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Kentoboo Baptist Mission
Kentoboo Drive, Florence, Kentucky
About 1947

Fourth row - Mrs. Marian Hacker, unknown, Mrs. Pearl Duvall, Mrs. Rich (M. Y. Rich - the minister's wife) ?, visiting preacher unknown, Mr. Herbert Spencer.
Third row - Evelyn Spencer, Leila Tanner, Betty Whaley, Mrs. Nellie Rowland, Glenn Duvall.
Second row - Carrie Spencer, Carol Duvall (being held), Jim Duvall, Bobby Whaley, Dan Spencer, Mr. Reuben Duvall.
First row - [l to r] three girls unknown, Richard Spencer, Curtis Spencer.

[Names provided by Jim Duvall, 2008.]

This mission work was established by the Erlanger Baptist Church, Pastor Don Gambrell. The original service was a Sunday morning S.S. class in a resident's home taught by a member of the Erlanger Baptist Church. Soon a morning preaching service was added. The building pictured was constructed by the members and some community residents helped. Full-time services were held in the building: Sunday School, Sunday A.M. worship service. Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. Pastor Gambrell oversaw the work and preached some special week-long revival meetings for the mission.

A layman from Erlanger Baptist Church, M. Y. (Moses Young) Rich, was the preacher for the mission for several years. Frank T. Florence, Jr., a son-in-law of Virgil Vater's family, (community residents and members) was the pastor while he attended the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville. Summer Vacation Bible School was added during his ministry. He was a WWII / POW veteran, who wrote a book about his war experiences titled: Feet of Clay. He published the book while he was at Kentoboo. He and his wife, Betty, had three young children.


Kentoboo Baptist Mission Building, late 1940s


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