The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the entire Cincinnati region, will welcome thousands to the Queen City next week for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.’s 137th Annual Session, held Sept. 4-8 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

The National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. (NBCUSA, Inc.) is the nation’s oldest and largest organization of African American Baptists for spiritual renewal and matters of church business, and is expected to bring nearly 10,000 attendees to Cincinnati. This year’s Annual Session will mark nine years since the organization last gathered in Ohio for the 128th Annual Session held in Cincinnati in 2008.

“The Cincinnati USA hospitality community is delighted to welcome back the NBCUSA, Inc. for what promises to be a memorable and meaningful Annual Session,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA CVB. “We, as a community, are proud to serve as a destination where distinguished groups like NBCUSA, Inc. can share their values and beliefs, and where groups of all races and religions feel welcome.”



"We, as a community, are proud to serve as a destination where distinguished groups like NBCUSA, Inc. can share their values and beliefs, and where groups of all races and religions feel welcome."

- Dan Lincoln, President and CEO
  Cincinnati USA CVB


Guided by the overarching theme, “Envisioning the Future Exceptionally,” the NBCUSA, Inc. Annual Session will bring together the boards, auxiliaries and member churches of the Convention to build on its mission of preaching, teaching and healing in the name of Jesus Christ. In addition to addressing the business of the Convention, the 137th Annual Session will serve as an opportunity for attendees to connect, learn, share and grow in their faith.

Along with its National Parent Body Meeting, four auxiliaries and four departments will assemble in concurrent sessions during the course of the week. Attendees will have the opportunity to convene nightly at the Hyatt Regency Hotel beginning at 10 p.m. for Late Night Worship Services, which are open to the public.

Several Convention-wide events will take place throughout the Cincinnati community. Annual Session highlights include:

               NBCUSA, Inc. Welcome Program
               Monday, September 4 – 11 a.m. | National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

               Musical Program
               Monday, September 4 – 6 p.m. | Duke Energy Convention Center

               President’s Education Banquet, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.
               Tuesday, September 5 – 6 p.m. | Duke Energy Convention Center

               Dr. Jerry Young, Convention President, throws first pitch at Reds vs. Brewers
               Wednesday, September 6 – 1:30 p.m. | Gre at American Ball Park

               President Young’s Annual Address
               Thursday, September 7 – 11 a.m. | Duke Energy Convention Center

A full schedule of NBCUSA, Inc. Annual Session events can be found here.

Throughout the NBCUSA, Inc. Annual Session, Vibe Cincinnati, an initiative of the Cincinnati USA CVB, will host free performances, local art and retail vendors and immersive multicultural experiences in the heart of Cincinnati at Fountain Square.

“Vibe Cincinnati is an ongoing initiative that will continue to bring locals and visitors together around the mix of cultures that make our region truly exceptional. We’re excited for our community to welcome and engage with NBCUSA, Inc. attendees and to showcase the diversity of our region,” said Jason Dunn, Vice President of Multicultural and Community Development for the Cincinnati USA CVB.

A complete schedule of Vibe programming can be found here.

About the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is an aggressive sales, marketing and service organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact Hamilton County's and the City of Cincinnati's economy through convention, trade show and visitor expenditures. The travel and tourism industry traditionally has been a $4.4 billion industry in Cincinnati USA, employing 74,000 people in a variety of fields and bringing 24.1 million visitors to the region annually. Visit for more.

About Vibe Cincinnati
Vibe Cincinnati is the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau’s platform for the region to amplify the voice of our region's culture and to showcase our robust collection of multicultural experiences. Through art, entertainment, and immersive experiences, Vibe Cincinnati aims to create a welcoming and inclusive environment to diverse audiences, engaging our city's core and our region's visitors. Visit for more.