FAQ’s

Where are the BH&HS offices located? Society offices are located in Bozeman, Montana and Macon, Georgia.

What is the BH&HS’s mission statement? “Helping Baptists discover, conserve, assess, and share their history.”

Who owns the BH&HS? The society is an independent Baptist history program that adopts its own bylaws; elects its own board of directors/officers, council of advisors, and staff; determines its own programs; and approves its own budgets.

How is the BH&HS structured? The society has a board of directors consisting of three officers (the president, vice president, and secretary) and the executive director.  The three officers are elected annually and can serve up to two terms each; the executive director, once hired, serves at the will of the Board and Society membership.  Twelve persons serve on the BH&HS Council of Advisors, each elected to three-year terms.

Where does the BH&HS get its funding? The society receives more than 50 percent of its income from voluntary contributions from Baptist individuals, churches, colleges/universities, state organizations, and other organizations. Remaining income is derived from annual conference fees, membership dues, book publishing, product sales, endowment and interest earnings, and other sources.

When did the BH&HS originate? The BH&HS is a continuation of the Southern Baptist Historical Society. Formed in 1938, the SBHS held that name until 2001 when the society changed it to BH&HS and formally broadened its scope to Baptist life in general. In 2003, the society officially registered the name Southern Baptist Historical Society® with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The BH&HS renewed that registration in 2008.

What types of resources, services and emphases does the BH&HS provide and support? The society holds an annual conference for its members; leads regional and local workshops and seminars; publishes an academic journal (Baptist History & Heritage) and the online Baptist Studies Bulletin; publishes books, booklets, and pamphlets; provides extensive digital resources through it website (www.baptisthistory.org) and partner websites (such as the Baptists and American Civil War project and Wall of Separation site); issues select annual awards; conducts a Baptist History Book Publishing Program; and provides the speaking services of the executive director as requested.

How large is the BH&HS staff? The staff consists of one professional, full-time position — an executive director — and a part time office manager.

Who comprises the BH&HS’s membership? The BH&HS membership of about 600 consists of Baptists and others throughout the United States: American Baptists, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Baptists, Mainstream Baptists, National Baptists, Primitive Baptists, Seventh Day Baptists, Southern Baptists, and many others. Several dozen Baptists in other countries on several continents are also members.

Does the BH&HS operate a library and/or archives? No. The society focuses primarily on communicating and publishing Baptist history.

Does the BH&HS preserve/store associational and state convention annuals in its files? No. The society does not have space to keep such resources.

Does the BH&HS assist persons in doing research projects? No. The society does not have the resources or staff to help with research.

How can I give feedback regarding the BH&HS website? You may email brucegourley@baptisthistory.org in providing feedback or reporting problems. The BH&HS website focuses on education and research in Baptist history, in collaboration with educational and other non-profit partners. All content (comments from site users excluded) is that of the Baptist History and Heritage Society, partners of the Society, or is otherwise utilized with permission of third parties. In like manner, images and graphics utilized are either owned by the BH&HS or partners, provided to the BH&HS by third parties, or utilized under VRA Fair Use guidelines.