About the Free Will Baptist Denomination

What is a Free Will Baptist Anyway?

Before Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride shouting, “The British are coming, the British are coming” Free Will Baptists were proclaiming the truth in America, “Jesus is coming.”  Even before John Hancock penned his famous signature to the Declaration of Independence, Free Will Baptists were preaching in America that Jesus came to set men free.  Free Will Baptists contributed to the rich spiritual heritage of America even before her birth as a nation.

From this fertile Biblical heritage have grown the faith and convictions that thrust Free Will Baptists into the field to win people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Paul Palmer began the first Free Will Baptist Church in America 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 forty states, ten foreign countries, and a number of the islands of the sea.  The work of the National Association of Free Will Baptists is promoted from their offices at 5233 Mt. View Road in Antioch, Tennessee.

Free Will Baptist Covenant:

Having given ourselves to God, by faith in Christ, and adopted the Word of God as our rule of faith and practice, we now give ourselves to one another by the will of God in this solemn covenant.

We promise, by His grace, to love and obey Him in all things, to avoid all appearance of evil, to abstain from all sinful amusements and unholy conformity to the world, from all sanction of the use and sale of intoxicating beverages, and to “provide things honest in the sight of all men.”

We agree faithfully to discharge our obligations in reference to the study of the Scriptures, secret prayer, family devotions, and social worship; and by self-denial, faith, and good works endeavor to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together for church conferences, public worship, and the observance of the ordinances of the Gospel; nor fail to pay according to our ability for the support of the church, of its poor, and all its benevolent work.

We agree to accept Christian admonition and reproof with meekness, and to watch over one another in love, endeavoring to “keep the unity of the Spirit” in the bonds of peace, to be careful of one another’s happiness and reputation, and seek to strengthen the weak, encourage the afflicted, admonish the erring, and as far as we are able, promote the success of the church and of the Gospel.

We will everywhere hold Christian principle sacred and Christian obligations and enterprises supreme; counting it our chief business in life to extend the influence of Christ in society, constantly praying and toiling that the kingdom of God may come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

To this end we agree to labor for the promotion of educational and denominational enterprises, the support of missions, the success of Sunday schools, and evangelistic efforts for the salvation of the world. And may the God of peace sanctify us wholly, and preserve us blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Treatise of the Faith and Practices of the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Inc.