Churches of Taylor County, Fl.
First Baptist Church of Perry, Fl
Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention
Location 1865-80 in log church; site of present cemetery; 1880-1903, small frame church; 1903-25 larger frame church; present 3-story, oblong, red brick church erected 1926, dedicated 1938; 1880-1925 churches built on site.
Location 2012: 102 N. Center St, Perry 32347
Church Historian: Interviews: A. J. Parker, recent member; W. L. Weaver, Deacon; A. F. O'Kelley, Pastor.
Constituted 1865; Present membership 560. Active organizations, Sunday Schook, Baptist Training Union, Woman's Missionary Union.
Pastors who have served this church are:
o first settled pastor was Rev. Frank Bostick, 1865-68
o present pastor, Rev. A. F. O'Kelly, 1932--, 501 E. Bay St., Perry; Mercer University, Macon, Ga.; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louiseville, Ky.
1) RECORDS OF CHURCH, 1921-- 3 vols, Title varies: PERFECT CHURCH RECORD, 1921-35, 2 vols; (Church Record), 1936--, 1 vol. Showing pastors, officers, members, reports of Sunday School, B.T.U. and W.M.U.; 1921-37 financial record. Custody of clerk, W. E. Inman, 602 W. Main St., Perry.
2) SUNDAY SCHOOL RECORDS 1932--, 10 bundles of cards, 150 cards per bundle. Showing officers, teachers, records of pupils by Six Point Record System, attnedance and financial records.
3) SECRETARY's REPORT AND MEMBERSHIP ROLL, 1938--, 1 vol. Showing officers, circle leaders, members, minutes of meetings, financial record. Custody of Mrs. Jack Holmes, Hwy35, 1 mi N of Perry.
References: 1939 WPA Historic Records Survey