ABOUT THE CONVENTION

 

What We Believe

“Perfecting the Power of Partnerships!”

"That hereafter our minutes will show that the Baptist Convention is a merger of the General, the Union, and the Mt. Bethel Baptist Conventions.”

Central Baptist Church of Camp Springs, Maryland
Zion Baptist Church, Washington DC

Zion Baptist Church

Our History

“There was no Negro Baptist Organization known in the District of Columbia that included in its title the word “Convention” until 1915...”

We, your Committee, discovered in our search for the organizations and continuity of Negro Baptist in the District of Columbia, that a suggestion made by the late Dr. William H. Jernagin, the Convention in its 1935 session, held with the Second Baptist Church, Northwest, had directed that a chronological statement be supplied for the minutes and thereafter the Convention should take its age from the beginning of Baptist Organization in the District of Columbia. The suggestion read as follows:...Read More About the Convention.

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Our Vision

“Because these Conventions were overlapping in territory and interest, the three wisely agreed to unite into one Convention…”

The Baptist Convention of the District of Columbia and Vicinity” had its beginning as the First Washington Baptist Association” in 1872. The names of the founders and officers until 1909 are unknown to the Committee.