Baptist work in Nigeria began with the appointment by the Southern Baptist Convention of America of the first missionary to the country, Rev. Thomas Jefferson Bowen in 1849. He arrived Badagry, Nigeria on the 5th of August, 1850. From 1914, Baptist work entered a new phase with new initiatives and significant progress in growth, geographical expansion, the founding of new institutions and agencies, increase in the work of missions, and the development of a remarkably successful plan of financial support. Mission work during this period was characterized by the numerical growth of members and baptized converts. As soon s a Baptist community was opened up in an area, it began to spread its tentacles by helping to establish sister churches and preaching stations.
To be foremost Christ-like organization in Nigeria, Africa and the whole World
To be a community that represents Christ by proclaiming the gospel, discipling believers, caring and developing Churches to be involved in holistic ministries – evangelistic, social and healing – and collaborating with the Christian agencies across the globe
Priesthood of all Believers,
Unity in Diversity,
Autonomy of the Local Baptist Church,
The Great Commission,
Development of Human Resources