From the Moderator:
Welcome to the website of the Philadelphia Baptist Association! The PBA, organized in 1707, is the oldest association of Baptist Churches in America. It is my joy and privilege to serve the PBA as moderator.
We celebrate the diversity within our region. Our 124 congregations are from different ethnic, language, and socio-economic backgrounds and different theological perspectives. The PBA is, in fact, one of the most diverse regions in American Baptist Life. Though different in many ways, on this we are united: It is our desire to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
It is my desire and the goal of our regional leadership that churches would develop an ever growing sense of community and connectedness within their own congregation and as regional partners with other congregations. It is critical that churches, pastors, and congregations, sense that they are not alone in this divine undertaking of “being the hands and feet of Jesus.” Our Executive Minister, our team of ministry consultants, and our dedicated support staff are available to assist PBA churches to fulfill their unique missional calling in their specific ministry context.
I invite you to explore the PBA through this website. Learn about our history. Discover some of our current opportunities. It is an important task to “seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8) It is an exciting privilege to do so in community, in the family of followers of Jesus that is the Philadelphia Baptist Association.
In Christ’s Service and Yours,
Rev. Dr. Leon E. Runner, Moderator