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BCF PROFESSOR PUBLISHES BOOK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 4, 2013


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Roger C. Richards, Dean of Students and Associate Professor of History and Christian Studies at The Baptist College of Florida.

Roger C. Richards, Dean of Students and Associate Professor of History and Christian Studies at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, recently published a book entitled History of Southern Baptists. The work traces Southern Baptists origins from the English separatist movement to its recent election of Fred Luter, Jr. as the first African American President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

"The book grew, not out of a desire to express myself, or even to be a published author, but simply out of necessity," Richards recounts. Stating that he teaches a course at BCF on the history of the denomination and there was not a current textbook in print that deals with all of the historical details. The solution was to compile one.

Building on previously published works by the late Robert A. Baker, a former church history professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Jesse Fletcher, President Emeritus of Hardin-Simmons University, Richards brought the history of Southern Baptists into the twenty-first century.

Published by CrossBooks Publishing, a subsidiary of LifeWay's Southern Baptists publishing arm, the book will be available not only to college and seminary students who are learning about the rich heritage and development of Southern Baptists, but to anyone who is interested in learning more about who Southern Baptists are and what events and people shaped the denomination into one of the leading Protestant denominations in North America.

For information on obtaining the book, or to learn more about how you can study, not only Southern Baptist history, but other courses available through The Baptist College of Florida, contact 850-263-3261 ext. 460.

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