the life and work of
a.d. williams, D. D.
by D.B. Montgomery
A. D. Williams made significant contributions to the Free Will Baptist movement as an editor, pastor, educator, and home missionary. This biography was published by D. B. Montgomery in 1905.
Historical files provided by Baptist Library Online, Mark Powell, editor.
Rev. Alvin Dighton Williams,
D. D., was born at Smithfield Centre, Pennsylvania, Oct. 13, 1825. Converted at thirteen, he commenced preaching two and a half years later, gaining some notoriety
as the "boy preacher." Ordained at Carolina Mills, Rhode Island in
May 1848, Williams graduated from Hamilton
College, New York, in 1849. He pastored churches at Carolina Mills and
Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Lawrence, Massachusetts;
Minneapolis and Fair Point, Minnesota; and
Cheshire and Middleport, Ohio.
During his ministry, he
baptized nearly five hundred converts and
assisted in organizing many churches. He served as president of the Northwestern
and West Virginia Colleges,
was principal ol Nebraska State Normal
School, and a member of the Nebraska
State Board of Agriculture.
He received the Doctor of Divinity degree
in 1871 from Quincy College in
Illinois. He was the editor of The Freewill Baptist Qurarterly, and wrote The Rhode Island
Freewill Baptist Pulpit, The Support
of the Ministry, Memorials of
the Free Communion Baptists, and Four Years of Co-operation in Nebraska
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