Our History

Who Are Free Will Baptists?

Free Will Baptist roots can be traced to England as early as 1611.

The first Free Will Baptist church in America was begun by Paul Palmer in 1727 in Perquimans County, North Carolina. Some years later, in 1780, under the leadership of Benjamin Randall, Free Will Baptists were established in the northeast at New Durham, New Hampshire.

From these early beginnings, Free Will Baptists in America have had a continuing ministry. Today, the National Association of Free Will Baptists is active in 40 states, 10 foreign countries, and a number of islands of the sea. The work of the National Association of Free Will Baptists is promoted from the National Offices and the Sunday School and Church Training Department located in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, we have 3 regional Bible colleges (California, Oklahoma & North Carolina) and 1 national Bible college in Nashville.

To learn more about “What Free Will Baptists Believe,” see¬†Our Doctrine¬†page.