New Book: “A Noble Company, Vol. 8: Biographical Essays of Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America” [Particular Baptist Press]

A Noble Company

Biographical Essays on Notable
Particular-Regular Baptists in America
Volume 8

Edited by Terry Wolever

Particular Baptist Press:

Our latest release… is now available!!! Get your copy today – $34 plus shipping.


Volume 8 contains essays on twenty more men and women from the early to mid-nineteenth century, a period known for its great missionary outreach. Hardcover. Bound in Navy cloth vellum with gold stamping. 702 pages. Illustrated with some rare portraits and other pictures. Three extensive indexes – Persons, Subjects and Churches.

The essays contained in this volume are [links give short description]:

1. David Benedict (1779-1874) by Matthew L. Underwood

2. Lott Carey (c.1780-1828) by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.

3. John Peck (1780-1849) by Terry Wolever

4. Alfred Bennett (1780-1851) by Jeffrey P. Straub

5. John Kerr (1782-1843) by Johnny Truelove

6. Daniel Hascall (1782-1852) by William Brackney & Terry Wolever

7. Luther Rice (1783-1836) by John Mark Terry

8. Silas Mercer Noel (1783-1839) by Steve Weaver

9. Alexander M. Beebee (1783-1856) by Terry Wolever

10. Thomas Roberts (1783-1865) by Micah Caswell

11. Isaac McCoy (1784-1846) by Gary W. Long

12. Charles Bartolette (1784-1852) by Terry Wolever

13. William Palmer (1785-1853) by Jeffrey A. Waldrop

14. Spencer H. Cone (1785-1855) by Matthew C. Hoskinson

15. Thomas Conant (1785-1870) by Jeffrey A. Waldrop

16. Jonathan Going (1786-1844) by Bill J. Leonard

17. Christiana P. McCoy (1787-1850) by Gary W. Long

18. Adoniram Judson, Jr. (1788-1850) by Jerry Cain

19. Samuel Eastman (1788-1858) by C. Douglas Weaver

20. Ann H. Judson (1789-1826) by Sharon James

There are seven appendixes:

A. Covenant, Articles of Faith, and Rules of Discipline of the First Baptist Church, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1805. David Benedict, pastor

B. Principles (or Articles of Faith) adopted at the constitution of the Maria Creek Baptist Church, Indiana Territory, May 20, 1809

C. Letter from Luther Rice to Mr. Wilson, dated Washington, D.C., April 29, 1823

D. Charter of the First Particular Baptist Church (later First Baptist Church) of Paterson, New Jersey, July 31, 1824

E. The Constitution of the Central New Jersey Baptist Association, formed at Hightstown, New Jersey, October 25, 1828

F. A Burman Liturgy, composed by Adoniram Judson, 1829, translated into English

G. Letter from Spencer H. Cone to John W. Sarles, dated New York, November 2, 1847

Lastly, this volume includes a listing of the individual essays and contributing writers in A Noble Company, Volumes 1-7

Learn more about Particular Baptist Press in our interview with them.

AUDIO from the 2016 SB Founders Conf SW “Baptist History” now online feat. Robert Oliver, J. Renihan, Hendrickx, Montgomery, Downs

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Alt Links:

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016:

1 – DevotionJarrett Downs | 26 min

2 – FoundationsRobert Oliver| 56 min

3 – SBC Origin |Dave Hendrickx | 66 min

4 – English Baptist Bio | Robert Oliver | 47 min

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016:

5 – Benjamin BeddomeJason Montgomery | 66 min

6 – English Particular Baptists | Robert Oliver | 57 min

7 – Questions & Answers | Robert Oliver | 70 min

8 – Trouble in PhiladelphiaJames M. Renihan | 52 min

9 – American Baptist BioRobert Oliver | 52 min

Hercules Collins Funeral Sermon [Excerpt & Full Audiobook]

hercules-collins-funeral-sermonSteve Weaver:

Hercules Collins died on October 4, 1702. He was interred five days later at Bunhill Fields, the burial ground of dissenters. His funeral sermon was preached by John Piggott, a Seventh-Day Baptist who was renown for his funeral sermons. He preached a number of sermons around this time at the funeral services of prominent London Baptist pastors. The sermon was based on Matthew 24:44, “Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an Hour as you think not, the Son of Man cometh.

The first part of the sermon focused on the biblical text. The latter part of the sermon summarized the life of Collins. This section of the sermon is excerpted below.

In such a posture of soul was he, whose death occasions this discourse. I doubt not but he was actually as well as habitually ready; you know I mean your late worthy pastor Mr. Hercules Collins, concerning whom I have need to say the less, because his doctrine you have heard, and his example you have seen for so many years; the former was agreeable to the sentiments of the reformed churches in all fundamental articles of faith, and the latter such as did adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour…

Read the rest of the second section.

Full Audio [previous posted]:


New Book: “A Noble Company, Vol. 7: Biographical Essays of Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America” [Particular Baptist Press]

$34 – A Noble Company

Biographical Essays on Notable
Particular-Regular Baptists in America
Volume 7

Edited by Terry Wolever


This volume contains essays on twenty-four men and women, all of whom did their work for the Lord during the latter half of the eighteenth century and the mid-nineteenth century. These include such major figures in American Baptist history as Jesse Mercer, Andrew Broaddus, William Staughton, and William Parkinson.

Subjects in this volume are [link give short description]:

1. Jesse Mercer (1769-1841) by Anthony L. Chute

2. Marmaduke Earle (1769-1856) by Terry Wolever

3. Andrew Broaddus (1770-1848) by Peter Beck

4. William Staughton (1770-1829) by Thomas J. Nettles

5. Asahel Morse (1771-1838) by Gerald L. Priest

6. William Collier (1771-1843) by G. Truett Rogers

7. James Whitsitt (1771-1849) by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.

8. [The American Revolution and] Stephen Smith Nelson (1772-1853) by Jeffrey P. Staub

9. Joshua Bradley (1773-1855) by Terry Wolever

10. William Parkinson (1774-1848) by André A. Gazal

11. Clark Kendrick (1775-1824) by William H. Brackney

12. Daniel Dodge (1775-1851) by Jeffrey A. Waldrop

13. Jeremiah Chaplin (1776-1841) by Nathan V. Lentfer

14. Archibald Maclay (1776-1860) by Ian Hugh Clary

15. Nathaniel Kendrick (1777-1848) by Benjamin C. Leslie

16. Daniel Davis Lewis (1777-1849) by Larry R. Oats

17. Horatio Gates Jones, Sr. (1777-1853) by G. Truett Rogers

18. Stephen Chapin (1778-1845) by Christopher C. Moore

19. Joseph Mathias (1778-1851) by Johnny Truelove

20. Thomas Brown (1779-1831) by Jonny White

21 & 22. Ensign Lincoln (1779-1832) and Thomas Edmands (1780-1850) by Terry Wolever

23. Obadiah B. Brown (1779-1852) by Don Moffitt

24. Mary Webb (1779-1861) by Rosalie Beck

There are three appendixes [and indexes]. They are:

A. Letter from William Staughton to the parents of Stephen Dutilh (1800)

B. Church Covenant and Resolutions of the Baptist Church at Burlington, New Jersey, 1801. William Staughton, Pastor.

C. Letter from Clark Kendrick to Mrs. Tabitha Morgan (1820)

Hardcover. Bound in Navy cloth vellum with gold stamping. 649 pages. Illustrated with some additional rare portraits and other pictures. Three extensive indexes – Persons, Subjects and Churches.

Learn more about Particular Baptist Press in our interview with them.

Radio interview w/ Michael Haykin on “The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement” [Iron Sharpens Iron]


From a recently posted Iron Sharpens Iron Radio from July 5, 2016 with Chris Arnzen:

michael haykinDR. MICHAEL HAYKIN,
Professor of Church History & Biblical Spirituality (2008),
Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
& author of
Baptist Story BookTHE BAPTIST STORY: From English Sect to Global Movement

2 hour audio [mp3]:

Six Ways a Church Should Use a Confession of Faith [Jeff Robinson]


Particular Baptist churches planted in the tumultuous soil of 17th century England grew up and bore fruit under a nasty set of doctrinal and methodological accusations, including that they subscribed to libertarian free will, denied original sin, that their pastors baptized women in the nude, and were opponents of church and crown.

Perhaps their most virulent and colorful opponent, Daniel Featley—a separatist persecutor deluxe—derisively dismissed our Baptist forebears, writing in a venom-filled pamphlet, “They pollute our rivers with their filthy washings.” Such was Baptist life under Charles I.

These nefarious charges and numerous others arose from leaders of the state church and led to decades of grinding persecution for Baptists. Seven churches returned fire, but not by brandishing the sword of steel or by hurling theological invectives. The seven carried out their war for truth by wielding the sword of the Spirit. The product was the most comprehensive expression of orthodox Baptist theology ever written—the Second London Confession of 1689.

church pewThe signers of that venerable confession lived and moved in an age in which most local congregations wrote confessions of faith for a number of reasons, one of them to demonstrate their commitment to the historic Christian faith. Additionally, they sought to manifest their solidarity with the prevailing forms of Calvinistic orthodoxy as well as to expound the basic elements of their ecclesiology. The Second London Confession also aimed at refuting popular notions associating Particular Baptists with the radical wing of the Anabaptist movement on the continent.

Of primary importance, they saw biblical warrant for the practice of confessionalism in texts such as 1 Timothy 3:16, where the apostle Paul’s inspired pen produced a brief but beautiful display of the mystery of godliness:

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.

Fast-forward to 2016 and many Baptist churches continue to have statements of faith “on the books” as a part of their foundational documents. Yet, I’ve found that many churches do not know how useful the confession can be beyond establishing subscription to certain core doctrines. This raises a fundamental question: How should a local church use their confession of faith? Here are six ways a church might use a confession of faith. I owe at least four of these to my friend Sam Waldron’s fine work, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith(Evangelical Press). Confessions of faith should be used:

1. As an affirmation and defense of the truth…

2. As a baseline for church discipline…

3. As a means of theological triage and Christian maturity…

4. As a concise standard by which to evaluate ministers of the Word…

5. As a doctrinal basis for planting daughter churches…

6. As a means of establishing historical continuity and unity with other Christians…

Read more on the above six points.

ARBCA 2016 General Assembly audio now online. Feat. Miller, J. Renihan, D. Lindblad, Crosby, Hodgins, Slate, Waters

arbca gaAudio from the 2016 Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) General Assembly [which took place on April 26-28, 2016 at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois] , is now online:

Devotional John 17:1-5 | Thomas Waters [mp3]:

Redemption Accomplished | Pastor Jerry Slate [mp3]:

A Defense of Confessionalism | Arden Hodgins [mp3]:

A Tale of Two Associations Revisited | James M. Renihan [mp3]:

Devotional John 17:6-19 | Rob Cosby [mp3]:

Propitiation Accomplished | Don Lindblad [mp3]:

Associational Churchmanship: LBC 26:12-15 | James M. Renihan [mp3]:

Devotional John 17:20-26 | John Miller [mp3]:

New Book: “A Noble Company, Vol. 6: Biographical Essays of Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America” [Particular Baptist Press]

Particular Baptist Press:

A Noble Company, volume 6, is here!

You can order your copy today on our web site – – or by clicking on the shopping cart on our Facebook page – The hardback book sells for $34 – 654 pages, illustrated with 3 comprehensive indexes. Get your copy today!


$34 – A Noble Company

Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America

Volume 6

Edited by Terry Wolever


Particular Baptist PressThis volume marks the halfway point in our projected twelve-volume series on the Calvinistic Baptists in North America, the first 11 volumes of which will focus on the Americans (including those who did pioneering work north of the border in Canada), while the 12th volume will deal exclusively with the Canadians. We are grateful to the Lord for bringing us to this place in our series and we are relying on His grace to complete this effort. Volume 6 has essays on twenty more men and women, all of whom lived between the mid-eighteenth century and the opening decades of the nineteenth century. Once again there will be some familiar names—Isaac Case, Stephen Gano, Daniel Merrill, Elisha Andrews, and Robert B. Semple, but far more of the “unknowns” which readers have come to appreciate in these volumes, such as Elisha Scott Williams and Abigail L. Williams, Joseph Willis, Sarah Hallet, Obed Warren, John Peak, Joseph Keen, Lemuel Covell, Otis Robinson, Charles Lahatt, Peter P. Roots, Henry Smalley, John Williams, Edward Barber, and Thomas B. Montanye.

Subjects in this volume are [link give short description]:

1. Elisha S. Williams (1757-1845) and Abigail L. Williams (1758-1818) by Terry Wolever.

2. Joseph Willis (1758?-1854) by Thomas Ray.

3. Sarah Hallet (1759-1814) by Terry Wolever.

4. Obed Warren (1760-1823) by Patrick D. Kennedy.

5. John Peak (1761-1842) by J. Ramsey Michaels.

6. Isaac Case (1761-1852) by Jeff Brodrick.

7. Joseph Keen (1762-1821) by Lloyd A. Harsch.

8. Stephen Gano (1762-1828) by Terry Wolever.

9. Lemuel Covell (1764-1806) by Gerald L. Priest.

10. Otis Robinson (1764-1835) by Ian Hugh Clary.

11. Charles Lahatt (1764-1850) by Ron Baines.

12. Peter P. Roots (1765-1828) by Larry Oats.

13. Daniel Merrill (1765-1833) by Ron Baines.

14. Henry Smalley (1765-1839) by Christopher C. Moore.

15. John Williams (1767-1825) by Michael D. McMullen.

16. Edward Barber (1768-1834) by Andre A. Gazal.

17. Elisha Andrews (1768-1840) by Johnny Truelove.

18. Thomas B. Montanye (1769-1829) by Nathan V. Lentfer.

19. Robert B. Semple (1769-1831) by Reginald S. Mills.

Concluding the book are two appendixes:

 A. A Memorial to the faithful band of female members at the Pittsgrove Baptist Church, N.J., 1788-1803.

B. Did Henry Holcombe depart from the accepted Regular Baptist understanding on the doctrine of saving faith?


Hardcover. Bound in Navy cloth vellum with gold stamping. 654 pages. Illustrated with some additional rare portraits and other pictures. Three extensive indexes – Persons, Subjects and Churches.

New Book: “The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement” by Haykin + more [B&H Academic]

This book that we got word about back in Dec. 2014 is now out:


The Baptist Story
From English Sect to Global Movement

by Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn, Michael A. G. Haykin

[ $37.48 | £37.63 ]


The Baptist Story is a narrative history spanning over four centuries of a diverse group of people living among distinct cultures on separate continents while finding their identity in Christ and expressing their faith as Baptists. Baptist historians Anthony Chute, Nathan Finn, and Michael Haykin highlight the Baptist transition from a despised sect to a movement of global influence. Each chapter includes stories of people who made this history so fascinating. Although the emphasis is on the English-speaking world, The Baptist Story integrates stories of non-English-speaking Baptists, ethnic minorities, women, and minority theological traditions, all within the context of historic, orthodox Christianity.

This volume provides more than just the essential events and necessary names to convey the grand history. It also addresses questions that students of Baptist history frequently ask, includes prayers and hymns of those who experienced hope and heartbreak, and directs the reader’s attention to the mission of the church as a whole. Written with an irenic tone and illustrated with photographs in every chapter, The Baptist Story is ideally suited for graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as group study in the local church.


Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: B&H Academic (August 15, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches


B&H Academic Blog:

In the video interview below recorded at the 2014 Annual ETS Conference in San Diego, CA, authors Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn and Michael A. G. Haykin discuss their recently released volume, The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement.

6 min.  vid.:

Download a sample chapter here [46 page pdf]:

Download (PDF, 2.51MB)

Read an excerpt of The Baptist Story here.

Michael Haykin wrote the chapters on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Baptists, Anthony Chute authored the section on nineteenth-century Baptists, and Nathan Finn concluded with the twentieth century and beyond.

New Book: “Orthodox, Puritan, Baptist: Hercules Collins (1647-1702) & Particular Baptist Identity in Early Modern England” by Steve Weaver [V&R]

Weaver Collins Book

Orthodox, Puritan, Baptist
Hercules Collins (1647–1702) and Particular Baptist Identity in Early Modern England

by G. Stephen Weaver, Jr.

[V&R: Hardcover 69,99 €  | PDF eBook 59,99 € | AMZ: $88 (currently showing out of stock)]


Steve Weaver
Author Steve Weaver

The life and writings of Hercules Collins provide a window into understanding how seventeenth-century Baptists viewed themselves in relationship to historic Christianity and Puritan orthodoxy: Collins was not only a respected member of the Particular Baptist community, but was also a faithful representative of that community. G. Stephen Weaver Jr.’s examination of Collins’ commitment to historic Christianity and Protestant orthodoxy serves as an opportunity to understand better the doctrinal commitments of seventeenth-century English Particular Baptists.

Table of Contents & Foreword by Crawford Gribben [10-page PDF]:

Download (PDF, 84KB)


Hardcover: 238 pages
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG

Related Resources:

We previously interviewed Pastor Steve Weaver on Hercules Collins’ life and his “An Orthodox Catechism”:
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See all post related to Hercules Collins:
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Interview #93 – Austin Walker – The Excellent Benjamin Keach [Audio Podcast]

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Pastor Austin Walker
Pastor Austin Walker

[Benjamin Keach] was a good man, he was a godly man, he was a spiritual-minded man, he was a gospel man, he was a preacher and a defender of the faith. He didn’t  wilt, he didn’t give way, he didn’t flinch, he remained faithful unto death. He was like Bunyan’s Pilgrim in that regard.

On episode 93 of our interview podcast we have Pastor Austin Walker on to tell us all about his book The Excellent Benjamin Keach.


  • Getting to know Pastor Austin Walker
  • What led to the writing of this book?
  • Who was Benjamin Keach?
  • What did he contribute to Particular Baptist life?
  • What controversies was he involved in?
  • Why is the year 1689 so important?
  • + more


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New Book: “Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age” + Haykin’s chapter on Congregationalism

[As far as I know, Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin is the only Reformed Baptist contributing to this book. He wrote chapter one on “Some Historic Roots of Congregationalism”, which can be read here and at the bottom of the post.]

Baptist Foundations

Baptist Foundations:
Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age

Mark Dever (Editor), Jonathan Leeman (Editor), Andrew M. Davis (Contributor), John S. Hammett (Contributor), Michael A. G. Haykin (Contributor), Benjamin L Merkle (Contributor), Thomas R. Schreiner (Contributor), Kirk Wellum (Contributor), Stephen J. Wellum (Contributor), Thomas White (Contributor), Shawn Wright (Contributor)

[Hardcover: $33.29 | £29.76  | Kindle: $44.99 | £28.27]


Ours is an anti-polity age, perhaps more than any other time in the history of the church. Yet polity remains as important now as it was in the New Testament.

What then is a right or biblical polity? The contributors to this volume make an exegetical and theological case for a Baptist polity. Right polity, they argue, is congregationalism, elder leadership, diaconal service, regenerate church membership, church discipline, and a Baptist approach to the ordinances.

Each section explores the pastoral applications of these arguments. How do congregationalism and elder leadership work together? When should a church practice church discipline? How can one church work with another in matters of membership and discipline?

To be read sequentially or used as a reference guide, Baptist Foundations provides a contemporary treatment of Baptist church government and structures, the first of its kind in decades.


Print Length: 432 pages
Publisher: B&H Academic (June 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
Text-to-Speech: Enabled [Kindle]
Lending: Enabled [Kindle]

Google Books sample goes to page 88 which includes all of Haykin’s chapter:

“John Owen, baptism & the Baptists” by Crawford Gribben [46 min. video & audio]

This past Friday (March 20, 2015) Dr. Crawford Gribben (Professor of Early Modern British History at Queen’s University Belfast) was the guest lecturer at the Strict Baptist Historical Society Annual Lecture which took place in Kensington Place, London. His lecture was titled, “John Owen, baptism & the Baptists”.

Dr. Crawford Gribben giving the lecture

Pastor Gary Brady, who attended, provided a summary:

…Gribben is a John Owen expert, well read in the great man’s works and his careful, erudite paper was something of an encouragement to Baptists, given how highly respected the Congregationalist theologian is. The basic idea was that Owen generally avoided the baptism question and especially so as he matured and actually met Baptists such as Henry Jessey. He appears to have moved from an advocacy of baptismal regeneration to a more middle of the road infant Baptist position. A posthumous work that appears to look at the subject is probably spurious. Sadly, Dr Gribben was unable to cast any light on the relationship between Owen and Bunyan…

You may watch the 46 minute video (with PowerPoint) below:

Update March, 25, 2015: Audio now available via 1689Federalism [mp3]:

What’s a Reformed Baptist? Can there be such a thing? Tom Chantry answers

capitol reformed baptist churchTom Chantry:

Before we can answer whether Reformed Baptists exist, we must first identify what that designation means. “Reformed Baptist” is a term – albeit a compound term – with a definition and a history. Understanding that history is necessary if anyone is going to understand what the first word in the term means. While a number of useful brief definitions exist, I intend to address the question from the standpoint of history.

Read “Defining ‘Reformed Baptist’ (again)”

AUDIO from “Baptists: Rooted in Covenant Grace” Conf. feat. James Renihan now online [5 MP3s]

Below is Dr. James Renihan’s audio from Grace Baptist Chapel‘s annual Theology Conference “Baptists: Rooted in Covenant Grace”.

Baptists Rooted in Covenant Grace


Session 1 “Genealogy Baptist Style” [MP3]

Session 2 “How Christians Have Put the Bible Together”[MP3]

Session 3 “How Christians Have Put the Bible Together (Part 2)”[MP3]

Session 4 “How Early Baptists Put the Bible Together”[MP3]

Lord’s Day Worship Service – “Haggai 2:10-19 The Nature of True Religion”[MP3]