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General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Headquarters, Raleigh, NC

Dr. Nilous M. Avery II
President, Chair Executive Board

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, this is what we do.



Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II, President of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Commissioned For Missions

“Then said Jesus to them ….as My Father hath sent Me, even so I send You” John 20:21
 We are all “sent” who accept the challenge and responsibility of doing Missions.

The GBSConline Video Learning Series Continues with an insightful look at “The Fundamentals of Bible Study.” In his foundation building interview, Dr. Frank J. Byrd, Past President of the GBSC-State Congress of Christian Education, lays out a framework of personal Bible Study that we can all grow from.

In this thought provoking interview, hosted by Rev. Dr. Telika McCoy, Dr. Frank J. Byrd outlines several steps toward developing a successful personal Bible Study Plan. Video premiers 7 pm, January 19, 2017 on GBSConline.org.  

Additional GBSConline Learning series videos for 2017 will include:

and several others. Please come back to GBSConline.org often to review our schedule for the latest video.

12-01 (MLK Banquet)

10-27 (Annual Session Preaching Lineup)

10-23 (Top Ten Associations for 2015)

10-14 (How To Apply for FEMA Aid)
10-12 (Ministers Council at Annual Session).
09-28 (Moore to Keynote Annual Session).
09-15 (Annual Session in Durham).

“BUT IF NOT”

Throughout January the GBSC Celebrates the life, legacy, sacrifice and “social action” missions of  Martin Luther king, Jr.  During this month we will play several of Martin Luther King’s most notable speeches.

GBSConline Celebrates the Life of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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 of our Convention.

Jesus Commissions us to go for Him


We need your help to continue the work we began in 1867. Please make a tax deductible donation to the
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On Friday January 13, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center of Durham North Carolina, the GBSC Convened its 43rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Anniversary Banquet. The sold out event was keynoted by Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II, President of the General Baptist state Convention. In his keynote address, President Avery catalogued a blistering array of challenges facing the individual, our community and the Nation in this new  year and under a new administration.  The answer Dr. Avery provided as a response to an uncertain future, was Faith in God; knowing that God will make a way and work it out.


During this celebratory event, President Avery and Haywood T. Gray, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the GBSC had the honor of presiding over the presentation of the “Presidential Citation” for service to two of the GBSC’s most steadfast and revered employees.

Recipients of this award were Reverend Selma S. Hunter, Finance Officer of the GBSC with 11 years of service and Mrs. Darcelle Nelson McNeill, Bookkeeping Clerk and 17 veteran of servicing the needs of Baptist headquarters. The recipients of the awards were unaware that this well deserved high honor was to be presented to them. It was received with tears of joy and appreciation.


Please click here to visit Announcements page for additional details on Mr. Charlie Rhoades final arrangements.

President Avery, center, shares a congratulatory embrace with recipients of the Presidential Citation, Rev. Selma S. Hunter (left) and Mrs. Darcelle Nelson McNeill (to his right).

The Presidential Citation
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