Kathwood Baptist Church

Mission: Kathwood Baptist Church exists to know God and to make God’s love known through lives transformed by Christ. Distinctive Beliefs: * Salvation by Grace * Religious liberty through the separation of church and state

Founding members of Kathwood made the decision to organize a new church to break out of the mold and practice of most Baptist churches of yesteryear. The purpose of our group was to be more open, progressive, and receptive to change, to be more innovative, and to be different -- to make a difference. Kathwood Baptist Church seeks to be a family of believers in God through Jesus Christ, free to exercise God's gifts and call, as lead by the Holy Spirit, in a shared life of Christian love. We seek to be who Christ would have us be, go where Christ would have us go, do what Christ would have us do, and love as Christ would have us love. "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like unto it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" Matthew 22: 37-39

Mission: Mission: Kathwood Baptist Church exists to know God and to make God’s love known through lives transformed by Christ. Distinctive Beliefs: * Salvation by Grace * Religious liberty through the separation of church and state * Autonomy of the local church * The spirit of inclusion versus exclusion * The Priesthood of the believer * Freedom to interpret the Bible as led by the Spirit without intrusion of a creed * The value of women in ministry


Psalm Series: Thanksgiving

Psalm Series: Thanksgiving


Psalm Series Praise

Psalm Series: Trust


June 28

Psalm Series: Lament.


Psalm Study: Wisdom

Second Sunday After Pentecost.


May 31

Pentecost Sunday!


May 24 — Ascension Sunday

Seventh Sunday of Easter


Sixth Sunday of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter!


May 10, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter.


4th Week of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter.


April 26

April 26th.

Symbols of Jesus, created years ago by Kathwood members, they serpentine through the Prayer Garden, bringing a sense of faithfulness from the past and hope for the future.


April 19

Today's message from Pastor Beth. April 19, 2020.

Big cheers for Ben Doyle!

The 2020 School of Visual Art + Design Awards🎉⁣⁣

It’s that time of year! Congratulations to our phenomenal students on their achievements over the last year. We wish we were celebrating your successes in person, and can’t wait to see you all return in the fall!⁣

Undergraduate Studio Art Excellence Awards, in honor of Ed Yaghjian:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Drawing – Kelley F. Pettibone⁣⁣
“Kelley Pettibone is a motivated and dedicated individual, skilled and thoughtful in her approach to both concept and medium. In her drawings over the past year, Ms. Pettibone worked through questions relating to how we process grief through artwork. Her approach to mixed-media drawing is strong, as she incorporates new techniques and materials throughout her process. She is richly deserving of this award.” -Prof. Sara Schneckloth⁣⁣
Printmaking – Benjamin R. Doyle⁣⁣
“Ben Doyle is a dedicated artist and printmaker. He is willing to grapple with form and meaning in his work and continually strives for excellent craftsmanship. He readily helps other students, both with technique and critique. He has served as a volunteer lab monitor for several semesters and is an active member of the Ink and Paper Student Organization. Although just a junior, Ben has already begun planning and executing work for his Spring 2021 BFA exhibition.” -Prof.Mary Robinson⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Graphic Design – Brooke A. Daniels⁣⁣
“Brooke has been a very successful student in graphic design since she was accepted into our program. She sets the bar for the other students as she is always prepared with multiple design solutions. Brooke always has well researched and thoughtful solutions to her assignments. She has always been hard working and a student that you can count on for professionalism.” -Prof. Stephanie Nace⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

3D Studies- Tyler M. Durish⁣⁣
“Tyler was in my ARTS 225 in the fall. She also was integral in brainstorming and collecting and organizing materials for the large-scale collaborative installation, "Home," at Stormwater Studios. Tyler was thoughtful, engaged, and open to new ideas throughout the semester and we had many discussions about difficult and timely topics and how to interpret them through sculpture. Searching to make meaningful work, and gaining confidence throughout the semester, she pushed the boundaries of what sculpture can be, making compelling and deeply personal performance sculptures.” -Prof. Naomi Falk


Easter Sunday - YouTube


Easter Sunday Choral Playlist




Christ has risen!

A few pictures of joyful surprise as Kathwood Baptist Church children discover unexpected (but socially distant delivered) surprises on their doorsteps yesterday! (Photos taken by family)

Celebrating the hope of new life!

Palm Sunday, 2020. Together in spirit if not in body.


Let Your Faith Be Stronger Than Your Fear

Listen and let God's presence fill you with peace.

Composition by Tom Trenney. Ariel Merivil, soloist. This excerpt is from the Abendmusik at First Plymouth concert entitled “We Will Rise” presented November ...


April 5 — Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday

[03/26/20]   A different perspective on growing pains:

Me: Hey God.

God: Hello.....

Me: I'm falling apart. Can you put me back together?

God: I would rather not.

Me: Why?

God: Because you aren't a puzzle.

Me: What about all of the pieces of my life that are falling down onto the ground?

God: Let them stay there for a while. They fell off for a reason. Take some time and decide if you need any of those pieces back.

Me: You don't understand! I'm breaking down!

God: No - you don't understand. You are breaking through. What you are feeling are just growing pains. You are shedding the things and the people in your life that are holding you back. You aren't falling apart. You are falling into place. Relax. Take some deep breaths and allow those things you don't need anymore to fall off of you. Quit holding onto the pieces that don't fit you anymore. Let them fall off. Let them go.

Me: Once I start doing that, what will be left of me?

God: Only the very best pieces of you.

Me: I'm scared of changing.

God: I keep telling you - YOU AREN'T CHANGING!! YOU ARE BECOMING!

Me: Becoming who?

God: Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light and love and charity and hope and courage and joy and mercy and grace and compassion. I made you for more than the shallow pieces you have decided to adorn yourself with that you cling to with such greed and fear. Let those things fall off of you. I love you! Don't change!Become! Become! Become! Become who I made you to be. I'm going to keep telling you this until you remember it.

Me: There goes another piece.

God: Yep. Let it be.

Me: So...I'm not broken?

God: No - but you are breaking like the dawn. It's a new day. Become!! Become!!

As the rain fell this afternoon and the thunder and lightning got our attention, I was reminded of how nice the changes in weather patterns are this time of year. While social distancing, I am more aware of the many things that usually rush by without thought. Such as the rain. At first it was a small pitter patter. As it became steadier it was audibly more present. Then with the thunder and lightning it spoke more forcibly and demanded attention. And then without a moments notice it was gone. The earth was watered, the pollen washed away (for now), and my attention was drawn away from Covid-19 related “things”

God is good in that way. Even in the midst of a pandemic, the points of God’s light in this world draw us into Gods love, peace and hope. It is my prayer that we will intentionally stay aware of Gods Light. Sometimes that means holding it for someone else. Sometimes it means searching for it. And when we find ourselves in the presence of the Light, with heartfelt awe we give thanks. What a difference that makes in ones day. What an excellent prayer practice for the week.

Will you join me? - Pastor Beth


March 22 — 4th week of Lent

A Sunday message from Pastor Beth.

4th Week of Lent March 22. | 11:00AM Over The Rainbow by: H.Arlen & E.Y. Harburg Somewhere by: L. Bernstein & S. Sondheim Special Arrangement for Broadway Dr...

Kathwood’s staff still working our way towards Easter! Check your email tomorrow for a worship video from our sanctuary. We continue to worship and journey towards Easter, even though our journey has taken a new and unexpected path.

On this first day of spring, even in the midst of difficult and uncertain times, we see God’s handiwork and presence all around us.

Jesus, the light of the world came bringing love and grace for all people. Humanity has chosen to snuff out parts of that light for 2000 years. This Lenten season let us hold fast to the words, “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.”

[03/08/20]   Although you will lose an hour of “beauty sleep” tonight, no worries - you won’t need it!

Bring your beautiful self to worship the Creator tomorrow morning at 11 am. We hope to see you with us!

A clear, chilly day at Kathwood Baptist Church on the first Sunday of Lent. You are invited to worship with us at 11:00, as we hear stories of how Jesus responded to the struggles of daily life.

A mixture of sunshine and rain at Kathwood Baptist Church. From all places in life we bring ourselves to worship The One True God.

No better place to spend a cold, rainy afternoon in Columbia than at Kathwood with a delicious lasagna, great conversation and a little competition.

Another wonderful Sunday at Kathwood! Hope to see you next week for Sunday morning worship!

Come worship with us at Kathwood this Sunday.

“Woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.” (Colossians 2:2)

Woven with generosity.

Staff Christmas Lunch

Christmas Choir Rehearsal

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4900 Trenholm Rd
Columbia, SC

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00
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