Tidence Lane was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 31, 1724. He was the older brother to Dutton Lane, pioneer preacher in Virginia. Tidence is recognized as being the first minister to preach regularly to a Tennessee congregation. Also, he was the honored father of Lieutenant Isaac Lane, who, under Colonel Sevier, performed patriotic service at the battle of King’s Mountain in 1780.
Although Lane had hateful feelings toward the Baptist denomination before his conversion, he had a curiosity to go hear them preach. Lane was convicted and converted in a most remarkable way under the ministry of Shubal Stearns.
Little is known of his call and ordination into the ministry, but it is known that he was among the first Baptists to set foot on Tennessee soil. Also, he has the distinction of being the first pastor of the first permanent church of any denomination in the state of Tennessee. This church was Buffalo Ridge, which was constituted in 1779.
Tidence Lane also had the distinction of being the first moderator of the first association of any denomination in the state of Tennessee. It was the Old Holston, organized at the Cherokee Meeting House in 1786.
Lane was active in the ministry and had good organization skills and a great preaching ability. David Benedict wrote that he was a preacher of reputation and success. He was much sought in counsel by the churches.
J.J. Burnett, Sketches of Tennessee’s Pioneer Baptist Preachers