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.