Rev. John Philip Isenhower was born on August 20, 1870 in Fairfield County to John and Martha Stewart Isenhower. He received his education at the Furman Fitting School, Furman University, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1901. On September 17, 1896, he was ordained, and he became a teacher the same year until 1901. Isenhower was a very active minister. He was pastor in Richland, Fairfield, and Kershaw counties between 1896 and 1960; he was the pastor of Rock Creek Baptist Church for 43 years; he was President of the Wateree Baptist Association in 1922; and he was the Moderator for the Fairfield Association from 1914-1927; and he was a Rural Missionary for the State Mission Board for 14 years.Isenhower was also prominent outside the church. He was the Fairfield County representative to the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1927-1930, 1933-1936, and in 1945. He served in the Agriculture Committee; Labor Committee; Penitentiary Committee; Roads, Bridges, and Ferries Committee; and the State House and Grounds Committee. He died in the Fairfield Memorial Hospital on August 18, 1964.
See also J.P. Isenhower’s file in the Baptist Biographies