HUDSON, Mich. (BP) -- Elton Spurgeon doesn't often speak of his ancestry, as he suspects many would anticipate characteristics of the famed preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon, recorded in his family's oral history as his great-great-grandfather.
"Great-great-grandfather is what I've always been told," Spurgeon told Baptist Press. "I guess they kept the name in the family, because my brother's named Charles Haddon, I have an uncle named Charles Haddon."
Unlike the late Spurgeon, known widely as a prolific preacher, theologian, author and educator, the 63-year-old Elton Spurgeon pastors the 30-member Thornhill Baptist Church in quaint Hudson, Mich. The retired tool and die maker, is a 2015 graduate of the Southern Baptist Convention Seminary Extension (SE) pastoral studies diploma program designed for pastors unable to attend one of six Southern Baptist seminaries. Read More