Triennial Conferences

Since its beginning, the North American Baptist Conference has functioned as a fellowship of churches. Starting in 1865, meetings of the entire fellowship of churches have been held once every three years. The only exception was the 1943 conference, which was postponed until 1944 in response to the request to limit travel and conserve resources to support the war effort. The conference, scheduled for Philadelphia, would have required many to travel great distances.

In the early days, these conferences lasted a full week and have been shortened to four days in recent years. Local arrangements were done by a group of churches in the area in which the conference was being held, and each provided some regional flavor. Peak attendance was in Bismarck, North Dakota, in 1984. Bible teaching, business, and fellowship have been the hallmarks of each conference. Themes have been identified for all conferences starting in 1937, though there certainly were themes earlier as reflected in the choices of scripture for the teaching and worship services.

Listed below are the year and location of each of the 52 Triennial Conferences. Souvenir programs and minutes are being translated for the early conferences. The printed materials are in German until 1937, when there was some English and some German. Starting in 1940, all proceedings were in English, though a few reports may still be in German. As programs, reports, and minutes highlights are translated, these will become available for each conference. Promotional materials will be added for recent conferences. There are print materials available for all conferences and audiotapes and videotapes for some conferences.

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Locations of the General Conference, eventually called the Triennial Conference, are as follows:

1865   Wilmont, Ontario
1868   Cincinnati, Ohio
1871   New York, New York
1874   Chicago, Illinois
1877   Buffalo, New York
1880   St. Louis, Missouri
1883   Cleveland, Ohio
1886   Detroit, Michigan
1889   Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1892   Chicago, Illinois
1895   Dayton, Ohio
1898   St. Louis, Missouri
1901   Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario
1904   Chicago, Illinois
1907   Buffalo, New York
1910   Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1913   Madison, South Dakota
1916   Detroit, Michigan
1919   Chicago, Illinois
1922   St. Paul, Minnesota
1925   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1928   Chicago, Illinois
1931   Detroit, Michigan
1934   Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1937   Portland, Oregon
1940   Burlington, Iowa
1944   Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1946   Tacoma, Washington
1949   Sioux Falls, South Dakota
1952   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1955   Waco, Texas
1958   Edmonton, Alberta
1961   Minneapolis, Minnesota
1964   Sacramento, California
1967   Detroit, Michigan
1970   Winnipeg, Manitoba
1973   Wichita, Kansas
1976   Portland, Oregon
1979   Bismarck, North Dakota
1982   Niagara Falls, New York
1985   Anaheim, California
1988   Calgary, Alberta
1991   Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1994   Dallas, Texas
1997   Edmonton, Alberta
2000   Sacramento, California
2003   Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2006   Estes Park, Colorado
2009   Winnipeg, Manitoba
2012   Orlando, Florida
2015   Sacramento, California
2018   Edmonton, Alberta