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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

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


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 of North Carolina Inc. 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, to have faith in God; knowing that God will make a way and work it out.


During this celebratory event, President Avery and Dr. 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 year 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.


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

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


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Guest: Dr. Frank J. Byrd

Host: Rev. Telika McCoy Ph.D

Please join us now as Dr. Frank J. Byrd, past President of the State Congress of Christian Education shares his insights into the “Fundamentals of an Effective Bible Study” with Host, the Rev. Dr. Telika McCoy. In segment one of this two segment video Dr. Byrd outlines the easy to follow, basic and Fundamental steps of establishing your own personal Bible Study.

In segment two Dr. Byrd goes off script, aided by Host, Rev. Dr. Telika McCoy, Youth Minister of Mount Peace Missionary Baptist Church and speaks to the spirit of an effective Bible study, referencing his own life and experience as an instructor. Dr. Byrd shares not only how he has grown from teaching Bible Study, but also how God will inspire you, when you share his “Word.”


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