The five-member Commission for Theological Integrity is an official agency of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. Formed in 1959 to resist the effects of  Protestant liberalism, the commission is tasked with safeguarding the theological direction of the denomination through awareness of and education on theological issues.


Learn more:

A Short History of the Commission

About Free Will Baptists

Free Will Baptist Treatise 


Commission Members

J. Matthew Pinson, chairman (TN)

Matt Pinson is the president of Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee, an office he has served in since 2002. Originally from Florida, Pinson attended Welch College in the 1980s and went on to graduate from the University of West Florida (B.A., M.A.). He later earned degrees from Yale University (M.A.R.), Vanderbilt University (Ed.D.), and has also done doctoral studies at Florida State University. Pinson has pastored churches in Florida, Connecticut, and Georgia. He is also a prolific author, having authored, co-authored, or edited many articles and books, including A Free Will Baptist Handbook (Randall House, 1998), Four Views on Eternal Security (Zondervan, 2002), , Perspectives on Christian Worship (B&H, 2009), Arminian and Baptist (Randall House, 2015), Gender, Sexuality, and the Church (Welch College Press, 2016), and pamphlets in the Free Will Baptist Heritage Series. His blog is Pinson is married to Melinda, with whom he has a son and a daughter.

Kevin Hester, secretary (TN)

Kevin Hester is the Dean of the School of Theology at Welch College. Since 2003, he has served there as professor of church history, theology, philosophy, and New Testament. The Alabama native attended Welch College (B.A.), Covenant Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Saint Louis University (Ph.D.). He is the author of Eschatology and Pain in St. Gregory the Great (Paternoster, 2007) and Free Will Baptists and the Priesthood of All Believers (Free Will Baptist Historical Commission, 2010). Hester has also served as an assistant pastor, worship minister, and interim pastor for a number of churches in Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri. He is presently a member of Cross Timbers FWB Church where he teaches Sunday School, serves on the Christian Education Committee, and occasionally leads worship. He is married to Leslie, with whom he has four sons.

Rodney Holloman (TN)

Rodney Holloman is the pastor of Hardin Valley FWB Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. A native of North Carolina, Holloman trained for ministry at Southeastern FWB College (B.A.), and later at Pensacola Christian College (M.A.). He has also done further education through Bob Jones University. Holloman’s ministry includes time as a youth pastor, associate pastor, pastor, and college professor at Southeastern where he taught in multiple areas. He has been very involved in international ministry in the countries of Cuba and Brazil. He also contributed a chapter to the Free Will Baptist Guide for New Believers. Rodney is the husband of Andrea, and have a son and a daughter.

Thomas Marberry (OK)

Marberry is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Randall University.  Marberry has taught courses in Greek, theology, church history, and other subjects, and formerly served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has written two commentaries in the Randall House Bible Commentary series, and is currently writing the commentary on Luke. Marberry has also written a number of articles and book reviews that have been published in Integrity and other Free Will Baptist publications. Thomas and his wife, Wilma, are members of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Oklahoma City where he currently serves as pastor. Marberry is also very involved in the Hispanic ministry both in the local church and at the denominational level. For nine years he served as president of El Seminario Biblico La Cruz in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Marberry is a graduate of Okahoma Bible College (Randall), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Baylor University. His Ph.D. is in religion with a New Testament concentration.

W. Jackson Watts (MO)

Jackson Watts pastors  Grace FWB Church in Arnold, MO (St. Louis metro). He is a graduate of Welch College (B.A.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Duke Divinity School (Th.M), and  Concordia Seminary (Ph.D.). His prior ministry includes service as a Christian Education Pastor in North Carolina, and more recently serving as Clerk of the Missouri State Association. In recent years Watts has served as adjunct faculty at colleges/seminaries in both the United States and Cuba. He is the author of Biblical Beliefs: Doctrines Believes Should Know (ETA, 2013), and co-editor of The Promise of Arminian Theology: Essays in Honor of F. Leroy Forlines (Randall House Academic, 2016). He writes regularly for the Helwys Society Forum, which he helped co-found. Watts lives in Pevely with his wife Mckensie.

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