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Reception 5:30 p.m.

BBSU Choir rehearsal 5:30 p.m.

Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Meeting after Dinner

Our Guests

Rev. Dr. John Douhan President, Massachusetts Baptist Historical Society
Rev. Brian Dixon Pastor, First Baptist Medford
Rev. Charles Crook Pastor, Chelmsford Street Baptist, Lowell
Mr. Mark Drauschke Director, Boston Baptist Social Union
Mr. Thomas Leach Director, Boston Baptist Social Union

New Members Night

October 5, 2009

Each October meeting is New Members Night. On this evening Boston Baptist Social Union members may invite a potential member to this meeting free. Our normal guest fee is waived.

Special Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Douhan

Rev. Dr. Douhan spoke on the topic First Baptist Church of Boston: A primary benefactor in the life of Baptists. He related how Thomas Gould, a layman, was one of the founding members of the First Baptist Church of Boston. His belief that only believers should be baptized led him to stand up and turn his back to the pulpit during an infant baptismal service in the Congregational church in Boston. We learned of the influence also of a young pastor from South Carolina named Samuel Stillman had on Baptist churches in New England.

The Rev. Dr. John Douhan was born in Boston and raised in Cambridge. Phot John Douhan He attended Cambridge High and Latin School and received a B.A. from Harvard College, B.D. from Bethel Seminary, STM from Andover Newton Theological School and Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School.

He has been a Pastor at the South Baptist Church in Worcester, an Area Minister for Metropolitan Boston with The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM), an Associate Executive Minister with TABCOM, and Executive Minister of the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford. He has been a faculty member of Barrington College, Harvard Divinity School, and Andover Newton Theological School. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Boston University School of Theology, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Central Baptist Theological School, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Baptist seminaries in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

He is presently the President of the Massachusetts Baptist Historical Society. He is married to Zelinda and has three sons: John III, Paul, and Karl.

Special Music

The music this evening is presented by our own BBSU Choir.