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

C. R. Batten Lecture

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

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

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

1975 – Raymond Brown – Preaching in the Early Church

1977 – Rex Mason – The Preacher’s Dilemma

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

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

1986 – H. Howard Williams

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 the 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?

New Book from Ian Birch on early Calvinistic Baptists


Ian Birch (Principal, Scottish Baptist College) has published his recent PhD (University of St. Andrew’s)

To Follow the Lambe Wheresoever He Goeth: The Ecclesial Polity of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1640-1660

The book explores the doctrine of the church among English Calvinistic Baptists between 1640 and 1660. It examines the emergence of Calvinistic Baptists against the background of the demise of the Episcopal Church of England, the establishment by Act of Parliament of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, and the attempted foundation of a Presbyterian Church of England. Ecclesiology was one of the most important doctrines under consideration in this phase of English history, and this book is a contribution to understanding alternative forms of ecclesiology outside of the mainstream National Church settlement.

It argues that the development of Calvinistic Baptist ecclesiology was a natural development of one stream of Puritan theology, the tradition associated with Robert Brown, and the English separatist movement. This tradition was refined and made experimental in the work of Henry Jacob, who founded a congregation in London in 1616 from which Calvinistic Baptists emerged. Central to Jacob’s ideology was the belief that a rightly ordered church acknowledged Christ as King over his people. The christological priority of early Calvinistic Baptist ecclesiology will constitute the primary contribution of this study to the investigation of dissenting theology in the period.

British Baptists and the Lord’s Supper

R. L. Child (ed.), The Lord’s Supper A Baptist Statement (Baptist Union, 1951)

Michael J. Walker, Baptists at the Table (1992)

Paul Beasley-Murray, ‘Celebrating the Faith at the Lord’s Table‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1994)

Jon Green, ‘A Baptist Dilemma: Children, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1995)

Keith Jones, A Shared Meal and a Common Table (1999)

Robert Ellis, ‘Gathered at the Table’, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1999)

John Weaver, ‘The Eucharist: Celebration and Participation‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (2000)

Paul Fiddes, ‘The Church as a Eucharist Community: A Baptist Contribution’ in Tracks and Traces (2003)

Christopher J. Ellis, ‘In Memory of Me: The Spirituality of the Supper’ in Gathering (2004)

John Colwell, ‘The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper’ in Promise and Presence (2005)

Nigel Wright, ‘The Feast of Life’ in Free Church, Free State (2005)

John Weaver, ‘Spirituality in Everyday life: The View from the Table’ in Under the Rule of Christ (2008)

Anthony Clarke, ‘A Feast for all? Reflecting on Open Communion for the Contemporary Church’ in Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (2008)

Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne and Anthony R. Cross, ‘The Lord’s Supper’ in On Being the Church (2008)

Ruth Gouldbourne, ‘Encountering Christ: Zwingli, Signs and Baptists around the Table’ in For the Sake of the Church (2014)

Stephen Finamore, ‘Veiled Presence: The Risen Christ in Spurgeon’s Great Communion Hymn and Baptist Communion Rituals’ in For the Sake of the Church (2014)

British Baptist Historians 10: Roger Hayden

MA (Cambridge), PhD (Keele)

‘What are the Qualifications of a Gospel Minister?’, Baptist Quarterly 19.8 (1962)

‘John Taylor (1831–1901) and the Records of Northants Nonconformity’, Baptist Quarterly 24.7 (1972)

(ed.), The Records of a Church of Christ in Bristol, 1640-1687 (Bristol Records Society, 1974)

(ed.), Baptist Union Documents 1948-1977 (Baptist Historical Society, 1980)

‘The Faith and Other Faiths’ in A Call to Mind (Baptist Union, 1981)

‘Still At the Crossroads? – Rev J H Shakespeare and Ecumenism’ in Keith Clements (ed.), Baptists in the Twentieth Century (Baptist Historical Society, 1983)

‘Baptists, Covenant and Confessions’ in Bound To Love (Baptist Union, 1985)

‘The Particular Baptist Confession 1689 and Baptists Today,’ Baptist Quarterly 32.8 (October 1988)

‘Believers Baptised: An Anthology’ in Paul S. Fiddes (ed.), Reflections on the Water (Smyth and Helwys, 1996)

‘The Stillness and the Dancing: An Appreciation of Leonard G. Champion’ in Roger Hayden and Brian Haymes (eds.), Bible, History and Ministry (Bristol Baptist College, 1997)

‘Leonard George Champion 1907-1997’, Baptist Quarterly 37.5 (January 1998)

‘The Contribution of Bernard Foskett’ in William Brackney, Paul S. Fiddes and John H. Y. Briggs (eds.), Pilgrim Pathways: Essays in Baptist History in Honour B. R. White (Mercer, 1999)

‘Caleb Evans and the anti-slavery question’ Baptist Quarterly 39.1 (January 2001)

English Baptist History and Heritage (Baptist Union, 2005)

Continuity and ChangeEvangelical Calvinism Among Eighteenth-century Baptist Ministers Trained at Bristol Academy, 1690-1791 (Baptist Historical Society, 2006)

‘Caleb Evans and the Anti-Slavery Question’ in John H. Y. Briggs (ed.), Pulpit and People: Studies in Eighteenth Century Baptist Life and Thought (Paternoster, 2009)

‘Bernard Foskett and Abingdon, 1743-5’, Baptist Quarterly 43.2 (2009)

‘Enlightened Evangelicalism. Review Article’, Baptist Quarterly 44.6 (2012)

‘Caleb Evans: ‘Remembering Former Days’: Using the past to discern present boundaries’, Baptist Quarterly 45.7 (2014)

‘‘Able and Evangelical Ministers’: The Beginnings of Ministerial Formation at Bristol Baptist College’, Baptist Quarterly (July 2016)


British Baptist Historians 9: Ernest A. Payne

1940-1951 Tutor in Church History, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
1951-1967 – General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain


Freedom in Jamaica: Some Chapters in the Story of the Baptist Missionary Society (Carey, 1933)

‘An Elegy on Andrew Gifford’, Baptist Quarterly 9 (1938), pp.54-7

The Great Succession (Carey, 1938)

‘The Development of Nonconformist Theological Education in the 19th Century, with special reference to Regent’s Park College’ in Studies in History and Religion (Lutterworth, 1942)

The Fellowship of Believers: Baptist Thought and Practice Yesterday and Today (SCM, 1944)

The Free Church Tradition in the Life of England (Carey Kingsgate, 1944)

Henry Wheeler Robinson: A Memoir (1946)

(trans.), Karl Barth, The Teaching of the Church Regarding Baptism (SCM, 1948)

The Anabaptists of the Sixteenth Century (Kingsgate, 1949)

‘Professor T. W. Manson on Baptism’, Scottish Journal of Theology 3 (1950)

The Baptists of Berkshire (Carey Kingsgate, 1951)

‘Professor Oscar Cullmann on Baptism’, Baptist Quarterly 14.2 (April 1951), pp.56-60

‘Free Church Objections to Episcopacy’, Theology 54 (1951)

‘Eighteenth Century English Congregationalism as Exemplified in the Life and Work of Philip Doddridge’, Review and Expositor (1951)

‘Baptists and the Laying on of Hands’, Baptist Quarterly 15.5 (January 1954), pp.203-15

‘Who were the Baptists?’, Baptist Quarterly 16 (1955-6)

‘The Ministry in Historical Perspective,’ Baptist Quarterly 17.6 (1958)

The Baptist Union. A Short History (Baptist Union, 1958)

‘Baptists and the Ecumenical Movement,’ Baptist Quarterly 18.6 (April 1960)

‘Toleration and Establishment: A Historical Outline’ in From Uniformity to Unity, 1662-1962 (SPCK, 1962)

‘The Free Church Tradition and Worship’ Baptist Quarterly 21.2 (April 1965), pp.9-13

Free Churchmen: Unrepentant & Repentant and other Papers (Carey Kingsgate, 1965)

‘Baptists and Initiation’, Baptist Quarterly 26.4 (October 1975), pp.147-57

‘The Rise and Decline of Downs Chapel, Clapton’, Baptist Quarterly 27.1 (January 1977), 34-44

‘The Down Grade Controversy: A Postscript’, Baptist Quarterly 28 (1979)

‘The Baptist Church near the Barbican’, Baptist Quarterly 39 (2001), pp.132-45

British Baptist Historians 8: Anthony R. Cross

BA (1985, Bristol), MTh (Cardiff, 1988), PhD (1997, Keele)

Lecturer in Church History and Theology, Roehampton Institute (1997-2001)
Fellow of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College, Oxford (2003-)
Director, Centre for the Baptist History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College, Oxford (2009-2012)
Faculty, University of Oxford (2010-)


‘One Baptism’ (Ephesians 4.5): A Challenge to the Church’ in Baptism, the New Testament and the Church: Historical and Contemporary Studies in Honour of R. E. O. White (Sheffield Academic Press, 1999)

‘Service to the Ecumenical Movement: The Contribution of British Baptists’, Baptist Quarterly 38.3 (July 1999)

Baptism and the Baptists: Theology and Practice in Twentieth-Century Britain (Paternoster, 2000)

‘Baptism, Christology and the Creeds in the Early Church: Implications for Ecumenical Dialogue’ in Ecumenism and History: Studies in Honour of John H. Y. Briggs (Paternoster, 2002)

‘Spirit- and Water-Bpatism in 1 Corinthians 12.13’ in Dimensions of Baptism: Biblical and Theological Studies (Sheffield Academic Press, 2002)

‘The Pneumatological Key to Henry Wheeler Robinson’s Baptismal Sacramentalism’ in Baptist Sacramentalism (Paternoster, 2003)

(ed.) with Alan P. F. Sell, Protestant Nonconformity in the Twentieth Century (Paternoster, 2003)

‘Being Open to God’s Sacramental Work: A Study in Baptism’ in Semper Reformadum: Studies in Honour of Clark H. Pinnock (Paternoster, 2003)

‘The Myth of English Baptist Anti-Sacramentalism’ in Recycling the Past or Researching History: Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myths (Paternoster, 2005)

‘Baptismal Regeneration: Rehabilitating a Lost Dimension of New Testament Baptism’ in Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (Paternoster, 2008)

with Brian Haymes and Ruth Gouldbourne, On Being the Church (Paternoster, 2008)

‘The Adoption of Believer’s Baptism and Baptist Beginnings’ in Exploring Baptist Origins (Regent’s Park College, 2010)

Should we take Peter at his word (Acts 2.38)? Recovering a Baptist Baptismal Sacramentalism. An Occasional Paper (Regent’s Park College, 2010)

‘Through a Glass Darkly: The Further Light Clause in Baptist Thought’ in Questions of Identity: Studies in Honour of Brian Haymes (Regent’s Park College, 2011)

Recovering the Evangelical Sacrament: Baptisma Semper Reformandum (Pickwick, 2013)

‘Sapient Experimentalis: ‘Knowledge by experience’ – Aspects of a Baptist Baptismal Spirituality’ in Grounded in Grace: Essays to Honour Ian M. Randall (Baptist Historical Society, 2013)

‘Christ Jesus … exalted … farre about all principalities and powers’: Baptists Attitudes to Monarchy, Country, and Magistracy, 1609-1644′ in Anthony R. Cross and John H. Y. Briggs (eds.), Freedom and the Powers: Perspectives from Baptist History (Baptist Historical Society, 2014)

‘Faith-Baptism’: The Key to an Evangelical Baptismal Sacramentalism’ in Truth That Never Dies: The Dr. G. R. Beasley-Murray Memorial Lectures 2002-2012 (Pickwick, 2014)

‘The Early Bristol Tradition as a Seedbed for Evangelical Reception among British Baptists, c.1720-c.1770’ in Pathways and Patterns in History: Essays on Baptists, Evangelicals and the Morden World in Honour of David Bebbington (Baptist Historical Society, 2015)

‘Baptists, Peace and War: The Seventeenth-Century British Foundations’ in Baptists and War (Pickwick, 2015)

‘To Communicate Simply you must understand profoundly’: Preparation for Ministry Among British Baptists (Baptist Historical Society, 2016)