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Who We Are
What We Do
How We Began
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
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.