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Hugh Montgomery

FROM THE BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF PRIMITIVE OR OLD SCHOOL BAPTIST MINISTERS BY DAVID MONTGOMERY AND MARK GREEN:  

 

ELDER HUGH MONTGOMERY

 

I was born Jan. 22, 1932 in Mineola, Long Island, New York. I spent my high school years in Greenwich Conn. where I graduated in 1950. I tried college for a year and a half, which was not a very successful endeavor. Rather than being drafted into the Army I joined the U.S. Air Force, which was the best thing I ever did in my life. I not only learned my trade as a helicopter technician but ultimately was sent to San Marcos, Texas where one day while shopping in Austin, Texas I met the girl who would later become my wife.

 

Nettie M. Fannin and I were married in Austin, Texas on Aug. 17, 1956 by the late Elder Blackshear in his home. I will never forget the comment Elder Blackshear made to me as my new bride and I were leaving his living room. He said "Son, you better watch these Old Baptists, they are catching." At that time,I had no idea that I would ever become a member of the church much less bepreaching for them. Nettie is the daughter of the late Elder J. M. Fannin who then was the pastor of Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Corsicana,Texas and I consider him not only my father-in-law but my father in theministry as well.

I joined that church in 1959 during a fifth Sunday meeting thatwas being held at the church in Waco, Texas. Nettie and I shortly thereaftermoved our letters to Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in McMahon, Texas, as it was closer to where I was employed at the time. A few years later, we moved to Wichita Falls, Texas where we put our letters in the Salem Church where Elder R. H. Williams was the pastor.

 

Elder Williams one morning walked down the aisle to where I was sitting enjoying my status as a member placed his Bible in my lap indicating that he wanted me to open services for him. I was never so scared in my life but somehow made the effort. All I could do at the time was to read one verse of scripture. As time went on I felt that the Lord had a work for me to do.

 

On July 20, 1969 I was ordained to the full work of the ministry. I was called as pastor of the Irving Primitive Baptist Church after being ordained and was given an appointment at the church in Arlington, Texas.

 

A short time later, I was ordered to transfer to Hill AFB in Ogden, Utah or lose my job thus presenting a very difficult decision to make. I never prayed so hard in my life for guidance from God to show me the way to go. On the one hand, I was obligated to the church at Irving as their pastor while on the other if I did not go I would not have a job to support my family. Looking back, I now realize that the Lord had sent me to learn a few things about myself such as my responsibility as a minister, husband and father. It was quite an experience for all of us. For 18 months, I put in applications for transfer all over Texas for which I received no answer.

 

One day in 1972, I cried in despair to Nettie, "Honey we are stuck here somight as well make the best of it and trust that God will be our helper."The next day I received a job offer from Fort Hood, Texas, which I immediately accepted. After settling in Lampasas, Texas, I was called to pastor the Littlevine Church of Austin which and have been their pastor since. I also pastor the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Izoro, Texas.

 

Nettie and I raised four boys: Michael L., David B., Hugh Timothy, And Paul A. All four are members of various Primitive Baptist churches three of whom are ordained Elders.

 

I do not know why the Lord has blessed my family and me as He has but I am very thankful that He has. I try to thank God each night before I go off to sleep for what He has done for me and pray that He will continue to do so throughout the rest of my days here in time.



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