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Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Annual Lecture 2015

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015

Members of the society gathered at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London on May 14th for the AGM and annual lecture. This year the lecture was given by Israel Olofinjana. He reflected on “Reverse mission” – the presence in the London Baptist Association (this year celebrating its 150th anniversary) of people from the majority world who have come to London explicitly, and with a calling to serve in mission. 2015-05-14 16.56.11
The presentation started with an overview and introduction to the reality of reverse mission; Israel reminded us of the impact of mission from the UK in the development of the world wide church, and the helped us to see the way in which people from churches with their roots in that work were now coming to work in a land where the church presence had diminished. Part of this work is in churches with their roots in countries in Africa, in Latin Members of the society gathered at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London on May 14th for the AGM and annual lecture. This year the lecture was given by Israel Olofinjana. He reflected on “Reverse mission” – the presence in the London Baptist Association (this year celebrating its 150th anniversary) America, in the Caribbean and in South Asia – but they are also concerned to church plant, in the UK and beyond.
To help us understand more, we heard three case studies. The stories helped us to know three people who are working in various ways within the LBA and to understand their impact.
The conversations in the question and answer session reflected on engagement, on welcome and on the blending of styles that is emerging as culture, identity and denominational practices are all explored in new and creative ways.
The society is grateful to Israel for a stimulating afternoon.

AGM and presentation

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015

The BHS AGM will take place on Thursday May 14th at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London. The AGM is at 4.00pm, and will be followed by a presentation by Israel Olofinjana at 5.00pm reflecting on the history of the LBA and its worldwide identity. All are welcome.

Study Day; July 4th. Cardiff

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015

Baptist History Day

4th July 2015 10.30am -­‐ 4.00pm

‘Smoke, Fire and Light': A Reassessment of the Welsh Baptist
Witness at the turn of the 18th Century
Professor D. Densil Morgan
University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter

Writing an engaging history of your church: a workshop
The Revd. Emma Walsh
College Librarian,
Regent’s Park College,

The morning lecture will begin at 11am and the workshop will
be held from 2pm to 4pm.

Those not attending the workshop may wish to visit St Fagan’s
Museum or enjoy an afternoon in Cardiff.

Cost for the day £5.00 (including a light lunch)

To reserve a place, please contact:
Dr. K. Smith
02920 256066

The conference is sponsored by:
South Wales Baptist College, The Baptist Union of Wales,
The Baptist Historical Society, The Baptist Centre for History
and Heritage, Regent’s Park College. The Angus Library, Regent’s Park College

BQ Online

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015

The Baptist Quarterly is now available online as well in paper copy. And if you don’t already subscibe, there is the chance to see an article, and it might tempt you….

This is the link


Posted on Sunday, January 4, 2015


Patterns of Ministry at Home and Abroad: Change and Continuity

Discussion of ministry is very much a contemporary concern but it has been at the heart of Baptist understanding of the church’s mission from the earliest confessions of the seventeenth century onwards, and it is there more recently as a vital part of the Faith and Order document – Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry – seeking consensus amongst the churches.

How do Baptists relate to a three-fold ministry of bishop, presbyter and deacon? The words may not come easily to Baptist lips, in this country at least, but the different functions are there – -the ministry of episcope or oversight, found in the role of messengers in the seventeenth century, later Association Secretaries,General Superintendents/Regional Ministers and the many who in subsequent years have exercised more informal patterns of episcope. Pastors have been highly esteemed, but what are their essential functions? Preaching, pastoral care, the ministry of sacrament/ordinance.? Churches have been anxious to serve those in need though without any precise definition of diaconal office, though the nearest to this is probably to be found in the history of the deaconess order. There may be debate today about the notion of bivocational ministry, but it might be argued that this has been part of a pattern of service over many years, with the pastor who also served as schoolmaster perhaps being the most common combination. The diversity of chaplaincy services also needs analysis, and the ministry of women both in this country and in the mission field is worthy of study. What too of the argument that ministers are not college-made but Spirit-formed: how are women and men best prepared for ministry? And how does the idea of the priesthood of all believers relate to all this? An evaluation of the work of a particular minister could be the subject of an appropriate entry.

Whilst the area of potential study has been deliberately set very wide, candidates are advised to limit their area of investigation to what can be properly encompassed within an essay of no more than 6,000 words for the main text. The essay should be original, unpublished, based on personal research, and not have been awarded another prize. The winning entry, and any other deemed worthy, will be published in the Baptist Quarterly. The Society reserves the right to make no award if no essay is of sufficient merit.

Submissions should be written with proper critical apparatus, for example professional footnotes, bibliography, and identification of appropriate archival material [preferably conforming to the style-guide for articles for the Baptist Quarterly]. They should be sent to the Secretary of the Baptist Historical Society no later than 31st December 2016

The Payne Memorial Essay commemorates the life and work of the Revd Dr E.A. Payne (1902-80), General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, a President of the World Council of Churches and President of the Baptist Historical Society.


Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014

We have been sad to hear of the death of David Goodbourn, a Baptist with a great presence in the world. Read his obituary here

New Publications

Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2014

Our newest publications are:

  • Freedom and the Powers: Perspectives from Baptist History. A Rich Inheritance; Sir William Sinclair and the Keiss Baptist ChurchEdited by Anthony R. Cross and John H. Y. Briggs. ISBN 978-0-903166-42-3
  • Freedom and Powers

Have you seen what is happening to the old Baptist Church House?

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Here’s what’s up on the hoardings, while renovation is underway…

BCH screen BCH 8 BCH 6


ICOBS Conference

Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

International Conference on Baptist Studies VII

Luther King House
Manchester, England

15-18 July 2015

Fee £200.

The capacity of the House is limited to 59 and so early booking is advisable

Theme ‘Baptists and Revival’

Including traditional revivals, modern crusades and the more general reinvigoration of Baptist life.

Short papers to last no more than 25 minutes in delivery are welcome. Contact Professor D. W. Bebbington, School of History and Politics, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, United Kingdom (e-mail:

Registration forms are available from Beverley Bartram, Conference Office, Luther King House, Brighton Grove, Manchester M14 5JP, United Kingdom (e-mail:; tel: +44 (0)161 249 2539).

Further information is available from Nathan Finn, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina (e-mail:

Registration Form;