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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
(843) 722-3896
Info & Amenities
From Broad St., turn left onto Meeting St. (if heading W. on Broad away from E. Bay St.). Look for signs posted 200 yards on the left. Enter through the gate for the parking lot.
From I-26 E take Meeting St. exit (#221B) on the left. Turn rt. onto Me
Days and Hours of Operation
Tours hour are seasonal, refer to website or call; 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
Free Admission