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Christians comprising a group of denominations and churches that subscribe to a doctrine that baptism

  • Baptists subscribe to a doctrine that baptism should be performed only for professing believers and that it must be done by immersion.
  • Baptists recognize two ministerial offices, pastors and deacons.
  • Baptist churches are widely considered to be Protestant churches, though some Baptists disavow this identity.
  • Baptist churches date back to 1609 in Amsterdam, with English Separatist John Smyth as its pastor.
  • In 1638, Roger Williams established the first Baptist congregation in the North American colonies.
  • The Baptist World Alliance reports more than 41 million members in more than 150,000 congregations.
  • The term Baptist comes from the Greek word baptistes which means rebaptizer.
  • In 1612, Thomas Helwys established a Baptist congregation in London, consisting of congregants from Smyth's church.
  • Popular baptists include Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Martin Luther King Jr., Carrie Underwood, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Queen Latifah, Jessica Simpson amongst others.
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