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Baptist Union of Southern Africa

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Baptist Union of Southern Africa
ClassificationEvangelical Christianity
AssociationsBaptist World Alliance
HeadquartersRoodepoort, South Africa

The Baptist Union of Southern Africa is a Baptist Christian denomination in South Africa. It is affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance. The headquarters is in Roodepoort.


The Baptist Union of Southern Africa has its origins in the first Baptist churches in Salem, Eastern Cape and in Grahamstown founded in 1823 by William Miller, an English Baptist pastor. [1] The first ordained Baptist preacher to travel to South Africa was William Davies, who was sent by the Baptist Missionary Society in England. He arrived in 1832 and ministered in Grahamstown for a short period. Work in Kariega, about 16 miles from Grahamstown, began in 1834. A German settlement around 1860 brought the first German Baptist work led by Carsten Langheim. A German pastor, Carl H. Gutsche, baptized J. D. Odendall, who founded the first Dutch-speaking Baptist church in South Africa in 1886. The Baptist Union was founded in 1877 by four English-speaking churches and one German-speaking church. [2]The South African Baptist Missionary Society was formed in 1892. [3] Black Baptist churches united to form the Bantu Baptist Church in 1927, under the auspices of the South African Baptist Missionary Society.

In 1951, the Baptist Union establishes the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa in Randburg and the Cape Town Baptist Seminary in 1974 in Cape Town. [4]

In 2017, it has 610 churches and 48,000 members. [5]


The Baptist Union of Southern Africa comprises a number of associations. Each association is made up of a number of autonomous local churches which prescribe to Christian tenets of belief and Baptist distinctives and hold voluntary membership with an association.

  • Baptist Northern Association
  • Western Province Baptist Association
  • Baptist Association of the Northern Cape
  • Border Baptist Association
  • Eastern Province Baptist Association
  • Free State Baptist Association
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal Baptist Association

See also


  1. ^ J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 296
  2. ^ William H. Brackney, Historical Dictionary of the Baptists, Scarecrow Press, USA, 2009, p. 533
  3. ^ J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 296
  4. ^ Isabel Apawo Phiri, Dietrich Werner, Handbook of Theological Education in Africa, Wipf and Stock Publishers, USA, 2015, p. 244
  5. ^ Baptist World Alliance, Statistics,, USA, retrieved November 26, 2018

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