SBC Timeline

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  • John Smyth and Thomas Helwys organize first English-speaking Baptist Church

    John Smyth and Thomas Helwys organize first English-speaking Baptist Church
  • London Baptists organize first Particular Baptist Church

    London Baptists organize first Particular Baptist Church
  • Providence Baptist Church organizes first Baptist Church in North America

    Providence Baptist Church organizes first Baptist Church in North America
  • Charleston FBC – First Baptist church in the South

    Charleston FBC – First Baptist church in the South
  • Philadelphia Baptist Association – First Baptist association

    Philadelphia Baptist Association – First Baptist association
  • George Whitefield preaches in Baptist church in Charleston at start of First Great Awakening

    George Whitefield preaches in Baptist church in Charleston at start of First Great  Awakening
  • Charleston Baptist Association – First Baptist association in the South

    Charleston Baptist Association – First Baptist association in the South
  • Richard Furman (1755-1825)

    Richard Furman (1755-1825)
    While Furman was serving as president of the Triennial Baptist Convention twice (1814-1817) and also forming and being elected president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention (1821-1825), the first statewide Baptist association in the States, he made establishment of an education fund and a national theological institution the denomination’s program of work, resulting in founding of Columbian College, Furman University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Mercer University.
  • Sandy Creek Baptist Association – Center of Separate Baptist movement

    Sandy Creek Baptist Association – Center of Separate Baptist movement
  • William B. Johnson (1782-1862)

    William B. Johnson (1782-1862)
    Johnson served both on the constitutional committee and as president of both the Triennial Convention (1814 / 1841-1844) and the SBC (1845 / 1845-1851), and successfully led the SBC by applying the centralized organizational plan of the South Carolina Baptist Convention which he also helped founding.
  • Luther Rice (1783-1836)

    Luther Rice (1783-1836)
    was one of the first men who recognized the need for denominational mission support, and successfully led organizing the Triennial Convention, the first nationwide Baptist organization.
  • John Dagg (1794-1884)

    John Dagg (1794-1884)
    Dagg, the first Southern Baptist theologian who wrote a systematic theology, wrote His Manual of Theology (1857) and Treatise on Church Order (1858) which left a profound impact on many colleges and seminaries for a long time as a comprehensive systematic theology and ecclesiology, and many of the founders of the SBC were also largely influenced by his beliefs and teachings.
  • John Taylor’s preaching begins Second Great Awakening

    John Taylor’s preaching begins Second Great Awakening
  • Basil Manly, Sr. (1798-1868)

    Basil Manly, Sr. (1798-1868)
    Even though Manly influenced the South greatly through his sermons and essays on numerous topics and also played a vital role in founding Furman University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as other denominational schools across the South, he was a strong supporter of slavery and the Secession Movement, which claim later brought dishonor to the SBC.
  • Robert B. C. Howell (1801-1868)

    Robert B. C. Howell (1801-1868)
    When Howell saw growing power and devastating impact of the Landmark movement in the Southwest, he immediately opposed its leader James R. Graves and the related institutions and guarded the Southern Baptist faith against Landmarkism.
  • Triennial Convention formed

    Triennial Convention formed
  • James R. Graves (1820-1893)

    James R. Graves (1820-1893)
    Graves led in the Landmark movement from its inception in 1851 for over a period of five decades which, despite the SBC's public disapproval of its beliefs in 1859, continued to lead much controversy among Southern Baptists for about 30 years and caused some gradual splits in the denomination.
  • Baptists appoint Lott Cary as first African-American missionary

    Baptists appoint Lott Cary as first African-American missionary
  • Baptists Disfellowship Campbellites

    Baptists Disfellowship Campbellites
  • B. H. Carroll (1843-1914)

    B. H. Carroll (1843-1914)
    Carroll was a distinguished leader who served on several state and Southern Baptist Convention committees and was also highly devoted to cause of higher education, which resulted in his teaching of theology and Bible in Baylor University (1872-1905) and contribution to the organization of the Baylor Theological Seminary (1905) and establishment of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1908) where he served as first president.
  • Southern Baptist Convention (including Foreign and Home Mission Boards)

    Southern Baptist Convention (including Foreign and Home Mission Boards)
  • James M. Frost (1848-1916)

    James M. Frost (1848-1916)
    Frost founded the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources, a general provider of materials for the denomination to this day), developed the graded series of lessons, published a sound and decent curriculum in the Sunday school educational program and the teacher-training program, and set up credential standards that can measure efficiency in Sunday school progress.
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary founded

    Southern Baptist Theological Seminary founded
    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was founded as the first of the six seminaries affiliated with the SBC and has produced thousands of faithful servants of the churches of the SBC and other Christian ministries throughout the world, and its professors and officers have played important leadership roles in the Convention.
  • Edgar Y. Mullins (1860-1928)

    Edgar Y. Mullins (1860-1928)
    Despite his theological middle course between fundamentalism and modernism, Mullins left profound impacts on many Southern Baptists in the 20th century while serving as president of the Southern Seminary (1899-1928), the SBC (1921-1924), the Baptist World Alliance (1923-1928) and chairman of the Baptist Faith and Message Committee (1925) and writing the famous systematic theology textbook, "The Christian Religion in Its Doctrinal Expression".
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    Civil War

    The Civil War, which devastated many of the SBC churches and educational institutions as well as the whole Southern society and economy, completely interrupted all of the efforts of the SBC including mission work, boards, and society-type bodies, which resulted in Northern Baptists' provision with missionaries, Sunday school literature, and the needed resources and the question whether Southern and Northern Baptists would reunite as a single denominational body, which Southern Baptists refused.
  • Toy’s dismissal from SBTS

    Toy’s dismissal from SBTS
    Crawford Toy, a professor of Old Testament interpretation and oriental languages at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1869 to 1879, questioned the doctrine of biblical inspiration and rejected a Christological meaning of several Old Testament passages and created much controversy in the SBC, which brought about his resignation and led many to embrace his historical-critical method of studying Scripture.
  • First Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

    First Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
    The first Lottie Moon Christmas offering, initiated by a Southern Baptist missionary Lottie Moon, raised $3,315, which enabled three new missionaries to go to China, and has raised more than $1,000,000,000 each year to this day to send and support Southern Baptist missionaries throughout the world.
  • Alberto Diaz to Cuba as SBC Missionary

    Alberto Diaz to Cuba as SBC Missionary
  • Baptists adopt Cooperative Program and Baptist Faith and Message

    Baptists adopt Cooperative Program and Baptist Faith and Message
    The Cooperative Program has provided stable and strong support (with over $500 million annually from local churches) for hundreds of SBC missions and ministries over 90 years.
    The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message, the first Southern Baptist confession of faith, has affirmed what Southern Baptists believed whenever new theological issues or controversies aroused and was a statement of faith and a symbol of orthodoxy for most SBC churches.
  • Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles

    Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles
  • Martyrdom of Bill Wallace in China

    Martyrdom of Bill Wallace in China
  • Ralph Elliot’s Message of Genesis

    Ralph Elliot’s Message of Genesis
  • Baptist Faith and Message Revised

    Baptist Faith and Message Revised
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    Growing controversy over the infallibility of Scripture within SBC

  • Adrian Rogers elected SBC president to start conservative revolution

    Adrian Rogers elected SBC president to start conservative revolution
  • Dallas Largest SBC in History (45,561)

    Dallas Largest SBC in History (45,561)
  • First meeting of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

    First meeting of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • R. Albert Mohler Appointed president at SBTS

    R. Albert Mohler Appointed president at SBTS
  • Racial reconciliation statement in SBC

    Racial reconciliation statement in SBC
  • Baptist Faith and Message revised to reassert inerrancy

    Baptist Faith and Message revised to reassert inerrancy