2018 Annual Session


Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

Who We Are

The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., (PNBC) is a vital Baptist denomination with an estimated membership of 2.5 million people. PNBC was formed to give full voice, sterling leadership and active support to the American and world fight for human freedom. The convention was the convention-denominational home and platform for the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who addressed every annual session of the Convention until his death in 1968. New generations of Progressive Baptists are continuing the struggle for full voter registration, education and participation in society, economic empowerment and development, and the realization of universal human rights and total human liberation for all people.


PNBC’s charge is “equipping pastors and churches to be effective in ministry and lifting our voice on behalf of the voiceless.”


The PNBC vision is to unite African Americans to positively impact the community. 


About the President

Rev. Dr. James C. Perkins

The Reverend Dr. James C. Perkins has served as pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan for thirty-three years. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio (1990 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Fellow). An internationally recognized minister, Dr. Perkins fulfills speaking engagements at churches, seminaries, and conferences across the United States and abroad.

He is the author of Building Up Zion’s Walls: Ministry for Empowering the African American Family and Playbook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys, published by Judson Press (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania), His other writings, as well as profiles of his ministry and details of his community activism, have been included in both secular and Christian publications such as Black Enterprise, USA Today, Ebony, American Baptist, The African-American Pulpit, several edited works published by Judson Press, and the best-selling Success Runs in Our Race by George Fraser.  Read More...



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