National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA To Sign College Credit Transfer Agreement with Evangelical Training Association (ETA), Faith International University, and Huntsville Bible College During Its Annual Board of Directors Meeting in Huntsville, AL
(Pensacola, FL – January 30, 2017) For the first time, an Articulation/Transfer Agreement between the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA and Evangelical Training Association (Chicago, IL), Faith International University (Tacoma, WA), and Huntsville Bible College (Huntsville, AL) will be signed on Monday, February 20, 7 p.m., during the Annual Winter Board of Directors Worship Service in Huntsville, AL at St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Church, 3020 Belafonte Avenue, NW. This agreement will allow members from the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA to transfer ETA certificate level credits toward pursuing the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Master Degree programs in Evangelical Studies at Faith International University and Huntsville Bible College—partnering institutions contributing to the award of an applicable degree program of study from competency-based programs and/or approved academic seminars.
On August 25, 2016, Elder Dr. Bernard C. Yates, president of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, presented to the national denomination his Fourth Recommendation that stated, “As we continue our partnership with ETA, I am recommending that we move toward establishing partnerships with institutions of higher education (i.e., Huntsville Bible College, Huntsville, AL and Faith Seminary University, Tacoma, WA) to ensure that the awarded ETA certificate courses would transfer toward a degree program.” The General Body collectively passed the recommendation on Thursday, August 25.
“I am grateful, as president, to the General Body of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA of their approval and I am extremely grateful to Dr. Gloria Bonner, our consultant, Deacon Harold Batts, President of the Church School and Training Union Congress, and the Pilot Team for their significant contributions toward bringing this dream to a reality.” Batts, the son of a third generation Primitive Baptist preacher and pastor, Dr. Terry M. Batts, Sr. stated, “The Church School Congress is in a unique support role where we have an annual, yet expanding opportunity, to assist in providing enhanced teaching and learning outcomes of members of our local churches, Associations, and State conventions, as they radically pursue the Great Commission. This momentous partnership brings us closer to meeting the needs of our constituents in their local communities and throughout the year.”
Under the direction of the General Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Elder Kenneth A. Duke of Miami, FL, national officers, auxiliary heads, regional vice presidents, state presidents, moderators, pastors, elders, and laity of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, who will assemble to conduct business on behalf of the national body; participate in worship services; promote evangelism, education and training, and the study of God’s Word; and fellowship with each other are expected to witness this monumental, historic signing ceremony.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA
Inspired by a desire for unity and Christian fellowship among Primitive Baptists in the United States of America, the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA (representing Primitive Baptist churches of African heritage in 18 states) was organized on July 17, 1907 at St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL, as the Colored Primitive Baptists of America by Dr. Clarence Frances Sams of Key West, Florida and Elder George S. Crawford of DeLand, FL. Dr. Sams and Elder Crawford enlisted the support and cooperation of leading pastors and moderators of Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Today, the largest concentration of Primitive Baptists who are members of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, is located in the State of Florida, followed by the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and North Carolina/Virginia.
The public is invited to attend.
Reporter, National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA