Baptist clergyman; denominational leader. Born– October 24, 1907, Coosa Co. Parents– Elbert Oscar and Octavia (Whatley) Hobbs. Married– Frances Jackson. Children– One. Education– Howard College, B.A., 1932; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Th., 1935, Ph.D., 1938. Ordained a Baptist minister, Birmingham, 1929. Pastor of churches in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile, Ala., and in Alexandria, La., between 1929 and 1949.  Pastor, First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1949-1973.  Member, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and other committees and agencies; President, Southern Baptist Pastors Conference, Trustee, Southern Theological Seminary; and Oklahoma City Special Baptist Memorial Hospital Committee. President of Southern Baptist Convention for two terms; vice-president of Baptist World Alliance. Preacher for “The International Baptist Hour,”1958-1976.  Honors– Honorary degrees from Howard College; William Jewell College; Oklahoma City University; John Brown University. Named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Retired as pastor emeritus of Oklahoma City First Baptist Church, 1973. Died November 28, 1995.


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Christ in You. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1963.

Cowards or Conquerors. Valley Forge, Penn.; Judson Press, 1951.

The Crucial Words from Calvary. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1958.

The Epistles to the Corinthians, a Study Manual. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1960.

Fundamentals of Our Faith. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1960.

The Gospel of Giving. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1955.

The Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1961.

Messages on the Resurrection. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1960.

Moses’ Mighty Men. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1958.

My Favority Illustrations. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1990.

New Testament Evangelism. Nashville; Convention Press, 1960.

Preaching Values from the Papyri. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1964.

Space Age Religion; Sermons. Fort Worth, Tex.; Southern Baptists Radio and Television Commission, 1963.

Studies in Hebrews. Nashville; Sunday School Board, Southern Baptist Convention, 1954.

The Ten Commandments; Sermons on “The Baptist Hour.” Fort Worth, Tex.; Radio and Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1961?

The Victory of Faith; “Ten Best Baptist Hour Sermons of 1958-59.” Fort Worth, Tex.; Radio-Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1959.

Welcome Speeches, and Emergency Addresses for All Occasions. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Zondervan, 1960.

What Baptists Believe. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1963.

Who is This? Nashville; Broadman Press, 1952.

You Are Chosen; the Priesthood of All Believers. San Francisco; Harper & Row, 1990.