Dan Richard Hubbell was born on September 25, 1936, to
Francis E. and Garna Gertrude Ward Hubbell. His mother and
grandmother, Mary Catherine Morrow Ward, were a great
influence on his life even as Eunice and Lois were to
Timothy in the Scripture. Dan was named after his
great-uncle, Dan Ward, who served many years as a minister
of the Gospel in the State of Oklahoma.
Dan is the youngest of four siblings.
His oldest brother, Judge F.E. Hubbell and his wife,
Margaret, are now both deceased; his sister Madge Cooke, and
her husband Rev. I.E. Cooke, Jr. who are also deceased; and
another brother, Dr. M.W. Hubbell and his wife Elizabeth
live in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Dan was reared in Rosenberg, Fort Bend
County, Texas. He attended the Lamar Independent
Schools of Rosenberg, Texas, and Baylor University of Waco,
Texas. He was saved and baptized in 1945 at the age of nine.
He surrendered to the Gospel ministry 1952, licensed to
preach in 1954 and ordained in 1956. During his Baylor
University years he served four years as pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Crawford, Texas, a small town near Waco,
Texas, where former President George W. Bush presently has
From 1960 to 1962, he served as
Associate Minister of the First Baptist Church in Elgin,
Texas, just outside of Austin. He ministered as the pastor
of the Park Memorial Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, in
1963-1964. From 1965 to l967, he served as an Associate
Minister of the Calvary Baptist Church of Waco, Texas, as a
Staff Evangelist and he traveled on preaching and teaching
engagements throughout the USA, Europe, Middle East and
In the fall of 1965, he met Laurel Dee
Neighbors of Pittsburg, Texas, who became his wife on
February 13, 1966. From 1967 to 1969, he served as the
pastor of the Main Street Baptist Church of Grand Saline,
He and Laurel moved to Winnsboro,
Texas, in the fall of 1969 where he began his pastorate at
the First Baptist Church. He served there as the Senior
Pastor for the next ten years. His wife Laurel served
during those ensuing years as pastor’s wife, mother and
school teacher, both in public and state prison schools..
Their son, Dan R. Hubbell II, was born
in 1968 while the Hubbell’s served in Grand Saline, Texas,
and David Lee Hubbell was born in 1970 during their ministry
in Winnsboro, Texas.
Danny and his wife Nancy, live in Houston, Texas,
and David and his wife Kristi live in Tampa,
Dan and Laurel have
seven grandchildren and
Dan and Nancy’s children –
Heather and her husband, Eric Nash, and sons (our great
grandsons) Zayde and Bentley; and granddaughter, Brianna
Pittman (our great-granddaughter).
David and Kristi’s children –
Kaci and her husband, Lance Bass and their sons, Caden and
Harley James (our great-grandsons), Jacob, Bailee Kain and
Thomas Jackson (our grandchildren).
From 1979 to 1987, Dan and Laurel
traveled with their sons throughout Texas and foreign
nations, teaching, ministering and establishing home
churches. During their travels, they resided at that time
in their farm home with their sons just outside of
Winnsboro, Texas, near Lake Bob Sandlin.
In 1987, Dan and Laurel purchased the
historical Stinson estate in Winnsboro. Together they
restored it into a Bed and Breakfast establishment known as
Thee Hubbell House. They maintained their B&B “tent making”
business until it sold in 1999, which completed 12 years of
hosting approximately 3,000 guest a year from all over the
Thee Hubbell House was chosen from over
2,000 bed and breakfast accommodations to be among the top
12 B&B’s in Texas by Southern Living Magazine and the Dallas
Morning News. The Area Winnsboro Chamber of Commerce also
honored Thee Hubbell House as the Business of the Year.
During their B&B hosting years, Dan was honored as
Winnsboro’s Man of the Year and Laurel was honored as the
Teacher of the Year in the public school system and the
Texas prison school system.
During Dan’s forty years residency in
Winnsboro, Texas, he served as both the Mayor and Municipal
Judge. In October of 1998, Dan resigned and retired from
all civic responsibilities and in 1999 moved to Lake
Winnsboro after the sale of Thee Hubbell House Bed &
Dan has authored several books
including the following: Happenings at Thee Hubbell House,
In Search of a New Wineskin, Heavenly Humor and Letters to
the Churches. Other books are presently being written
include an Autobiography, A House Church Chronicle of
Experiences, and a Series of Topical Commentaries on
Biblical Studies especially relating to New Testament house
Laurel is now retired after her 32 year
teaching career in the Texas Public School System and Texas
Dan and Laurel continue to live in
Winnsboro, Texas, and from that base location, known as
their “hired house” (Acts 28:30-31), they
continue to minister to the
whole Body of Christ throughout the world. Dan will
continue his apostolic calling by helping equip saints for
the work of ministry, establishing churches and encouraging
existing churches in the United States and foreign nations.
Laurel will continue to be a Proverbs 31 woman in helping
support the Lord’s ministry through Dan as well as minister
in her unique spiritual gifts to others.
From “a hired
house” in Winnsboro, Texas