Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society
Courage Award

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From 1993 to 2012, the William H. Whitsitt Courage Award was presented to a worthy recipient who has “demonstrated courage within the tradition and heritage of the Baptist faith,” and “in the face of strong opposition, has made a lasting contribution” to Baptist values through such things as “pursing intellectual integrity” and “championing soul freedom.” 

William H. Whitsitt received the first Courage Award posthumously in 1993. Whitsitt is the patron saint of this Society, which seeks to “foster the study of the Baptist heritage and to raise the historical consciousness of Baptists by honoring, preserving and affirming a treasured and threatened heritage.”  Note: As of 2013, the Whitsitt Society no longer exists.