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National Primitive Baptist Convention to meet in Charlotte
Greater Mt. Moriah is host site, Feb. 21-24
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:21 am
by Herbert L. White

National Primitive Baptist Convention USA President Bernard Yates.
















The National Primitive Baptist Convention USA will meet in Charlotte next month.

National and regional officers as well as pastors and lay people will meet February 21-24, for the annual board of directors meeting and F.L. Livingston Institute at Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, 727 West Trade St. The meetings and services are free.

Greater Mount Moriah Elder Chester F. Brown III, the host pastor, will deliver the opening sermon on February 21 with the Howard Strickland Association Choir and Greater Mount Moriah Choir providing inspirational music.

The largest concentration of National Primitive Baptist Convention members is in Florida, followed by Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and North Carolina.

Charlotte’s connections to Primitive Baptists go to the organization’s first president, the Reverend James Carey (1907-13), who was pastor at Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church. The denomination’s mid-winter meeting conducts business for the national body, hosts worship services and promotes evangelism.   

The F.L. Livingston Institute, founded in 1978, provides an opportunity for ministers and laity to receive academic enrichment.

Institute sessions are scheduled for February 23-24. Elder Brandon Mason, pastor of Locust Ridge Primitive Baptist Church, Arrington, Tennessee, will lecture on "Reaching Millennials with a Relevant Message and Method to Serve This Present Age." Elder Roger Russell, pastor of Stones River Primitive Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will discuss "Be Evangelistic, Be Enable, and Be Effective."

Stanley Long of Evangelical Training Associates will facilitate two planning sessions during the scheduled four days of activities. On February 22, a planning session will be held for church school and school of religion leadership. On February 23, Long will conduct planning sessions for pastors and leaders, including discussions relative to what they consider as needs concerning Christian education and training.


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