Baptist History and Heritage

This journal has historical articles about Baptists, including their role and growth in America.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, Winter

Against All Odds: The Fire Shut Up in the Bones of L. Venchael Booth, Founder of the Progressive National Baptist Convention: Intellectual Integrity Mandates a Disclaimer at the Outset. the Disclaimer Is That I Do Not Come to This Subject Matter without Bias. L. Venchael Booth Was My Father
Yet, he was more than my father; he was also the founder of the Progressive National Baptist Convention of America. While a son's bias may blind him to his father's weaknesses, a son's bias may also blind him to his father's greatness. As I caught...
A History of the Korean Immigrant Baptist Church Movement in the United States: The Growth of Ethnic Minority Churches Related to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Is Exploding
In 1999, more than one-half of SBC church starts were among non-Anglo churches. (1) Oscar Romo stated in 1993 that the SBC was "the most cosmopolitan" denomination in the United States. (2) This paper looks at the history and development of the Korean...
Broadening My Knowledge of the Baptist Community
I officially became the editor of Baptist History and Heritage in the summer of 2003 and have since coordinated four issues of the journal. Yet, this issue is, in many ways, my first. I have worked on it from start to finish, selecting the theme, soliciting...
Fellowship in the Gospel: Scottish Baptists and Their Relationships with Other Baptist Churches, 1900 to 1945: Scottish Baptists Began the Twentieth Century in Good Heart after Sustained Growth in Numbers of Both Members and Churches Following the Formation of the Baptist Union of Scotland (BUS) in 1869 (1)
This study will examine one aspect of the collective life of this group of Baptist congregations, namely, its relationships with other Baptist churches, primarily but not exclusively with other Baptists in the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America....
John Leland: Evolving Views of Slavery, 1789-1839: In 1789, the General Committee of Virginia Baptists Turned to Massachusetts Native John Leland to Craft a Statement concerning Slavery
An articulate spokesperson for religious liberty among Virginia Baptists, Leland produced a stirring statement against slavery. (1) "Slavery is the violent deprivation of the rights of nature, and inconsistent with republican government," Leland declared,...
Seventh Day Baptists: A Microcosm of Baptist History: Some People like to Stand on the Shore of an Ocean and See the Magnitude of God's Creation. Some Prefer to Use the Same Ocean to Travel beyond That Which Is Known to Them. Still Others like to Play in the Surf, Even Swimming against the Tide or Trusting in Its Buoyancy to Carry Their Bodies to the Safety of the Shore
The Christian church may be viewed in similar fashion, a means to get from place to place, either in the known or the unknown, or as a ace where one may find enjoyment or challenge. Others with probing minds want to know more about this sea of God's...
The Authority of a Baptist Association: Recently the Authority of Baptist Associations and State Baptist Conventions Has Been Headline News. Baptist Historians Have Spent Far More Time Studying Baptist Associations Than Analyzing Baptist State Conventions. the Latter Is a Fertile, If Boring, Field for Some Intense Investigation
But what about Baptist associations? What authority do they have over local churches? If you really want to know, read carefully the eight major eighteenth-century Baptist documents listed on the next page. They describe the nature and power of Baptist...
The International Baptist Seminary: A Baptist Attempt at Americanization, Education, and Missions in East Orange, New Jersey: Ethnicity Is an Important Part of American and Baptist History
Baptists have a diverse and extensive history of interaction with various ethnic groups. Unfortunately, the many successes often are shrouded by failures or masked by misconceptions. In an attempt to highlight one of the many successes, this article...
The Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church: The Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church (PFWBC) May Be Compared to a Young Olive Tree in a Grove of Older Trees
A new olive tree often begins as a shoot off a root from an older parent tree. Like that young olive tree, the PFWBC is a relatively young denomination, but the roots of its origin run deep and long. The denomination is only forty-five years old; yet,...
The Power of Baptist Origins: A Little Baptist Church in the Appalachian Mountains Gave Me My Basic Spiritual Education until I Went to College
Although not as isolated as the characters in the book Cold Mountain, I certainly had a provincial life, traveling little. I knew little about Baptists, other than the ones in my church. I read a lot; that was my sole means of journeying into other...
The Progressive National Baptist Convention: The Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) Was Founded in 1961, in the Aftermath of Several Years of Conflict within the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. (NBC). the Conflict Centered on Two Issues: (1) the Tenure of President Joseph H. Jackson, and (2) the Civil Rights Activism of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1)
The Joseph H. Jackson presidency and controversy Upon the retirement of David V. Jemison as NBC president in 1952, Joseph H. Jackson ran for president of the convention on a reform platform, calling for a constitutional amendment that would limit...
Unification to Integration: A Brief History of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas: My First Experience with the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas (HBCT) Was as a Royal Ambassador Staffer Working with Noe Vella, Director of Royal Ambassadors at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Corpus Christi, Texas
In the summer of 1976, Vella, under the leadership of our pastor Rudy Sanchez, led the Royal Ambassadors in planning a day camp for the children of messengers to the annual meeting of the HBCT. Since then I have experienced the HBCT as a member of...
Who and Where in the World Are the Baptists? When the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Was Founded in London, England, in 1905, Seven Million Baptists Lived throughout the World. as We Enter 2005, Our Centennial Year, 48 Million Baptized Believers Are Members of Baptist Churches (1)
This number does not include the worshipping community of unbaptized children, other friends, and adherents. If we were to include all hose who attend Baptist churches, the number would be at least 110 million. Of all the "Christian World Communions,"...