Baptists Gather In NC For Meeting

Thousands of delegates are coming to Kinston for a meeting of Baptists that takes place only once every three years.

The Free Press of Kinston reports that more than 2,000 members of the United American Free Will Baptists are expected for the denomination's weeklong session.

The group of black Christians traces its history to 1867, when its founding members met in nearby Snow Hill after becoming dissatisfied with treatment they were receiving in other churches.

The denomination now numbers more than 50,000 members, mostly in the southeastern U.S.

Bishop J.E. Reddick says the gathering is a chance to bring members of far-flung churches together.

An exhibition on the history of the denomination will be on display at the Kinston Community Council for the Arts through June 25.


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  • by ida gooding Location: la grange nc on Jun 15, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    This is news for anyone who wants to read it. If you don't chose to read this or any other article, flip the page. There is not a lot to write about in Kinston, other than crime. We as black Free Will Baptist are proud of our hertiage and feel that we have a right to freedom of the press, in fact we know we have that right.We are in Kinston this we for our Generel Conference and we will not let the devil stop our blessings.
  • by Red on Jun 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    Oh good grief ! Just because they are "black" I guess that makes it "news".
  • by Professor Location: Eastern NC on Jun 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    I hope they all pray for this state, our leaders need guidance, our schools, our children etc. We are ALL in need of THE SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST and until we turn back to HIM only then will HE heal our land, our hearts, our souls and society. May GOD help us all.
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