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A Bicentennial History of First Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia

By Dr. George H. Shriver

Revealing the true congregational identity Of one of the most historical churches in the South, this richly illustrated history is a comprehensive recording of First Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia.

Author George H. Shriver presents the church within the historical context of Baptist beginnings in Europe and in America, specifically in Georgia, a place of refuge for pilgrims escaping persecution. Shriver details the two-hundred-year history of the church, exploring its development within the context of momentous religious and secular events. He also submits a contemporary interpretation of Baptist life.

In this volume, First Baptist Church of Savannah grows through conversions and charismatic leadership and overcomes fevers and fires, building spiritual health and strength. The congregation has held fast to its ministry and has become a thriving, mission-oriented church on historic Chippewa Square, occupying the oldest church building in Savannah.

[This history is] a holistic celebration of men, women, whites, blacks, liberals, moderates, fundamentalists, ministers, laypersons, statesmen, politicians-these and others, pilgrims all, in process and progress down their own particular part of the Christian road called Baptist. -From the Preface


shriverDR. GEORGE H. SHRIVER is a professor of history, emeritus, Georgia Southern University. In his forty-one years as a professor, he received numerous awards including Professor of the Year and the GSU Ruffin Cup, he founded and chaired the religious studies minor, and he was elected to Phi Kappa Phi as faculty.

The present volume is his tenth book, and he has published dozens of articles, numerous chapters and essays in books, and hundreds of book reviews. His major publications include America Religious Heretics, the Humanness of John Calvin, and Philip Schaff. Christian Scholar and Ecumenical Prophet. His works have been featured in Christian Century and American National Biography.

A graduate of Stetson University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Shriver obtained his doctorate at Duke University. He makes his home in Statesboro, Georgia, with his wife, Cathy. The Shrivers enjoy hiking and tennis and travel extensively.

ISBN 1-57736-156-3

For more information contact the Office at First Baptist Curch of Savannah

P.O. Box 9551
Savannah, GA 31412

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