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The 1st National Bible Quiz Finals took place August 23-24, 1963 at First A/G in Memphis, Tennessee covering the book of Luke. Lee Schultz was the National Coordinator and Stan Walters was the official question writer.
The event was won by Bouldercrest A/G, Atlanta, GA (pictured). The second place team was First A/G, Plainview, TX.
The team from Bouldercrest A/G, Atlanta, GA later moved to Decatur, GA where they won two more Nationals in 1976 and 1978 for a total of 3 National Championships, a record which was duplicated by First A/G, New Orleans, LA ('71, '83 and '84) and Orange Hills A/G, Orange, CA ('99, '02 and '03). The record was broken by The Church at Briargate, Colorado Springs, CO when they won their fourth championship ('01, '04, '06 and '07). This same church moved again to Centerville, GA where even today they have a Bible Quiz team.
The first National Bible Quiz Finals was a single elimination tournament with the first place teams from the eight regions participating. The single elimination format was used for the first three years of the event. In addition, the championship match was played in the evening in front of 7,000 General Council attendees! Now what teams out there would like to have a single elimination format and then a final in front of a crowd like that?!
Complete records for this event are available on this site. However, we only have the scores of the rounds involving the championship team although we do know the competitors and results of each round. Therefore, if you have any additional information related to this please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To view a larger image of the program cover, please select the image at left. For images of the other three pages of the program, please see the memories section.
Also, photos of each match and trophy presentations are available within the memories section. In addition, please read a personal account of the first National Bible Quiz Finals by Scott Laurens, captain and top scorer of the first place team.