1934 - 1941
    Thomas Bernard McBride was born at Waynesboro, Georgia on August 30, 1908, the son of Robert Claud McBride and Clifford Viola Agerton McBride.  His father was an elder in the Bethel, Georgia congregation.  Mr. McBride grew up in Bethel Church, Vidette, Georgia.  He was baptized in May, 1909, by Rev. Paul A. Pressly.  His pre-college education was obtained at Waynesboro and Vidette, Georgia public schools.  Following his graduation from the Vidette High School he entered Erskine College in the fall of 1927 and graduated in the spring of 1931.  In the fall of 1931 he entered Erskine Theological Seminary and graduated in the spring of 1933.  He was licensed by Second Presbytery at Atlanta, Georgia, on April 25, 1933, and was ordained on October 21, 1933, by the Mississippi Valley Presbytery in session at New Edinburg, Arkansas.  From June 1, 1933, until May 1, 1934, Mr. McBride served as assistant to Rev. L. R. Neill in the pastorate at Troy, Rives, and Polk, Tennessee.  On May 15, 1934, he became pastor of Bethel Church, Oak Hill, Alabama, where he continued until January 4, 1941.  He was installed at Bethel June 24, 1934 by Rev. R. C. Kennedy and Judge John Miller.  During these years Bethel Church took on new life and prospered greatly.  Mr. McBride proved a gifted leader and a beloved pastor.  In January, 1941, he accepted a call to the church at Doraville, Georgia, and on January 15th took up his work there, where he continued till he accepted a call to Lancaster, South Carolina sometime in the church year 1944-45.  He served Lancaster till in the year 1948-49, when he resigned to take up the pastorate at Anderson, South Carolina.  While pastor of the Young Memorial Church in Anderson, Rev. McBride accepted a professorship at Erskine Theological Seminary.
    On June 18, 1935 at Fayetteville, Tennessee, Mr. McBride was married to Miss Jean LeGal Pressly, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. B. G. Pressly.  Mrs. McBride graduated from Erskine College in 1930.  The McBrides had a son, Thomas Grier, and a daughter, Martha.
    Rev. McBride passed away in an Abbeville, South Carolina, on May 17, 1967, after suffering a heart attack.  His widow still resides in Due West, South Carolina.

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