Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr.
Our theme for 2013 is "Securing Our Future: A People of Service." In 2013, I ask that we move forward in securing our future by making a "New Commitment," just as the prophet Nehemiah did in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.  Our charge is to rebuild the walls of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, our churches, communities, nation and world, and I am pleased that we have very capable and stable leadership as we move forward in doing so.   Our beloved brother Dr. Ralph Canty stepped down as Interim General Secretary at the end of January, and the  Rev. Kip Banks, Sr. took over from him in what has been a smooth transition.  We are grateful to Dr. Canty for his dedicated leadership, and we will thank him for his service with a special celebration to be held at our upcoming annual meeting in Detroit. This is an exciting time in the life of our convention as we together work to secure our future.  
 A key area that we're focusing on is the well-being of our children including partnering with the St. Jude Children's Hospital and the Sunday of Hope program to help children suffering from pediatric cancer, sickle cell disease and other catastrophic illnesses.   ///For More Information Click Here!  

I'm praying that you'll join with us as we support this program and others in the days ahead as we continue to uphold the blood stained banner of Jesus!  

Dr. Baltimore, Dr. Pitts, & Rev. Banks meet with Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches & his assistant.
Dr. Baltimore has been busy promoting PNBC's agenda of Peace, Progress, Service and Fellowship on an international basis.  At the end of January, he led a delegation of 22 African American church leaders including the Reverend Steven Thurston, President, National Baptist Convention of America, on a peace finding trip to learn firsthand about the geo-global importance of  Middle East  Peace.  The result of the trip will be policy recommendations for creating peace between the Arabs and Israelis that will be shared with the US Congress and with International Peace Keeping organizations.   Also, on Friday, February 9, Dr. Baltimore held a key meeting with the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.  During the meeting, Dr. Baltimore shared his insights from the Mid-East trip and also discussed Christian developments worldwide.  The World Council of churches  is the leading ecumenical international Christian body of which PNBC is an active member.

One of the most inspiring things that I experienced while at the PNBC Midwinter board meeting in Nassau, Bahamas was the native "Junkanoo" celebration that PNBC members were privileged to participate in as a part of the host committee's activities. To those unfamiliar with Junknoo, to take part in the celebration is like taking part in an African Village Dance, a church Holy Dance, and a Black College Band marching band all wrapped-up into one! At our meeting, the Junkanno band played the Negro spiritual "I'll Fly Away," on the trumpet as others beat drums and dancers proceeded to march around in circles. All who witnessed the phenomenon were caught up in the Spirit and when I reflected upon the experience, it reminded me of what PNBC is all about. 

What caught me in particular was that the horns blew the melody with a "certain sound." It reminded of what Samuel DeWitt Proctor talks about in his book "The Certain Sound of the Trumpet" in talking about African American preaching. It's a prophetic sound, a distinct sound. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had this sound, Dr. Gardner Taylor has this sound, Dr. Charles Adams has this sound and our current President Dr. Carol A. Baltimore Sr. has this sound too. It's the sound of a voice crying in the wilderness, a sound calling for an end to poverty, the passage of gun control legislation, the passage of a fair federal budget and for peace in the Middle East. 

What also struck me was that while some were blowing trumpets, others were beating drums to keep the horn players in rhythm, and what I realize is that it's my new job as PNBC's Interim General Secretary to beat the drum so that our convention stays in step administratively. But it's not just my job, I need your help in beating the drum too! I need your help in supporting our  convention financially and attending our meetings and committing to blowing your prophetic horn until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream!

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.

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Pastor Bell and First Lady Michelle Obama
PNBC Pastor, E. Winfred Bell, Pastor of Mt. Olive Second Baptist Church (CA) was among the special guest invited to attend President Obama's state of the Union Address as he urged the US Congress to take a vote on gun control legislation.  Pastor Bell, who has a Silver Lining of Hope Anti-Violence program also testified before Congress and was featured on the Soledad O'Brian Show about stopping gun violence.  Please make certain that you have weighed in with your federal and state lawmakers and urged them to pass legislation banning assault weapons and requiring more extensive background checks for all gun purchases.


by Robert Earl Houston

Due to the nature of our vocation, there comes times when all of us are pastoring under pressure. For some it's due to a misunderstanding in biblical authority within a local church; For some it's a miscommunication or misunderstanding by a member toward the pastor or vice-versa; For others it can be a continuation of a fight that began years before your advent as pastor and now you're caught in the middle of a "Hatfield vs. McCoys" battle that has killed other pastors throughout the history of the church; For others it's an old fashioned personality conflict or even, spiritually, a battle between two spirits

Upcoming Events
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Sunday, April 14

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You  are invited to join

The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

 for a day of advocacy


"A Time of Sacrifice: 

Saving Lives and Engaging Communities"


Thursday, April 4, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


in honor of the life and legacy of  OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.


To participate and receive additional information, please contact PNBC Headquarters at 601-50th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019 or call 202-396-0558



The Eastern Region 


The Eastern Region meets the week following the third Sunday in March:  

MARCH 20-22, 2013. 

The session will be held at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 

400 Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne, Pennsylvania    


The Eastern Region Congress of Christian Education meets separately the week following the fourth Sunday in June:

JUNE 24-28, 2013.


The Midwest Region



The Midwestern Region and their Congress of Christian Education meets the week following Easter Sunday. APRIL 1-4, 2013

 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The session will be at the Hyatt Regency Lexington, 401 West High Street,
Lexington, Kentucky 


Reservations can be made by calling (800) 233-1234.  Room rate is $114 per night before taxes.  Reservation office is available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Southern Region

The Southern Region and their Congress of Christian Education meets the week following the Third Sunday in June. JUNE 17-21, 2013. 

The Southern Region will meet at the Crown Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel, 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30344.  The room rate is $115 per night plus taxes. 

The Southwestern Region


The Southwestern Region and their Congress of Christian Education meets the week following the fourth Sunday in June. JUNE 24-28, 2013.




The International Region



The International Region, comprised of our brothers and sisters in international areas including the United Kingdom, Africa, the Bahamas, other Islands, and Cuba. 


This Region and their Congress of Christian Education meets in Nassau, The Bahamas the Thursday through Sunday leading to Memorial Day (US) in May. 

This year's meeting will be held May 17-19, 2013 in Nassau, The Bahamas. 




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