Greetings Empire Family & Friends!
Welcome to EBMC online. As an organization that loves God and the people of God, we hope
that you will connect with us and share in the ministry resources & events that we have to offer.
We are a fellowship of unique, but united churches who share one main vision and goal, to lift up
the name of Jesus. If I can personally be of any assistance to you or your congregation, please
feel free to reach out. May God continue to richly bless you.
In His Service,
Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, Jr.,
Founded in 1886, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. (Convention) is the nation’s
oldest and largest African American religious convention with an estimated membership of 7.5
Mission & Objectives
The mission of the Convention is to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ through
preaching, teaching, and healing.
In addition to such ancillary purposes and statutory powers as are detailed in its Articles of
Incorporation, the basic objectives and corporate purposes of this voluntary global fellowship
are as follows:
1.To unite National Baptist churches, district associations, and state conventions in
Christian evangelism so as to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ through preaching, teaching, and healing;
2. To promote home and foreign mission efforts;
3. To encourage and support Christian education;
4. To publish and distribute Sunday School and other Christian literature, music, and other
works of art and religious expression; and
5. To engage in any other endeavors deemed fitting and proper in order to advance the cause of
Jesus Christ throughout the world.
If you are not sure of your spiritual gift(s), we invite you to take this on-line spiritual gifts test
for free and find out where God would have you utilize your gifts. Click here to take the
(Spiritual Gifts Test) and a list of our ministry opportunities below.
From our Marriage & Family Center focused on strengthening the family unit, to our large
conference space available for meetings and retreats, The Good News Center has it all. Explore
our site and learn more about what we can do for you, your family or your group.
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About the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference
The Ministers’ Conference began in 1914 when the Negro Organizational Society, the Conference
for Education in the South, the Southern Education Board, and the Cooperative Education Board
sought to address the growing concerns of the African-American church and its relationship to
the community. With Hampton Institute carrying strong influence with each of these community
organizations, it became the birth-place of the original Ministers’ Conference, then known as
The Conference of Negro Ministers of Tidewater, Va.
Held June 29-July 3, 1914, 40 ministers representing four denominations gathered in the
Memorial Church. The welcoming of clergy from all Christian denominations is what originally
set Hampton’s conference apart from the rest and has led to the success seen today.
The success of the first year led to further growth of the conference. The Rev. Dr. A. A. Graham
was elected president, the Rev. G. W. Jimmerson was elected vice president, and the Rev.
Laurence Fenninger, the Hampton Institute assistant chaplain, became executive secretary.
Since Fenninger, the position of executive secretary has always been filled by the university
chaplain, thus strengthening the bond between the University and the conference. For most of
the conference’s history, the position of University chaplain, and thus the conference executive
secretary, has been occupied by a white male. Only in 1976 did Dr. Michael A. Battle become the
first African American to serve in the position.
In its second year, the conference adopted the title of The Ministers’ Conference of Hampton
Institute (later the HU Ministers’ Conference) and spread beyond the Hampton Roads area to
include Richmond and Roanoke, Va. According to a report by Fenninger, the annual conference
was to be “held at the same time as the Summer School for Teachers with the hope that closer
cooperation might be brought about between ministers and teachers.”
In its early years the conference did face some opposition from various groups that questioned
its significance and the need for another gathering of ministers. There were already several
Baptist meetings and conferences being held in Virginia. However, the conference continued to
grow and flourish. Following World War I, a great migration of blacks from the South to the
North was underway, and the Ministers’ Conference reacted by broadening its focus from the
rural church to the needs of the urban church.
In 1934, the Annual Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild joined the annual conference following
the successful visit by the Westminster Choir School the previous year. The Rev. Samuel A.
Devan, university chaplain from 1930-1940, wrote in his report, “This aroused so much interest
that there have been requests that we provide in future conferences for the attendance of the
Church Music Directors.” Even today, the conference carries a strong bond with the Westminster
Choir School, now the Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
The HU Ministers’ Conference and Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild has also welcomed
famous individuals to the campus of Hampton University. Past attendees have included the
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1962; the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker of Abyssinian Baptist
Church in New York; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; the Rev. Al Sharpton; the Rev. T.D. Jakes; and
in 2007, Barack Obama.
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