More About The Ministers
1774-1784 There was no permanent minister during these years.
Daniel Gould, itinerant preacher in the late 1700s.
John Asplund's 1791 Annual Register of the Baptist Denomination in North America states that George Plummer was the minister of Blackwater Church from 1790-1791 and that William Sorey was licensed to preach in June 1791. John Asplund's 1791 Annual Register of the Baptist Denomination in North America s states that Plummer died in 1792 and that William Sorey served as the minister of the church following Plummer's death. Interestingly enough, even though he became Blackwater's minister in 1792, William Sorey had not been ordained by the time Asplund's book went to the publisher during the summer of 1794. He was still, at that time, "a candidate for the ministry" [i.e., had not yet been ordained]. I am convinced that William Sorey had served in some capacity at Blackwater Church during the years 1784-1792, however, perhaps as an assistant minister or as an exhorter.
Comments by William Simpson,
Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, VA
1784-1811 - William Sorey
First permanent minister. Served for 20 years. Received his license to preach in June. Probably served in some capacity at Blackwater Church during the years 1784-1792, however, perhaps as an assistant minister or as an exhorter.
1811-1839 - Samuel Brown
Succeeded William Sorey for 27 years until his death. Samuel is listed in St. Brides Parish in 1830 at 30-40 years old. He has 2 sons, 4 daughters, a wife age 40-50. In 1840 Samuel B. Brown is in Portsmouth 1840 about 40-50 years old, with 1 son, 3 daughters, and his [new] wife wife age 30-40.
1839-1843 - George Norris
served as pastor, baptizing nearly 40 persons just before his death. He also ministered at the Pungo Church (Oak Grove) between 1800 and 1837 along with several other ministers
1843 - Evan Forbes
of North Carolina
1843-1846 - Pritchard Jordan
[also spelled Jerdan] Born in 1809 in Pasquotank Co., NC he was about 34 years old when serving at Blackwater. In 1850 he is again in NC farming with his wife, Mary and their four children.
1846-1853 - Lemuel Sanderlin
Born about 1794 in Camden Co., NC; died 1855
1853-1857 - Abner Perry
1857 - Thomas Rayfield
Born about 1814 in NC. He was about 43 years old when he served our church. He also served at Oak Grove.
1858 - Richard H. Baylor
He later served at St. John’s and Oak Grove Baptist churches.
1859-1861 & Aug. 1865-1866 - William D. Pritchard
Born in May 3, 1811 in NC. His wife’s name was Phoebe Sarah Jennings. He was 49 years old when he served at Blackwater. By the 1870s he had become a missionary for the Union meetings of local churches, including Blackwater, Oak Grove, Deep Creek, St. John’s, Kempsville, and London Bridge, as well as others. (Oak Grove Minutes, July 1872). He died February 8, 1890 and is buried on Shipyard Road in Camden Co., NC.
1867-1890 - Nathan Morris Munden
1891 - Feb. 1892 - C.W. Matthews
June 1892 - J.M. Dunaway
1893 - J.D. Berry
1894-1903 - Nathan Morris Munden
Served his 2nd term at Blackwater until he died November 19, 1903
“In Princess Anne County, Virginia, and the adjoining counties, the career of Nathan M. Munden was run. He was a prophet not without honor in his own country. In Princess Anne County, that lies beside the sounding sea, on August 13, 1833, he first saw the light, and at Oak Grove Baptist Church, in the same county, he was baptized in 1855, while two years later he became the clerk of this body. That those who were nearest to him, and so, doubtless, knew him best, had a high regard for his character and ability, is plain, since this same church, in May 1859, licensed him to preach, and the following year, in November, had secured his services as their pastor. His ordination having taken place in January 1861, the presbytery consisting of Elders J. P. Ewell, H. J. Chandler, H. S. Banks, and M. R. Watkinson, he was pastor, though on account of the War not without interruptions, of Oak Grove until 1866. Again in 1872 he became the shepherd of this flock, ministering to them regularly until 1884, when be resigned and moved to Norfolk County. Here he labored faithfully until failing health made it necessary for him to give up preaching. More than one long pastorate is evidence of his sterling character and worth. He was pastor of Black Water for twenty-two and of Pleasant Grove for twenty-nine years. Lake Drummond was under his care for five years, and the First Church (Norfolk), St. John's, and Deep Creek for a shorter time. ‘His special fondness for souls, bright intellect, tenacious memory, gift of speech, genuine godliness, and genial disposition won for him at once a place in the hearts of all he met.’ He was never a strong man physically, and finally a long but patient sufferer. He grew old gracefully, becoming more tender as the end drew near. The night of November 19, 1903, he fell on sleep, having reached his three-score years and ten. His wife, who, for forty-five years, had been his faithful companion and helpmeet, still survives him. His pastor, whose obituary has furnished the facts for this sketch, conducted the funeral service, assisted by Rev. N. B. Foushee, of the Methodist Church. The body was laid to rest in the Oak Grove cemetery.”
From Virginia Baptist Ministers, by Taylor, pg. 89-90
Loc: North Carolina State Library, Raleigh NC
His Bible is at Oak Grove Baptist Church were he is also buried in front of the church.
1904 - Ambrose W. Burfoot
Born about 1848 in Camden, NC. In 1920, at 71, he lived next to George W. Cox family in Fentress Village area with his wife, Margaret and son Ambrose Jr.
1906-09? - William E. Lankford
Born in 1859. He was 47 years old when he began serving our church. He also served both Oak Grove and Knotts Island Baptist churches
1906-09? - Paulette
1915 - Sam N. Hurst
Born the 7th of 8 children on February 1867 in Wassee Township in Pulaski Co., Virginia in 1885 he met and married Ida M., born about 1878 in Kentucky. In 1900 they lived in Pulaski, VA where he was a lawyer. By 1910 they had 7 children including one set of twin daughters and lived in Louisville, KY where he was a student at the Baptist Seminary. In 1930 the Hursts are living in Appalachia, Wise Co., VA where he is again practicing law and preaching. The Hursts named one of their daughters Evangeline.
1919 - George W. Cox
He was 52 years old when he served. He lived in the Fentress Village area next door to the Rev. Ambrose W. Burfoot family in 1920 census along with his wife, Lulu, daughter, Francis and son, George Jr.
1921 - George Washington Sawyer
In 1910 he was a life insurance agent. By 1920 he had begun his ministry. Born in Camden, NC in 1882 he spent most of his life in Portsmouth until his death in 1955.
1923-1935 - H.B. Cole
1936-1937 - Mott A. Cumby
1938-1951 - Ralph W. Mapp
was born on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on May 28, 1900. He was educated at the University of Richmond and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, where he earned the Master's Degree in theology.
Rev. Mapp came to Cradock Baptist directly from seminary in 1926 and served until 1933. He served churches on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Zion Baptist and Parksley churches; Centerville Baptist Church in Chesapeake; Oak Grove Church in Princess Anne County; and retired at Surry Baptist Church in March 1965.
After retirement Rev. and Mrs. Marion Mapp moved back to Cradock, where he was elected Pastor Emeritus, as a tribute to his many years of Christian ministry and the church's high regard for him.
1952-1956 - Wade G. Harding
1956-1961 - David George Costas Sr.
Born November 20, 1919; died August 1969. He was married to Marian "Patsy" Costas who died Aug 3, 2012.
1961-1964 - Gary B. Thompson
1964-1981 - Ralph L. Horn
1981-1982 - Melvin Hughes
1989-1990 - Steve Wiseman
1991-1994 - Roscoe Musselwhite
1995-1996 - Otis Colston
1996-2003 - Michael C. Jones
2009-20?? - Bill Russo (First Associate Minister)
2004-2014 - Greg Hammer
Photo courtesy of Michael R. Sawyer