George Liele

Southern Baptists set aside the first Sunday in February to celebrate the work and leadership of Black and African American Southern Baptist missionaries and to recognize the legacy of George Liele.

George Liele is one of the most significant figures in the history of Christian missions. While William Carey is recognized as the father of the modern missionary movement, that designation also belongs to George Liele. He was a freed Georgia slave who came to Christ in 1773, at the age of 23. In 1782, he and his family left the United States to share the gospel in Jamaica; a full 10 years before Carey left England.

Below you will find helpful resources for churches and families to learn more about George Liele.


About George Liele

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Julius Tennal: How has serving enhanced your passion

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Julius Tennal: Why a diverse representation matters

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George Liele: Impact on Missions

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George Liele: Faithfulness that Inspires

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Resources for Your Church

Learn about our new George Liele Scholarship.

The George Liele Scholarship encourages the expansion of international missions knowledge and experiences among Black and African American Southern Baptist churches.

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