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Southwestern Association of Baptist Churches Meets in Minnesota

Pastor Greg Linscott, left, speaks with Kevin Bauder at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Baptist Churches at First Baptist, Marshall, Minn. Photos by Dori Linscott, 13, of First Baptist.

MARSHALL, Minn.—First Baptist Church was privileged to serve as the host congregation for the 150th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Baptist Churches.

This regional fellowship dates back to the days of the Northern Baptist Convention. Member congregations, as part of the Minnesota Baptist Convention, left the NBC collectively during the fundamentalist-modernist controversies of the 1920s. The regional fellowship has maintained a commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture and the distinctive Baptist principles throughout its history.

The theme for this year’s gathering on March 25 was “Why Join a Baptist Church?”

Pastor Richard Riley of First Baptist, Lake Benton, Minn.

Dr. Kevin Bauder, research professor of systematic theology at Central Seminary and Regular Baptist Press author, used the opportunity to remind the congregations represented of their defining characteristics. Almost 100 people from seven affiliated congregations in southwest Minnesota and eastern South Dakota attended.