Pastors ~ Then and Now
Elder G.W. Riley served as the first pastor of Charleston Baptist Church. He served from August 1850 - December 1851.
Jared W. Riley served as pastor from December 1851 - .
Dr. A. E. Prince was a pastor of the First Baptist Church, Charleston, from November 8, 1914, to October 9, 1916. He has served pastorates in both the north and south. He served for a number of years as president of Hannibal-Lagrange College at Hannibal, Missouri. After retiring from this position, he later became the interim pastor of the First Baptist Church of Effingham, where he is now located [as of October 1950]. He may be heard on the radio each Sunday at 9:00 A.M., as he and the Church people broadcast direct from the church. We welcome him back to Charleston as a guest speaker for our Centennial after thirty-four years.
Rev. Walter W. Thompson became the pastor of the First Baptist Church on September 1, 1947. He served churches at Hutsonville and West Frankfort before coming to Charleston. He was closely affiliated with the State Conventions, having served as Recording Secretary for three years while at the same time serving on the Pastoral Relations Board and the Lake Benton Camp Board. In the past three [1947-1950] years, the Church had shown tremendous growth in both the Sunday school and church membership. He desired that a program may be put into effect to secure more space to meet the growing needs.
Interim 1986 - 1987
Rev. Adrian Lamkin grew up in Kentucky, the son of a Baptist minister. He earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky.; his master’s degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; and a Ph.D. in American Church History from Southern Seminary.
Rev. Lamkin served First Baptist from 2011 to December 2014 and again from November 2019 to December 2019.
Pastor Prater served First Baptist from January 2015 to July 2019. Chris began in ministry in 2002 as a youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Bluffton, IN. Then served as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Ipswich, South Dakota. He has a Diploma of Pastoral Studies from the Church Leadership Institute as well as a Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. His undergrad studies are in Business Management, specialized in Accounting. Before entering the ministry, Pastor Chris served four years in the United States Marine Corp.
Pastor Steve as he likes to be called comes to First Baptist after a twenty-seven-year ministry of leading five independent Christian Churches from Indiana to Florida to Illinois. Steve recently served for seven years at First Christian in Mattoon.
Steve enjoys helping people come to the Lord and to grow in their faith, through practical preaching, and counseling. Steve is now offering free Christian Counseling at First Baptist.
Steve is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the United States Navy. He earned a Master of Ministries Degree from Kentucky Christian College. Christian Ministry is Steve’s second career. He worked his way up to the Operations Manager of a chain of thirty-three retail shoe stores in Connecticut. He laughs, when he says, “I went from selling soles to saving souls.”
Steve and his wife, Marianna moved to Indiana to be closer to their children and grandchildren in March of 2021. His last sermon to our congregation on May 30, 2021.
Pastors of First Baptist
|1||G. W. Riley|
|31||Harland K. Tuttle||June 20, 1926, to July 1930|
|2||J. W. Riley|
April 12, 1931, to August 31, 1932
E. Ray Dugger
|April 23, 1933, to August 31, 1935|
|4||Brother Yarnell||34||Wm. E. Skadden|
September 29, 1935, to July 31, 1938
|5||Dr. Bastian||35||J. W. Patterson||September 1, 1938, to September 1, 1942|
|6||Brother Brown||36||Chas A. Boyd ~ interim||October 11, 1942, to February 1, 1943|
|7||Brother Caplinger||1867||37||Daniel L. Eckert||May 1, 1943, to July 1947|
|8||Rev. Tandy||about 1882||38||Walter W. Thompson||September 1, 1947, to January 1952|
|9||Rev. John Todd||1884||39|
|July 1952 - July 1956|
|10||Rev. Tom Davis ~ interim||about 1886 - 1887||40||William Welsh||1956 - 1960|
|11||W. C. Cope||February 5. 1892||41||Dean Dolash||1960-1974|
|12||J. Wood Saunders||March 18, 1895||42||Max Thomason||June 1974 - August 1974|
|13||Arthur Willet||September 18, 1895, to April 29, 1897||43||Bill Bean||1974 - 1976|
|14||W. T. Spriggs|
July 1, 1987, to July 10, 1898
|44||Bob Hanrahan||1976 - 1981|
|15||J. T. Spillman||August 1898 to January 11, 1899||45||Collin Weller, England, interim||March 1981 - July 1982|
|16||Brother Wylie||January 11, 1899, to August 30, 1899||46||David Anderson||July 1982 - June 1986|
|17||W. T. Markland||March 21, 1900, to April 13, 1902||47||Dick DeMont, interim||1986-1987|
|18||C. E. LaReau||August 5, 1902, to April 1, 1904||48||Al Brown||1987 to 1993|
|19||J. T. Spillman||April 8, 1904, to July 1904||49||George Munger||1993 to 1994|
|20||D. M. Stiles||January 3, 1905, to October 2, 1907||50||Len Lewis||1994 to1996|
|21||B. B. Braden||November 10, 1907, to October 1, 1909||51||John Crutcher||September 1996, to March 1998|
|22||H. B. Leonard||March 5, 1910, to May 12, 1912||52||Pat Murphy|
April 1998, to 2008
|23||J. M. Daniel||June 9, 1912, to November 4, 1914||53||Adrian Lamkin, interim||2011 to December 2014|
|24||A.E. Prince||November 8, 1914, to October 9, 1916||54||Chris Prater||January 2015, to July 2019|
|25||C. P. Greenfield||October 22, 1916, to November 18, 1917||55||Adrian Lamkin, interim||November 2019, to December 2019|
|26||Eugene Neubauer||to January 8, 1919||56||Steven Hayes|
January 2020, to May 31, 2021
|27||L. V. Edwards||April 7, 1919, to April 18, 1920||57|
|28||H. L. Duff||November 1, 1920, to November 1, 1921||58|
|29||J. E. Hart||November 13, 1921, to November 1, 1922||59|
|30||Fred R. Johnson||September 10, 1922, to September 1925||60|
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