Baptist Family - Events By Name

Adrian Rogers Elected as President of the Southern Baptist Convention

In 1979, Baptist conservatives elected Adrian Rogers as president of the Southern Baptist Convention as the first part of a takeover strategy.

Baptist Bible Union

The Baptist Bible Union was a fundamentalist association of churches which had separated from the Northern Baptist Convention in 1923.

Baptist Missionary Association of America

The Baptist Missionary Association of America, which split from the American Baptist Association in 1950, is the largest Landmark Baptist denomination in the United States.

Benjamin Randall Organizes the Free Will Baptists

Itinerant preacher Benjamin Randall organized the Free Will Baptists in New England in 1780.

Bible Baptist Fellowship

The Bible Baptist Fellowship formed after a split with J. Frank Norris in 1950 and became the largest association of independent Baptists in America.

Billy Graham Holds First Integrated Crusade in Chattanooga, TN

In 1953, Billy Graham's decision to hold an integrated crusade in the South helped shift racial attitudes among white evangelicals.

Billy Graham's Los Angeles Crusade

Billy Graham's Los Angeles Crusade (1949) catapulted the southern evangelist into the national spotlight for the first time.

Billy Graham's New York Crusade

In 1957, Billy Graham's New York Crusade became his largest American revival campaign with more than two million attendees.

Birmingham Church Bombing

On September 15, 1963, a bomb detonated inside 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. Four young African-American girls were killed, sparking national outrage.

Brown University

In 1764, the Philadelphia Baptist Association commissioned James Manning to found Brown as a Baptist college.

Conservative Baptist Association of America

William Bell Riley, fundamentalist minister and Bible college president, led the Minnesota Baptist Convention out of the Northern Baptist Convention in 1947.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Moderate Southern Baptists formed the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in 1991 to protest the conservative dominance in the denomination during the prior decade.

Election of Jimmy Carter

In 1976, Jimmy Carter was the first self-proclaimed "born again" Christian elected president of the United States.

First Ordained Southern Baptist Woman, Addie Davis

In 1964, Addie Davis became the first woman ordained in a Southern Baptist church.

Formation of the Alliance of Baptists

Liberals in the Southern Baptist Convention, frustrated by the conservative takeover of the denomination, formed a progressive association of churches in 1987.

Free Will Baptists Founded in North Carolina

In 1727, Paul Palmer founded North Carolina’s first Baptist Church. This led to the spread of Baptist churches throughout the state.

Henry Dunster Becomes President of Harvard

In 1640, Henry Dunster became the first President of Harvard College and helped lay the foundational structure for America’s most renowned institution for higher learning.

Initiation of the Baptist Landmarker Movement

In 1851, the Baptist Landmarker movement began and embroiled the Southern Baptist Convention in controversy.

Jerry Falwell Helps Found the Moral Majority

With the help of Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell in 1979, the founding of the Moral Majority would later influence Ronald Reagan's election in 1980.

Liberty University

Jerry Falwell founded the small Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971, which would grow into the largest private, nonprofit university in America by the 2010s.

Lottie Moon Sent to China as a Southern Baptist Missionary

In 1873, Lottie Moon went to China as a Southern Baptist missionary at a time when sending unmarried women to the mission field was rare.

Nat Turner's Rebellion

Nat Turner’s rebellion (1831) is the most famous slave revolt in American history.

National Association of Free Will Baptists

In 1935, the two major "branches" of Free Will Baptists joined together to form the National Association of Free Will Baptists.

National Baptist Convention

The National Baptist Convention has been the largest national association of African-American Baptists since 1895 despite major denominational splits in 1915 and 1961.

Northern Baptist Convention

The Northern Baptist Convention formed in 1907 and represents the theologically liberal and politically progressive strains of the Baptist tradition.

Ordination of Ruby Knapp Bixby by the Free Will Baptists

In 1846, the Freewill Baptists ordained Ruby Knapp Bixby, making her the first licensed female Baptist preacher.

Pat Robertson Founds Christian Broadcasting Network

In 1961, Pat Robertson founded the Christian Broadcast Network, which became a multi-million dollar outlet for Christian television.

Philadelphia Baptist Association

In 1707, Welsh Baptist immigrants in Philadelphia formed the first permanent Baptist denomination in America.

Philadelphia Confession of Faith

The Philadelphia Baptist Association adopted the Philadelphia Confession of Faith in 1742, unifying Particular Baptist churches throughout the country.

Progressive National Baptist Convention

In 1961, the Progressive National Baptist Convention split from the National Baptist Convention, USA, due to disputes regarding Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights activism.

Publication of An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty

In 1773, Isaac Backus published a collection of sermons promoting religious liberty and the separation between church and state.

Publication of Shailer Mathews's The Faith of Modernism

Shailer Mathews's The Faith of Modernism (1924) was an influential systematic theology of theological liberalism.

Ralph Elliott Fired in the "Genesis" Controversy

When Southern Baptist seminary professor Ralph Elliott challenged the historicity of Genesis, conservatives forced him to resign (1962), foreshadowing the conservative resurgence in the SBC.

Rhode Island Royal Charter

In 1663, the Rhode Island Royal Charter made a unified government in the colony possible, acknowledged American Indian land rights, and declared religious toleration.

Roger Williams Founds Providence, Rhode Island

In 1636, Roger Williams founded Rhode Island, which became known for its religious tolerance and deregulation of religious behavior.

Signing of the American Baptist Bill of Rights

The American Baptist Bill of Rights (1939) defended the separation of church and state, paving the way for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

Silver Bluff Baptist Church

Silver Bluff Baptist Church was founded over the course of 1773-1775 as the first black Baptist church in America.

Southern Baptist Convention Founded

The Southern Baptist Convention (1845) resulted from a split between Northern and Southern Baptists over slavery. It is now the largest Protestant denomination in America.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Founded in 1957, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) believed that racial equality was a Christian imperative and utilized non-violent protests to combat racism.

The Cooperative Program Instituted in the Southern Baptist Convention

In 1925, the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program centralized budgetary authority and aided the growth of the denomination.

The First Great Awakening

The First Great Awakening (1730s-1770s) was a series of religious revivals that propelled the expansion of evangelical denominations in the colonies.

The Primitive Baptists Coalesce

In 1827, the Primitive Baptists began forming in response to growing Baptist denominationalism.

The Second Great Awakening

The Second Great Awakening(s) (1790s-1840s) fueled the rise of an evangelical Protestant majority in antebellum America, giving rise to new denominations and social reform organizations.

The Trial of Margaret Meuse Clay

In 1770, local authorities trialed Margaret Meuse Clay for challenging the gender norms of colonial society and for preaching without a license.

Thomas Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists

In 1802, Thomas Jefferson's letter contained the phrase "a wall of separation between Church and State," important in later legal interpretations of the first amendment.

Tim LaHaye publishes Left Behind

Starting in 1995, the Left Behind series of novels about the Rapture would become the best-selling works of American Christian fiction.

Triennial Convention

In 1814, the Triennial Convention became the first formal Baptist missionary agency in America.

University of Chicago

In 1890, John D. Rockefeller and William Rainey Harper founded a non-sectarian university in Chicago to promote progressive education and modernist theology.

Virginia's Religious Disestablishment

In 1786, the Virginia legislature passed a bill by Thomas Jefferson ending the Anglican Church's formal establishment as the state religion.

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