Free Will Baptists in America

Free Will Baptists link their beginnings in America to two prominent church planters who started churches in the 1700s.  The Rev. Paul Palmer was baptized in an Arminian Baptist congregation who moved from Wales in 1707 to a location on the Delaware River in northern Pennsylvania.  Rev. Palmer is recognized as the founder of a church in Chowan, North Carolina organized in 1727.  The Rev. Benjamin Randall who is credited with beginning the northern line of Free Will Baptists organized a church on June 30, 1780, in New Durham New Hampshire.

Free Will Baptists in Georgia

Free Will Baptists first surfaced as an organized church in Georgia in the Columbus area.  The Rev. John Brodnax established the Providence Church between 1793 and 1795.  As early as 1760, evangelists from the church in Pennsylvania had already begun to work in and around Savannah and had made many converts who were Arminian in faith.  As churches were organized, they began to unite into local associations.  The first Georgia state convention met in November 1892 on the Friday night before the second Sunday at New Shiloh Church in Irwin County, Georgia.

Free Will Baptists in Valdosta

Open Door Fellowship came into existence in December 2004 when a church planter moved to Lowndes County, Georgia to work with a small group who had a desire to see a viable, thriving Free Will Baptist church in the Valdosta-Lowndes County area.  The group relinquished control of church property to the Mission Board of the Georgia State Association of Free Will Baptists for the purpose of planting a church in Lowndes County.



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