ELDER DR. BERNARD C. YATES RE-ELECTED TO A THIRD TERM AS GENERAL PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA
On Thursday, August 24, during the 110th Annual Session of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA in Greensboro, NC, Elder Dr. Bernard C. Yates was re-elected to a third term as General President.
Yates, the 13th President and the sixth leader from the State of Florida to serve as General President since its inception, is the Pastor of Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida.
“I feel the delegation spoke loud as Elder Yates was re-elected to a third term. Under his leadership, we have experienced visionary leadership driven by the spirit of God and led by a providential re-imaging of our path and quest to educate, equip, and empower believers to fulfill the “Great Commission” of the Church of Jesus Christ. ‘We look forward to seeing the completion of several of his goals as he begins his third term as our president,'” stated Deacon Harold Batts of Huntsville, Alabama, President of the Church School Congress, Chairman of the Publishing Board of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, and Administrator of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Mobile Academic Training Academy (MATA).
A native of Mobile, Alabama, President Yates is a product of Bishop College, Dallas, Texas. He received the Master of Arts degree (with High Distinction) in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in Evansville, IN; the Master of Theological Studies with an emphasis in Systematic Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA; and, he is currently pursuing the Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Preaching at Clamp Divinity School of Anderson University, Anderson, South Carolina. (President Yates was bestowed a Doctorate of Divinity—Honoris Causa—from St. Thomas Christian College, Jacksonville, FL.)
He is married to the former Vonda Allen and they are the proud parents of one daughter and son-in-law, LeBrea and Rickey Duffy, and the proud grandparents of two grandsons, Ricayden Allen and RiKeylon Bernard Duffy.
College credit transfer agreement between the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Evangelical Training Association, Faith International University, and Huntsville Bible College has been signed!
Filled with an audience of individuals representing national officers, regional vice presidents, state presidents, moderators, auxiliaries, delegates, laity, and friends, an Articulation/Transfer Agreement between the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Evangelical Training Association (Calumet, IL), Faith International University (Tacoma, WA), and Huntsville Bible College (Huntsville, AL) was signed on Mondaynight, February 20, 2017, at St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL, during the Annual Board of Directors Worship Service.
This agreement allows members of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA who apply, are accepted in the Training Academy, and complete the Training Academy program to earn and transfer approved ETA certificate level credits toward the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and/or the Master Degree Program in Evangelical Studies at Faith International University and Huntsville Bible College. Currently, five faculty members from our convention with advanced degrees have been vetted to teach the approved courses at the Training Academy.
Dates and locations for the Training Academy Program are forthcoming.
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