2020 IABCU Annual Meeting Information

The 2020 IABCU Annual Meeting will be held May 31-June 2. It will be hosted by Dr. Lonnie Burnett at University of Mobile. Registration for the conference will cover meeting attendance and meals, including a Sunday night dessert reception, Monday’s lunch, and Monday night’s banquet. The conference hotel is the Battle House Renaissance.

IABCU is delighted to welcome Dr. Elijah Brown as the 2020 Hester Lecturer.

Elijah Brown, originally from the state of Texas in the United States, assumed the position of general secretary of Baptist World Alliance on January 1, 2018.

The general secretary is the CEO of the BWA and has overall responsibilities for the administration and operations of the organization, and is its chief representative to global organizations and institutions, ecclesial and secular, and to governments.

Brown had more than a decade long involvement in the international umbrella organization for Baptists before joining its staff, starting in 2005. In 2007 he was named one of 35 global emerging leaders by the BWA. He is past BWA regional secretary for North America and general secretary for the North American Baptist Fellowship.

He formerly served as a member of the BWA General Council; the Constitution and Bylaws Committee; the Nominations Committee; the Congress Committee; and the Mission, Evangelism and Justice Advisory Committee. He is vice chair of the BWA Commission on Religious Liberty and is a member of the Commission on Theological Education.

Brown was executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a Christian human rights organization based in Virginia, in the United States, and was previously associate professor of Religion at East Texas Baptist University where he was founding director of the Freedom Center.

The son of a pastor, Brown was ordained to the Christian ministry in July 2002 and was associate pastor at Taylor’s Valley Baptist Church in Temple, Texas.

Brown earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas with a double major in religion and history, and a Ph.D. in Divinity with a focus on World Christianity from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Brown’s specialties lie in human rights and religious liberty. His dissertation focused on issues related to world Christianity, including mission and church growth, peacebuilding and conflict resolution and the interaction of religion and politics. He helped to launch the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and became its executive vice president.

He conducted research on, led training events in and did human rights advocacy work in several countries. He submitted reports to the United Nations and the US Department of State, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and several foundations and groups.

Brown is married to Amy and is father to Hudson, Sahara and Keziah.

The historic Battle House Hotel stands on the site of an old military headquarters set up by Andrew Jackson during the war of 1812. Fresh from his victory at Horseshoe Bend, Jackson had arrived in Mobile to ward off invasion. When British forces made it clear they were headed toward New Orleans, Old Hickory marched to meet them from this hallowed spot. Stephen A. Douglas stayed at the Battle House the night he lost the presidency to Abraham Lincoln in 1860. A National Weather Service station was established at the Battle House Hotel. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the Secretary of War to establish a National Weather Service on February 9th, 1870. A fire originating in the north wing destroyed the hotel in 1905 and caused $450,000 in damages. The current Battle House, designed by Frank Andrews of New York, was erected on the site of the old building in 1908. In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson was honored at a breakfast given by the Chamber of Commerce at the Battle House. Due to hard economic times, the hotel closed in 1974, and furnishings were sold from the premises. Purchased by the Retirement Systems of Alabama in 2001, the official grand re-opening of the Battle House was held in 2007. In 2010,The Battle House became a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Over its history, the Battle House was visited by such notables as Jefferson Davis, Admiral Raphael Semmes, and Generals Bragg, Beauregard, and Taylor. Since the landmark Battle House reopened, Mobile’s living room has been welcoming visiting dignitaries, local socialites, and others desiring luxury accommodations in this historic hotel in Mobile.</p>
Reservations for the Battle House Renaissance may be made here at the rate of $152/night. This rate is good through May 4, 2020.