Orissa Baptist Evangelistic Crusade
Orissa Baptist Evangelistic Crusade (OBEC) is a Baptist Christian church body in the state of Odisha in Eastern India. It is affiliated to the Baptist World Alliance. Its headquarters is in Bhubaneswar. OBEC has 405,000 baptized members and more than 650,000 total communicant members in 3,865 churches.
On 7 February 1822, Rev William Bampton, Rev James Pegg of General Baptist Missionary Society of England reached Orissa at the Pattamundai Coast and preached in Cuttack. The first baptism took place in Berhampur on December 25, 1827 of Shri Eron Senapoti served by Rev. Bampton. The first ordination of the Oriya preachers Rev. Gangadhar Sarangi and Rev. Ramchandra Jee Jachuck took place in 1835. In 1867 Indian Auxiliary Mission was formed and continued until 1899. Then, Indian Baptist Missionary Society was formed and continued till 1909. Afterward, that Society continued under other name, Utkal Christian Church Union, until 1933, when it changed of name again not as a Union but as part of a Central Council. Later the Orissa Baptist Evangelistic Crusade took over the Evangelical responsibility of Orissa Baptists since 1969 independently. As on 1 January 2006, OBEC has 26 consolidated Unions, 3240 churches and about 648,000 members above 13 years and 300,000 baptized believers.
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