A Frontier Preacher
George Webb Slaughter was well fitted for the peculiar work that he undertook. G.W., as he was called, was poverty stricken, and before entering Texas, he split rails for bread in Louisiana. In 1831 G.W. Joined a Methodist church in Texas, but upon hearing a Baptist preacher, he was challenged to study God’s Word. In time he became a convicted Baptist. His marriage was the first after Texas obtained its independence. He could not get away from the call of God to preach. He delivered his first sermon on December 4, 1865, and it was the first sermon ever preached at Fort Davis. Historians report that during his voluntary evangelism he was equipped with a Texas pony, a lariat, coffeepot, rifle, a brace of six-shooters, and his Bible. Between the years of 1859 and 1871, he organized twenty-one Baptist churches and baptized 907 people. It is said that during his total ministry he actually baptized 2,509 people. Many preachers today look forward to retirement so they can loaf. But amazingly, in 1878 when G.W. Slaughter was seventy years of age, he purposed to continue planting Baptist churches. On a high elevation with sight of his own residence, six miles north of the town of Palo Pinto, stood the Slaughter Valley Baptist Church, organized on August 4, 1877, with seventeen members. He as well organized the Elm Grove Baptist on August 4, 1877, with seventeen members. In November 1877 he founded the Lake Creek Baptist Church. Each of these added a third to their membership within a year. George Webb Slaughter passed away in 1895, having preached without compensation and yet he had everything a nineteenth century Texan could have longed for.
Dr. Dale R. Hart From: “This Day in Baptist History III” David L. Cummins pp. 450 – 451