Map of Alabama Baptist Associations
Information and resources pertaining to the associations of the Alabama Baptist State Convention.
Further information can be found by visiting the Special Collection department at Samford University.
ALABAMA CRENSHAW - Organized in 1933.
The Alabama Association, the fourth oldest Baptist association in Alabama, was organized in December of 1819. In 1889, the New Providence Association was organized. It changed its name in 1903 to Crenshaw County Association. The two associations remained separate until 1931 when a movement was begun to consolidate the two associations.
Walker, Louis C. History of the 18th Session of the Alabama-Crenshaw Baptist Churches. Luverne, Alabama, 1952.
Westin, Truitt G. Barbour Baptist Association: Past and Present. Barbour Co., The Association, 2004.
BETHLEHEM BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1816.
The Bethlehem Baptist Association was formed in Washington and Clark counties in 1816 and was originally known as the Beckbe BA. It later became known as Bethlehem BA in 1827. The Beckbe Association, also called Beche Baptist Association, was the first Baptist Association to be formed within the state lines of Alabama. Alexander Travis was a leading force behind the forming of the association and was a leading missionary and pastor for the area.
Morton, Ann W., History of Dale County Baptist Association 1865 –
BIBB BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1902.
In October of 1901, the Mulberry Missionary Association discussed the need for a new county Baptist association. In November of the following year, Bibb County Baptist Association was organized at Centerville Baptist Church. Nineteen churches voted to join the new association.
The Bigbee Baptist Association can be traced back to 1853 when the Bigby River and the Central Association discussed a need to create one association for the area. Churches formerly located in North Sumter county and Green county left the Little Bigby River Association to join the Bigbee Association. Churches located in South Sumter left the Central Association to join the Bigbee Association. Bigbee took its name from the “Little Bigby River” Association.
BIRMINGHAM BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
- Organized in 1833.
In September of 1833, representatives from 10 churches located in Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties met to form the Canaan Baptist Association. The meeting took place at the Canaan Baptist Church in Jonesboro. The name of the association was taken from this meeting site. The Canaan Association was one of the first mission minded associations to be formed in Alabama. The name of the Association changed in 1890 when it became known at the Birmingham Baptist Association.
Allen, Lee N., Born for Missions: Birmingham Baptist Association 1833-1983, 1984.
BLOUNT BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
- Organized in 1858.
Originally known as Warrior River BA. Name changed to Blount BA in 1906
BULLOCK-CENTENNIAL BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1876.
Constituted as Centennial BA in 1876, became Bullock-Centennial in 1917.
BUTLER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1903.
The churches which banned together in 1903 were members of several other associations prior to the forming of the Butler Baptist Association. These churches were affiliated with either the Conecuh, Bethlehem, Pine Barren, Alabama, or Zion Baptist Associations.
Joyner, J. M., A History of the Baptists of Butler County 1819-1957, 1957,
In 1892 churches from the Coosa River Association and the Tallasahatchee and Ten Island Association asked to be dismissed in order to form a new association closer to home. In May that same year 29 churches met at the Jacksonville First Baptist Church and began the Calhoun Baptist Association.
Higginbotham, Miriam. One Hundred Years of the Calhoun Baptist
Association 1892 - 1992, 1992.
CAREY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1855.
By 1854 a number of churches had formed in the territory which would become Clay County. Due to the geography of the area, these churches found it difficult to send messengers to area associations. In 1854 at Rechab Church, a number of churches met to discuss the development of a new Baptist association. Prior to this meeting, many churches were members of the East Liberty Baptist Association or they were not affiliated with an association. Because these churches were committed to missions, it was decided that the association would be named after William Carey, a widely respected English Baptist minister who was dedicated to missions. The association had there first annual meeting the following year.
Dean, John William. History of Carey Baptist Association. 1976.
Brewer, George Evans.A History of the Central Association of Alabama: From It's Organization in 1845 - 1895. Opelika, Alabama, Post Pub. Co., 1895
Culver, Renee.Central Baptist Association, 1845 - 1995; "150 Years of Ministry," Rockford, Alabama; The Association. 1995.
At the 74th annual meeting of the Mulberry Missionary Baptist Association in 1901, it was decided that Chilton County needed it's own Baptist Association.
McLelland, Franklin and Dora Beard. History of churches: Choctaw
Baptist Association. Butler, AL: The Association, 2000.
CLARKE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1883.
Originally South Bethel BA. 1883 - 1901
Shoffner, Roy. "Go Ye Therfore..." Touching People for Christ: History of Coffee County Baptist Association, 1981 - 1998. New Brockton, AL: Coffee County Baptist Association, 1998.
Strozier, Albert L. Coffee County Baptist: History of the Coffee county Baptist Association of Alabama and of the Forty-Five Member Churches of the Body. Birmingham, AL: Coffee County Baptist Association, 1981.
Newman, Margaret Keelen. Coosa River Baptist Association, 1833 - 1983. 1986.
Sartain, J. A. History of the Coosa River Baptist Association.
COVINGTON BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1856.
Constituted as Zion BA, name changed to Covington Baptist Association in 1903 then back to Zion in 1904. The name was again changed back to Covington Baptist Association in 1932.
Morton, Ann W. History of Dale County Baptist Association, 1865 - 1993. Ozark, AL: The Association, 1993.
DEKALB BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1842.
The DeKalb Baptist Association was originally known as the Liberty Baptist Association. The first meeting of the association was held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in St. Clair county in 1842. In October of 1905 the name was changed to the Dekalb Baptist Association.
140th Anniversary Annual & Church History, DeKalb Baptist Association, Alabama. Rainsville, AL: The Association, 1982.
Ables, Ed. A History of the DeKalb Baptist Association: Early Struggles and Growth. 1984.
Curtis, J. Valdor. A History of the DeKalb Baptist Association, 1944.
Nunnelly, Nadine A. Baptists of Cullman County, 1883 - 1983: Abstracts of the Minutes of the Cullman County Baptist Associations. Cullman, AL: N.A. Nunnelly, 1985.
Bledsoe, W. C. History of the Liberty (East) Baptist Association of Alabama. Atlanta, GA: Constitution job office, 1886,
McGinty, Basil B. History of East Liberty Baptist Association,
Chambers County, Alabama: 125 Years: 1836 - 1961. Alexander City,
AL: Outlook Publishing Co., 1963.
ELMORE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1914.
Formerly was called Montgomery BA from 1882 - 1913 and before that, Central BA from 1845 - 1913.
Brewer, George Evans . A History of the Central Association of Alabama: From It's Organization in 1845 - 1895. Opelika, Alabama, Post Pub. Co., 1895.
Davidson, Sue. A History of the Etowah Baptist Association, 1884
- 1991. Gadsden, AL: The Association, 1991?.
FAYETTE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1919..
Originated as New River BA in 1871. Name changed to Fayette County BA in 1919.
Newell, Herbert M. and Jeanie P. Newell. History of Fayette County
Baptist Association. Birmingham, AL : Banner Press, 1968.
FRANKLIN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1898.
Originally was called Shady Grove BA. It became Franklin BA in 1918. Several churches continued Shady Grove until 1941.
The Madison Baptist Association has changed names many times since it was organized in 1838. It began as the Liberty Baptist Association in 1838 and remaind under that name until 1884. From 1885 - 1887, it was known as the North Liberty Association, In 1888 it went back to being called the Liberty Association. It remained Liberty untill 1912 when it changed back to the North Liberty Association. In 1916 it became the Madison Liberty Association. In 1959, it became known as the Madison Baptist Association.
Marshall Missionary Baptist Association, 1887 - 1987 : A Century
of Witness and Ministry Alabama: the Association, 1987.
MOBILE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1855.
Originated as Providence BA in 1855. The name changed to Gulf Cost BA in 1877 and to Mobile Baptist Union in 1880. It became the Mobile Baptist Association in 1886.
MUD CREEK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1871.
Parsons, W. B. A History of the Mud Creek Baptist Association: Organized at Mud Creek Church in the Fall of 1871 : Written for the Association and for the Southern Baptist Convention Historical Society. Alabama : The Association, 1957.
Varnell, J. Nelson. Early Baptists of Jackson County, 1821 - 1921.
Counts, James Hobson. Laboring Together With God : A History of
the North Jefferson Baptist Association (1893 - 1988).
PICKENS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1835.
Originated as Union BA. The name changed to Pickens BA in 1924
History of the Churches of the Pine Barren Baptist Association, 1825 - 2001. Frisco City, AL : Pine Barren Baptist Association, 2001.
Bedsole, Tatum. Program of the 50th Session of the Sardis Missionary
Baptist Association Held with Hacoda Baptist Church October 12 and 13,
1944. History of Sardis Missionary Baptist Association. Kinston,
AL : Bedsole, 1944.
SELMA BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1883.
Helmbold, F. Wilbur. Selma, The Gospel at Work. Birmingham, AL : Banner Press, 1983.
Atchison, Ray M. Baptists of Shelby County: History of the Shelby Baptist Association of Alabama. Birmingham, AL : Banner Press, 1964.
Butler, Cathy. Serving Christ Together for 150 Years: The History of Churches of Shelby Baptist Association. Birmingham, AL : Cornerstone Media, 2002.
SIPSY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1890.
Sipsy Baptist Association, Centennial Committee. A History of the Sipsey Baptist Association: Tuscaloosa, Fayette, and Pickens Counties, Alabama, 1890 - 1889. 1990.
Saint Clair Baptist Association. Women's Missionary Union. History of the St. Clair Associational WMU, 1923 - 1987. 1987.
TUSCALOOSA BAPTIST ASSOCIATION - Organized in 1834.
Foster, Henry B. History of Tuscaloosa county Baptist Association 1834 - 1934 : a Record of the Development of Baptist Interest in the Bounds of the Association, Containing Other Information of Concern to all Baptists, Sketches of the Churches and Biography. Tuscaloosa, AL : Weatherford Printing, 1934.
Hatchel, Carol T. History of the Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association : Two Decadws and More, 1953 - 1974. Tuscaloosa, AL : Weatherford Print Co., 1989.
Tuggle, Martha J. Walker Baptist Association, 1834 - 1984. Dora, AL: Davis Engraving Co., 1984.