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GENERAL BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION OF NORTH CAROLINA, INC.
From its inception in 1867, it was clear that the foundation of the now General Baptist
State Convention of North Carolina was destined for greatness, designed for opportunities,
and determined to succeed despite the beliefs from those that thought differently
In 1867, at the First African Baptist Church in Goldsboro, NC, this formation was
done when those present formed the General Association of the Colored Baptists of
North Carolina. Now to believe that this association would be “splendid” from the
beginning and not face any hardships would be like believing that the weather can
never turn gray on any given day. The start of the association was great: two-
The Convention went through several name changes: Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of North Carolina, Union Baptist Convention and at one time the latter two were used simultaneously by the East and West of North Carolina at the same time. What is now known and established as the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc. (renamed in 1929), commonly referred to as the GBSC of NC did not get here overnight or by mere “naming rights.” In fact, we can compare our convention to the forming of the United States of America when over 200 years ago it was written in the Preamble to the Constitution, “in order to form a more perfect union.” The Black Baptists of North Carolina had to realize its potential but harness its power in order to become this more perfect union or in our case, association of people in order to strengthen and support the works of others.
The objectives we support today are actually because of then-
Currently, the GBSC of NC is the oldest black Baptist association in North Carolina and is over 500,000 people stronger. The writer of Hebrews applauds the faith of our forefathers in Chapter 11 and then challenges readers in 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us.” The GBSC of NC has been given the example of faith by those that helped to start and form this association of baptized believers/churches and now we are challenged to “keep running a splendid enterprise, indeed.”
Dr. Thomas C. Kilgore, Executive Secretary-
Artist Rendition of First African Baptist Church in Goldsboro, NC, 1864
Outgrowth from First African Baptist Church
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DEDICATION OF BAPTIST HEADQUARTERS: Former Presidents of GBSC chat with Dr. M. C. Allen, President, Lynchburg Seminary. Left to Right: Dr. J. T. Hairston, Dr. P. A. Bishop, Dr. O. S. Bullock.