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donation of whatever is within your means, to the General Baptist State Convention
of North Carolina. After your donation is made, an immediate receipt reflecting the
amount of your donation will be forwarded to your email.
Welcome members, visitors and guests to the online home of the General Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina; GBSConline.org. While you are here it is our hope that
you take note of our missions activity and support us in it.
The General Baptist State Convention dates its service of promoting “missions” and
representing Baptists throughout North Carolina back to 1867, when a small band of
free African-Americans, freedmen, ex-slaves and white ministers from the Baptist
State Convention met to better promote the work of Evangelism and Kingdom Building.
We were called at that time, the General Association of the Colored Baptist of North
Carolina and we were formed to support the “Gospel ministry and to promote missions.”
The name of our organization has changed since 1867 but our core reason for being
has remained the same; to support the “Gospel ministry and to promote missions”,
this is who we are.
Rev. Dr. Cornelius Battle, Pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Durham
NC and Rev. Charles E. Walton, Pastor of Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church in
Littleton NC, sign their church up for the new Cooperating Congregations Online Church
Directory (CCD) at the recent 146th Session of the GBSC held in Greensboro NC. Register
your church now!
Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II, the newly elected President of the General Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina
The General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Marks its official beginning
in 1867 when Black Baptists in 3 distinct areas-Goldsboro, Wilmington, and Raleigh-realized
the need to form an association to support the educational and missionary efforts
of the church.
This humble beginning created a united community of men and women that spanned the
length and breath of North Carolina. This Community created a governing charter,
constitution and Government formalized into a “Convention.” Read more.
Pardon our appearance during the updating of the GBSConline.org website
Introducing The Newly Elected Leadership of the General Baptist State Convention
of North Carolina, Inc.
Pardon our appearance during the month of November while we the GBSConline.org website
on the one year anniversary of its launch.Our objective is to give you, our valued
supporters, the most up to date website with the best viewing experience possible
on the the Internet.
Members of the newly elected leadership of the GBSC,(from left to right first row)
Rev. Curtis O. Donald, Recording Secretary; Rev. Prince R. Rivers, 4th Vice-President;
Dr. Nilous M. Avery, President; Dr. J. Vincent Terry, 2nd Vic-President; and Dr.
Leonzo D. Lynch, Vice-President At Large. Second row (left to right) Rev. O.D. Sykes,
3rd Vice-President; Dr. Ricky L. Banks, 1st Vice-President; Rev. Reginald Wells,
Parliamentarian; Rev. Matthew D. Rouse III, Assistant Recording Secretary. Elected
leadership not shown in photo; Dr. Nathan E. Scovens, Statistician, Dr. Harry L.
White Jr., Historian.
The English word mission comes from the Latin word for send. In each of the verses
to be mentioned there is the concept of being sent. In Matthew 28:19, “…Go Ye”; Acts
1:8, “ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth; and II Corinthians 5:20, “…we are ambassadors”
(for someone sent) Jesus not only calls us to come to Him, but He Commissions us
to go for Him.
Jesus states this in John 20:21, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:
as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (KJV). This call to missions that
Jesus charged the early Christians with is a charge that we of the General Baptist
State Convention of North Carolina are bound by and have been actively engaged in
since 1867. We invite you to join, participate in and support all the activities
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