A Brief History
In 1873, the General Conference of the North Carolina Free Will Baptists authorized editor and proprietor E. Robert Ellis to print a weekly newspaper in Fremont, N.C. for the benefit of the denomination, although it was originally called The Free Will Baptist Advocate. Over the course of its publication history, the paper’s location was moved to at least four other North Carolina cities—including Toisnot (now known as Elm City), New Bern, Ormondsville, and Ayden. After 1880 when the paper was again published in Fremont, N.C., the word “advocate” was dropped from its name. This would be the community paper’s second name change.
The publications regularly featured poetry, sermons, editorial pieces, advertisements, denominational ministry news, and a "locals" section that offered a look into the comings and goings of the "OFWB" community.
Over the course of time, the publication transitioned from a weekly paper to a monthly magazine.
Beginning with the January 2017 edition, the name of the publication changed to OFWB Community Magazine. This change was made, in part, as an effort to reach more people. Included with this change was the beginning of a more theme-based approach to topics of the day that speak more to the readership of the publication. It continues to include information from the OFWB Ministries, church news, coming events, and advertisements, as well as theme-based articles.