Histories

The Free Will Baptist Story

The late Damon C. Dodd, former executive secretary of the National Association of Free Will Baptists, recounts a sprawling narrative of the history and development of Free Will Baptists, from European roots to development in the colonies, to the modern movement. Note: This volume is copyrighted by the Executive Office of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. It may be downloaded for personal study or research but may not be reprinted or reformatted for sale or distribution, either in print or on the web.

Without a Monument: The Life of Elder Benjamin Randall

Elder Paul Palmer remains a shadowy yet significant figure among early Free Will Baptists in the American South. Author Darrell Holley reveals the mystery of a man whose influence on early American religious history was nothing short of profound.  Read more…

What Free Will Baptists Believe

Eugene Louis (E.L.) St. Claire, D.D., Ph.D remains one of the most prominent evangelists in the history of the Free Will Baptist Movement. This article, originally published by Ayden Free Will Baptist Printing Company, gives readers a brief overview of the doctrine and beliefs of the Southern Movement in the mid- to late-1800s.

Also read, “A Prince and a Great Man,” a biographical sketch of the author written by the late Laura Belle Barnard.

A History of the Cape Fear Conference of Original Free Will Baptists
(1855-2010)

Compiled and Written by the Cape Fear Conference History Committee: Gary F. Barefoot, Alan K. Lamm, Michael R. Pelt, Ricky J. Warren

Origins of the Free Will Baptist Church of North Carolina

Elder Rufus K. (R.K.) Hearn was a leading minister of the Free Will Baptist General Conference of North Carolina during the mid- to late-1800s. Long time pastor of the Gum Swamp Free Will Baptist Church, he also served as the editor of The Free Will Baptist, longest-running Free Will Baptist periodical. In this article, published sometime during the 1860s, Hearn traces the shadowy history of the early Free Will Baptist Movement in North Carolina.

Excerpts From A Free Will Baptist Handbook

Enjoy excerpts from this handy, one-volume reference book that introduces who we are, where we came from, what we believe, what God has done through us in the past, and what He is doing through us today. Order this book from Randall House Publications.

History of North Carolina Baptists (Volume 1)

Southern Baptist George Washington Paschall (1869-1956) explores the origins of the Baptist movement in North Carolina, including significant details about Paul Palmer and Free Will Baptist roots in the state.

Free Will Baptists in Tennessee
By Robert E. Picirilli

Tennessee Free Will Baptists Today
By Robert E. Picirilli and Jack Williams