Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Vester Wolber

Second Advisor

Dr. Cecil Sutley

Third Advisor

Dr. Raymond Coppenger


Z. C. Taylor and W. B. Bagby were sent as Baptist missionaries to Salvador, Baia, Brazil in 1882. The two men began the Baptist work together. The name of W. B. Bagby is well known, but that of Taylor was largely ignored. The histories of Baptist work in Brazil, both in English and Portuguese, made little mention of Z. C. Taylor.

The purpose of this study is two fold. First, it seeks to emphasize and illustrate the vital role of Z. C. Taylor in the earliest Baptist initiatives in Brazil. Second, it makes readily accessible his personal account of many Baptist beginnings in Brazil. This autobiography denominated "The Z. C. Taylor Manuscript" has been critically reproduced in its entirety.



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