January 1, 2022 | 2022, Annual Gathering, Events
Join us July 10-15 for this strategic gathering hosted by Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Baptist leaders from around the world will meet for this powerful time of prayer, fellowship, learning, and planning together.
Annual Gathering Opportunities
Gathering for the first time in two years, join with a global family of Baptist leaders through worship, prayer, learning, relationship building, and shared ministry.
Engage in racial justice-focused plenaries, Bible studies, regional ministry updates, and small group reflections developed by 14 BWA Commissions.
Join the “Leading for Social Change” Pre-Conference, follow a dedicated path through the Annual Gathering, and receive a leadership certificate.
Experience a visit to a nearby community that provides a historic lens as well as commissions us to serve as ongoing leaders pursuing racial justice around the world today.
Engage with BWA resolutions and resources and discover practical ways individuals, churches, and conventions can take immediate action to further racial justice around the world.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Allan Boesak
Dr. Boesak’s involvement in public life and South Africa’s freedom struggle began in 1976 when he began to play a leading role in resistance politics in the South Africa. In 1983, he called for the formation of the United Democratic Front which would grow into the largest, nonviolent, non-racial anti-apartheid formation in the history of the struggle.
A fervent believer in direct, militant, nonviolent action, he became its most visible leader at home and abroad. He worked with President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, and an array of African and world leaders to end apartheid. Come and hear from this racial justice visionary as together we gain a global perspective on this critical issue.
Dining and Accommodations
Stroll through the 240+ beautiful acres of Samford University and enjoy convenient onsite dining and accommodations. Comfortable rooms and a variety of meal options await.
Samford University, the 87th-oldest university in the United States, is a storied academic institution with international reach – including students from 48 states and 22 countries.
View a Special Welcome from Samford University President Beck A. Taylor.
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2012 Annual Gathering Articles
Edgar Pelacios responds to receiving the Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award
while his daughter and General Council member Raul Scialabia share the moment
Rothang Chhangte addresses the General Council after being formally appointed as the
director of Baptist World Aid while Human Resource Committee chair Jerry Carlisle looks on
Durosinjesu Ayanrinola acknowledges the General Council as he receives formal
appointment as BWA regional secretary for Africa
Retiring BWAid Director Paul Montacute, right, receives mementos from BWAid Committee chair Gary Nelson
BWA staff members Judy Campbell, Lee Hickman and Linda Falimy after they were recognized for
their time of service. Campbell and Falimy retire at the end of July. Hickman retires in December
Former BWA regional secretary for Latin America, Alberto Prokopchuk, left, and wife Elizabeth,
receiving appreciation for service to the BWA from First Vice President Daniel Carro
New BWA member body from Rwanda being received
Executive and regional meetings, and more fellowship time
Scenes from some affinity groups, commissions, worship and fellowship on July 4
Devotions and fellowship time
Scenes from an evening of culture and celebration with Chilean Baptists on July 2
Panelists at the Technology and Ministry forum
BWA staff members, from left, Lee Hickman, Linda Falimy and Carolina Mangieri managing the registration desk at the start of the Annual Gathering at the Sheraton Hotel in Santiago, Chile
Randel Everett, chair, presiding at the Congress Committee meeting on Sunday, July 1