American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

ABHS Torbet Prize


The American Baptist Historical Society announces a Call for Papers for the Torbet Prize. Each year ABHS seeks essays on Baptist history from authors who have not already published a major scholarly work. The Research and Publication Committee of the ABHS Board of Manager serves as judges, and the winning essay is eligible for publication in an upcoming issue of the American Baptist Quarterly and its author awarded $500.

Entries should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages (excluding notes) with citations following the Chicago Manual of Style. Send entries to The submission deadline for the next award is September 1, 2023.

Robert George Torbet (1912-1995) was an American Baptist historian and educator, born in Spokane, WA and later a graduate of Wheaton College, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Pennsylvania. He taught church history at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1944-1952), served as director of educational services for the Board of Education and Publication (1952-1958), as dean and church history professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary (1958-1967), and as Associate General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations of the ABC (1967-1977). His major contributions to Baptist research and publication led the American Baptist Historical Society to establish a prize in his honor to encourage the development of young scholars in the field of Baptist history studies.