Famous North American pastors were Charles Spurgeon and John Bunyan. Famous members of this congregation have been Tony Campolo, Martin Luther King Jr, John D. Rockefeller, and Sen. Robert Byrd.
The Baptist World Alliance maintains ecumenical relations with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Pontifical Council origins are associated with the 2nd Vatican Council established in 1960.
The Pontifical Council has a twofold role:
- The promotion within the Catholic Church of an authentic ecumenical spirit according to the conciliar decree Unitatis Redintegratio;
- To develop dialogue and collaboration with the other Churches and World Communions.
The Baptist World Alliance supports the values reflected in the UN Millennium Development Goals. Their statement says that:
Because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, we have been anointed us to:
~ remove the scourge of poverty and hunger~ support efforts to provide universal education~ work for environmental sustainability~ promote gender equality~ improve child health and maternal health~ combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases~ develop global partnerships