Baptist History & Heritage Journal

The Baptist History & Heritage Journal, a publication of the Baptist History & Heritage Society, is published three times yearly. Contributors include Baptist and religious historians, as well as clergy and lay persons.

To subscribe to Baptist History & Heritage Journal, join the Baptist History & Heritage Society.  Membership applications are available online at or contact the BH&HS office at 478-297-7838 or

A list of titles and authors of past articles is available here. If you wish to purchase back editions of the Journal, click here.

Editorial Offices

Joe Coker (Baylor University) — General Editor
C. Douglas Weaver (Baylor University) — Festschrift and Miscellaneous Issue Editor
David Holcomb (University of Mary Hardin Baylor) — Book Review Editor
Jackie B. Riley – Copyeditor


We are now accepting unsolicited journal articles that are previously unpublished and make a new contribution to the study of Baptists. Submitted articles must be no more than 6000 words in length and will be submitted to a reader review process. At the end of the review process, if your paper is determined to be potentially suitable for the Journal, you may be asked to do further editing of your paper prior to formal acceptance for publication. Generally speaking, the entire process from submission to publication–should your paper be accepted for publication–may take as long as 12 months (but could take much less, depending on current Journal needs).

Please download and review our writers’ guidelines.

Email manuscripts to General Editor Joe Coker.

Advertising in the Journal

The Journal accepts advertisements from educational institutions, academic presses and historical organizations. Job openings in such institutions and organizations may also be advertised in the Journal. Pricing is $300 for a full page ad; $150 for a half-page ad; $75 for a quarter page ad. Email advertisement queries to Jackie Riley.

Editorial Board

Baylor University: Rosalie Beck
Campbell University: Glenn Jonas
Campbellsville University: Joseph Early
Dallas Baptist University: Michael E. Williams, Sr.
Hardin-Simmons University: Kelly Pigott
Mercer University: Loyd Allen
Samford University: Delane Tew
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor: Carol Crawford Holcomb

Editorial Board Executive Committee

Jerry L. Faught, II
C. Douglas Weaver
Mike E. Williams
Bill Pitts


In 1965, the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Historical Society® initiated the publication of Baptist History and Heritage. Davis C. Woolley, the second executive director of the Southern Baptist Historical Commission and the first editor of the journal, wrote in the first issue that the journal was “dedicated to the pursuit of historical information that will enable Baptists to understand themselves, to appreciate their past, and to discover historical perspective for the future. If an occasional article helps Baptists to avoid mistakes of the past and enunciate more positively the cherished truths that have made and sustained them across the years, the journal will have served a worthwhile purpose.” Davis Woolley’s goals for the journal have been adopted and pursued by each successive editor.

The journal has had seven general editors:  Davis C. Woolley (1965-71), Lynn E. May, Jr. (1971-95), Slayden A. Yarbrough (1995-99), Merrill M. Hawkins, Jr. (1999-2003), Pamela R. Durso (2003-2010), C. Douglas Weaver (2010), Bruce T. Gourley (2011-2017), Bill Pitts (2017-2019), and Joe Coker (2019-present).

The Historical Commission’s co-sponsorship of the journal ended in 1997 after the commission was closed. That year, the Southern Baptist Historical Society® became the sole publisher of the journal. In 2001, the SBHS changed its name to the Baptist History and Heritage Society and assumed publication of the journal. The Center for Baptist Studies at Mercer University was a co-sponsor for the journal from 2003-2009, and Baylor University is currently a co-sponsor. We welcome other co-sponsors; please contact Jackie Riley for more information.