BAHN encourages the study and writing of the history of the Brethren movement. 

The aims of the BAHN are:

  • To support the development of archives of the history of the Christian Brethren, the deposit of material in such archives and to make their resources better known.
  • To encourage research into Brethren history world-wide, to assist those writing on such topics and to encourage cooperation, and greater understanding of the development of the movement.
  • To support the publication and circulation of historical works on the Brethren, and to increase awareness of them.

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Brethren Historical Review

We publish an annual periodical, the Brethren Historical Review. You can view articles from past volumes by clicking here.


 Some of the articles for the 2015 issue are:

  Mirjam Hofman From Sectarians to Apocalyptics: Descriptions of the Brethren by Dutch Theologians and Church Historians

 The Minor Sects of London [a reprint from The Spectator of 1899]

 Norman S. Macdonald, Developments in the Churches of God, 1892–1980

 Peter Lineham, The 1956 Auckland Crisis in the Exclusive Brethren and the Shaping of Taylorism

 Obituary articles: Sir Fred Catherwood (1925–2014); Elisabeth Elliot (1926–2105): Accidental Brethren Missionary?





You can subscribe to the journal and the Studies in Brethren History books by downloading a subscription form here. A subscription also enrols you as a member of BAHN.




International Brethren History Conferences

We organise a series of biennial conferences

It is hoped to hold the eighth International Brethren History Conference in 2017. Details will appear as they are available.

The seventh biennial conference was held in 2015 on the theme of the Brethren and the Bible, and was held in Ely in Cambridgeshire.

  • Prof. James M Houston, 'Diversity and Unity in Bible Reading through the History of the Church'
  • Dr Dirk Jongkind, 'S. P. Tregelles and the Very Words as Given by the Holy Spirit: Textual Scholarship and Verbal Inspiration'
  • Dr Ian Randall, 'The Brethren and the Bible Society'
  • Dr Beth Dickson, 'In the World and of it too: Bible or Culture? The Role of Women in Brethren Assemblies, 1880-1940'
  • Prof. Alan Millard, 'Brethren Biblical Scholarship in the Twentieth Century'

Papers given International Brethren History conferences have been published Studies in Brethren History.

 For further information on the Conferences click here


  Studies in Brethren History


   BAHN has launched a series of books entitled Studies in Brethren History.


     1. The first of these was a reprint of Tim Grass's definitive modern history, Gathering to His Name: The Story of Open Brethren in Britain and Ireland. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, then click here. 

2. The second is Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach Among the Brethren, edited by Tim Grass. For more information on this book, click here. For an order form, click here.

 3. The third is now out and is entitled Culture, Spirituality, and the Brethren. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, click here.

There is now also a subsidia series, and the first book in this series is Daniel J. Danielsen and the Congo: Missionary Campaigns and Atrocity Photographs by Oli Jacobsen. For an order form and information about this book, click here.

More information on these and other key books on Brethren history can be found on this website in Further reading. Several of these new academic histories of the Brethren appear in Paternoster Press's series, Studies in Evangelical History.


Joining BAHN

  • You can join BAHN by writing with a completed subscription form to BAHN Secretary, 1 Brands Row, Crossgates, Fife KY4 8DE, enclosing a cheque, payable to "Partnership (UK) Ltd", negotiable at a UK bank, for £15.
  • Alternatively, you may pay by credit card; please provide in writing the usual details and authorisation to deduct £15.50.
  • You can subscribe online for £15.50 through PayPal at

This will entitle you to membership for a year, together with the annual issue of Brethren Historical Review and Studies in Brethren History as they appear. You can submit your details by clicking on this subscription form link.


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