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Baptist biography

by Balus Joseph Winzer Graham


His first pastorate was at Amite City, Louisiana, where he remained four years. From Amite City he went to Clinton, Louisiana, from which place, after two years, he came to Texas. In Louisiana, Dr. Andrews gained recognition among the leaders while yet a young man. He was elected recording secretary of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 1894 and held the position until he came to Texas. Having developed early in his ministry strong evangelistic gifts, he held meetings in the principal cities and towns in Louisiana.

In 1898 he was called to the First Baptist church, Marshall, Texas. Here he had a successful pastorate of four years, paying off a large church debt and adding greatly to the membership and efficiency of the church. In 1902 he accepted a call to the First Baptist church, Marl in. remaining there nearly six years. He was one year at the First church, Lampasas, in connection with the Texas Baptist Encampment at that place, and had largely to do with the purchase of the Hancock Park for the Baptists, one of the prettiest encampment spots in the Southwest. In 1909 he was elected by the Education Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas to be its Field Secretary, but after one year went back to the pastorate, accepting a call to the First Baptist church, Denton. Here he remained two and one-half years, and was very popular with the students of the two large State institutions located there. It is said that he preached to one of the largest sustained congregations of any man in the State. In 1912 he accepted an urgent call to the First Baptist church, Hillsboro, one of the largest and best churches in Texas. Here he remained seven years, until March 1919, when he accepted a hearty call to the First Baptist Church, Temple, Texas. He is happy in the esteem of this great church. He is much in demand for revival work in and out of the State. Perhaps the most remarkable meeting he ever held was at Baylor College, Belton, Texas, in 1909, when in an all-day meeting in the college chapel every unsaved student in the institution was converted. It is the outstanding experience in his and many a student's life.

He was for several years, until the consolidation of the boards of Texas, a member of the Education Board of the Convention, and took a leading part in its activities. Since the consolidation he has been a member of the Executive Board, which handles all the work of the Convention. When Baylor University was in the field for $400,000 endowment, his church was requested by the trustees to release him temporarily, to assist in raising the money. The request was granted and he did the work successfully. He is also a trustee of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at Louisville, Kentucky. In 1908 the Texas Woman's College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity, and in 1919 Howard Payne College, Brownwood, Texas, honored him with the same degree.

Dr. L. B. Scarborough, of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Fort Worth, in his introduction to a volume of sermons being prepared for publication by Dr. Andrews, says of him: "He is a stalwart man, true, loyal, successful, virile, every inch consecrated to the main matters. He is a preacher with a brain and a heart. He is a pastor with the soul of a shepherd. He is an evangelist winning men week by week in his own and in other fields. His sermons bristle with truth, pulsate with love, breathe with power, and in them all is the compassionate note. He loves lost men. He sounds no uncertain, no unsound notes. He speaks the truth in love. He exalts his Master. He seeks to win men, and winning them, sends them out and on to win others. His volume of sermons will bless where it goes, and it ought to go far."

Dr. M. E. Hudson, of Marshall, in nominating Dr. Andrews for president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, for which office he was defeated by the popular layman, Mr. M. H. Wolfe, of Dallas, said of him: "He has served on boards in this body for years, and in that capacity has demonstrated his ability for clear, constructive thinking, wise planning and able leadership. He has stood by the denominational program, leading his churches with a master hand into active sympathy and understanding of the worldwide ministry of the denomination. In the churches he has served, and where he now serves, his praise is on every lip, and the evidences of his constructive ability are on every hand. He is as modest as a maiden, seeks no notoriety, is wise in counsel, faithful in work, able in leadership, clean in life. He is, from head to foot, that 'noblest work of God—a man.'"


Prominent among the pioneer Baptist preachers of Mississippi were Rev. Martin Ball and his brother, Rev. Lewis Ball. Rev. Martin Lewis Ball, son of Rev. Martin Ball, has for many years been a prominent figure in the State conventions of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. The wife of Rev. Martin Lewis Ball was Miss Lizzie McKay, and on March 16, 1876, was born unto them a son, who was given the name of Fleetwood James Ball, the subject of this sketch. The birthplace of Fleetwood James Ball was Cherry Creek, Pontotoc county, Mississippi, where he spent the first three months of his life. With his parents he removed to South Carolina and thence to Fayetteville, Arkansas, thence to Jonesboro, Arkansas, then to Fulton, Kentucky, and thence to Paris, Tennessee.

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