Saint John Baptist Church, 3404 West Beltline Blvd.,Columbia SC

Saint John Baptist Church is a church affiliated with the Baptist denomination.

History Saint John Baptist Church is a church affiliated with the Baptist denomination. The Baptist denomination is the largest free-church denomination in the world with approximately 43 million members in most countries. More than 3/4 of all Baptists (33 million) live in America. 216,000 live in Great Britain, 850,000 live in South American, and 230,000 in Central America. In the former USSR, Baptists comprise the largest protestant denomination. It is said that Baptist churches tend to be evangelical in doctrine and Reformed in worship. However, Baptist churches do not have a central governing authority. Each church is locally governed. Consequently, a wide range of beliefs and worship practices can be seen among Baptist churches. The following acronym as a summary of the common elements of Baptists churches: Biblical authority; Autonomy of the local church; Priesthood of the believer; Two ordinances (Believer's Baptism and Communion) ; Individual soul liberty; Separation of Church and State and Two offices of the church (Pastor and Deacon). Saint John is a member of the Progressive Baptist Convention. The Progressive National Convention was founded in 1961.

Mission: Our Mission Saint John Baptist Church is committed to the Great Commission as stated by Jesus in Matthew 28:19, 20 'Go Ye Therefore And Teach All Nations, Baptizing Them In The Name Of The Father, And The Son, And The Holy Ghost: Teaching Them To Observe All Things Whatsoever I Have Commanded You: And Lo I AM With You Always, Even To The End Of The World. Amen." In keeping with that "Great Commission", the Congregation of Saint John, a Missionary Baptist Church, is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, leading souls to salvation, growing in grace through the study of God's Word - The Holy Bible and submission to the guiding influence of the Holy Spirit to love, and care for all people of God's creation. Our Vision Saint John Baptist Church envisions itself to become one of South Carolina's most recognized Baptist Churches for building Christian families and Christ-centered communities through evangelism, education, and economic empowerment.

Saint John Baptist Church, 3404 West Beltline Blvd.,Columbia SC

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About Us

Our History

Our Heritage

Saint John Baptist Church had its beginning in the early 1900’s as a small body of Christian believers gathered for a time under the spreading branches of a tree to raise their voices to God in prayer and to sing songs of praise to His Holy Name. "Smith Quarters" was the name of this small neighborhood located nearly six blocks from the present site of the church today. This group later held services in the "Old Empty Schoolhouse." As time passed, they met in the Lodge Hall on McKinley Street.

Realizing the need for a building, the people began saving their money to purchase land. In 1907, the purchase was made and the men of the neighborhood built the church during their spare time, using old pieces of lumber and bricks from torn down houses. The building was completed and its first cornerstone, dated 1908, was put in place. The erection site was at the corner of Asylum Road, (now Farrow Road), and Feaster Avenue, (now Beltline Boulevard), our present location.

Reverend Z. E. Dennis was the first pastor of Saint John Baptist Church. Dan Bookhart, John Lawhorn, and Will Morris were deacons. I. Stroman, C. E. Bailey and T. R. Sammons were trustees, Will Morris, clerk, James Lawhorn, treasurer, and W. S. Bookhart, superintendent.

The church grew continuously under the leadership of the following ministers: The Reverend Z. E. Dennis The Reverend R. D. Gordon The Reverend J. Welburn The Reverend L. C. Jenkins The Reverend Hills Norris, Sr. The Reverend N. L. Bush The Reverend B. T. Sears The Reverend Horace P. Sharper The Reverend Roscoe C. Wilson, Sr. (50 years of notable service) The Reverend Barry Wright The Reverend Dr. Alphonso Counts, Sr., (Interim)

This history continues with the services of our illustrious pastor The Reverend Dr. Jamey O. Graham, Sr.

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3404 West Beltline Blvd.
Columbia, SC

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 12:00
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