December 23, 1829, Leicester, England.
March 16, 1889, Nottingham, England.
Frederic was the son of Baptist minister Joseph Goadby, and brother of Frederic Goadby.
He studied for the ministry at the Baptist College, Leicester, and at Glasgow University (BA 1856).
He was successively pastor of Baptist churches in Coventry, London and Derby. In 1873, he was appointed President of Chilwell College (later named the Nottingham Baptist College).
Goadby contributed many papers to newspapers, reviews, and other periodicals, and published several sermons and addresses delivered on public occasions, 1860–81. In 1884, he published Revelation, Its Nature and Record, translated from the German of Ewald.