Posted on March 14, 2016
The history of the Baptist denomination is littered with the names of giants long forgotten, men and women who changed the lives of their peers and the trajectory of the movement. Such a man was Andrew Broaddus (1770-1848). Broadly loved and admired by his contemporaries, both Baptists and non-Baptists alike, those of his home state of Virginia and beyond, Broaddus was universally respected as a man of ample ability and great piety. As one admirer noted in Broaddus’ obituary, “No man was probably more universally respected and beloved.” This chapter introduces the 21st century reader to a 19th century Baptist leader, a man to be respected and emulated in the present day with the hopes of redeeming Andrew Broaddus from the tomb of the Baptist unknowns.