Conferences

ACBAS proudly hosts conferences related to Baptist and Anabaptist studies. Upcoming and past conferences include:

CANADIAN BAPTIST SYMPOSIUM
Being Baptist: Past, Present, and Future

The Canadian Baptist Symposium takes place Saturday, 26 April 2025 and will feature on-site sessions at both McMaster Divinity College (MDC) and Acadia Divinity College (ADC), with additional participants joining remotely. Plenary speakers include Dr. David Bebbington (at ADC) and Dr. Michael Haykin (at MDC). Find more information at: https://acadiadiv.ca/acbas/event/canadian-baptist-symposium/

MAKING HISTORY: THIRTY YEARS AND COUNTING

The Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies celebrated its thirtieth anniversary on September 20-21, 2021. The event included a lecture, panel discussion, and digital exhibit. Learn more at https://acadiadiv.ca/acbas/event/making-history-acbas-30th-anniversary/.

The 17th Believers Church Conference

The 17th Believers Church Conference took place on 22-25 June 2016 at Acadia University. The conference theme was “The Tendency Towards Separation”.
The keynote address was “The Curse of Cults and the Scourge of Sects?” or “A ‘Come-­‐Outing’ of New Religious Movements,” presented by Eileen Barker from the London School of Economics.

Other speakers included William Brackney, Martin Rothkegel, Karen Smith, Douglas Foster, David Goatley, Russell Prime, John Roth, Allison MacGregor, Paul Wipf, Teun van der Leer, and Taylor Murray.

A compilation of papers from the conference will be published by Wipf and Stock.

The 18th Believers Church Conference took place in 2018 in Goshen, Indiana.

Watch for more information on the next Believers Church conference coming soon.

The Old First Church Conference

Canada’s first ever Old First Church Conference took place at Canada’s oldest continuing Baptist Church, the Wolfville Baptist Church, on 11-12 June 2015. The Conference theme was “What to do with mother?”

Keynote speaker was Dr. Charles Hartman, Senior Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church, Swansea, Massachusetts. This is the oldest Baptist Church in Massachusetts and the third oldest in North America. More information about speakers and schedule is available in the conference program.

Check out the Program

A compilation of papers from the conference was published by ACBAS and the Baptist Historical Committee as Maritime Baptist Old First Churches: Narratives and Prospects.

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