Floyd Rose (b. 1938)
Floyd Rose is the President of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Pastor Emeritus of the Church at Pine Hill in Valdosta Georgia, his hometown. For 39 years, he lived in Toledo, Ohio and preached at the Ridgewood Church of Christ. He started the Family Baptist Church in Toledo in 1979 and returned to the Churches of Christ in 1994. As a much sought after speaker and evangelist, he has held workshops and meetings throughout the United States. In addition, he is the author of several books including Beyond the Thicket; Here I Stand, An Idea Whose Time Has Come, and Money Without Guilt. While living in Toledo, he and his wife founded the Save Our Children Association. He has been active in the Civil Rights movement and fought for women’s rights within the church.
In the interview, he talks about his family. His father was a preacher in Churches of Christ, first in Valdosta in a church started by Marshall Keeble in 1883 and later in Atlanta and Detroit. He relates early memories of his experience as a boy preacher with Keeble and traveling and preaching in towns like Abilene, Texas. After hearing him preach, Billie Sol Estes sponsored him so that he could attend first Nashville Christian Institute, then Southwestern, and finally McMurry College. He talks about not being admitted to Abilene Christian College because he was an African American and focuses on his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement and black and white relations within the Churches of Christ.
Boyd, R. Vernon, "Floyd Rose Interview - Transcript" (1998). R. Vernon Boyd Collection Documents. 13.
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