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Seminoles and Christianity

Tribes of Indians in Oklahoma began to be Christianized mainly through the efforts of the Southern Baptist Convention, Home Mission Board as early as 1846. Baptist missionaries came to the Oklahoma Creek and Oklahoma Seminole tribes in the 1870's.

The Episcopal Church established Glade Cross Mission in the Big Cypress in the 1890's. Another mission of that name was established at Everglade, Florida 1933-1960. Both produced negligable conversions.

In 1907, the first the first Indian missionaries came to the Florida Seminoles living near Indiantown east of Lake Okeechobee. The missionaries were Creek Baptist Indian missionaries from Oklahoma. The northern group of Seminoles were targeted, as like the missionaries, they spoke the Creek or Muscogee language.

One family of Florida Seminoles living at Indiantown (which included a prominent medicine man and bundlecarrier) was baptised in 1920. That family moved to the Dania (now Hollywood) Reservation and formed the nucleous of the small group of Christian Seminoles. Missionary activities continued among the Creek-speaking Seminoles around Indiantown.

The First Seminole Indian Baptist Church was dedicated in 1936 on the Dania Reservation. 1945 saw many conversions at Dania and Big Cypress. By 1946, several Seminole men, Mikasuki-speakers from southern Florida settlements, had enrolled as ministerial students at the Florida Baptist Institute. These converts included a prominent and influential medicine man.

In 1948 a Mission was dedicated on the isolated Big Cypress Reservation. In 1949, mission work was being conducted by a Seminole among the non-reservation Indians along the Tamiami Trail. That same year, a second church, the Mekusukey Independent Church was formed on the Dania Reservation and in 1953, a Mission was organized on the Brighton Reservation.

For more information about the growth of Christianity among the Seminole Tribe please read Betty Mae Jumper's book . . . And With The Wagon Came God's Word, which is available on the Tribe's Marketplace.


Churches on the Seminole Reservations in Florida

Hollywood Reservation

Chickee Baptist Church
Church Name: Chickee Baptist Church (Started 1984)
Pastor: Rev. Arlen Payne; Pastor
Worship Leader: Henry Battiest Jr
Address and Phone Number: 2910 Josie Billie Ave. Hollywood, FL 33024 (954) 894-5651
Location: On the corner of 64th Ave. and Josie Billie
Schedule of Services: Sunday
    Morning Worship and Sunday School - 10:00 AM
    Evening Worship - 6:00 PM

Wednesday
    Prayer Meeting - 7:00 PM
"In the Heart of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation"
First Seminole Indian Baptist Church
Church Name: First Seminole Indian Baptist Church  (Started 1936)
Pastor: Rev. Paul Buster; Pastor
Address and Phone Number: 4701 Stirling Rd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954) 585-0400
Location: One quarter mile west of 441 on the North side of Stirling Road
Schedule of Services: Sunday
    Sunday School - 9:45 AM
    Morning Worship - 11:00 AM
    Discipleship Training - 6:00 PM
    Evening Worship - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
    Bible Study - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
    Prayer Service - 7:00 PM
"Let's Come Together"
House of Prayer Full Gospel Church
Church Name: House of Prayer Full Gospel Church  (Started 1953)
Pastor: Bryan & Yvonne Courtney, Senior Pastors.
Address and Phone Number: 6200 Stirling Rd. Hollywood, FL 33024. 954.965.5477
Location: One quarter mile west of 441 on the South side Stirling Road
Schedule of Services: Sunday
    Sunday School - 10:00 AM Worship - 11:00 AM Evening Worship - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
    Evening Worship - 7:30pm, Non-Denomination,Everyone welcome!

Big Cypress Reservation

Big Cypress First Baptist Church
Church Name: Big Cypress First Baptist Church (Started 1952)
Pastor: Pastor Salaw
Address and Phone Number: Big Cypress Indian Reservation Clewiston, FL 33440 (863) 983-9859
Location: Sixteen miles north of I-75 on Snake Road (Hwy 830)
Schedule of Services: Sunday
    Sunday School - 9:45 AM Morning Worship - 11:30 AM Discipleship Training - 6:00 PM Evening Worship - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
    Prayer Meeting - 7:00 PM
"The Lighthouse in the Everglades"
New Testament Baptist Church
Church Name: New Testament Baptist Church (Started 1966)
Address and Phone Number: Star Route 53, HC 61
Clewiston, FL 33440 (863)983-9252
Location: Across the Road from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
Schedule of Services: Sunday
    Sunday School 9:45 AM Morning Worship 11:00 AM Evening Worship 6:00 PM
Wednesday
    Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM

Brighton Reservation

First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton
Church Name: First Indian Baptist Church of Brighton (Started 1966)
Pastor: Rev. Wonder Johns
Address and Phone Number: Rt. 6 Box 570 Okeechobee, FL 34974(863) 467-1411
Location: North of Brighton Seminole Reservation
Schedule of Services: Sunday
    Bible Study - 9:45 AM
    Morning Worship - 11:00 AM
    Discipleship Training - 6:00 PM
    Evening Worship - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
    Prayer Meeting - 7:00 PM
"Everyone Welcome"
Seminole Bible Baptist Church
Church Name: Seminole Bible Baptist Church (Started 1950)
Pastor: Rev. Tom Bowers
Address and Phone Number: (863) 763-7413
Location: Located across from the Windmill Restaurant
Schedule of Services: Sunday
    Sunday School 9:45 AM
    Morning Worship 11:00 AM
    Evening Worship 7:30 PM
Wednesday
    Prayer Meeting 7:30 PM
Fellowship the second Sunday of every month "Everyone Welcome"
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