Celebration Planned for Mandarin Preacher's 100th Birthday; Robert Witty Continues to Teach a Bible Study Class

By Scanlan, Dan | The Florida Times Union, October 6, 2006 | Go to article overview

Celebration Planned for Mandarin Preacher's 100th Birthday; Robert Witty Continues to Teach a Bible Study Class


Scanlan, Dan, The Florida Times Union


Byline: dan scanlan

He has been preaching the word for 83 of his 100 years, starting elsewhere in Florida before coming to Jacksonville to stay in 1933.

In those decades, Robert Witty has been a pastor, preacher and founder, as well as a student.

Well after most folks enjoy their retirement years, he continued to preach around the world in person and via his books and Web site. And even after a stroke that affected his hearing, Witty continues to teach a men's Bible class at Mandarin Baptist Church at 11244 San Jose Blvd. and partake in other activities at Westminster Woods in Fruit Cove.

So two days after Witty's 100th birthday, church leaders will hold a special service and luncheon Sunday to honor the man and his outreach.

There will be a worship service to honor him, and a song that has been put to music from a poem Witty wrote will be played, said Mandarin Baptist Church senior pastor Bill Yeldell.

"He started serving the Lord at age 17. Do the math. I am intimidated by him sometimes when I think of what he has learned. He's probably forgotten more than I learned."

Witty was pleased at the celebration, saying "thank you" to all who planned it. And Pat Hoover, his daughter-in-law and former secretary, said it is an honor he is looking forward to - with modesty.

"He has always said and told the family that he planned to live to be 100, but he doesn't say very much [about the celebration]. He just does a big smile when we talk about it," she said.

Witty was born in Glascow, Ky., in 1906. Higher education included Willmette University in the 1920s, plus the Kimball School of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Garrett Biblical Institute, Asbury Theological Seminary and Burton College.

He came to Jacksonville in 1932 and was pastor at churches like Livingston Methodist, Central Baptist and Faith Temple before commuting to the University of Florida from 1954 to 1959 to receive his doctorate.

In 1961, Witty decided the city needed a Southern Baptist seminary and proposed one. The Luther Rice Seminary opened in 1962, with Witty chairman of the school, then its first full-time president in 1970. Witty retired as president in 1982, but stayed on as chancellor until 1987.

Author John W. Cowart met Witty as a child, then again when he enrolled at Luther Rice in the 1970s.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Celebration Planned for Mandarin Preacher's 100th Birthday; Robert Witty Continues to Teach a Bible Study Class
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.