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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; 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

Jesus Commissions us to go for Him

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.

Elected Leadership of State and National Baptist Conventions represented in photo (from left to right), representing the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Inc.: Rev. Curtis O. Donnell,  Recording Secretary, Dr. Reginald Wells, Parliamentarian, Dr. Ricky L. Banks, First Vice President, Dr. Nilous M. Avery ll, President. Right of center representing the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Dr. Jerry Young, President. In rear, Rev. O. D. Sykes, Third Vice President, Dr. J. Vincent Terry, Sr., Second Vice President, Dr. Leonzo D. Lynch, Vice President at Large, Chair, General Board.  

Thank you for your support of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 150th Annual Session convened in Raleigh, North Carolina, from October 30th to November 1st.

“Then said Jesus to them
 ….as My Father hath sent Me, even so I send You”
John 20:21

We need your help to continue the work we began in 1867. Please make a tax deductible donation to the
General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

603 South Wilmington Street • Raleigh, NC 27601-2338
Phone: 919.821.7466 • Fax: 919.836.0061


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Please enjoy the GBSConline 3 part “Photo Essay” (600 photos available in Gallery over three weeks) of the events and activities of the historic 150th Session of the GBSCNC. A new edition of the events of the 150th Anniversary will appear on this page on Wednesday of each week for 3 consecutive weeks. Each week we will add more than 200 photos to our gallery chronicling the activities of this historic session. Please enjoy Part 2 (225 Photos) of the 150th Annual Session available at this time in our Gallery.

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The DVDs contain all of the major events held in the Grand Ballroom of the historic convention convened in Raleigh, North Carolina. The GBSC convention was held from October 30 thru October 1. Call Baptist Headquarters  to order your set @  919.821.7466  

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