American Baptist International Ministries

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American Baptist International Ministries
Founded1814; 206 years ago (1814)
FoundersWalter Gowans
Rowland Bingham
Thomas Kent
HeadquartersKing of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 70 countries
FieldsChristian Missionary Outreach
AffiliationsAmerican Baptist Churches USA

American Baptist International Ministries is an international Baptist Christian missionary society. It is a constituent board affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA. The headquarters is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States.


Adoniram Judson, co-founder of the Missionary Society

The Society was founded in 1814 as the Baptist Board for Foreign Missions by the Triennial Convention (now American Baptist Churches USA). [1] The first mission of the organization takes place in Burma with the missionaries Adoniram Judson and Ann Hasseltine Judson. [2] Other missions that followed took place in Siam in 1833, India in 1840, China in 1842, Japan in 1872 and Philippines in 1900. [3] It is renamed American Baptist Missionary Union in 1845, American Baptist Foreign Mission Society in 1910, American Board of International Ministries in 1973.[4] In 2018, it has 1,800 volunteers in 70 countries. [5]

Prominent American Baptist Missionaries[edit]

See also[edit]

The first chapel in the proximity of Kintambo, now "avenue de l'Avenir", quartier Basoko, Ngaliema, founded 1891 by Sims Aaron, legal representative to ABFMS.


  1. ^ George Thomas Kurian, Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, Volume 5, Rowman & Littlefield, USA, 2016, p. 63
  2. ^ Thomas Armitage, A History of the Baptists: Traced by Their Vital Principles and Practices, The Baptist Standard Bearer, USA, 2001, p. 814
  3. ^ David Shavit, The United States in Asia: A Historical Dictionary, Greenwood Publishing Group, USA, 1990, p. 7
  4. ^ Daniel G. Reid, Robert D. Linder, Bruce Shelley, Harry S. Stout, Craig A. Noll, Concise Dictionary of Christianity in America, Wipf and Stock Publishers, USA, 2002, p. 14
  5. ^ ABIM, HISTORY,, USA, retrieved November 30, 2018

Primary sources[edit]

  • The Baptist missionary magazine Multiple issues online free from 19th century
  • American Presbyterian Mission (1867). Memorials of Protestant Missionaries to the Chinese. Shanghai: American Presbyterian Mission Press.

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