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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

About American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.

Date Founded:  1907

Membership/Number of Clergy:  1,308,054/6,114 as of 2010

Headquarters: 588 N Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406

Schools & Seminaries: 

Colleges:  Alderson-Broaddus College, Bacone College, Benedict College, Eastern University, Florida Memorial University, Franklin College, Judson University, Kalamazoo College, Keuka College, Linfield College, Ottawa University, Shaw University, University of Redlands, University of Sioux Falls, Virginia Union University, William Jewell College

Seminaries:  American Baptist Seminary of the West, Andover Newton Theological School, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, Morehouse School of Religion, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Palmer Theological Seminary, Shaw University Divinity School, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University

Publications:  ABCUSA Connections


Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

Core Beliefs: They "avoid embracing prepared creeds or other statements that might compromise our obligation to interpret Scripture as individuals within the community of faith under the guidance of the Holy Spirit." "American Baptist Churches USA respects the variety of theological understandings that its members, and other Christians, have embraced."  "Evangelism takes place at home, at school, at work, and in neighborhoods through door-to-door visitation. This personal sharing of our faith is the most important way American Baptists tell others about Christ."

Short History:  The first American Baptist Association was formed in 1707.  The Association split into Northern and Southern Conventions in 1845 over the issue of slavery.  In 1950 the Northern Convention renamed itself the American Baptist Convention, and in 1972 became the American Baptist Churches USA. During the 20th Century the ABA lost membership as more conservative churches moved away from the group and became independent.

Local Churches:  Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206  is close to campus.  Another option is Centennial Olivet Baptist Church, 1541 W Oak St., Louisville, KY 40210.  Use the Find a Church page to locate other congregations.

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American Baptist Churches USA