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September-October 2013     Vol. 2 No. 6   

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.


Call for Papers: BH&HS and ALABI Joint Annual Conference
Sioux Falls, South Dakota June 4-6, 2013


The Baptist History and Heritage Society (BH&HS) and the Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions (ALABI) invites submissions of breakout papers for their jointly-held annual 2014 conference to be held June 4-6 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is an open invitation for paper proposals and presentations.

The conference theme is “Exploring the ‘Other’ Baptists,” a reference to the diversity of the Baptist family. The BH&HS and ALABI are seeking papers focusing on smaller and regional Baptist groups and their adherents (individually or congregationally), in addition to larger Baptist bodies. In addition, the “exploring” motif invites presenters to approach the subject matter from either the historians’ perspective or that of the archivist or librarian.

Historians are invited to submit paper proposals to BH&HS executive director Bruce Gourley. Paper proposals should be 500 words or less in length, relate to the theme of the conference, and include a brief CV. Proposals may be submitted in the body of an email, or as an attached Word document. Submitted proposals will undergo an approval process.

Archivists and librarians may contact ALABI president Taffey Hall to reserve a time slot for a presentation. Papers will be presented on the morning of Thursday, June 5.

All breakout speakers will be allotted 20 minutes for papers and presentations.

The deadline for submissions to either Bruce or Taffey is December 19, 2013.


The Judsons: Celebrating 200 Years of Missions
November 14-16, 2013


McAfee School of Theology, in collaboration with the American Baptist Historical Society, the Baptist History and Heritage Society, Baptist Women in Ministry and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, will host “The Judsons: Celebrating 200 Years of Baptist Missions, Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future.”

Sessions will focus on the work and ministries of the Judsons, and breakout sessions will highlight current missional work being done by Baptists in the areas of education, sex trafficking, literacy, and more. Speakers at the conference include Duane and Marcia Binkley, Virginia Holmstrom, Bill Leonard, Molly Marshall, Rob Nash, Suzii Paynter, Pam Smoot, and Graham Walker.

For more information and to register, click here.


Notes About Society Members and Supporters
Recent Gifts to the Society: The BH&HS express gratitude for recent gifts from: James L. Baumgardner (TN), Campbell University, Virginia Chancellor (FL), David Cook (GA), J. Daniel Day (NC), Pamela Durso (GA), Harry and Margaret Eskew (GA), Fredericksburg Baptist Church (VA), Lloyd Harsch (LA), Les Hill (KY), Carol Sue Humphrey (OK), Richard D. Kahoe (OK), Nelda Kent (AZ), Bill and Ruth Pitts (TX), Jackie B. Riley (GA), Nell Salley (TN), Samford University, Charles J. Scalise (WA), Phyllis RP Tessieri (VA), Ed and Sarah Timmerman (GA), University Baptist Church Shawnee (OK), Hugh Wease (NC), Bill Whittaker (OK)

Society Members in the News:  Melody Maxwell is new assistant professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University. In honor of the 175th anniversary of the First Baptist Church of Auburn, Alabama, Wayne Flynt is writing a series of articles on the congregation's history, interviewing senior members of the church, and leading a series of congregational presentations, all of which are available to the public on the church's website. Society members Pamela Durso, Bill Leonard, Robert Nash and Pamela Smoot are featured speakers at the upcoming "The Judsons: Celebrating 200 Years of Baptist Missions" conference at McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, November 14-16 (see above).

Upcoming Society & Partner Happenings
Society Director's Notes:
  • The Fall 2013 edition of the Baptist History & Heritage Journal will be postal mailed in November. The issue is entitled "Modern Baptists in Thought and Action."
  • Membership renewals have been mailed. Membership benefits include a subscription to the Baptist History & Heritage Journal, discounts on printed products, and discounted registration fees for the Society's annual conferences.
  • Ninety churches responded to the Society's CBF Congregational Identity survey. In the coming months, the results of the survey will be analyzed and utilized in the publication of articles and resources.

Baptist Studies Bulletin: Would you like to contribute to a future edition of the Baptist Studies Bulletin? Contact Bruce for more information.

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