrs.
Secretary - Mrs.
Intermediate Teacher - Mr.
Young People - Mr.
Secretary - Mrs. Norman Hodges
I - Mrs. W. E. Broome
II - Mrs. Paul Teague
I - Mr. T. E. Addison
II - Mr. W. E. Broome
Teacher - Mrs. Rex Lee
Pianist - Mrs. W. E. Broome
Secretary - Mrs. C. A. Underhill
I - Mrs. H. J. Jungbluth
- Mrs. Milton Heidi
III - Mrs. Callie Livingston
Secretary - Mrs. L. A. Myers
Teacher - Mrs. Monroe Cox
Teacher - Mrs. Vance Bell
Secretary - Mrs. Calvin Cook
Teacher - Mrs. Finneson
Teacher - Mrs. William Haynes
Money was still scarce as
regarded the education building. The Church voted in the October
25, 1953 business meeting "to give the trustees power to borrow
enough money to remodel the present church building and finish the
new education building." This was rescinded at the November
business meeting. In November, Mr. Jungbluth moved "that the
committee forget about borrowing any more money and let God lead us
in our building program." Also in November it was decided to buy
an organ from the Methodist Church for $450.00 on terms.
On November 29, 1953, R. H.
Graham presented the immediate need for money to complete the
educational building. The motion was made to issue $5,000 worth of
bonds, but not to be used unless needed, in order to finish the
building and hire labor to do the work. This also included some
repair and painting on the church building. In February 1954 the
building committee reported that the education building would soon
be ready for complete use. It was decided that the new building
would have city water from the pastor's home and the Church would
pay the water bill.
A desire to build a new
worship center was already surfacing at this time. This desire was
to gain momentum in the next few years.
There was a meeting called
before church on Sunday, March 28, 1954 to approve the officers for
The elected officers were as
Pastor - Charlie
Deacons - Milton Heidi
Deacons - Norman
Bodge, Charles Dickinson, Robert Sheppard
Sunday School -
Training Union -
Song Leader -
Pianist - Marilyn
- Shirley Grantham
Brotherhood Pres. -
Usherettes - Barbara Gandee, June Gandee,
Olive Crees, Nellie Crees
minutes of a special business meeting on May 5, 1954 read as
follows: "Mr. Grantham, Chairman of Trustees, brought to the
attention of the church the fact that Mrs. Futch had willed the
furniture in her home to the church and the furniture could be sold
for $500.00 in a lump sum. Moved and carried to sell this for
$500.00. Moved and carried to buy refrigerator and kitchen utensils
with portion of the $500.00. Moved and carried that the Trustees
purchase the refrigerator and a committee of women be appointed to
buy utensils. After some discussion it was moved and carried to
purchase an 8 cu. ft. inside space with freezer in top of
refrigerator. Committee of Mrs. Layne, Mrs. Terpin, and Mrs. Phelps
to buy utensils."
May 12, 1954 business meeting shows that the two-story education
building has been completed. These was a rising vote of thanks
given to the building committee and a prayer was made for the new
building and the committee that worked so faithfully on it. It was
also decided to have a dedication service for the new building and
invite former pastor, Josh Long to dedicate it.
Barnes resigned on August 15, 1954. "Several members expressed deep
grief over the resignation of our pastor and he was asked to
consider staying on as pastor, but declined saying he felt the Lord
wanted him to go elsewhere." The pulpit committee consisted of Mr.
Layne, Mr. Grantham, Mr. McHargue, Mr Underhill and Mr. Broome.
Church minutes of September 29, 1954 read in part: "Pulpit
Committee presented the names of Rev.Lyman Hall and Rev. G. R. West
to the church to be voted upon for pastor. Voting was by secret
ballot...After counting of votes it was found that Rev. G. R. West
carried and is to be called as pastor of this field."
began the ministry of G. R. West at Eau Gallie that was to last for
almost a decade.