American Baptist International Ministries

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.

American Baptist International Ministries
Founded1814; 207 years ago (1814)
FoundersWalter Gowans
Rowland Bingham
Thomas Kent
HeadquartersKing of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 70 countries
FieldsChristian Missionary Outreach
AffiliationsAmerican Baptist Churches USA


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 in 1814.[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 had 1,800 volunteers in 70 countries.[5]

Prominent American Baptist MissionariesEdit

See alsoEdit

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 sourcesEdit

  • 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.

External linksEdit