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known by his secretarial and journalistic work on State and Southern
Convention boards. F. M. Royall, also of the class of 1891, spent his
life in missionary labors in foreign fields, China and Palestine,
laboring most successfully in both the Near and the Far East. Bernard
W. Spilman has had a leading part in the development of Sunday
school work both in North Carolina and the entire south; he has also
had an important part in the Baptist Orphanage work in North
Carolina, and was the originator and builder of Ridgecrest. There
were seven ministers in the class of 1893. S. J. Porter was perhaps the
greatest preacher of them all; after serving as missionary in Brazil for
more than a year, he was forced by consideration of health to give up
the work and returned to America and gave his attention to service of
churches at home, and proved to be one of the strongest and most
acceptable preachers of the Baptists in the South, and was pastor of
the largest and most cultured churches, for the most part in Oklahoma,
but last in the First Baptist Church of Washington, D. C. He was also
the author of several books of an expository and devotional nature.
His successor in the Washington church was a classmate, R. W.
Weaver, also of the class of 1893, who had previously held the
pastorate of Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee, and
had been president of Mercer University. He has also been the author
of several volumes, one of which, "The Religious Development of the
Child," broke new ground and is a permanent contribution to the
literature of the subject. C. H. Durham, 1893, for most of his years
was pastor of the Lumberton Baptist Church, and now, in 1943,
serving the First Baptist Church of Raleigh as supply pastor, is one of
the most trusted leaders of the denomination; for several years he was
president of the Baptist State Convention. The labors of I. T. Newton
in the Columbus Association and W. A. Smith, both elsewhere and in
Charlotte, were a benediction to the state and an honor to the College.
J. A. Wray has labored most of his life in important city pastorates in
Kentucky. For several years after 1893 there were relatively fewer
ministers among the graduates. Of those
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