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Progressive National Baptist Convention Hosts 58th Annual Session in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA, AUG. 2, 2019 – The Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. (PNBC) will host its 58th annual session Aug. 5-9 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta under the theme “In Pursuit of Wholeness.” Thousands of local and international delegates will gather for a week of powerful and prophetic preaching, transformative teaching, worship and dynamic discussions featuring scholars and pastors from all over the world.

Formed in 1961, the Progressive National Baptist Convention is a vital Baptist denomination with 2.5 million members that proclaims The Gospel’s social justice message and equips church leaders to meet the needs of the voiceless across the globe.

Dr. Timothy Stewart, the 21st president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, made history by becoming the convention’s first president from the international region. Four priorities of his administration are: Recovery of the Sacred, Revitalization of Our CommunityMaximization of Our Potential and Promotion of Unity.

“PNBC’s beliefs have always reflected the core principles of the Civil Rights Movement. At this time in our history, it is no coincidence that this year we gather in Atlanta, Georgia – the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement. If ever there was a time we need to organize, strategize and take action, ‘tis now,” said Stewart, who will address the delegates on President’s Night, Thursday, Aug. 9.

Dr. Stewart and his cabinet will address the media as PNBC presents resolutions on reparations, immigration, the U.S. Census, the role of the Black Church in the 2020 elections, divisive language and attacks against four U.S. congresswomen of color and other hot-button issues. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other key figures will also be in attendance.

Other featured speakers during this power-packed week include activist, author and preacher Dr. Otis Moss Jr., who will address the convention during the Gardner C. Taylor Hour; the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church; Dr. Ngwedla Paul Msiza, president of Baptist World Alliance and senior pastor of Peniel Salem Baptist Church in South Africa; the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, senior pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia.; and the Hon. Stacey Abrams, attorney, author, voting rights activist and former Georgia legislator.

During the 58th annual session, PNBC leaders, members and attendees will examine topical issues through the lens of the Christian faith, including climate change, human trafficking, immigration and voting during classes, skills-building workshops, panel discussions and town hall meetings designed to equip them to take action when they return to their local congregations and communities. They also will commemorate the quadricentennial of the forced transatlantic voyage of enslaved Africans from Angola to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. Scholars from Jamaica, Africa, The Bahamas and Canada will discuss the first Baptist churches established by freed persons.


MONDAY, AUG. 5, 2019


In Pursuit of Wholeness: A Legacy of Faithful Leadership

4:30 p.m.: Music and Fine Arts Gathering 

7:30 p.m. Mission Night featuring Dr. Paul Msiza, president of the Baptist World Alliance 

TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2019


In Pursuit of Wholeness: The Legacy of Progress Through Education

7:30 p.m.

Honoring American Baptist College and Morehouse School of Religion



In Pursuit of Wholeness: Our Legacy of Prophetic Proclamation

7:30 p.m.

Freedom Banquet: “Commemoration to Celebration: Honoring Icons of the Movement,” with a keynote address by the Hon. Stacey Abrams 

9:15 p.m. 

The Fannie Lou Hamer Storya one-woman play starring award-winning actress Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye, followed by brief town hall discussion on voting rights and other matters.

11 p.m.

A Minute After Midnight: New this year, this signature social is designed to give millennials, young professionals and all interested individuals an opportunity to meet, network and connect with influencers and each other.

THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2019

Forum: “Rediscovering Our African Roots: Celebrating Our International Baptist Heritage”

7:30 p.m.

President’s Night, with a keynote address by 21st PNBC President Dr. Timothy Stewart 

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