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First Baptist Church Of Abbeville

307 N Main St, Abbeville, SC 29620
http://www.abbevillefbc.org
(864) 366-2597
 
What We Believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is no division in their Nature, Essence, and Being. These three are co-equal in their nature...read more
What We Believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is no division in their Nature, Essence, and Being. These three are co-equal in their nature, subordinate in their duties, yet together they co-exist as the only one true God. This understanding of God is often referred to as the "Trinity." Our Heritage The Abbeville Baptist Church was organized on January 15, 1871. The Rev. Crawford H. Toy, a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Greenville, SC was the organizing pastor. There were two charter members and the services over the next year were led by Dr. Toy and Dr. James C. Furman of Furman University. The first services were held at the Female Academy at the corner of North Main and Wardlaw Streets. The church was organized under the name of the Abbeville Baptist Church. The "Press and Banner" reported that the Lordbs Supper was observed on that first Sunday. Ground was broken on April 23, 1873 for the initial church building at the Southwest corner of Pincney and Church Streets. The lot was purchased for $200. The church entered its building program with five members of which four were women. The cost for the new building was $4,000. The cornerstone was laid several months later. Inside the cornerstone was placed a small Bible, a glass jar holding some documents, and a few coins. Five months later a thief picked the cornerstone from the wall believing there was a large sum of money stored there. The thief stole the $4 or $5 that was there and left the Bible and documents. The first baptism by immersion in Abbeville took place in August of 1874. The stream below the Seaboard trestle was dammed, creating a pool deep enough for the first baptism by immersion of the Abbeville Baptist Church. This event drew a large crowd and a write-up in the local paper. A little more than five years after its organization the building was dedicated on February 13, 1876. At one point other area churches helped to raise money for the building and upon its dedication, the membership of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches participated along with some from the Episcopal Church. In 1910, the church pledged to start a building program should Dr. L. J. Bristow agree to become its pastor. The church had outgrown the building that had served it for thirty-four years and the 235 total members, of which 135 were active members, embarked on a venture of faith that would relocate the Abbeville Baptist Church to the corner of North Main and Ellis Streets (its present location). The Presbyterian Church had been previously located on this lot until it burned in 1886. The present building and a parsonage were erected in 1911 and was dedicated on December 31, 1911. The overall cost of the building was $30,000, not including the pipe organ. Interestingly enough, millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie contributed $1000 toward the $5000 cost of the Pilcher pipe organ. When the building was completed, there were some in the membership that feared the building was much too large. Dr. Bristow, then pastor, maintained the future visionary needs of the church dictated the large size of the building. He further believed that future expansion would be needed within 25 years. This prediction proved to be correct. During those next 25 years, the membership grew from 202 to more than 500.
 
 

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What We Believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is no division in their Nature, Essence, and Being. These three are co-equal in their nature, subordinate in their duties, yet together they co-exist as the only one true God. This understanding of God is often referred to as the "Trinity." Our Heritage The Abbeville Baptist Church was organized on January 15, 1871. The Rev. Crawford H. Toy, a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Greenville, SC was the organizing pastor. There were two charter members and the services over the next year were led by Dr. Toy and Dr. James C. Furman of Furman University. The first services were held at the Female Academy at the corner of North Main and Wardlaw Streets. The church was organized under the name of the Abbeville Baptist Church. The "Press and Banner" reported that the Lordbs Supper was observed on that first Sunday. Ground was broken on April 23, 1873 for the initial church building at the Southwest corner of Pincney and Church Streets. The lot was purchased for $200. The church entered its building program with five members of which four were women. The cost for the new building was $4,000. The cornerstone was laid several months later. Inside the cornerstone was placed a small Bible, a glass jar holding some documents, and a few coins. Five months later a thief picked the cornerstone from the wall believing there was a large sum of money stored there. The thief stole the $4 or $5 that was there and left the Bible and documents. The first baptism by immersion in Abbeville took place in August of 1874. The stream below the Seaboard trestle was dammed, creating a pool deep enough for the first baptism by immersion of the Abbeville Baptist Church. This event drew a large crowd and a write-up in the local paper. A little more than five years after its organization the building was dedicated on February 13, 1876. At one point other area churches helped to raise money for the building and upon its dedication, the membership of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches participated along with some from the Episcopal Church. In 1910, the church pledged to start a building program should Dr. L. J. Bristow agree to become its pastor. The church had outgrown the building that had served it for thirty-four years and the 235 total members, of which 135 were active members, embarked on a venture of faith that would relocate the Abbeville Baptist Church to the corner of North Main and Ellis Streets (its present location). The Presbyterian Church had been previously located on this lot until it burned in 1886. The present building and a parsonage were erected in 1911 and was dedicated on December 31, 1911. The overall cost of the building was $30,000, not including the pipe organ. Interestingly enough, millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie contributed $1000 toward the $5000 cost of the Pilcher pipe organ. When the building was completed, there were some in the membership that feared the building was much too large. Dr. Bristow, then pastor, maintained the future visionary needs of the church dictated the large size of the building. He further believed that future expansion would be needed within 25 years. This prediction proved to be correct. During those next 25 years, the membership grew from 202 to more than 500.