History of Palm Chapel

Church History

In the late 1960’s a group of Primitive Baptists living in the northwest Florida panhandle responded to a newspaper ad looking for people interested in holding worship services in the area. All those who came together were strangers to one another but soon found themselves joined together as brothers and sisters in their desire to constitute a Primitive Baptist Church here.

The church was constituted in the Seminole Community Center, near Niceville, Florida, on May 30, 1971. The charter members were Brother Arlie Harris, Sister Mary Harris, Brother Curtis Bullock, Sister Rebie Bullock, Sister Cora Scarborough, Sister Mittie Farris, Sister Glenda Burkes and Brother David Burkes. Elder Edward Morgan of Pensacola was chosen as the first pastor, Brother Arlie Harris as deacon and Brother Curtis Bullock as the clerk.

Elder Morgan remained as pastor for nine years and during that time the church purchased a house on Pine Street in Seminole, renovated it and held worship services there. Elder Kenneth Cadle, a recent arrival from West Virginia, became pastor in 1980 and served for nineteen years while leading the congregation in a building project for a new meeting house in the City of Crestview. Elder Michael Green of Macclenny, Florida, was called as pastor in 1999 and stayed in that position until 2008. Elder James Conley agreed to fill the role of interim pastor in 2010 until Elder Silas Ford of Jacksonville, Florida, served as pastor for a brief time in 2013-15. Elder Thomas Corley of Opelika, Alabama, accepted the call to serve as pastor in March 2017. He and his wife, Sister Meleesa, and children, Marian, Rebecca, and David are part of the Palm Chapel family.