Joshua Brown Hutson was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia to Methodist parents. Soon after his conversion to Christ he was immersed on Feb. 3, 1858, and it was said that he was the first Baptist in the Hutson family. He was educated in country schools, but the Civil war made College impossible. Following the war, the Byrne Street Baptist Church in Petersburg licensed him to preach in 1869. They ordained him on Dec. 14, 1871. Joshua married Miss Leonora J. Baugh on March 26, 1874 and became pastor of the Belvidere Baptist Church in Richmond which later relocated and changed its name to Pine Street Baptist. At that time the church had 162 members. By 1890 the church had grown to 1,110, and by the time of Pastor Hutson’s retirement it had grown to 1901 members. During his lengthy ministry he had baptized 2,799 people, an average of one per Sunday. He had made 50,605 pastoral calls, married 1,764 couples and conducted 2,202 funerals. He had pastored Pine Street Baptist Church for forty-five years and six months. He was asked by a gentlemen on the street how long his sermons were, he answered that on hot Sundays they were nineteen or twenty-minutes. Although honors and titles came to him, he always remained to his flock, ‘Brother Hutson.’ It has been well said, “A home going preacher makes church going people.”
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 176-178.