Worley Oscar Vaught was born in Versailles, Kentucky, and grew up on a farm near Brooksville, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Mississippi College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Following pastorates in Missouri and Texas, Vaught came to Little Rock in 1945 to become pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, a position he held until April 1983. During his years at Immanuel, the church grew from one building to a complex covering two city blocks. For many years Immanuel led the state in contributions through the Cooperative Program, the denomination's funding arm for all convention-wide causes, and in gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, which provides one-half of the total support for Baptist foreign missions. More than twenty churches grew out of the Immanuel fellowship during Vaught's tenure. The Immanuel tape ministry, begun eight years before Vaught's retirement, distributed 3 million sermon tapes world-wide.
In addition to sermon notes and worship service recordings, this collection includes correspondence, personal papers, political materials, and drafts of books. Vaught traveled to Israel, so the collection contains travel-related information, correspondence, photographs, and slides. Also found in this collection are materials concerning Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Southern Baptist Convention, and Bible conferences.
Worley Oscar (W.O.) Vaught Papers. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.