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Voice From the Past - Native American Baptist History

Native American Baptist History.

Below are articles uncovering the rich heritage of Native American Baptist history.

Schlicht Billy: WW1 Code Talker and Baptist Deacon

“Oh Merciful Father!”, was the way Schlicht Billy started his prayer as an elderly deacon at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in McAlester, OK. As his life story comes to light, it’s no wonder he addressed his Heavenly Father as merciful. Schlicht Billy was a full blood Choctaw, born on Dec 26, 1920 in Tannihill, OK, […]

Leslie D. Clark: A Legacy of Gospel Preaching and Gracious Perseverance

Leslie Dale Clark was a Chickasaw born February 3,1947 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Leslie Wellington Clark Sr. and Malsie B. Brown Clark. He was the grandson of a notable Chickasaw Baptist Preacher, Able B. Brown, who preached in the Choctaw-Chickasaw and Chickasha Associations in the early nineteen hundred. Brother Leslie married the love of his […]

A Champion of Encouragement

An outstanding Choctaw Baptist Preacher in Native work was Dr. Benjamin Franklin Belvin, known to many as Dr. B. Frank Belvin, he was born January 23, 1914, to Watson Jonas and Mabel Belvin. Dr. Belvin was the youngest of six boys and was named by his older brother Harry Belvin who would become one of […]

John Jumper: Seminole Warrior, Chief, Baptist Preacher

“I want all my children [the Seminoles] to know about this.”1 -The words of John Jumper when he first believed on Christ, and rejoiced in the Christian hope. Warrior from Florida Born around 1820 in the everglades of Florida, John Jumper (Hemha Micco) grew up as the nephew of the Seminole war chief, Micanopy. Jumper […]

Indian Baptist Church, A Baptist Landmark Among the Choctaws in Smithville, OK

“Many, many people, both Indian and non-Indian, but mostly Indian, came to know the Lord that first year and a half…” The History of Indian Baptist Church Indian Baptist Church was started as Indian Baptist Mission near Smithville, OK in 1969 by Missionary Josh Harjo. Brother Josh and Sister Ramona for some time had carried […]