California Convention history book available

Published Jan 02, 2014

FRESNO – A modern history of California Southern Baptist Convention is now available.

Picking up where “13 Golden Years” and “Heirs of Promise” left off (previous histories written by Floyd Looney and Elmer Gray) the new volume, “Faithful to the Task,” covers the Convention from 1976-2010.

The author is Patricia Collier Palmer, daughter and granddaughter of California Southern Baptist pastors and a graduate of California Baptist University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

Commissioned by the California Baptist Historical Society, the book was three years in the making. Vi Estel, president of the society, served on staff with Collier at CBU. Estel, who was the book’s editor, heads up the Convention’s historical archive and Collier served in the library. The two worked closely on the project, while California Baptist Foundation funded the printing.

The 120-page book includes many photos, as well as a list of recipients of the Heritage Award, given annually by the society to honor those who have made “outstanding contributions through rare and unusual dedication to the cause of Southern Baptist history in California.”

“Faithful to the Task” can be purchased from the historical society for $10. Requests should be sent to Estel at vestel@calbaptist.edu; CBU, 8432 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside CA 92504; or 951-343-4250.