Charles William Elsey
Kentucky Baptist Pastor
Charles William Elsey, the newly elected moderator [of the Kentucky Baptist Association], has spent his entire ministry in Kentucky. He was born in Laurel County, but was brought up in Fayette County, where he graduated from High School in his seventeenth year. He was ordained to the ministry in Boone's Creek Baptist Church, Athens, Kentucky, June 29, 1902, at the age of twenty-two years, and was immediately called to the pastorate of the Fifth Street Baptist Church, Lexington. He received the A. B. degree from Georgetown College in 1905, and the Th.G degree, from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 1907. He also received the honorary degree of D.D. from Georgetown College in 1913. The young preacher was called to become pastor of the church at Cynthiana in 1908, and served thirteen years. In 1921, he was elected President of Cumberland College at Williamsburg, Kentucky, and continued in that position until 1925, when he became pastor of the First Baptist Church, at Shelbyville, and was in his thirteenth year, when elected moderator.
[From Frank M. Masters, A History of Baptist in Kentucky, 1953, p. 532. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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