The Baptist History Preservation Society began in 1997 as a ministry of the Harvest Baptist Church in Rockwell, North Carolina. The burden, as set forth by its founding pastor, Jeff Faggart, has been to preserve and propagate the rich heritage of the Baptists.
Twenty-five years’ labour of the Harvest Baptist Church and its membership has yielded remarkable fruit and attracted numerous fellow helpers of the Society along the way. Today, BHPS includes a number of local churches while operating under a board of seven Regional Directors with posts in North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Maine.
Baptist History tours have introduced numerous Baptists to the people, places, and events of their past. According to testimony, these trips have been a source of inspiration, instruction, and enduring friendships.
More than two dozen Memorial Monuments have been raised across thirteen states, commemorating the lives and events of faithful Baptist churches and saints. We endeavor to place at least one such monument annually at graves, churches, and other sites of historical significance.
To date, eight museum-quality Paintings have been commissioned and completed. The scenes, rendered by professional artists, depict individuals and events consequential to the Baptists. Limited edition prints of each are available.
The BHPS Archives is singularly unique, consisting of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera of the Baptist faith, many of which cannot be found elsewhere. As items are discovered (through research), donated, or made available for purchase, the collection grows. Restoration and preservation of these treasures will help ensure that valuable resources remain within reach of students of the faith for generations to come.
Finally, we pursue the lifelong vision of Pastor Faggart in building a Baptist History Museum. A state-of-the-art facility would securely house the BHPS Archives and Paintings and make a wealth of knowledge and experiential learning available to many. It is our prayer that, in blessing the charitable labor of a few, the Lord will multiply the fruit of this ministry until his return and preserve it as a treasure-trove of refreshing for the saints.