Sister Lizzie

Elizabeth Lawliss McAdams was born October 1, 1884, near Troy, Alabama. “Sister Lizzie,” as she became known, wanted to be a missionary when she was 13.…

Free Will Baptists: What’s in a Name?

By Robert E. Picirilli [1]  Many seem to think that the Free Will Baptists of the North—the Randall movement—consistently used “Freewill Baptist,” while those in the South—the…

Music Then and Now

Music always has been a part of Free Will Baptist worship, but the present denominational hymn book is far different from the first one published in…

Free Will Baptists and Slavery

You do not have to be an accomplished student of history to know that slavery in America was one of the most divisive issues  the country…

Free Will Baptists and Temperance

The 19th century in America was strongly influenced by a series of “benevolent” societies that were a part of the nation’s response to the Second Great…

Ministry Support, 19th Century Style

On August 16, 1848, in an article in The Morning Star, a paper published by the Free Will Baptists in New England, George W. Baker outlined…

The Free Will Baptist Record

“Our subscription list is nearly five hundred. Now why can’t we make it one thousand in the next few months,” the editor wrote in The Free…

David Marks: Sacrificial Ministry

Like others, I spent a good portion of my years in the pastorate grieving at the amount of sacrifice that seems to be a natural part…