Ballew, Christopher Brent
About the author: Christopher Brent Ballew received his PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 2002. He has served in various ministries in North Carolina, Texas, and Arkansas. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is a high school educator and adjunct professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Arizona Campus.2004 0-7734-6436-0
This study examines the lives and contributions of three African-Americans: George Liele, Moses Baker and David George, and their impact on the Baptist Foreign Missionary Movement. All three men emigrated from what is now the United States in 1782 and 1783. As they settled in their new homelands of Jamaica and Nova Scotia, they planted Baptist churches. The contributions of these African-American antecedents of the Baptist Foreign Missionary Movement have been neglected in the field of missiology. This work will show how the ministries of Liele and Baker influenced the decision of the Baptist Missionary Society to send missionaries to Jamaica, its third and most successful mission frontier. It will also demonstrate that the Baptist Missionary Society planted its second mission field, Sierra Leone, due to the influence of George who emigrated there from Nova Scotia.