Seymour Evangelical Baptist is affiliated with a group called Converge Worldwide. This group is a multi-ethnic, international association of churches. It began in the mid-1800s as the Swedish Baptist Conference and served Swedes who had immigrated to the United States. In the 1940s, as the ethnicity of the group widened, the name was changed to the Baptist General Conference. Recently, in 2008, the name was changed again to Converge Worldwide (CW) in order to accentuate the fact that we’ve become more of a movement of like-minded churches rather than a strictly authoritarian denomination.
By God’s grace, unity has been the hallmark of this group – we’ve never experienced a split between our churches. This is due to the gracious spirit that exists amongst us. Each church is fully autonomous, yet we work together for the gospel through regional and global outreaches.
Regionally, we connect with other CW churches in the Northeast through a group called Converge Northeast (CNE). CNE provides us with resources and encouragement, as well as a partnership in significant ministries such as our denominational retreat center, Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield, MA, and our regional retirement center, Elim Park, in Cheshire, CT.