Bruce T. Gourley, BH&HS Executive Director Online @


September 2012 / Vol. 1 No. 1   

Baptist History &
Heritage Society
Partner Digest
A Brief Monthly Compilation of Society News

Working Together to Communicate Baptist Heritage and Strengthen Baptist Identity


The BH&HS partners with Baptist organizations & individuals to provide resources,
host conferences and lead seminars for the academy and local congregations.


New and Notable from the Baptist History & Heritage Society


New! BH&HS
Digital Video

"Baptists and Theology"
Bill Leonard, Doug Weaver, Fisher Humphreys, Bill Pitts, Curtis Freeman, Jay Smith, and many more.
Recorded during the 2012
BH&HS annual conference
Watch the videos


Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness: Religion and the Civil War,
Emancipation and Reconciliation in our Time


May 20-22, 2013

Richmond, VA

BH&HS annual conference
c0-sponsored with the
Virginia Baptist Historical
Society and the Center
for Baptist Heritage
and Studies.  Read more about the conference.

Call for Paper Proposals

Image: African American Troops Liberating Slaves in NC, 1864 (LOC)


Featured Speakers: Harry S. Stout (Yale Divinity School), Edward
L. Ayers (Univ. of Richmond), Andrew M. Manis (Macon State)

Notes About Society Members and Supporters
Recent Gifts: The BH&HS is grateful for recent gifts from the John and Eula Mae Baugh Foundation, Samford University, Mercer University, East Texas Baptist University, CBF of Oklahoma, Wayne Flynt (AL), Virginia Connelly (TX), Barry W. Jones (GA), Bob Gambel (MD), David R. Cook (GA), Lamon Moates (GA), and Bill Sumners (TN).

The BH&HS welcomes new lifetime member Bernard Spooner (TX), member since 2004.

Membership Renewals: Society members will be receiving membership renewal notices in the next few weeks; member dues are crucial to the work of the Society, so please consider renewing your membership promptly. Renewals can be done online.

News from our Members: Melody Maxwell has been named the Director of the Great Commission Center of East Texas Baptist University. David King recently completed his PhD from Emory University and is now Assistant Professor of Church History at Memphis Theological Seminary. Glenn Jonas' new book, Nurturing the Vision: First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812-2012 is now for sale from Mercer University Press. Email your member news to Bruce Gourley.

Upcoming Society & Partner Happenings
Society Director's Notes: In the next few months, I will be leading a Baptist historians' seminar in Atlanta, Georgia; attending the Baptists and the "Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture Conference" at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Texas (see below); leading a breakout session at the CBF of Georgia Fall General Assembly; and speaking at the First Baptist Church of Orangeburg, South Carolina. I am available to speak to your organization or church on topics related to Baptist heritage and identity. -- Bruce Gourley

Summer 2012 BH&H Journal: The latest edition of the Baptist History & Heritage Journal will soon be arriving in members' mailboxes. The journal theme is "Baptists and Theology."

Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture Conference, October 12-13, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Click here for more information and to register.

The BH&HS Needs Your Support! Donate Today
I know of no other organization which exists for this mission and this mission alone: to call Baptists to connect with their past in order to shape a more compelling future. (Society member Gary Burton, pastor of Pintlala Baptist Church, Hope Hull, Alabama)
In our 21st century post-denominational world, Baptist heritage and identity is more important than ever. Some historians argue that the Baptist name may largely disappear from church signs in America within a generation. The Baptist name may well be in jeopardy, but Baptist ideals and identity must survive and thrive if our future world is to honor freedom of conscience, volunteer faith, religious liberty, and church state separation. The Baptist History & Heritage Society is leading the way in communicating the story of Baptists and strengthening Baptist identity, but we need your help in fulfilling this important task now and in the years to come.

The BH&HS cannot fulfill its mission without donations from Baptists like you. Your donations are tax-deductible. Send your check to BH&HS, 151 Broadleaf Drive, Macon, GA, 31210 or donate online.

Contact Information
  • Bruce Gourley, Executive Director: email or 406-599-1754
  • Jackie Riley, Office Manager: email or 406-600-7433
  • Delane Tew, President: email
  • Bill Pitts, Vice-President: email
  • Bonnie Oliver-Brandon, Secretary: email
  • Postal Mail: 151 Broadleaf Drive, Macon, GA, 31210

Baptist History & Heritage Society Officers