Memorial Biographies of General Baptist Ministers
of the
Union Association


Rev. Charles Polley was born in Webster County, Ky., five miles north of Dixon. He was converted at the age of 16 and united with Little Zion G.B. church in 1899. Preached his first sermon in august 1906. Was licensed to preach in April, 1907, and was ordained in July 1910. those taking part in the ordination were Rev. J. F. Bumpus and Rev. D. L. Fraser, also Rev. C. R. Kinnin and Brother H.N. Clark. His first pastorate was at union Hill church, Henderson county, Ky., in 1909. He received many calls to pastoral work, having pastored in five states, viz Kentucky 19 different churches. They were Union Hill, Corydon, Little Zion, Pleasant Hope, Clay, Dixon, Frederick's Chapel, Beulah, Shady grove, Tilden, Providence, new Macedonia, Green's Chapel, Beech Grove, Pleasant Grove, Free Union Oakley Home, Star Hope, and Sturgis. In Indiana he has pastored 9 churches. They were Mt. Gilead, Friendship, Oak Grove, Francisco, Howell, Ft. Branch, Columbia, Liberty, and Traylor's Chapel. In Tennessee he pastored 6 churches. They were Bradford, Shady Grove, Beech Grove, Saloam, Unity, and Shiloh. In Missouri he pastored at Campbell, and in Illinois he pastored at Maunie, for a total of 36 churches pastoring during his forty odd years in the ministry.

He has served on different Boards of the Denomination, as follows: The Foreign Mission Board; the Publications Board; the General Board. Also served on the Home Mission Board of Union Association.

He was one of the teachers in a Training Course for ministers which was held in the Providence General Baptist church, Providence, Ky., in the Spring of 1953. This Training Course was sponsored by the Home Mission Board of Union Association.

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