Some Famous Baptist Freemasons
The following are some famous freemasons listed on the masonic website below. Notice how many masons have had leadership roles in the Southern Baptist Convention or Baptist orgs.
•Carroll, B. H. - First president of Southwestern Seminary and instrumental in the creation of the
Department of Evangelism of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
•Barnes, W. W. - Professor of church history at Southwestern Seminary 1913-1953.
•Bass, Edward - First Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts.
•Baylor, Robert E. B. - Founder of Baylor University, Texas' first Baptist college
•Bellamy, Francis J. - The Baptist Minister who created America's Pledge of Allegiance
•Christian, John T. - Baptist Minister; Professor of Church History and Librarian of the Baptist Bible Institute. The Library on the New Orleans seminary campus bears his name.
•Conner, W. T. - Taught theology at Southwestern Seminary 1910--1949.
•Evans, Hugh I. - Head of U.S. Presbyterian Church
•Fisher, Geoffrey - English churchman, the 99th Archbishop of Canterbury. He became Bishop of London in 1939, and archbishop of Canterbury in 1945. Fisher was a distinguished pastor and administrator, helping to reorganize the work of the Church of England after World War II. As President of the World Council of Churches (1946-54), he was a vigorous proponent of ecumenism.
•Frank, Eugene M. - Methodist Bishop
Hamilton, Frederick William - Unitarian minister and President of Tufts College
•Hamilton, William W. - Named the Southern Baptist Convention's Home Mission Board's first head of the Department of Evangelism in 1906. He served as president of Baptist Bible Institute (BBI), now the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, from 1927to 1943. While president, he saved BBI from bankruptcy in 1932 when the school defaulted on $353,000 in bonds. President of the SBC from 1940 to 1942.
•Hobbs, Herschell Harold (d. 1995). - An ordained Southern Baptist minister for 69 years, he wrote at least 147 books and Bible commentaries used in Southern Baptist churches. He preached more than 700 sermons on the syndicated radio program, the "Baptist Hour" between 1958 and 1978. He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1961-63. He was raised a Master Mason in Siloam Lodge No. 276 in Oklahoma City at the age of 54, which was during his first term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He became a Scottish Rite Mason in 1966 while a preacher on the "Baptist Hour".
•Jackson, Reverend Jesse - Baptist Minister, American civil rights leader and politician. His concerns for the oppressed and his dramatic oratory have attracted a large grassroots constituency called the Rainbow Coalition.
•Lawrence, J. B. - Vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention and Secretary-Treasurer of the Home Mission Board for 30 years.
Lord, John Wesley - Bishop, United Methodist Church
•Low, Titus - Methodist Council of Bishops President
•Marshall, Peter - Presbyterian pastor of churches in Georgia & Washington, DC, Chaplain of the US Senate and author of such books as 'Mr. Jones, Meet the Master'. His biography is entitled "A Man Called Peter".
•McCall, Abner V. - President, Chancellor and President-Emeritus of Baylor University in Texas, he also served as the First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979-80) and a long-time leader of the Organization of Baptist Colleges and Universities. He wrote "In thousands of meetings of Freemasons and of Baptists stretching back 60 years, I have seen nothing that made my belief and work in the Fraternity of Freemasons incompatible with my belief and work as a member of a Southern Baptist church."
Mclellan, Archibald - Editor-in-Chief, The Christian Science Monitor
•Moore, David - Well known Baptist pastor in Southeastern New Mexico until his death in 1992 at the age of 103.
•Murrow, Joseph Samuel - Southern Baptist Home Missionary - and the 'Founder of Freemasonry in Oklahoma', he is said to have established more than 100 churches.
•Newton, Louie D. - President of the Southern Baptist Convention; Vice President of the Baptist World Alliance; served 27 years on the SBC Executive Committee.
•Peale, Rev. Norman Vincent - American cleric, founder of "Guidepost", and known for his famous book, "The Power of Positive Thinking"
•Rogers, Roy (Leonard Franklin Slye) - "King of the Cowboys". American singer and actor who played a singing cowboy in motion picture Westerns. Always wearing the white hat, Rogers played the hero who never killed his opponent but rather would shoot him in the hand to wound him. On his grave is proudly displayed the Cross of his faith and his 33rd Degree Masonic emblem.
•Schmuck, Elmer N. - Episcopal priest, he served as Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Wyoming from 1929 until his death in 1936.
•Smith, Joseph - Founder of the Mormon Church.
•Truett, George W. - Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Dallas (1897-1944); President of the Southern Baptist Convention; President of the Baptist World Alliance.
•Vivekananda, Swami - Religious Leader
•Ward, Rev. John - First of the Episcopalian faith to enter Missouri and organize his people.
•White, William - President of Baylor University 1948-1961; Executive Secretary and later President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
•Young, Brigham - Led the pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) to Utah.