Lebanese Baptist Convention
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The first known Baptist church in Lebanon was constituted at Beirut in 1895 by Said Jureidini (1866-1952). While on a trip from Lebanon to the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, Jureidini converted to the Christian faith and was baptized by the Third Baptist Church of St. Louis, Missouri. He initially received support to return to Lebanon from Baptists in St. Louis, and later by the Baptist General Association (forerunner of the American Baptist Association).
In 1904, Joseph K. David organized a second Baptist church in Lebanon at Rasheiya. Illinois churches formed the Baptist Gospel Missionary Convention for the purpose of supporting David. The Southern Baptist Convention sent missionary couple in 1948. The Convention was organized in 1955. The convention is a member of the European Baptist Federation.
In 1995, the Lebanese Baptist Convention was composed of 28 churches with about 1000 members.
- Baptists Around the World, Albert W. Wardin, editor. Broadman, 1995. ISBN 0-8054-1076-7
- Photographer in Lebanon: the Story of Said Jureidini, by Jane Carroll McRae. Broadman, 1969. ISBN 0-8054-4313-4
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