Maritime Baptist Old First Churches: Narratives and Prospects


William H. Brackney with Evan L. Colford

Published jointly by ACBAS and the Editorial Committee, CBAC Historical Committee, 2019. Printed and Bound by Gaspereau Press, Kentville, NS.

This book is an edited volume of essays delivered at the Old First Church Conference held at Wolfville Baptist Church on 11–12 June 2015. This conference was the first of its kind to be held in Canada, picking up on a historical/theological paradigm first introduced by the Alban Institute in the United States. The purpose of the conference and the papers delivered by the conference participants was to explore heritage and ministry of several historic churches from the Maritime region in an effort to understand what these churches have done over the years that have allowed them to survive and thrive in an ever changing world.

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From the back of the book:

This book of essays follows an historical/theological paradigm introduced in the United States several years ago by the Alban Institute and the American Baptist Churches. Through several examples, “Old First Churches” are examined in light of their historic pilgrimages and their capacity to survive many generations of change. Fourteen Maritime Canadian Baptist writers are joined by a pastor/historical analyst from one of the oldest congregations in the North American Baptist family: First Baptist, Swansea, Massachusetts. The historic conference in 2015 was held over two days in the Wolfville Baptist Church, the oldest continuing Baptist congregation in Canada.

Our “Old First Churches” are a treasure in our midst, connecting us with those who have gone before us. Many times over, these enduring examples of Christian witness have responded to the Spirit in reinventing themselves. For the first time in Canadian Christian studies, their stories are told.

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Weight .339 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 13.4 × 1.5 cm