The story of Dan Moulder, perhaps Mississippi’s greatest country preacher

Rev. Daniel W. Moulder, Jr. and his wife Unie

Copyright by Robert C. Rogers and the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.

One of the greatest country preachers in the history of Mississippi was the remarkable Daniel Wesley Moulder of Lorena in Smith County. He served as pastor of as many as 11 churches at once. Born on November 26, 1867, Moulder was in his 60s at the time of the Great Depression, yet “Brother Dan” was still going strong. He preached at different locations every weekend, multiple times every Saturday and Sunday, and even occasionally on Friday night. Moulder eventually served 42 different churches in Smith, Simpson, Jones, Rankin, Hinds, Covington and Scott Counties, 16 of which he organized. In 1932, he preached 330 sermons in churches of which he was pastor, and 40 more sermons in other churches. He baptized 117 people in 1932, received 75 other new members, conducted 70 funerals, and performed six weddings. In 1933, Moulder was already serving 10 different churches at once as pastor when he organized another at Lorena in Smith County. During the Great Depression, each weekend he preached to churches scattered across Simpson, Smith and Rankin Counties. He once told a preacher who said he had nothing to preach, “Get your Bible and go among your people. You’ll receive more than you’ll ever be able to preach.” When he died in 1953, he was buried at Goodwater Baptist Church in Smith County, the church where he had been ordained. The Mississippi Baptist Convention annual honored Moulder as “one of Mississippi’s greatest country preachers,” and the Smith County Baptist Association remembered him as “Mississippi’s most widely known and best-loved minister.”

Dr. Rogers is currently writing a new history of Mississippi Baptists.

SOURCES:  The Baptist Record, March 17, 1932; January 5, 1933, 1, 5; December 13, 1990, 2; Minutes, Mississippi Baptist Convention, 1953, cover page; Minutes, Smith County Baptist Association, 1953; Letter, D. W. Moulder to J. L. Boyd, January 14, 1927, Archives, Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission.

About Bob Rogers

Hospital chaplain in Mississippi. Adjunct history professor (online). Formerly a pastor for 33 years in Mississippi and Georgia. Avid cyclist.

Posted on September 24, 2022, in history, Ministry, Mississippi, Southern Baptists and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Vera L. Robinson

    Loved the story of DAN MOULDER..He baptized me when pastoring Pine Grove Baptist church in Simpson County..Loved him !!!!!

  2. This is my Great Grandfather. I have only heard wonderful stories of him!!

    • You should be proud of him! God used him mightily for his faithfulness. By the way, does your family have a better photograph of him that I may use for my book? If so, could you email me at bobrogersthd@gmail.com?

      • Hi!
        I have a few/several pictures of grandpa Danny. He was my great /great grandfather. ( my mom has extensive genealogy on the family). She has given me permission to offer you use of a picture if you still need it.
        Just let me know. Use email kudzus2016@gmail.com

      • Hi!
        I have a few/several pictures of grandpa Danny. He was my great /great grandfather. ( my mom has extensive genealogy on the family). She has given me permission to offer you use of a picture if you still need it.
        Just let me know. Use email kudzus2016@gmail.com

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