The Revd Jenni Entrican has become the new President of the European Baptist Federation (EBF). Jenni, a former President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, became the second woman to assume the role following her induction at the EBF’s annual council in Yerevan, Armenia.
Rev Prof Dr Henk Bakker has been appointed to the James Wm. McClendon Chair for Baptistic and Evangelical Theologies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Seven partners signed a Partnership Agreement at the Baptist House in Amsterdam, September 1, 2017.
Today, on 23 August 2017, Karen and Knud Wümpelmann celebrate their 70th marriage anniversary. In the 1970s and 80s Knud Wümpelmann first served as President and later as General Secretary for the EBF. We congratulate Karen and Knud wholeheartedly, and wish them much love, joy and peace, and God’s blessings for the days to come!
On a Sunday morning in June, 25 new Christian believers were baptized in a nearby river in Turkey’s Black Sea region. In addition to seven Turkish believers, refugees from Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan were among those baptized.
Revd Dr Stuart Blythe, Rector of IBTSC Amsterdam will be leaving IBTSC to take up a new position as Associate Professor in the John Gladstone Chair of Preaching and Worship at Acadia Divinity College.
The Baptist Union of Wales celebrated its 150th anniversary. The celebration was held over two days in glorious sunshine with in excess of 400 people present representing a wide range of churches some of whom worship in Welsh and others in English.
Bangkok (BWA) -- American Elijah Brown, originally from the state of Texas, is being nominated to be the next general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). Neville Callam, a Jamaican, retires from that position in December after more than 10 years of service.
Approximately 300 Baptist leaders, pastors, theologians, seminary presidents, professors and interested Baptists from almost 50 countries are traveling to Bangkok, Thailand, for worship, fellowship, study and decision meetings.
While the Middle East region is going through disorienting times, Lebanon is experiencing new steps forward. An encouraging sense of hope was clearly evident in the meetings that a delegation from the European Baptist Federation, led by its General Secretary, the Revd Anthony Peck, and the Middle East Representative on the Federation’s Executive Committee, Dr. Nabil Costa, had with Lebanese officials last week.
The EBF Commission for Freedom and Justice met from 6-9 June in Sofia, Bulgaria. Following is a reflection by one of the commission members, Shane McNary. Shane and his wife Dianne are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Field Personnel in Europe, aiming to come alongside of local ministries to encourage, offer expertise, and support our efforts.