Broadway Baptist Church

Pastors of Broadway Baptist Church

Broadway Baptist Church has had many notable personalities filling its pulpit during its more than a century in near downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Allow us to introduce them to you.

Brett Younger

Brett Younger, April 2001-June 2008

Brett Younger, the 20th Pastor to the Broadway Pulpit, came to Fort Worth from Lake Shore Baptist in Waco, Texas. He received a bachelor of arts in religion from Baylor University in 1983; a master of divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1986; and a Ph.D. in Christian preaching from the same seminary in 1991.

He has been the pastor of churches in Indiana, Kansas, and Texas. During Brett’s time at Broadway the church retired its debt, increased its ministry to the poor, remodeled the Baptist Center, Fellowship Hall, children’s area, and the lodge at Camp Broadway. He and his wife, Carol, have two children, Graham and Caleb.

He resigned in June 2008 to become Professor of Preaching, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia.

From November 1999 to March 2001, Doug Dickens led Broadway as our Interim Pastor. Following his tenure at Southwestern Baptist Seminary Dr. Dickens became Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Gardner-Webb University, M. Christopher White School of Divinity.

Steve Shoemaker

H. Stephen Shoemaker, 1992-August 1999

Steve Shoemaker was Pastor, Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, before coming to be Broadway's pastor in the Fall of 1992. Under his leadership Broadway streamlined its organization, added numerous mission activities, made Broadway a center of hope and help for downtown Fort Worth's less fortunate, and established Broadway as the organ music mecca of the U.S.A. He resigned in August 1999 to become Pastor, Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cecil E. Sherman

Cecil E. Sherman, 1985-1992

Cecil Sherman, a native of Fort Worth, came to be Broadway's pastor after a 20-year tenure as Pastor, First Baptist Church, Asheville, North Carolina. Having grown up in Fort Worth and with degrees from Baylor and Southwestern Seminary, his return was a genuine homecoming. Broadway flourished under his leadership and undertook major initiatives and new building programs. He was in the forefront of the organizing of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and became that organization's first executive head in 1992.

From November of 1983 to the Fall of 1984 Dan Kent, Professor of Old Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary served as Principal Interim Pastor.

C. Welton Gaddy

C. Welton Gaddy, 1977-1983

At the time of his call to Broadway, Gaddy was on the staff of the Southern Baptist Christian Life Commission. He preached his first sermon at Broadway June 5, 1977. In 1980 he was one of three Baptist preachers who attended a meeting in Gatlinburg, Tennesee, called by Cecil Sherman out of concern about the attempted takeover by the Paul Pressler and Paige Patterson of the Southern Baptist Convention. Gaddy played a key role in the planning and execution of Broadway's centennial. He resigned in 1983 to take a position with Mercer University.

From September 1976 to June 1977 William L. Hendricks, Professor of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary served as Principal Interim Pastor.

John R. Claypool

John Rowan Claypool, 1971-1976

Claypool was pastor at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, when he was called to Broadway. During Claypool's pastorate Broadway ordained a woman to be a minister the first by any church affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and only the ninth in the Southern Baptist Convention. Claypool led the church in new and creative forms of worship, particularly Advent, a highlight of our church year, and also a process long-range planning that resulted in expanded missions work, particularly in the Baptist Center. He resigned in September 1976 to become Pastor, Northminster Church, Jackson, Mississippi.

From Allen's departure to Claypool's arrival in October 1971 Broadway was served by Interim Pastor, Milton V. Ferguson, Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern Seminary.

J. P. Allen

J. P. Allen, 1963-1969

On January 6, 1963 the pulpit committee recommended that J. P. Allen, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia, be called as Broadway's 15th pastor. During his nearly seven years as Pastor he carried on a vigorous and successful ministry and participated widely in state and national Baptist affairs. Broadway's Activites Building and Youth Education area were constructed under Allen's leadership and the Baptist Center was established. He resigned effective December 28, 1969 to accept a position with the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission.

H. Guy Moore

H. Guy Moore, 1947-1962

H. Guy Moore was Broadway's pastor from March 9, 1947 to May 6, 1962. He had been pastor at Wornall Road Church in Kansas City. Upon leaving Broadway he became President of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. During Moore's pastorate the present modified Gothic cathedral known as the Sanctuary and later a new youth building were built. Sunday School enrollment rose to 3,450.

Forrest C. Feezor

Forrest C. Feezor, 1943-1946

Early in January 1943 the pulpit committee recommended that Broadway call Forest C. Feezor, pastor since 1931 of Tabernacle Church of Raleigh, North Carolina. He preached his first sermon to the Broadway congregation on February 7, 1943. Broadway was then the ninth largest church affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Feezor resigned in October 1946 to accept a call to the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Waco, Texas.

Wm. D. Hudgins

William Douglas Hudgins, 1936-1942

Douglas Hudgins preached his first sermons as Broadway's pastor on April 12,1936. Overflow crowds attended. On that day Sunday School attendance was 1,543 and 41 persons were received into membership. During his ministry a second educational building known as the May Street Building was completed. Hudgins resigned October 18, 1942 to become pastor of First Baptist Church at Houston, Texas.

W. R. White

W. R. White, 1930-1935

W. R. White assumed Broadway's pulpit the first Sunday in August 1930. This was a difficult period in our history: The great depression was closing in and many Baptist churches were deeply in debt. Morale was low and Baptists were under attack from many quarters. But under White's leadership, Broadway emerged strong and vibrant. He resigned in July 1935 to become pastor of First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City.

Forrest Smith

Forrest Smith, 1915-1930

Forrest Smith, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Sherman, Texas, accepted Broadway's second call (having previously declined) effective the first Sunday in September 1915. He served as Pastor for fifteen and a half years -- a period of war and peace, prosperity and depression. Sunday School enrollment grew to 1943 and the average attendance was over 1,000. Lena Pope Home originated out of one of Broadway's Sunday School classes during his pastorate. Smith died of lobar pneumonia in the 16th year of his ministry.

John R. Jester

John Roberts Jester, 1911-1915

When Jester accepted Broadway's call to be its ninth pastor, he was Pastor of First Church, Shawnee, Oklahoma. His ministry at Broadway, in the words of a resolution of a church committee adopted upon his resignation in January 1915, "His ministry among us has been notable for transparent honesty, unassailable sincerity, and untiring labor, Under his leadership the church has grown in numbers, in liberality, and we trust in piety."

Prince E. Burroughs

Prince Emmanuel Burroughs, 1906-1910

In May 1906 Broadway called the then pastor of First Church of Temple, Texas, who reported for duty in July. During his tenure many new members were added. In April 1909 a devastating fire leveled much of Fort Worth's South Side, including Broadway's facilities. Burroughs played a key role in getting new facilities and in locating Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

Clarence C. Stewart -- no photo available

Clarence A. Stewart, 1905-1906

The call to be Broadway's seventh pastor went to Clarence A. Stewart, about 31, who had been a Baptist only two years and a minister for 10 months. He had not previously pastored a Baptist church. He assumed the pulpit of Broadway in September 1905 and resigned on May 23, 1906 after serving about eight months.

John W. Gillon

John William Gillon, 1901-1905

Gillon became became Broadway's sixth pastor in December 1901 and served until August 9, 1905, to accept a pastorate in Mineral Wells, Texas. He was an effective evangelist and during his tenure more than 500 members were added. Three new churches came into existence with Broadway's assistance, and Broadway members voted to build a larger church edifice.

George S. Tumlin

George Samuel Tumlin, 1897-1901

At age 44 Tumlin resigned from the pulpit of First Baptist Church, Brenham, Texas, in March 1897 to become Broadway's fifth pastor. He was trained to be a lawyer and was practicing law in Georgia when he was converted and became a preacher. He resigned in 1901 and returned to Brenham and resumed his pastorate there.

A. J. Harris

August Jones Harris, 1895-1896

Broadway called its fourth pastor, a native Texan, A. J. Harris, 39 years of age, in March 1895. He was known widely in Texas as the "cowboy preacher". While at Broadway he pioneered in women's work and helped organize the forerunner of the Woman's Missionary Union. He resigned in December 1896 to become pastor at First Baptist Church , San Antonio, Texas.

W. O. Bailey

William Overton Bailey, 1893-1894

Bailey had served in many pastorates, most recently at First Baptist, Houston, before coming to Fort Worth. During his tenure, Broadway continued to be in active support of Baptist denominational work. He resigned at the end of 1894 and returned to Tennessee and went into the life insurance business.

Anderson E. Baten

Anderson E. Baten, 1890-1893

Baten was pastor of First Baptist Church of Navasota, Texas, at the time of his call to South Side. During his three and a half year tenure membership more than doubled to a total of 323.He devoted much effort to fighting gambling and prostitution in the nearby area known as Hell's Half Acre.

Rev. Gillespie

John Smith Gillespie,1883-1890

Gillespie had been pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. He left that pulpit at age 62 to join with the nine other members who left to found the new church. During his tenure a parsonage and a meeting place were built but financial difficulties prevented his ever being paid much of a salary. He retired in 1890 because of extreme deafness.