Our History

The Detroit Baptist Union has been in existence since May 10, 1883, serving American Baptists in the Metropolitan Detroit area.  It has been basically a property-holding and property management organization.

In its more recent history, until the functions of the Metro Detroit Association of American Baptist Churches became a part of the newly created American Baptist Churches of Michigan, the Detroit Baptist Union relied on the staff of the MDA-ABC to carry out it purposes.  Since the merger, which involved the MDA-ABC, the Detroit Baptist Union has arranged for its own staff.

Read more about DBU's rich history in the links below.


First100Years (pdf)


BoardMembers (pdf)


Annual_Meeting_Locations (pdf)


Presidents (pdf)



Camp Lael 

One of the long standing properties of the DBU has been Camp Lael (previously The Detroit Baptist Camp) just outside of Lapeer, MI.  Thousands of kids from many generations of American Baptist families enjoyed both summer camp and weekend youth group retreat's there. 

The property was recently sold, to continue as an independently run camp, but as a stand alone financial entity.   

The photo shown below was taken at the transaction closing.