First Baptist Church

61 Church ST
Charleston, SC 29401


First Baptist Church originated in Kittery, Maine, in 1682. Under the leadership of William Screven, the church moved to Charleston in 1696. An earlier meeting house (c. 1701) was replaced by the present Greek Revival Sanctuary (c. 1822), designed by Robert Mills, the first American trained architect. Richard Furman led First Baptist from 1787 to 1825, becoming the first president of the Southern Baptist Triennial Convention, which became the model for other state conventions and ultimately, the Southern Baptist Convention. John A. Hamrick, pastor from 1940-1968, led the church to establish First Baptist Church School and served as founding president of Charleston Southern University.

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61 Church ST
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-722-3896
Fax: 843-720-2514


  • Admission : Free
  • Days and Hours of Operation : Tours are Tu, W & Th 10 am-noon, F 1-3pm; Office Hours M-F 8am-4pm
  • Days and Holidays Closed : Regular Service Schedule on Major holidays
  • Hours Year-round : Su services - 8:30am worship, 9:45am Bible school, 11am worship and 6:30pm Vesper service.
  • Free Admission