Royal Palm Baptist Association
Friday, August 29, 2014
♦ Our History
“So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.” -- Psalm 79:13
The History of Royal Palm Baptist Association
In the year 1957, the churches who were part of the Peace River Baptist Association, which were located in Lee and Collier Counties, felt that the time had come to organize their own association.
At the Annual Meeting of the Peace River Association at First Baptist Church of Nocatee on October 16, 1957, during the morning session the churches of the south group were granted permission to withdraw from the Peace River Association in order to constitute a new association.
The Royal Palm Baptist Association was officially organized on October 17, 1957, at Riverside Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Florida. Those churches and their missions from the south group met for the purpose of constituting the new association.
They chose the name, Royal Palm Baptist Association. The constitution was presented and adopted. The following were elected to serve as the first officers: Moderator - Rev. E. S. Anderson, Vice Moderator - Rev. George Alderman, Clerk - Rev. J. F. Price, and Treasurer - Clyde Lamb. They chose the date of October 21, 1958 for their first Annual Meeting with the day services to be held at Riverside Baptist Church of Fort Myers and the evening session to be held at North Fort Myers First Baptist Church.
The first Annual Meeting of the Royal Palm Baptist Association was held on October 21, 1958 with the morning and afternoon sessions held at Riverside Baptist Church in Fort Myers and the evening session was held at North Fort Myers First Baptist Church. At that time the Royal Palm Baptist Association was composed of fourteen Anglo congregations. Nine were constituted churches and five were missions.
Presently, the Royal Palm Baptist Association is composed of just over one hundred congregations, located in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties. Congregations ministering to many cultures and in many languages, these include: Anglo – English Speaking, Spanish, Haitian - Creole, African-American, Korean, Brazilian - Portuguese and Romanian.
Just as Christ reached out to people of all ages and backgrounds and at the Royal Palm Baptist Association we desire to do the same.
The Royal Palm Baptist Association provides an organization through which its churches and missions, although culturally diverse, but doctrinally united are working together to reach Southwest Florida and the world for Christ.