Historical Society focuses on 'Powerful Preachers'

Prominent pulpiteers over a 200-year period in Virginia are the focus on a newly-released publication from the Virginia Baptist Historical Society.


By Robert Dilday

Notable Baptist preachers in Virginia from the 18th to early 20th centuries are the focus of Powerful Preachers, just released by the Virginia Baptist Historical Society.

Highlighted in the new publication are two 19th-century pulpiteers from Richmond, Va. — William E. Hatcher and Joshua B. Hutson. Also included are a listing of African-America Baptist preachers in Virginia following the Civil War and transcriptions of Civil War sermons by Jeremiah Bell Jeter, a prominent 19th-century Baptist minister who edited the Religious Herald. The transcriptions were made by Arden Sizemore, a student at Radford University and a Heritage Fellow at the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies.

Powerful Preachers also includes an essay on racial reconciliation which won first place in the Heritage Center’s Roots & Wings essay contest.  The essay was written by Rachel Cook, a high school student in Blacksburg, Va.

Copies of Powerful Preachers can be ordered from the Virginia Baptist Historical Society at (804) 289-8434 or at www.baptistheritage.org.