Louisville also will be the home to two annual conventions
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2016) — Simmons College of Kentucky (SCKY) has formed a partnership with the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. (NBCA) that includes relocating NBCA’s headquarters and 10 staff members from Dallas to Louisville. The partnership also includes the historically black college becoming the education provider for NBCA and the announcement of two annual conventions to meet in Louisville in 2017 and 2020 with potential for others.
“This move is historic as it dates back to 1886 when then president William J. Simmons founded the American Baptist Convention” said SCKY President Dr. Kevin W. Cosby.
Rev. Sam Tolbert, NBCA President, also announced the 2017 Annual Session will be held in Louisville and is expected to attract 1,000 attendees and have an economic impact of nearly $600,000. Also announced was the Family Faith Fest, planned in Louisville for 2020. Last held in the city in 2013, this event attracts 5,000 attendees with an estimated impact of more than $1.2 million. Plans for a national Baptist retreat center near the college were also announced that will attract additional gatherings in Louisville for the future.
Among those in attendance for the announcement was the Rev. Jesse Jackson.