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Denominations - Protestant

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

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.


Historically Black Congregation

Date Founded:  1961

Membership: 1,010,000 Number of Clergy:  3500 Number of congregations: 1500

Headquarters:  601 50th St., N.E., Washington DC 20019

Schools & Seminaries:  None

Publications:  The Worker, The Progressive Voice


Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Core Beliefs: Standard Baptist beliefs with an emphasis on social justice and activism.

Short History:  Founded by African American Baptists, mostly as a splinter group from the National Baptist Convention, with interests in civil rights action and advocacy.  Many leaders of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, including Martin Luther King, Jr., were members of this Convention.  Also founded in reaction to some perceived inadequacies of the mainstream African American Baptist Conventions in advocacy and organization.  In the PNBC officers are elected each year and can serve a maximum of four years. The PNBC also ordains women. To read more about the PNBC history, see

Local Churches:  Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 426 S 15th St.,Louisville, KY 40203 is led by a LPTS graduate, David Snardon.

Church Locator: None found on the PNBC website.