American Baptist Association

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The American Baptist Association (ABA), formed by a merger of two related groups in 1924, is an association of Baptist churches.[1] The principal founder was Ben M. Bogard, a pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. ABA headquarters, including its bookstore and publishing house, Bogard Press, is based in Texarkana, Texas.[2]

American Baptist Association bookstore and publishing house in Texarkana

Geographical distribution[edit]

In 2009, the American Baptist Association reported 1,600 congregations and 100,000 members.[1] The largest number of associated churches are in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and on the west coast, with churches also in most of the United States. The association also has a presence in several countries outside the United States, most notably Mexico and the Philippine Islands.[3]


  1. ^ a b Data from the National Council of Churches' Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches
  2. ^ "Benjamin Marcus Bogard (1868–1951)". Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ 2010-2011 American Baptist Association Online Yearbook Directory

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