Favored Florida takes top Baptist history research award
May 6, 2014

JACKSONVILLE(FBW)—The authors of Favored Florida, published by the Florida Baptist Historical Society, have been named winners of the 2014 Baptist History Research Award. Favored Florida is a history of Florida Baptists, 1784-1939, written by the late Earl Joiner and Don Hepburn. 

The book was published under the auspices of the State Board of Missions of the Florida Baptist State Convention and the printer was Shorter Childs of Gainesville. The book traces Florida Baptists to a 1784 gathering in Saint Augustine and highlights Southern Baptists in Florida after the organization of the Florida Baptist State Convention in 1854. 

Joiner (1924-1997) was a native of Colquitt, Ga., and taught religion at Stetson University in DeLand from 1955-1992. He also served as secretary-curator of the Florida Baptist Historical Society from 1973-1997. Hepburn is a native of St. Petersburg, and has served as director of public relations/missions promotion for the Florida Baptist Convention since 1983. 

The Baptist History Research Award is given to an individual or individuals who have shown extraordinary effort in research, writing and publishing of Baptist history. The previous winner was Albert W. Wardin Jr., of Nashville, for his book, The Twelve Baptist Tribes in the USA. The Baptist History Research Award is sponsored by Brown Street Press of Graceville. 

Favored Florida also has received the First Place/Print Collateral, Book Award and Second Place/Feature Writing/Books Award presented by the Baptist Communicators Association at their annual meeting in Ridgecrest, N.C. Judges for these awards represented communication specialists from around the world.

This book is volume one of a two-part work, and volume two is planned for a 2015 publication.


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