Jimmy-Carter_clipped_rev_4-1“The New Baptist Covenant movement is dear to my heart. For too long, racial, theological, and geographical barriers have separated our Baptist family and diminished our witness to the world God so loves. Your work with the New Baptist Covenant will change that. We will usher in a new age of shared ministries and fellowship.”

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