Convention 15

Annual Meeting of the Alabama Baptist State Convention

November 16-17, 2021

Whitesburg Baptist Church | Huntsville, AL

tim cox

Tim Cox

Convention 16

Jamie Dew

Convention 17

Jeff Meyers

Program-Order of Business


The following hotels have offered special rates to those attending the State Convention Annual Meeting. Remember to use the rate code provided or ask for the Alabama Baptist State Convention rate when you call. Rates listed do not include taxes. This information is provided as a service and not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement of any kind. If you encounter problems making a reservation or securing the posted rate at any of these hotels, please contact Amy Nelson at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 231, or

Convention 18

Convention Hotel

Marriot Huntsville at the Space & Rocket Center
5 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 830-2222

Rate: $135
Breakfast for 2 included

Deadline: October 19, 2021

Courtyard by Marriot
4804 University Drive NW
Huntsville, AL 35816
(256) 837-1400

Rate: $105.00
Free parking, Wi-Fi, Breakfast for 4

Group Name: Alabama Baptist Convention

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Drury Inn & Suites
93 Wynn Drive NW
Huntsville, AL 35805

Rates: $107
Free hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Group Name: Alabama Baptist Convention
Group Number: 2436975

Hampton Inn Huntsville – Arsenal
501 Boulevard South SW
Huntsville, AL 35802
(256) 882-2228

Rates:  $99.00
Hot Breakfast buffet daily, Wifi

Group Name: Alabama Baptist State Convention 2021

Deadline: October 25, 2021

Hampton Inn Huntsville
Village of Providence
328 Providence Main Street
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 722-2882

Rate: $129 

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Hampton Inn
Research Park Area
7010 Cabela Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 971-1850

Rates: $109
Complimentary Wifi, breakfast, and parking

Group Name: BAP

Deadline: October 24, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn
Redstone Arsenal
301 Boulevard South SW
Huntsville, AL 35802
(770) 289-4758

Rates:  $103

Group Name: Alabama Baptist Convention

Code: ABC

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn
Space Center
4801 Governors Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 430-1778

Rate: $119

Group Name: Alabama Baptist Convention


Deadline: November 3, 2021

Holiday Inn
Research Park
5903 University Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 830-0600

Rate: $110

Tracking Code: ABC

Deadline: October 14, 2021

SpringHill Suites
Huntsville West/Research Park
320 Providence Main Street
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 430-1485

Rate: $129

Deadline: October 31, 2021


The Alabama Baptist State Convention was founded on October 28, 1823, as the third permanent state convention organized in the South. … The Baptists, though the largest religious group in the state, were weak and widely scattered. They numbered about 5,000 and had about 125 churches and 75 ministers.” (Baptists in Alabama: Their Organization and Witness, by A. Hamilton Reid. Montgomery, Ala.: Paragon Press, 1967).

Today, the State Convention has grown to more than 3,200 churches with approximately one million members. Each November, the Alabama Baptist State Convention convenes as a two-day meeting of messengers elected by affiliated churches. Messengers and invited guests hear reports about Great Commission ministries.

Between annual meetings, Convention bylaws provide that the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions will be the “executive, administrative, fiduciary, and promotional agency of the Convention.”

Both the State Convention and State Board of Missions support the missional efforts of a family of Alabama Baptist entities and auxiliary, including:

The Convention also provides primary support for ALCAP (Alabama Citizens Actions Program), “Alabama’s moral compass” regarding biblical and moral concerns.

Future Sessions

November 15-16, 2022 | Shades Mountain, Birmingham
November 14-15, 2023 | First Baptist, Montgomery


Alabama Baptist congregations are asked to watch for information from the State Board of Missions regarding registration of messengers to this year’s State Convention meeting. Information will be sent by U.S. mail and by email in mid-October to each local church with instructions on how to pre-register messengers through an online process.

What does it mean to be a messenger?

The Alabama Baptist Convention consists of members known also as messengers. Messengers are members of Southern Baptist churches cooperating with the Convention. Messengers are elected annually by the church where they are members and sent to the annual convention as their churches representative.

How many can a church send?
There are actually two formulas to determine this:

Numerical Basis: Every church is allowed one messenger. One additional messenger is allowed for every two hundred, or fraction thereof, members in excess of two hundred.

Financial Basis: One messenger is allowed from each church for any part of the first one thousand dollars contributed to the Alabama Baptist State Convention during the Convention’s preceding fiscal year. One additional messenger is allowed for the next one thousand dollars above the first one thousand dollars contributed to the work of the Convention, and one additional messenger for each two thousand dollars contributed to the work of the Convention above the first two thousand dollars.

No church will have more than twenty‑five messengers though.

How do you become one?
Contact your Southern Baptist church and ask to be sent as a messenger to the Alabama Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. Every church is autonomous and decides how their messenger allotment will be filled. Many will hold a business meeting before the convention for the church to vote on those wishing to be considered as messengers.

2021 Annual Meeting Archive



Session One

Session Two

Session Three

Session Four


Convention Officers

Convention 19

Buddy Champion


Convention 20

Morgan Bailey

First Vice President

Convention 21

Jarman Leatherwood

Second Vice President

Support Staff