Independent Baptist

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Independent Baptist or Independent Fundamentalist Baptist churches are Christian churches which generally adhere to conservative Baptist beliefs and do not join larger Baptist groups, particularly the more liberal ones. Independent Baptist churches make up a small number of the Baptist churches in the United States and a small number of people who consider themselves Baptists belong to an Independent Baptist church.

Independent Baptists include John R. Rice, Peter Ruckman, Bob Jones Jr., Bob Jones, III, J. R. Church, Ross Spencer, Kevin O'Brien, Buck Hatfield, Jimmy G. Tharpe, and Don Ohm. Jerry Falwell began his ministry as an Independent Baptist, but later joined the Southern Baptist Convention. Numerous Bible colleges, including Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida, are affiliated with this denomination, and Bob Jones University is sometimes associated with the movement despite its official non-denominational status and its founding by a Methodist. Many Independent Baptist Bible colleges are small institutions operated by a local church, like Landmark Baptist College in Haines City, Florida.