Missions in Kentucky in 1857

“Elder D.B. Ray labored 208 days; preached 186 Sermons; Traveled 2,262 miles – baptized 54 converts – constituted two Churches – helped to ordain two Ministers, and collected on behalf of the Board $51.25.”  October, 1857.  Minutes of the West Union Baptist Association located in west Kentucky.

(D.B. Ray {1830-1922} was a Baptist pastor and historian from west Kentucky best known for his books “Baptist Succession” {1869} and “Textbook on Campbellism {1867}.” In the decade before the Civil War Ray was a missionary for the West Union Baptist Association. Men like D.B. Ray laid the foundation for the work Kentucky Baptists have today.)