Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Vester E. Wolber

Second Advisor

Dr. Bob Riley

Third Advisor

Dr. Henry C. Lindsey


The purpose of this study is to examine records, reports, and historical accounts of the work which the Baptists in the South contributed to our mission heritage prior to 1845. The data for this study has been gathered from publications from the religious press in the South Atlantic states from 1802 to 1845.

Since the Baptists first came to America they have enjoyed phenomenal growth, and the growth has been steady and sustained. The mission work of Baptists of the South grew out of the lives of people who dared to disagree with the dogmas of the Established Church and were committed to the task of establishing their convictions.

Despite the conflicts and difficulties that came, the Baptists of the South continued to grow and lay a solid foundation for the soon to be organized Southern Baptist Convention. The Convention came into being in 1845 after the division of the Northern and Southern Baptists.



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