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About Us

Pearl River Baptist Association

The local church exists to glorify God through making disciple-making disciples from all peoples. Therefore, our association is a family of churches working together to equip and encourage one another in declaring the Gospel from the doorsteps of our churches to the ends of the Earth.    

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Our Story

The story of Pearl River Baptist Association is an inspiring story of ministers and members strong in the faith struggling against many forces and by the power of God being victorious in establishing a Christian witness in South Mississippi and beyond. Baptist work began in the area in 1842 when William Henry Varnado started working in the area and joined Calvin Magee to establish Palestine Baptist Church. in the following years many more churches were started, and the churches associated together from the beginning in local associations by different names until September 28, 1921 at Bethel Baptist Church when the association first called to order under their new name, Pearl River Baptist Association. Since then the family of churches in this association have continued the work of the great commission from here to the ends of the Earth. You can check out the history book of our association from the resource center in our association offices. 

Meet The Team

Lee Conference Center and Retreat

Property History and Details

Pearl River Baptist Association is indescribably blessed with forty-eight (48) acres of beautiful land. God has provided resources for the development of two lodges and one conference center. The Lee Conference Center was named after Bro. Marvin Lee who served as the first Missions Director for the Pearl River Association. The generous financial support from our churches and individuals allowed us to keep up this property. The facilities are available on a first-come basis to Association churches. Outside groups may reserve the facilities up to three months of the date of request.  


The Lee Conference Center has a large assembly room along with five rooms for classes.  There is a full kitchen, commercial gas stove, refrigerator, a food warmer, and an ice machine. 


Each lodge has twelve rooms that will sleep four people, one room that will sleep two people, and each room has a bathroom.  There are two overflow rooms that will sleep four people with no bathroom.

Each lodge will sleep a total of 62 people. 


Lee Conference Center

Lodge 1 and 2


Outdoor Chapel


Our Ministry Partners

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