Arizona Southern Baptist Convention

The Arizona Southern Baptist Convention (ASBC) is an autonomous association of Baptist churches in the state of Arizona. It is one of the state conventions associated with the Southern Baptist Convention.[1]

Arizona Southern Baptist Convention
TypeReligious organization
Region served
Arizona, United States
Parent organization
Southern Baptist Convention


The ASBC was formed in 1928, but its origins are in the division between the Arizona Baptist Convention and the Northern Baptist Convention some years earlier, starting in March 1917 when a group of Baptists who objected to the liberal positions being held by the ABC, left the First Baptist Church of Phoenix and formed the Calvary Baptist Church of Phoenix. The pastor of the new church was C. M. Rock, who came from Asheville, North Carolina. On March 27, 1921 with Rock as their pastor, a group of people left the Calvary Baptist Church to form the First Southern Baptist Church, as a protest against the Northern Convention's stances on open communion, alien immersion, and interdenominational comity. In August of the same year, this new church joined the Southwestern Baptist Association of New Mexico.[2][3]

On September 21, 1928, Rock led the formation of the Baptist General Convention of Arizona. In May 1929, this was associated with the Southern Baptist Convention.[2] It retained the name Baptist General Convention of Arizona until 1961, when it changed its name to the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. [4]

As of 2010 there were 404 Southern Baptist congregations in Arizona, with 126,830 adherents.[5]

Affiliated OrganizationsEdit

  • Arizona Baptist Children's Services
  • Arizona Campus of Gateway Seminary
  • Arizona Christian Challenge
  • Arizona Woman's Missionary Union
  • Historical Commission, AZSBC

Further readingEdit

  • C. L. Pair (1989). A history of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, 1928–1984. Arizona Southern Baptist Convention.
  • "Arizona Southern Baptist Convention". Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists. 4. Broadman Press. 1982. p. 2087. ISBN 978-0-8054-6556-3.


  1. ^ "State Conventions and Local Associations: Arizona". Southern Baptist Convention. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  2. ^ a b Robert Andrew Baker (1980). Relations between Northern and Southern Baptists. Baptist tradition. Ayer Publishing. pp. 201–203. ISBN 978-0-405-12457-0.
  3. ^ Jesse C. Fletcher (1994). The Southern Baptist Convention: a sesquicentennial history. Broadman & Holman. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-8054-1167-6.
  4. ^ Pair, C. L. A history of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, 1928–1984. Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, 1989, p. 239.
  5. ^ "State Membership Report: Arizona". The Association of Religion Data Archives. Retrieved 2017-09-15.

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