"B" is for Boyce, James Petigru
"B" is for Boyce, James Petigru [1827-1888]. Minister, educator. After experiencing a religious conversion, Boyce became editor of the Southern Baptist, a publication. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary and, in 1851 became the pastor of the Baptist Church in Columbia. Later, he served on the faculty at Furman. In 1856 he convinced the South Carolina Baptists Convention to agree to fund a Baptist seminary in Greenville. The Southern Baptist Convention accepted the idea and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary opened in 1859, with Boyce as its president. He opposed secession but during the Civil War he served in the army as a chaplain as an aide-de-camp to South Carolina’s governor. After the war, he returned to the seminary, which in 1872 was moved to Louisville, Kentucky. James Petigru Boyce served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1872-1879.