Early Growth Continues in New England

Though Benjamin Randall at first stood alone as a Freewill Baptist in New England, he drew strength from Tosier Lord, Edward Lock, and John Shepard. Lord…

Phenomenal Growth in New England

The First Great Awakening in America (1726-1742) introduced a new type of revivalistic preaching that brought new life to the churches that embraced it, but caused…

Believer’s Baptism and Infant Salvation

From the first beginnings of the denomination, Free Will Baptists have affirmed and re-affirmed two major doctrines as biblical—General Atonement and Believer’s Baptism. Both would set…

The True Blue

  Would you believe a Free Will Baptist magazine called The True Blue? There was such a paper, published in Alabama (sometimes at Guin, other times…

Clement Phinney, Unlikely Evangelist

Clement Phinney was born in Gorham, Maine. In his teen years and early 20s, perhaps no one, least of all Clement Phinney himself, imagined he would…

Nine to a Pallet

The Morning Star was a weekly Free Will Baptist paper published by the northern (Randall) movement. You will find many of these old papers in the…

The Contribution of a Mule

Even mules have made their contribution to Free Will Baptist education. In October 1921, the Cumberland Association of Tennessee authorized its Board of Education to raise…

The OTHER Hillsdale College

Sometimes a bit of Free Will Baptist history comes to us in unusual ways. This happened some time ago, through an issue of Sports Illustrated. One…

The Funeral of Sally Chase

The Free Will Baptist Historical Collection came into possession of a rare  booklet titled, A Sermon, Preached at the Funeral of Sally Chase. The sermon was preached…

Was Abraham Lincoln a Free Will Baptist?

Now and again the subject of Abraham Lincoln’s religion arises. We have sometimes been told that he had a Free Will Baptist background. Recently reprinted (and…

Trouble in the Altar

One of the most difficult books to find about Free Will Baptists was co-authored by G.W. Million and G.A. Barrett titled Brief History of the Liberal Baptist…

The Praying Man

In the last part of the 19th century a one-of-a-kind man greatly contributed to and influenced Free Will Baptists. William Bonaparte Woolsey was born in 1821,…

Tecumseh College

December 27, 1916, delegates from Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas met at Philadelphia FWB Church near Pattonsburg, Missouri, and organized the Co-operative General Association of Free…