minutes of February 1970 read in part: "Motion made, seconded and
carried to authorize Rev. Bryant to call a Board of Ministers to
examine Dick Seaman for ordination as a minister of the gospel
Saturday morning, February 21st, and that Dick be ordained by his
grandfather Sunday evening, February 22nd."
Business Meeting was held at the close of morning worship service
Sunday, March 8, 1970 to elect the following Youth Week officers to
serve during Youth Week, March 8-15, 1970:
Pastor - Bill Dooley
Director - Marcetta Cantrell
Pianist - Cheryl Graham
Treasurer - Len Shannon
Clerk - Cindy Downs
Chairman of Deacons -
Superintendent - Huqh Bohlin
S. S. General Secretary
- Mildred Price
Training Union Director
- Mike Kemp
- Virginia Downs
President - Rodney Bostwick
Chairman of Ushers -
- Janet Hamilton
Garrott was employed as Music Director at the July 1970 business
meeting. During 1970-1971 the old church building was used by the
youth and was called The Broken Net. Anthony R. Manuel was
recommended for acceptance as a student at Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, North Carolina. There was a
joint Indialantic. Central and First Baptist Church Youth Choir
Retreat at Lake Yale the weekend of April 30-May 2. The lot facing
Highland and adjacent to the Nursery Building was purchased for
$10,000. A postage machine was purchased for $200 from First
Baptist Church of Merritt Island to facilitate keeping the financial
records. Drapes were made for the baptistery and cry room by Ruth
Powell. The pulpit furniture, organ and piano bench cushions were
recovered with red velvet material purchased from Long's
upholstering at cost. The Youth Choir from Highland Avenue Baptist
Church of Montgomery,
presented a musical on September 11, 1971. The church had a Sunday
School enrollment of 377 with an average attendance of 175 at the
close of the 1970-1971 church year.
1971-1972 church year saw several changes as well as the
acquisition of some additional property. On December 29, 1971 the
church voted to receive from the J. W. Woodson and Garland Reynolds
families a lot on the corner of Aurora and Glenwood Roads. Also in
December the Church voted to authorize the Properties Committee to
dispose of the old house on the newly purchased property facing
Highland in the best manner at no cost to the Church in the next
90-120 days. On December 19 the Sunday
presented a Christmas pageant entitled, "Three Gifts of Christmas".
Re-Search Committee reported to the congregation in January 1972.
They issued the following challenge:
1. A CHALLENGE TO
FAITHFULNESS IN TEACHING THE WORD
through the centuries to the days of the
is a proven fact that the church which
faithful in preaching the Word of God, was the
honored. From our pulpit, from our teachers in
from those who seek any kind of service
for Him -- THE
WORD OF GOD must always be our message.
Yes, our great
challenge is faithfulness in teaching
CHALLENGE TO PRAY AS WE HAVE NEVER PRAYED BEFORE
the Word is the first challenge, surely
the office of
intercession is the next. Prayer is not
it is fundamental. No work for God can
hope for the
power of God upon it unless it is bathed
in the prayer
of the saints of God. The Word of God
goes forth with
new power, when it moves on bended
knees of God's
children. Prayer is that which
every one of us. May we be found faithful
signed by William O. Doss, Chairman, Linda Hampton, Sec., Joyce A.
Stowers, Robert S. Osborne. Bernard C. Edenfield, David B. Chandler.
February 1972 there was a joint recommendation from the Trustees and
Properties Committee which was approved. It read in part: "A joint
recommendation that the Church approve the setting of sales price on
the commercial lot given by the J. W. Woodsons and G. Reynolds of
$30,000. That the property be put in the hands of Buckner Realty to
sell without commission. In the meantime it is recommended that the
Church accept the offer of a private party to loan the Church
$10,000 without interest or principal payment of any amount for
three (3) years. The loan will be secured by mortgage of the gift
property. The note will bear interest of 7% per annum payable at the
end of the three-year period. It is further recommended that the
money obtained by loan be used to pay off mortgage to the First
Federal Savings and Loan on the Highland property of some $6,500 and
the balance be used to pave the parking lots."
18, 1972 a motion carried to accept $700.00 for the purchase of the
old house located on the Highland Property. At the same meeting
Rev. Jack T. Bryant presented his resignation as pastor to become
effective March 31, 1972 in order that he might assume the pastorate
of the Blake Memorial Baptist Church. Lake Helen, Florida on April
pulpit committee consisted of Roy Forsythe, Michael Hampton. Mrs.
Donna Osborne, Dan Bostwick and two others. The Church minutes read
for the April 1972 business meeting: "Motion carried to approve the
Personnel Committee's recommendation to hire Mrs. Elizabeth Cowan as
Church Office Secretary to work 28 hours (3-1/2 days) a week for a
salary of $50.00. Miss Garrott will keep the office open the
remainder of the week."
actions of the Church in May 1972 are of special interest.
church authorized the Trustees and Properties Committee to negotiate
with the Department of Transportation concerning church property for
the road right of way. The second action eliminated the full-time
position of the Music Ministry effective June 30, 1972.
special business meeting on May 14 1972, "the Church voted in favor
of inviting Rev. Charles Bugg to preach two trial sermons, Sunday,
May 21, 1972. A Special Business Meeting will be held the following
Wednesday, the 24th, to vote on extending a Letter of Call: A
letter will be mailed this week giving details and qualifications of
the candidate." In a special business meeting on May 24, 1972 the
Church voted in favor of extending a call to Charles Bugg to be
pastor. The minutes state the "Rev. Bugg has accepted our call and
will be in the pulpit June 25, 1972."
B. Bugg is from Miami, Florida and was born December 25, 1942. He
graduated from Miami Senior High in Miami, Florida in 1961 Stetson
University with a B.A. degree in 1965, Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary with a M. Divinity degree in 1969 and received his Ph.D.
degree from Southern in 1972. He was pastor of Emmanuel Baptist
Church, Lexington, Indiana (student pastorate) from 1967-1972 before
coming to Eau Gallie. He left Eau Gallie in 1974 to pastor Powers
Drive Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida from 1974-1976. Then he was
pastor of First Baptist Church, DeLand. Florida from 1976- 1982: He
has been pastor of First Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia since
1982. Dr. Bugg has been extremely active in civic and
denominational activates. While at Eau Gallie he was on the Board of
Directors of the South Brevard Y.M.C.A. and Pastor Advisor, Brevard
Community College Campus Ministry. In 1987-1988 he served as Vice
President of the Georgia Baptist Convention. He is in demand as a
speaker having preached the Annual Revival at Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, 1986. He has authored
the book, Things My Children Are Teaching Me, published by Broadman
Press, October 1982. He and his wife, Diane, have two children. Dr.
Bugg wrote a letter of acceptance that read as follows: "I received
the letter of call, and I accept with gratitude the invitation to be
pastor to your church. Both Diane and I have given this decision
much prayerful and thoughtful consideration and in our best judgment
feel that this is God's will.
"We realize the importance of this decision, not only to us, but
also to you as a church. Therefore, we come with an earnest desire
to provide as much pastoral leadership and care as we can.
"We are thankful that God has joined our paths, and we look forward
to the future with a sense of openness and expectancy. As we prepare
to come, we ask for the church's committed prayers. Our plans' are
to arrive in Eau Gallie sometime the week of June 18th and to begin
our ministry together on June 25th."
Garrott resigned June 30, 1972 as Music Director. The Sunday School
enrollment for 1971-1972 was 331 with an average attendance of 120.
The Church was in a rebuilding mode. A revival was held October
30-November 5 with Evangelist Jim Wilson of Orlando, Florida as the
speaker. In September 1972 the Church was actively engaged in
securing a Music Minister.
Fronk was called a part-time Minister of Youth in March 1973. The
radio broadcast over WMEL was discontinued in April. The Church also
participated in the Leighton Ford Crusade. A church picnic was held
on May 19th. The Vacation Bible School staff was elected for 1973.
They were as follows:
Pianist - Diane Bugg
Director - Jane Little
Babies - Yvonne Lewis
- Miss Alma McClung
3 - Marion Paronto
- Annette Bohlin
- Leona Jatsko
Ages 4 and 5
- Vivian Cline
- Jean Smith
- Gloria Reams
- Nancy Pete
Refreshments - Helen Downs
- Frances Smith
- Mrs. Greiner
Library - Miss Knapp
Children - Mildred Costill
- Velma Graham
- Mary Dunnavant
- Ardys Noack
Children - Frances Flynn
- Emma Jane Canup
- Jane Little
- Diane Bugg
- Mary Horde
committee was formed in August 1973 to gather facts about the
building of a pastorium. Members were Mike Hampton, R. H. Graham,
Nancy Fannin, Wesley Finch, John Downs, Shirley Turknett, A. W.
Dedge, Joe McClendon, Libby Hayworth, and Bob Andrews.
Eldon Moen was called on November 7, 1973 to serve Minister of
Music. His duties were defined as coordinating the various music
programs of the church and directing the adult choir and
congregational music. Mike Hampton had served as interim Music
same meeting the proposal of the Department of Transportation of
$14,600.00 for the right-of-way was accepted.
Charles Bugg resigned as pastor in February 1974. The pulpit
committee was to be composed of Roy Forsythe, R. H. Graham, Dick
Free, Col. Lou Perry and Donna Osborne. At a special business
meeting on April 3, 1974 a motion carried to call Dr. Frank
Brasington as Interim Pastor until the Church would call a full-time
minister. It was understood that he would be at the church for
Sunday services, Monday, Wednesday services and Thursday for church
duties and counseling.
K. Brasington was born in 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in
the Carolinas. He is a graduate of Eastern Baptist Theological
Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
five years as a Chaplain (Major) in the U.S. Air Force – 28 months
in the Southwest Pacific.
served for 13-1/2 years at First Baptist Church, Silver Springs,
Maryland, Dr. Brasington also served, as pastor or interim in many
churches in Maryland and Florida.
Brasington has been elected to many positions of leadership in
Associational and Southern Baptist Convention work including
President of the District of Columbia convention. He and his wife,
Virginia, reside in Melbourne as does their son.
29, 1974 Carol Wahlberg was employed to work with the youth for the
summer, employment to be effective June Ist.
"Mr. R. H. Graham presented a personal motion of accepting a firm
offer of S15,000.00 for the Aurora Road property. Terms are,
$5,000.00 cash, $10,000.00 paid over a 5- year period at the rate of
7-1/2% interest, no penalty for prepayment. The offer came from
Hugh Thompson. Motion carried."
special business meeting on June 5, 1974 the Pulpit Committee
unanimously recommended that the First Baptist Church of Eau Gallie
extend an indefinite call to Rev. Jesse Kennon of Dothan, Alabama to
be pastor of the Church. The call was accepted.
Kennon is from New Port Richey, Florida and was born April 18,
biographical information is as follows:
o Graduated from Gulf
High School, New Port Richey Florida - 1950
o Graduated from
Columbia Bible College, Columbia, South Carolina with a B. A.
degree - 1954
o Attended Troy State
University, Troy, Alabama where work was done toward an education
o Graduated from
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky with
an M. Divinity degree - 1965
o Taught public school
in Enterprise, Alabama for five years prior to attending seminary.
He pastored several churches in Coffee County, Alabama.
o Licensed to preach by
the First Baptist Church, New Port Richey, Florida and ordained in
1956 by the First Baptist Church of Enterprise, Alabama.
o He pastored Thixton
Lane Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, 1964-1965 (student
o First Baptist Church,
Childersburg, Alabama, 1965-1968
o Ridgecrest Baptist
Church, Dothan, Alabama, 1968-1974
o First Baptist Church
of Eau Gallie, Melbourne, Florida
o One of four Alabama
Baptist pastors to speak at the 1971 Evangelism Conference in
o Served as Adult
Sunday School consultant for Brevard Baptist Association, 1978-1979
o Preached Doctrinal
Sermon, Brevard Baptist Association, 1982
o Member of
Associational Assist Team, 1979-1984
o Conducted Bible
Conferences throughout the South
o President of Brevard
Baptist Ministers' Conference, 1986
o Serving as a Trustee
for Baptist Bible Institute, Graceville, Florida.
Kennon is married to the former Martha Griffin of Dothan, Alabama
and they have three children, Ginger, Craig and Gayle.
six months of the ministry of Pastor Kennon were difficult for both
pastor and people Philosophical differences and leadership style
were both contributing factors. It was not long, however, before
God began to validate the fact that both the congregation and pastor
had followed the will of God for it was to evolve into the longest
tenure of any pastor in the history of First Baptist Church at this
the first matters that the new pastor faced was the issue of dealing
with the old church sanctuary. It was of great historical value,
and there was a strong sentiment on the part of some to preserve it,
while others felt that it should be demolished. The causeway was
going to be rather close and the matter of creating a blind corner
on Highland was considered.
minutes of July 1974 read that "Mr. Dedge also gave the church a
thought to ponder and that was to do away with the old church
building on Highland Avenue. Discussion followed. Russ Tinsley made
a motion to authorize the Properties Committee to investigate the
possibilities of giving the old church building to the Brevard
Historical Society or other interested group of that sort. Motion
were made to get the Historical Society to show an interest in the
building but without success. The pastor made several calls to try
to find an agency which would show an interest in the building, and
none was found. The Properties Committee had already been
discussing the matter before the new pastor had been called and so
they presented alternatives at the August 1974 business meeting.
minutes tell the story:
"PROPERTIES COMMITTEE: Mr. Mike Hampton reported the Department of
Transportation had paid for the Montreal right-of-way and we had 90
days to clear the property. The following proposals were presented
#1 Move the library to Fellowship Hall where it will be centrally
located, easily accessible, most economical to fix up.
CARRIED to relocate the library in the Fellowship Hall.
Alternatives regarding the old church building:
#1 Demolish the building and clear lot for $1,500.00 (Approx.)
#2 Spend approximately $7 000.00 to tear off library wing,
repaint and reroof the building. This does not include rewiring,
etc. Note: The building could still be condemned by city.
Move library and building 16 feet as is, for cost estimated last
February at $12,000.00. Present cost not known.
#1 MOTION CARRIED to preserve whatever parts of the old church that
could be used elsewhere in the church and to have a Photograph and
an artist rendering of the church made.
#2 MOTION CARRIED to strike the sum of $1,500.00 in the original
CARRIED to demolish the old church, clear the lot, preserving
whatever parts of the old church that could be used elsewhere in the
church, and to have a photograph and an artist rendering made of
CARRIED authorizing the Building Committee to act on the above
motion with our vote of confidence, preventing further delay by
avoiding further presentation." It must be said to their credit
that the congregation acted in love and conducted the business in a
very Christian manner, even though it would prove to be one of the
most difficult decisions ever to confront the Church. Certainly a
decision of this magnitude caused grief for many, but all went
forward with a spirit of togetherness. The plans for a pastorium
were taking shape and in September 1974, Mike Hampton, Chairman of
the Special Building Committee, brought the following recommendation
to the Church: "That the Church proceeds with the possibility of
erecting a pastorium on the church camp grounds by submitting the
displayed plans to reputable contractors for bids. This information
shall be brought back to the Church for further consideration.
October 1974 the Church authorized the building of the proposed
pastorium at the church camp located off Turtle Mound Road. The
cost was to be $43 000. The money was to be received as follows:
Sl0,000 designated from existing funds, $30,000 to be financed and
$3,000 by donation.
were three resignations on the Special Building Committee in
November 1974 -- R. H. Graham because he was to build the pastorium,
Shirley Turknett and Joe McClendon. Mrs. Lavona Frisch and Oneita
Tinsley were elected to fill two vacancies.
same meeting the Church voted to donate 10 folding chairs to the
Harbor City Volunteer Ambulance Squad.
Finch was recommended for admission to Boyce Bible School in
Louisville, Kentucky at the December 1974 business meeting. Also
Mrs. Sue Mixson was elected Church Hostess and her assistants were
Lola Dedge, Pam McCurry, Joyce Woodson and Mary Edenfield.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal of $1,100 was exceeded and as of
the end of December 1974 the offering was $1,544.36. This offering
was to grow phenomenally during the next decade and beyond.