About Us


We are a group of persons dedicated to telling the story of “God at work in the North American Baptist Conference”.  We collect, preserve, organize, display and make available the records and artifacts of the people connected with the North American Baptist Conference and their work.  We pray that these real-life stories that demonstrate the power of God and the modeling of His faithful people through the years will energize the ministries of North American Baptists today.  If you have questions of a historical nature related to NAB, please feel free to contact us.

Dr. Jackie Howell, Director

Staff meet the information needs of churches and individuals by searching files for the desired information. Resources include directories and conference reports from every year since the 1850’s, church anniversary books, complete sets of Der Sendbote and the Baptist Herald, and more than 700 boxes of print records.  We are eager for more volunteer translators to facilitate translation work for materials in German.  Most materials until the 1920’s and some materials continuing into the 1970’s were written in German.

We are located in the lower level of Sioux Falls Seminary.  We have space for archival boxes, print materials, and artifacts which may be displayed. We respond to requests by e-mail and look forward to serving you.

The staff and volunteers collect and organize North American Baptist Conference-related materials, provide research services, manage the archives, encourage the translation from German to English of key historical documents, inform our members concerning significant happenings, as well as many other archive-related activities.

Our activities are under the direction of the NAB Heritage Commission Board of Governors.