Boone County Kentucky Historical Society

James A. Kirtley, Minister

James A. Kirtley - Minister
Kirtley, James A. (1822 - 1904)  James A. Kirtley, son of Robert Kirtley, and present pastor of Old Bullitsburg church (est. 1794), was born in Boone county, Kentucky, May 26, 1822. In his boyhood, he attended the common schools of his neighborhood. He made a profession of religion, and, with his brother Robert E., was baptized by his father, the first Sunday in November, 1839, in the Ohio River, and united with the church of which he is now pastor. He was licensed to preach in 1842, having for a year previous, exercised in public prayer and exhortation, and entered Georgetown College the same year. He was compelled to leave college, in the spring of 1844, on account of a temporary failure of his eyes. During his college days, he devoted his vacations to active labour in preaching the gospel. He was ordained at Bullitsburg, the first Sunday in October, 1844, by Robert Kirtley, Asa Drury, and William Whitaker. He has written a respectable volume on "The Design of Baptism," and some smaller works of history and biography. He has served as Moderator of the State Ministers' meeting, and has been sixteen years Moderator of North Bend Association. d. 13 Feb 1904, bur. Bullitsburg Baptist Church Cem.
References: J. H. Spencer, A History of Kentucky Baptists, (Cincinnati, 1886) I, 302-303;