National Agencies


The National Association of Free Will Baptists

The National Association of Free Will Baptists is a fellowship of evangeli­cal churches that adhere to the Bible as the foundation of faith and practice. The denomination began in 1727, and for nearly 300 years has contributed to the moral and spiritual fiber of the nation. Bound by common beliefs, common worship, and a common mission, nearly 300,000 individuals from 2,500 congregations across 40 states have come together voluntarily to extend their impact throughout the world.

Board of Retirement

The Board of Retirement and Insurance maintains a qualified 403(b)(9) pension plan that allows our participants to take full advantage of tax deferred savings. For 40 years the Board has helped Free Will Baptist churches and denominational agencies provide retirement income for their employees.

The Board provides this service by:

  • Receiving and maintaining retirement funds for more than 1,500 participants.
  • Administering retirement annuity funds and other pay-outs to nearly 200 retirees.
  • Serving pastors, ministers, missionaries, employees of church, state, and national ministries.
  • Providing life insurance coverage (term and whole-life).
  • Offering pre-retirement planning.
  • Working with Free Will Baptist schools and colleges to plan retirement for teachers and administrators.
  • Writing and publishing promotional and educational materials for retirement planning.

Free Will Baptist Foundation

Free Will Baptist Foundation has a unique ministry among the national departments: we exist is to serve other ministries. The composition of the board reflects this role. The board is made up of the nine members elected by the National Association plus the directors of each of the national departments.

We serve by providing financial management services. These services are provided to each of these departments through revocable trusts, endowments and planned gifts. However our ministry is not limited to the national departments. We also manage trusts for many local, state and regional ministries as well. A brief description of these trusts follows.

Home Missions

The Home Missions Department exists to exalt Jesus Christ and fulfill the Great Commission by using the efforts of missionaries and chaplains to communicate the gospel, make disciples, and plant new churches in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. territories, such as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Cross-cultural missionaries are connecting with the millions of people who have come to America from all over the world.

International Missions

Free Will Baptist International Missions is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission by recruiting, preparing, and sending Free Will Baptist missionaries to facilitate church planting movements among the unreached.

Master’s Men

“God give us men. Times like these demand strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands.” Written many years ago, these words have been the heart-cry of Free Will Baptist leaders and pastors. The denomination does need men—men for the Master’s work—but greater than that is the need to enlist the men who are already Free Will Baptists.

The Master’s Men concept began at the 19th National Association meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 14, 1955, when W. S. Mooneyham presented a proposal to the national body. The proposal read, “Seeing the need for some national direction and coordination in the setting up of men’s organizations in the local churches, I recommend the election of a committee of three members to study the need and draft a suitable plan for these organizations.”

ONE Magazine

ONE Magazine fulfills the dream of a unified denominational magazine. For many years, each agency of the Free Will Baptist denomination published its own independent correspondence. In contrast, ONE Magazine combines the resources of eight denominational agencies into a bi-monthly, full-color magazine. Sent free to more than 60,000 readers, ONE gives a unified voice and vision to the denomination.

Randall House Publications

Randall House is a Christian publisher, owned and operated by the National Association of Free Will Baptists, dedicated to promoting the cause of Christ and serving the Church through the development and distribution of Bible-based curriculum and quality Christian products. As a trusted publisher of Bible-based products for more than forty years, we are proud of the impact our products make on the lives of people around the world.

Welch College

The mission of Welch College is to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through Biblical thought and life.

Welch College is a four-year Bible college founded in 1942 by the National Association of Free Will Baptists. Welch is both regionally and nationally accredited and is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees (SACS).  This is the regional accrediting agency in the southeast. Of longest standing, the college is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), approved by CHEA to accredit baccalaureate degree-granting Bible colleges in the United States and Canada.

Women Nationally Active for Christ

Women Nationally Active for Christ is an auxiliary arm of the National Association of Free Will Baptists that exists to help each woman fulfill the Great Commission through her God-designed roles in the home, church, community and world. Recognizing and respecting pastoral leadership, WNAC desires to assist local congregations in implementing and encouraging thriving Bible-based, outwardly focused women’s groups and networking them together in order to accomplish greater Kingdom goals.

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