California Southern Baptist Convention

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The California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) is an autonomous Baptist association of churches in the state of California. CSBC includes 1,800 associated churches which in turn have 450,000 members.[citation needed] CSBC is one of the state conventions associated with the Southern Baptist Convention.[1] Additionally the CSBC controls and financially supports California Baptist University.[2][3]

CSBC was founded in 1940 as the Southern Baptist General Convention of California.[4] The convention changed its name to its current name in 1988.[4]

CSBC's Executive Director leading day-to-day operations of the convention is Fermín A. Whittaker who was appointed in 1995.[5]

Several times in recent decades efforts to change the name of the convention to remove "Southern" have failed.[3][6]


  1. ^ "State Conventions and Local Associations: Alaska". Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  2. ^ "CBU at a Glance". California Baptist University. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b Barone, Terry (November 20, 2007). "California Baptists adopt budget, reject bill related to Baptist Faith and Message". Associated Baptist Press. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ a b "History & Facts". California Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Fermín A. Whittaker, Executive Director". California Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  6. ^ "California's Southern Baptists keep name". Lodi News-Sentinel. Associated Press. November 7, 1999. p. 7. 

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