Thesis: The thesis is that John Mason Peck (1789–1858) influenced the expansion of Baptists in the Upper Mississippi Valley during the early 1800s through advocacy for the Western Frontier, contextualization of ministry approaches, and the establishment of mission-supporting structures.
Research Methodology: The research methodology focused on Peck’s missionary activity. One key to understanding a missionary’s work is to understand the culture in which he worked. The author researched historical documents and the research of others to understand the context in which Peck lived and ministered. The author researched the journals of pastors and missionaries who personally knew Peck, in addition to primary documents directly related to him. Peck wrote hundreds of letters. Parts of his journal and memoirs before 1840 are available, and his entire journal after 1840 is available on microfilm. Primary documents provided an understanding of Peck’s thinking and reasoning behind decisions related to his missionary work.
|Commitee:||James, Al, Terry, John Mark|
|School:||Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary|
|Department:||Department of Graduate Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Theology, Religious history, Religion|
|Keywords:||American Baptists, Baptist history, Church planting, Peck, John Mason , Missions, Mississippi Valley|
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