Rev. J. A. Glaze is pastor of the Christian Church at Miltonvale. As head of that church he had one of the most spiritually efficient religious organizations in Cloud County. A brief outline of the church’s growth and development had its proper place in Kansas History.
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The Church of Christ at Miltonvale was organized April 17, 1884, with twenty-four charter members. The officers at the beginning were: Elders John Squires and W. J. Hays; Deacons J. B. Johnson and A. V. Step; and minister, Rev. Kenney. In 1886 preparations were begun for a building. In 1887 the ediflce was completed at a cost of $3,200. At that time Rev. R. L. Downing was the resident pastor. The dedication sermon was preached by Rev. Morgan Morgans. Before that time $1,600 had been pledged for the building fund and at the dedication $1,000 was raised, leaving a deflcit of $600, which was assumed by the building committee. The entire church debt was paid by 1899, the total aggregating $5,500. In 1908 $3,000 was expended in improving and remodeling the structure, and the present valuation of the church property at Miltonvale is $6,000. The building had a seating capacity of 350 and it is now one of the finest church buildings in that section of Cloud County. Under Mr. Glaze’s pastorate the membership is 175 and there are 150 in the Sunday School.
Rev. Mr. Glaze had spent most of his career as a minister of the gospel in Kansas. He was born at Aiken, South Carolina, March 13, 1887, a son of J. A. and Americus Glaze. Reared and educated in his native town, he attended the common schools and afterwards the high school and early determined upon the ministry as his vocation. In order to prepare for that work he entered the Johnson Bible College of Tennessee. He was graduated in 1910, with the degree B. L. Coming out to Kansas, his first pastorate was at Canton, after which he was pastor of the church at Wakefield, Nebraska, for a time, subsequently was at Hartford, Kansas, and from that church was called to his present pastorate.
In 1911 Rev. Mr. Glaze married Miss Hazel Coons. The one daughter born to their union is Hazel Arline. Mrs. Glaze is a native of Kansas. Rev. Mr. Glaze had membership in the Masonic fraternity and is as socially popular as he is able and efficient in the cause of Christ.