Memorial Biographies of General Baptist Ministers
of the
Union Association


Church Histories
View 45 Church Histories of the Union Association of
General Baptist - Prepared in 1953 with Pictures of the old churches.


Shady Grove General Baptist Church, Poole, Ky.
To the faithful Founding Fathers who devoted their lives and labors and endured many hardships that they might establish General Baptist churches in Western Kentucky, out of which was formed Union Association, organized in 1840. Also to those consecrated ministers, deacons, and women who have devoted their time and talents to the further spread of the glorious and inspiring truth that salvation is for all men, this is lovingly dedicated.

Rev. Benoni Stinson
Rev. J. H. Dame
Rev. G.W. McAndrews
Rev. C. R. Kinnin
Rev. Jacob Holesman
Rev. W. A. Miller
Rev. Esma Hancock
Rev. T. A. H. Laslie
Rev. I. H. Henry
Rev. J. F. Bumpus
Rev. J. H. Igleheart
Rev. A. B. Stone
Rev. Mioles Fraser
Rev. W. W. Stone
Rev. G. P. Cavanaugh
Rev. D. L. Fraser
Rev. Absalom Pearce 
Rev. J. W. Green
Rev. M. B. Covington
Rev. J. H. Kirtley

We shall not speak of the doctrinal features, but rather of those who labored so faithfully for what they believed, and the hardships they endured to establish the General Baptist doctrine in West Kentucky. A short sketch of some of the leading people who organized Union Association and those who have carried forward the great principles for which it stands: that of a general atonement; together with a picture of all those obtainable; also a history or each church at present a member of Union Association, and a picture of same.

These Founding Fathers met with much opposition, but for the most part they went on, proclaiming the glorious and inspiring truth that salvation was within the reach of everyone. This was indeed good news to men who had been hungry for salvation but who had not heard of religious liberty as set forth by these brethren. Upon the preaching of Benoni Stinson and these founding fathers the Calvinistic lore of predestination gave way to Arminianism, or the belief that Christ died to make salvation possible for every man. These men came from the ranks of the people, among whom they lived and to whom they preached. Mostly, in the early days, they were farmers and worked the land six days a week, except when holding week-day meetings and funerals. Many of them were obliged to support themselves and their families by working. We are glad to say this has been remedied to a great extent, as much of the churches now support their pastors enough to allow them to give all their time to the ministry.

Many of the churches in the early days paid their preachers in produce. It became a practice to raise a subscription for the pastor. In later years, he was promised so much for a year's work. May we ever be grateful for what these pioneering forefathers have done. They rest from their labors, and their works do follow them. This is our sublime heritage, and we should ever strive to emulate them in prayer, faith, work, sacrifice, and love.

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



James Porter Burch
O.B. Clark
M.L. Clark
Rev. William Chambliss
Rev. Herman Capshaw
Rev. J. W. Creasy
Rev. Walter Ray Dorris
Rev. C. W. Duffer
Rev. D. A. Duffer
Rev. O. L. Duncan
Rev. W. M. Frisby
Rev. O. R. Fulcher
Rev. Robert V. Fulcher
Rev. J. C. Gary
Rev. D. L. Grant
Rev. Cecil Green
Rev. Rodney Holder
Rev. C. H. Howard
Rev. T. B. Jewell
Rev. E. Y. Laslie
Rev. Lona R. Lutz
M. B. McDonald
Rev. B. A. Mercer
Rev. Mrs. M. Munns
Rev. L. O. Nichols
Rev. W. W. Oakley
Rev. H. E. Oakley
Rev. Homer Oakley
Rev. Arvel V. Oakley
Rev. Gaylon D. Prive
Rev. Nealy Pearcy
Rev. Charles Polley
John Vance Poole
Rev. Abe Rich
Rev. Roy A. Ridenour
Rev. J. E. Samples
Rev. J. O. Stewart
Rev. Carl Smith
Rev. L. A. Stone
Rev. Claude Threlkeld
Rev. L. L. Todd
Rev. Alpha Warren
Rev. W. T. Winstead
Rev. Carl D. Williams
Rev. Carroll Yarbrough

Western KY History