New Journal tells about Baptist beginnings in Virginia...
The new issue of the Virginia Baptist Register, the annual journal of the Society, explores the beginnings of a Baptist presence in Virginia. Fred Anderson, executive director of the VBHS, has written an extensive article on "the Virginia Mission" which was undertaken by English Baptists beginning in 1714 and which resulted in the planting of the first Baptist church in Virginia in 1715 by Robert Norden. Also included in the journal are studies by two Virginia Baptist college students about church planting today through the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The students are Heritage Fellows appointed by the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies and are Katie Wilkins of Bluefield College and Abby Chapin of Virginia Tech.
The journal also includes a major article by Michael Witt, special projects assistant at the VBHS, on the impact of the Civil War upon Virginia Baptist churches. Witt made an exhaustive study of the period by using church and association records as well as issues of the Religious Herald for the war years.
The 2014 Register can be ordered for $18 including shipping and handling. Orders can be sent to VBHS, Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173. Copies will be mailed later this year to all annual members of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society.