Some Baptist Histories

W. T. Whitley, A History of the Baptists (Kingsgate, 1927, rev. ed. 1932)

A. C. Underwood, A History of the English Baptists (Carey Kingsgate, 1947)

A History of the English Baptists 4 Vol.: 17th Century – Barrie White (1983, rev. ed. 1996); 18th Century – Raymond Brown (1986); 19th Century – John H. Y. Briggs (1994); 20th Century – Ian Randall (2005) (Baptist Historical Society)

Roger Hayden, English Baptist History & Heritage (Baptist Union, 1990, 2nd Ed., 2005)

Bill Leonard, Baptist Ways: A History (Judson, 2003)

Ian Randall, Communities of Conviction: Baptist Beginnings in Europe (Neufeld Verlag, 2009)

Robert E. Johnson, A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches (Cambridge, 2010)

David Bebbington, Baptists Through the Centuries: A History of a Global People (Baylor, 2010)



British Baptist Historians 9: Faith Bowers

Sub-editor, Baptist Quarterly (1985-2014)


Called to the City: Three Ministers of Bloomsbury (London, 1989)

Opting Out in Victorian London: A school for the respectable poor, 1849-1870′, Baptist Quarterly (1992)

‘H. Howard Williams: Preacher, Pastor – Prophet without honour? The 1998 Benjamin Henton Lecture’, Baptist Quarterly (1998)

A Bold Experiment: The Story of Bloomsbury Chapel and Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 1848–1999 (London, 1999)

‘John H . Y. Briggs MA, FSA, FRHistS: An Appreciation’ inAnthony R. Cross (ed.), Ecumenism and History: Studies in Honour of John H. Y. Briggs (Paternoster, 2002)

‘New Structures for a Growing Family: The Baptist World Alliance in the 1970s’ in Pierard (ed.), Baptists Together in Christ (Baptist World Alliance, 2005)

‘Sunday Schools – a Family Passion’ in Stephen Orchard and John H. Y. Briggs (eds.), Sunday School Movement (Paternoster, 2007)

‘Centenary History of the Baptist Historical Society‘, Baptist Quarterly (2008)

‘Keeping the Home Fires Burning: Shoreditch Tabernacle in World War II’ Baptist Quarterly 43.2 (2009)

For God and the People: Baptist Deaconesses 1901-1905′, Baptist Quarterly (2010)

‘Prophets and Pietists: Differing Faces of Baptist Identity’ in Anthony R. Cross and Ruth Gouldbourne (eds.) Questions of Identity: Essays in Honour of Brian Haymes (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, 2011)

‘Liberating Women for Baptist Ministry’, Baptist Quarterly (2014)

(ed.), Encountering London: London Baptists in the 21st Century (London, 2015)


New Books from the Centre for Baptist and Heritage

‘A World-Order of Love’:Baptists and the Peace Movements of 1914

The essays in this volume explore the Baptist contributions to peace-making at the time of the First World War and afterwards. Like the Conference in Oxford on which the book is based, the  chapters are  a collaboration between British and German Baptist historians, in a centenary remembrance of the tragic conflict of 1914-1918. This partnership also echoes the contribution made by both British and German Baptists to the first moves towards peace in the period from 1914 onwards, even as war broke out between their two nations and others. The authors consider the two substantial peace movements which were conceived at an international conference for peace held at Lake Constance on 3-4 August 1914, on the very eve of war. The story is taken on further into the twentieth century, demonstrating the influence of these movements, born in the turmoil of their own time, on the Civil Rights Movement in America five decades later. Reading the essays together makes the reader aware of the rich web of acts and words through which Baptists hoped (in the words of the founding document of the Fellowship of Reconciliation) to create a ‘world-order based on love’.

Keith Clements, Paul S. Fiddes (editor), Frank Fornaçon, Ian Randall, Andrea Strübind.


Covenant and Church for Rough Sleepers: A Baptist Ecclesiology in Conversation with the Trinitarian Pastoral Theology of Paul S. Fiddes

‘Covenant’ is now a term widely used among Baptists to describe the relating of members to each other in a local church, the associating of churches together, and the binding of associations, churches and colleges into a national union. Use, however, is one thing, and understanding is quite another. Dr Sutcliffe-Pratt puts us in his debt by reflecting on the way that covenant may be seen as the basis for an exciting and experimental church-plant among rough sleepers and drug addicts – 57 West in Southend-on-Sea. In conversation with the Baptist theologian Paul S. Fiddes, he shows how this kind of covenant is rooted in a vision of the triune God whose life is an interweaving of loving relations. He also draws on a range of Protestant and Catholic theologians in this remarkable piece of practical theology, which develops a Baptist tradition in new ways. As we see how the idea of ‘covenant’ makes sense of the complicated and challenging relationships in his own community, we can see better how it might throw light on our situation.

Author: Daniel Sutcliffe-Pratt is a Baptist minister at 57 West, Southend-on-Sea.


The Early English General Baptists and Their Theological Formation

A scholarly treatment of the first generations of the English General Baptists that identifies their character as a sect, their emerging theological consensus as distilled from their principal literature, and a listing and analysis of published works about the General Baptists. The book uniquely provides biographical details, works about, and details of works by twenty-eight writers and several confessional documents. The span dates cover the roots of the General Baptist tradition from 1609 to its period of mature expression in the late 1680s, ranging from John Smyth and Thomas Helwys to Thomas Grantham and Matthew Caffyn.

Author: William H. Brackney is Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Acadia University and Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Baptist Historical Society Annual Lecture

1979 – Leonard Champion – ‘Evangelical Calvinism and the Structures of Baptist Church Life’

1981 – Alan Kreider – ‘The Servant is not Greater than His Master”: The Anabaptists and the Suffering Church

1988 – Roger Hayden – ‘The Particular Baptist Confession 1689 and Baptists Today’

1993 – Raymond Brown – ‘Fear not what men say’: Bedfordshire non-conformist devotions – the Agnes Beaumont story (1674)’

1997 – John H. Y. Briggs – ‘The Life and Growth of Baptists in Birmingham in the Nineteenth Century’

2001 – David Wykes – ‘Joshua Toulmin: Taunton Baptist minister, historian and religious radical’

2003 – Ian Randall

2004 – Peter Morden – ‘Andrew Fuller and the Baptist Missionary Society’

2005 – Ian Randall – ‘The English Baptists of the 20th Century’

2006 – Chris Ellis – ‘Skeletons in the Cupboard? Order and Flexibility in Baptist Worship’

2007 – Brian Haymes – ‘On Religious Liberty: re-reading A Short Declaration of Iniquity in London in 2005’

2008 – Faith Bowers – ‘A Lively, Capable and Creative Unit: The Baptist Historical Society 1908-2008’

2010 – Clyde Binfield – ‘How Free? How New? How Suburban? The Establishment of Dissent in Hamstead Garden Suburb’

2011 – Stephen Holmes – ‘The Bible as the Word of Christ in Seventeenth-Century Baptist Thought’

2013 – David Bebbington – ‘The Baptist Colleges in the Mid-Nineteenth Century’

2014 – Andy Vail – ‘Birmingham Baptists and the First World War’

2015 – Israel Olofinjana – ‘Reverse Mission’

Baptist Identity into the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Ken Manley edited by Frank Rees (Whitley College, 2016)

1. Marita Munro – The life of Ken Manley

2. Brian Haymes – One church, one faith, one Lord: Questions of Baptist identity

3. John Briggs -Memory, vision and mission: What our yesterdays have to say to our todays and tomorrows

4. Graeme Hatfield -Contributing to the global conversation on Baptist identity

5. Mark Brett – A suitably English Abraham: Emigration to Australia in the nineteenth century

6. Keith Dyer – Suitably Abrahamic Australians? The Bible and Baptists in the twenty-first century

7. John Olley -Shaped by the Bible: Acting together in the continuing drama

8. Merrill Kitchen -Women in ministry

9. Ros Gooden – Baeyertz and barley loaves: Women in Christian ministry

10. Carolyn Francis – Women in ministry: Hopes and challenges

11. Graeme Garrett – Where is “ … and earth” ? Learning to preach in the Anthropocene

12. Geoff Pound – Sharing the ministry of preaching

13. Allan G. Demond – Homiletic friends: An appreciative response to Graeme Garrett

14. Ross Clifford – Mission in the Australian context

15. Tim Costello – World mission: Seeking the prophetic Baptist voice

16. Neville Callam – Baptists in bilateral theological dialogue

17. Tony Cupit – Baptist identity into the 21st  century

18. Keith Clements – The ecumenical Baptist future

19. Paul S. Fiddes –  Baptists and theological education: A vision for the twenty-first century

20. Thorwald Lorenz – Life-long learning: In conversation with Paul Fiddes

21. Frank Rees – Why has no-one ever told me about this?

Challenge and Change: English Baptist Life in the Eighteenth Century edited by Stephen Copson and Peter Morden (Baptist Historical Society, 2017)

This new book out later in March is designed to accompany and offer further research to the early volume The English Baptists in the 18th Century by Raymond Brown (1986).

Continuity and Change: Particular Baptists in the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’ (1689–1815)  – Peter J. Morden

General Baptists in the Eighteenth Century – Stephen L. Copson

New Connexion General Baptists, 1770–1813 – J.H.Y. Briggs

The Beauty of Social Religion: Local Baptist Life in the Eighteenth Century – Christopher J. Ellis

Baptists at Home – Karen E. Smith

Baptists and the Wider Community – J.H.Y. Briggs

Baptists and National Politics in Late Eighteenth-century England – James E. Bradley

‘With light, beauty, and power’: Educating English Baptists in the Long Eighteenth Century – Michael A.G. Haykin

‘No sanctuary for Philistines’: Baptists and Culture in the Eighteenth Century – Timothy Whelan

After the Benediction: Eighteenth-century Baptist Laity – Faith and Brian Bowers

Baptists in the Eighteenth Century: Relations with Other Christians – David Thompson

Diamond Jubilee / C. R. Batten Lecture (London Baptist Preacher’s Association)

1966 – L. G. Champion – Biblical Preaching in the Contemporary Situation

1967 – G. Henton Davies – Preaching the Lord’s Supper

1968 – John Stott – The Call to Preach

1969 – G. R. Beasley-Murray – Evangelising the Post-Christian Man

1970 – Ernest Payne – Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Church Facing the Future

1971 – W. M. S. West – Ministry Today

1972 – Gordon Rupp – THE WORD and the words

1973 – B. R. White – Preaching for Conversion

1974 – Stuart Blanch – The Bible and the Church

1975 – Raymond Brown – Preaching in the Early Church

1976 – John Hustable – The Wisdom of God

1977 – Rex Mason – The Preacher’s Dilemma

1978 – R. E. O. White – Gift versus Training in Christian Work and Worship

1979 – Donald English – Anything to Declare: Reflections on Telling Others about the Faith

1981 – David Sheppard – Finding the Word of God Today

1982 – David S. Russell – Preaching and the Word of God

1983 – F. F. Bruce – St. Paul the Preacher

1984 – Michael Griffiths – Unity – of the Spirit and of the Faith

1986 – H. Howard Williams – If Words Mean Anything

1987 – Michael Walker – Preaching at the Lord’s Table

1988 – Tom Houston – Communicating the Good News in a Television Age

1989 – Peter Cottrell – Disaster and Disorder: The Human Predicament

1990 – Michael Baughen – Communicating the Faith in Today’s World

1991 – Paul Fiddes – The Trinity in Worship and Preaching

1992 – Malcolm Goodspeed – Team Ministry

1993 – R. T. Kendall – The Anointed Preacher

1994 – Bernard Green – Let God Speak the Word and Worship

1995 – Brian Haymes – Integrity in Preaching

1996 – Derek Tidball – Preaching to an Endangered Species

1997 – Michael Quicke – What Makes the Preacher?

1998 – Stuart Murray – Interactive Preaching

1999 – Douglas McBain – Towards a Balanced Public Ministry

2000 – Peter Wortley – Would you Adam and Eve it?

2001 – Nigel Wright – The Open Church: Exploring the Strange World of the Congregation

2002 Pat Took – Tough Glory: The Priesthood of all Believers

2003 – Myra Blyth – Pilgrim People – inclusive community?