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that he continue as its pastor. To this he consented. Though Dr.
Hooper had been elected president of the College on October 17,
1845, he did not come to Wake Forest until January, 1847, and on
coming he showed some reluctance to displace Wait as pastor.4
Toward the close of his pastorate Wait had the satisfaction of seeing
Matthew Tyson Yates graduate from the College, and set apart for
missionary work in China. It was through his encouragement that
Yates had come to the College as a student in the Academical
Department in 1840; on November 17, 1846, he baptized Mrs. Yates
into the membership of the church, and by authority of the church
gave husband and wife letters of dismission. This was the
consummation of his services as pastor of the Wake Forest Baptist
Church.
Dr. William Hooper succeeded Wait as pastor, taking up his duties
on May 8, 1847, though he had probably filled the pulpit earlier.5 He
remained at Wake Forest only until the close of the fall session of the
College on December 14, 1848. Though his term was short his
influence was powerful and lasting. Like his predecessor he had no
eccentricities in his theological and religious
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4 In the period when an officer of the College served the church as pastor he
received no additional salary for his pastoral services. As Wait was no longer on the
College faculty, the church rather belatedly, in November, 1846, ordered that the
"deacons be authorized to circulate a subscription, for the purpose of paying our
pastor." After being unprepared to report at the next meeting, the committee finally
reported on March 13, 1847, that they had secured subscriptions to the amount of
$27.84, and collected $17.50, and were asked to continue until they had collected
the full amount subscribed, which seems to represent all the money the church paid
for pastoral services until the College closed for the Civil War. The members,
however, were often called upon for contributions for several church expenses
amounting to about $25 a year-for lamps and stoves which evidently wore out every
few years and once for blinds for the Chapel.
On April 15, 1843, the church voted that every male member be requested to pay
ten cents a quarter to defray the expenses. There is no evidence that the members
responded.
5Dr. Hooper came to Wake Forest late in December, 1846, or early in the
following January. As was said above, he seemed reluctant to take the work of the
pastorate. A minute from the church record of February 13, 1847 reads: "The
Church requested Bro. Brooks to invite Dr. and Sister Hooper to attend and
participate in our church meetings."
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