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Denominations - Protestant

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

About the National Primitive Baptist Convention

Date Founded:  1907

Membership/Number of Clergy:  600,000/NA as of 2002

Headquarters:  P.O. Box 17727,Pensacola, Florida 32522

Schools & Seminaries:  Primitive Baptists do not believe in organized ministerial training.

Publications:  Sunday School materials are published, but no magazines.


Social Media:  Facebook

Core Beliefs: They embrace some aspects of church life that that align them more closely with the other African American Baptist Associations and depart from the traditional Primitive Baptist beliefs.  Among these are revivals, church auxiliaries, Sunday School, and instrumental music.  They retain the historic Primitive Baptist practice of foot washing after communion.  See a complete list of official beliefs.  Primitive Baptists refer to their congregational leader as Elder.  The NPBC also holds conferences in contrast to most Primitive Baptists who consider the local church the focal point.

Short History:  After the Civil War, white Primitive Baptists helped former slaves to start their own churches, ordain their own deacons and pastors, and form local associations. The local associations formed a general association in 1907 that was originally known as the Colored Primitive Baptists of America. There are currently churches in 18 states.

Local Churches:  Unknown.  If the national office responds with this information it will be added.

Symbol of the National Primitive Baptist Convention

National Primative Baptist Convention symbol