News from our 2023 Annual Meeting

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We greet you in the name of Christ, whose birth we await in this Advent season. We are excited to share news of our Annual Meeting, held this year in Washington DC, on October 30-31st.

You may recall that this year our theme was “Building Lasting Bridges,” a topic which is very relevant to each of us in our contexts. Our speaker, Katie Choy-Wong led us through many challenging exercises and conversations rooted in the person and work of Christ and the church. She worked to help us better understand that each of us brings a different set of perspectives which inform how we see the world and each other. We were invited into asking for and extending grace, especially to those whose cultural and ethnic backgrounds differ from our own. You can watch both the morning and afternoon sessions of Katie’s presentation here: NABF YouTube channel.

It was a meeting attended by representatives of over 16 million people who are members of our partner denominations. It was exciting to see such breadth and strong representation from across North America. Our gathering included the following denominations and groups and their representatives:

  • American Baptist Churches USA
  • Baptist General Association of Virginia
  • Baptist General Convention of Texas
  • Baptist World Alliance
  • Baptist Women of North America
  • Campbellsville University
  • Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada
  • Canadian Baptist Ministries
  • Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • DC Baptist Convention
  • French Baptist Union of Canada
  • Lott Carey
  • National Baptist Convention of America
  • National Baptist Convention, USA
  • Progressive National Baptist Convention
  • Zomi Baptists of North America

We were also thrilled to be able to introduce several new leaders from the US and Canada:

  • Renee MacVicar, who is the new leader of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada
  • Wayne Faison, who joined the leadership of the Virginia Baptists in the last year
  • Leanne Friesen, of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec
  • Raphaël Anzelberger, joined us from the French Baptist Union of Canada

We also welcomed and celebrated leaders of two additional denominations

  • Julio Guarneri, who took the lead role of the Texas Baptists this month, and finally
  • John K. Jenkins Sr., who has led Converge for just over a year

These introductions, as well as a number of other portions of our time together have been posted as videos on the NABF YouTube channel, in order to make them available to those who were not able to join us:

We are looking forward to continuing to add stories and resources from our time together.

Our next meeting will take place in Fall 2024. We look forward to sharing more details about that gathering soon.

In Christ,
Jeremy Bell

Jeremy Bell

General Secretary 
North American Baptist Fellowship


2023 NABF Annual Meeting

We were so grateful to have met together this past October 30-31st in Washington DC for our 2023 NABF Annual Meeting.

Please stay tuned here for links to videos from our time together, or visit our NABF YouTube channel.


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Denominational Events

As we each pursue life and mission within the community to which God has called us, it is sometimes helpful to be encouraged by the movements and happenings of our neighbours and fellow journeyers.

Below are just a few of the happenings we have selected to share from some of the denominations within our Fellowship. Follow the links below to learn more:


    • ABC USA:
      • EVERYDAY CONVERSATIONS: Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 3:00pm ET | Congregational Innovations: Rev. Dr. Greg Mamula will share about Congregational Innovations around the Table, noting: “We are hard-wired to flourish within the context of community. Innovative opportunities like Table life are a holistic approach to faith and life while fostering thriving community connections.” Rev. Travis Norvell will share about Congregational Innovations while riding a bike, taking the bus, and walking on a sidewalk as a way to connect with your neighborhood and discover God already at work in the world around you.
      • 2023 Biennial Mission Summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico – June 23-25, 2023 | Gather and connect with one another, hear directly from American Baptist partners and friends, worship together as one family of God, and learn the latest happenings across the American Baptist denomination.
    • CBOQ:
      • Assembly 2023: June 8-10 at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale | This year’s theme is “Associating, Belonging, Called”.
    • Churchnet (Baptist General Convention of Missouri)
      • Annual meeting coming up in April
    • DCBC (District of Columbia Baptist Conference): 
      • Mental Health First Aid training on May 23, and Youth Mental Health First Aid on May 18 @ Baptist Building | MHFA training helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis; YMHFA teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
      • Leadership Training Forum: Your church is called to the DCBC Leadership Training Forum on April 29, 2023, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church.  Workshops will cover:
        • How to have hard conversations with difficult people
        • The church’s responsibility for the well-being of children and vulnerable people (legally, morally, and ethically)
        • How to use technology beyond worship to communicate throughout the week
        • How to live excellently – continually growing in the faith while leading others
        • How everyone (lay people and clergy) might be better equipped to sit with people in grief
        • How to encourage, equip, evaluate and covenant build with your pastor (this is for clergy and lay leaders)
        • How to strengthen your prayer life
        • How to lead across cultures and traditions
    • NBCA
    • PNBC
    • Texas Baptists:
      • Future Church 2030 Conference: April 28-29 in El Paso TX | Exploring what the church of 2030 will look like and how we can best prepare today.
      • Family Meeting: July 16-18 in Mcallen, TX | Every five years we combine the Conventions of Texas Baptists, Hispanic Baptist Convention, the African-American Fellowship and our ethnic and cultural partners. When we worship together, we witness on Earth a glimpse of the unity we will one day see in Heaven.
    • Zomi Baptists Churches of America
      • Mission of Hope: April 10-22 Refugee Advocacy Delegation to Malaysia and India, including Tun Can Cap, President of Zomi Baptist Churches of America
      • MC Conference just took place on April 14-16 in Fort Worth, TX

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