Based on his meticulous research into the early history of Free Will Baptists, Dr. Robert Picirilli delves deeply into key segments of denominational history that provide a fuller picture of the past. Readers will gain a better understanding of the complex historical roots of the movement, and come away with a greater appreciation for men and women who blazed the trail for the denomination.
With the addition of many original journal entries, pictures, and historical documents, the author has given readers a remarkable bridge to the past. This work carries great historical value and preserves significant components of the past for future generations.
Robert Picirilli is an author, retired college professor and a historian for the Free Will Baptist denomination. Picirilli received his B.A. from Welch College in 1953. Graduate studies were completed at Bob Jones University where he received the M.A. in theology in 1955 and the Ph.D. in New Testament text in 1963. He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Bob Jones University in 1967.
Dr. Picirilli’s teaching career began at Welch College in 1955. He taught New Testament Greek and Interpretation for 47 years. He served as Professor, Registrar, and Academic Dean on the undergraduate level as well as serving as Professor and Academic Dean for the graduate program at his alma mater. Published works from Dr. Picirilli include Book of Galatians; Romans; Paul the Apostle; Grace, Faith, Free Will; Contrasting Views of Salvation: Calvinism and Arminianism; and Discipleship: The Expression of Saving Faith. He not only serves as the General Editor for The Randall House Bible Commentary, but has also authored several of the commentaries on 1 and 2 Peter, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Mark.
Dr. Picirilli has been active in the Evangelical Theological Society where he has pre-sented papers and held all of the offices in the Southeastern Section. He is a frequent contributor to denominational publications and professional theological journals.