B. J. Kendrick biography

DEACON B. J. KENDRICK, the present moderator of the Waco Association, was born in Middle Georgia, September 23, 1824; was born again in 1858, and was baptized into the fellowship of Cave Creek church before he was 14 years old. He came to Texas immediately after the war. In 1868 he was ordained deacon. Judge R. E. B. Baylor preached the ordination sermon. In 1870 Bro. K. became a member of the First Baptist church, Waco, but the next year went into the organization of White Hall church, of which he is now a member and senior deacon. He has been an active worker in the Waco Association ever since coming among us. He has labored to advance her interests, and has contributed liberally to the calls of his church and the Association. It has been the rule of his life to stand by and co-operate with his pastor. His house has been “the preacher’s home.” He has ever kept himself well posted on denominational affairs, in which he takes a keen interest. In 1893 he was elected moderator of the Waco Association, which position he still holds with credit to himself. He has during many years served the Mission Board of the Association as vice president of his district, and was one year, from October 1, 1893, to October 4, 1894, president of the Board. He has been connected with Sunday schools from early childhood, and has filled the position of superintendent of schools for a quarter of a century. He loves the Sunday school to-day as he did when a small boy. He is strong and hale at 73 years of age. The ideal “green old age” finds in Deacon Kendrick its happy illustration. His children are among McLennan county’s best citizens—all of them Baptists. May his declining years be full of comfort and his sun go down in a clear sky.

Source: J. L. Walker and C. P. Lumpkin, History of the Waco Baptist Association of Texas (Waco: Byrne-Hill Printing House, 1897), pp. 329-331.