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Benjamin Randall

Benjamin Randall
Benjamin Randall's grave

Benjamin Randall (February 7, 1749 - October 22, 1808) was the main organizer of the Freewill Baptists (Randall Line) in the northeastern United States.

He was born at American Revolutionary War. Randall first united with the Congregationalists, but later was baptized in 1776 and united with the Baptists. He became a layman preacher in the Particular or Calvinistic Baptists in 1777. In 1779 he split with the Calvinist Baptists over their belief in predestination. On April 5, 1780 Randall was ordained in New Durham, New Hampshire. In the summer of 1780, a church was formed at New Durham, and the articles of faith and covenant were drawn up by Randall. By the end of the year the church numbered seven men and thirteen women. From the time of his lay preaching until his death of tuberculosis on October 22, 1808, Randall was instrumental in planting many Freewill Baptist churches throughout New England. He was the founder of the Free Will Baptist movement in America.

See also

  1. ^ Michael Lewis, Biography of Benjamin Randall, Liberty Theological Seminary 2009
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  • Mead, Frank S. (2001). Handbook of Denominations in the United States. Nashville, TN:  
  • Wiley, Frederick Levi (1915). Life and Influence of the Rev. Benjamin Randall: Founder of the Free Baptist Denomination.  [1] (accessed on Google Books, February 8, 2009)
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