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BWA’s 100th year in 2005 to include centennial history

WASHINGTON (BP)–The Baptist World Alliance, to mark the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2005, has commissioned the writing of a “Centennial History of the Baptist World Alliance.”
Denton Lotz, BWA general secretary, has announced that Richard Pierard, professor of history at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, will be the editor of the centennial history, with Eljee Bentley, of Birmingham, Ala., a retired Southern Baptist historian, and Gerald Borchert, professor of history at Northern Baptist Seminary, Lombard, Ill., serving as associate editors.
Also serving on the core committee will be James Leo Garrett Jr., distinguished professor emeritus of theology of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; John Briggs, principal, Westhill College, Birmingham, England; and Horace Russell, professor of the history of Christianity and dean of the chapel at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
Lotz will chair the core committee and Tony Cupit, the BWA’s director of study and research, will serve as adviser.
Pierard, an American Baptist, has a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is a former Fulbright scholar. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience and is the author of numerous books and articles in various encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries of religion, books and journals.
Historians from each of the six regional fellowships of the Baptist World Alliance will be asked to contribute to the book, Lotz said. In addition to the main authors, people from around the world also will be asked to contribute short vignettes to be printed throughout the book, he said.
Publication of the history will coincide with the BWA’s Centennial Congress celebrations in July 2005. The BWA is based in McLean, Va.

Burke is an executive assistant at the BWA.

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