American Baptist Association

Not to be confused with American Baptist Churches USA.
American Baptist Association
Abbreviation ABA
Classification Protestant[note 1]
Theology Evangelical Baptist
Polity Congregational
President Randy Cloud
Region Worldwide, primarily the United States
Headquarters Texarkana, Texas
Origin March 4, 1924
Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas
Separations Baptist Missionary Association of America
Official website

The American Baptist Association (ABA), formed by a merger of two related groups in 1924, is an association of Baptist churches.[1] The principal founder was Ben M. Bogard, a pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. ABA headquarters, including its bookstore and publishing house, Bogard Press, is based in Texarkana, Texas.[2]

American Baptist Association bookstore and publishing house in Texarkana

Geographical distribution

In 2009, the American Baptist Association reported 1,600 congregations and 100,000 members.[1] The largest number of associated churches are in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and on the west coast, with churches also in most of the United States. The association also has a presence in several countries outside the United States, most notably Mexico and the Philippine Islands.[3]

Missionary Baptist Seminary

After the Missionary Baptist College in Sheridan closed due to economic woes of the Great Depression in May 1934, Dr. Conrad N. Glover, along with Dr. Ben M. Bogard and Dr. J. Louis Guthrie made plans to develop a new seminary. In September 1934, the Missionary Baptist Seminary was started out of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Conrad N. Glover was the First President of the seminary, with Dr. J. Louis Guthrie as Vice President. Dr. Ben M. Bogard, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Little Rock, Arkansas at that time, was elected Dean of the school.[4] In May 1979, the Seminary relocated to Stagecoach Road in Little Rock, and has remained there since.[5] The current President of the seminary is Carroll Koon, who is also the current pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.[6] Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is a church of the American Baptist Association, and the seminary is a ministry of the church, therefore the seminary is a part of the American Baptist Association also.


  1. Most Missionary Baptist churches teach Baptist successionism and do not consider themselves Protestant.


  1. 1 2 Data from the National Council of Churches' Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches
  2. "Benjamin Marcus Bogard (1868–1951)". Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  3. 2010-2011 American Baptist Association Online Yearbook Directory
  4. "Missionary Baptist Seminary History" (Click About-> History to view the above information)
  5. "Missionary Baptist Seminary Contact" (Click on Contact to see the above information)
  6. "Missionary Baptist Seminary Administration" (Click on About-> Administration to view the above information)

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