Memorial Biographies of General Baptist Ministers
of the
Union Association

The Cane Run General Baptist church at Louisville, Ky., was still in its infancy when he was converted there at the age of twelve years.

At the age of seventeen he acknowledged his call to the ministry, preached one sermon and quit. He had been told to just open his mouth and the Lord would fill it. He tried that and failed, so he didn't try any more. He lived in and out of the church until he began to realize his responsibility to the Lord, the church, his family and his friends.

In 1942 he re-dedicated his life to god. He served as a deacon in the Cane Run church for about four years, then on the night of November 8, 1949, while Rev. C. H. Mc Connell was conducted an evangelistic campaign in this church he surrendered to the call to preach the Word.

In august 1950 he moved to Oakland city, Indiana, and entered Oakland City College when the term started in September. Some of the greatest experiences of his life were during the time he was there in college.

while there the "going", financially, was hard, but by the grace of God the needs for himself and family were always supplied.

The General Baptist church at Clay, Ky., after the death of its pastor (the Rev. C. H. Howard) called Rev. Duffer. This was in January 1951, and it was his first pastorate.

He was ordained to the full work of the ministry in July, 1951, by the Presbytery of Free Union Association of Kentucky.

In October, 1951, he was admitted into the Union Association of Kentucky. since his ordination he has administered communion every quarter of the year.

During his ministry he has had the privilege of witnessing conversions; receiving 24 members into the church; baptizing 13 candidates; conducting four funerals and performing two marriage ceremonies.

He says, "God's grave has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me on."

* - Source - History of Union Association of General Baptist 1840 - 1953
M.C. Mc Donald

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