Top Ten Most Influential Primitive Baptist MinistersSince The Black Rock Address in 1832, The Primitive Baptist movement (often called the anti-mission movement by enemies) was formally launched. This is a list on who are the most influential ministers since this change in the course of Baptist relations.
As for believers in temporal conditionalism (professors of conditional-time salvation), no man has been a greater defender than Elder Casey. He ran a paper and constantly debated opposers to his views. Most famous are his showdowns with Church of Christ ministers such as the well-renowned Elder Srygley. He also signed the Fulton Confession of Faith 1900, signifying his disagreement with Absolute Predestination and his affirming of the London Baptist 1689 Confession as a conditionalist document. His rival, Sarrell's, was also influential, though not in the same way.
As for believers in absolute predestination of all things, Beebe is a favorite. He was there for the Black Rock Address and he wrote the early paper, "Signs of the Times." Beebe is the first thing you think about when you think about the Primitive Baptist movement's beginning.
Thompson's autobiography is the most widely known among Primitive Baptists. He was an evangelist, and his example has been of much influence to many later ministers.
Trott was said to be perhaps a better minister in terms of his knowledge than Beebe. An incredible possibility.
Sylvester and his father, Cushing Biggs, wrote the Primitive Baptists' favorite historical document, which was essentially a history of the world from its creation to present day, affirming Primitive Baptists as the original church created by Christ. It takes multiple sources into account. Sylvester also worked with R.H. Pittman to create an answers and questions book about different religious questions. He was also one of the early men to stand out as a defender of conditionalism against absolutism.
Oliphant was a talented and poetic writer. He was a minister who wrote in a concise, convincing, and beautiful manner. He moderated the meeting of the Fulton Confession 1900, wrote a book on the foundations of Regular Baptists, and wrote back and forth to an absoluter, Silas Durand, defending conditional time salvation.
Bradley is a modern preacher who converted and got on the radio. He later went back to his roots of saintly perseverance to heaven and started what I like to call the "new vision" movement for his claim of a new vision. He was, in his day, the most known of ministers and the one considered by many to be the most talented.
Probably my personal favorite minister. He defended against different opponents such as Church of Christ, Universalist, and Missionary Baptist ministers. He had a calm and composed manner. His autobiography also shows how he was, in his mindset, a man of God.
Pyles was another modern minister. He had an amazing gift of getting his message across in a practical and understandable manner. He was respected by many for his skill and dedication to preaching.
Potter was another excellent debater. When facing Elder Throgmorton, who was essentially to Primitive Baptist of the day the equivalent of a Christopher Hitchens for the Missionary Baptists, Throgmorton said, "Primitive ministers are like beggars to their members." Potter asked all Primitive ministers present whether they had ever asked money of their congregation, and they all said no. He then asked the Missionary ministers, and they said yes. He turned back to Throgmorton and said, "Who is the beggar now?"