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North American Baptist Conference

North American Baptists (NAB) - initially an association of Baptists in the United States and Canada of German ethnic heritage.

The roots of the NAB go back to 1839, when Konrad Anton Fleischmann began work in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with German immigrants. Fleischmann was a Swiss separatist and held to believer's baptism and regenerate church membership. In 1843, the first German Baptist Church was organized in the city of

The General Council, composed of representatives from the 20 associations and affiliated organizations, is the "governing" body of the Conference. The North American Baptist Conference has two schools - the Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the United States and Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. The Conference's Headquarters are located in Folsom, California. About 65 missionaries (partially or fully supported) serve in 7 foreign countries. Approximately 70% of the member churches are in the U.S. and 30% in Canada. The NABC had 64,565 members in 444 churches in the United States and Canada in 2002 (137 churches with 16,859 members in Canada and 307 churches with 47,706 members in the U.S.).

See also

External links

  • North American Baptist Conference - official Web Site
  • [1] - PDF 2002 NABC Membership Summary
  • Official Archives - North American Baptist Archives
  • Sioux Falls Seminary - Official Seminary Page
  • Taylor College and Seminary
  • Profile of the North American Baptist Conference on the Association of Religion Data Archives website

Sources

  • Baptists Around the World, by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.
  • Dictionary of Baptists in America, Bill J. Leonard, editor
  • Handbook of Denominations, by Frank Mead, Samuel Hill, and Craig Atwood
  • Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, Glenmary Research Center
  • The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness, by H. Leon McBeth
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