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Welcome


Message from Pastor Jim Melton

Here at First Baptist Church our mission is to fulfill the Great Commission given us by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). This commission is to share the life changing message of the gospel with all peoples of the world. In order to accomplish this task, we endeavor to utilize three primary objectives.

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Schedule

See below for our yearly calendar and upcoming events schedule.

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What We Believe


What We Believe
 The Baptist Faith and Message

First Baptist Church of St. Stephen is a Southern Baptist Church serving the St. Stephen area through the Screven Baptist Association, while serving the world through the Southern Baptist Convention. We are committed to carrying out the work of the body of Christ which is outlined in Ephesians 4:11-12: “And He gave some apostles; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

We Are Committed to Being:
  • A dynamic spiritual body empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world;
  • A worshiping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing His person and responding in obedience to His leadership.
  • A church whose purpose is to be Christlike in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Church Membership
Any person professing faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior may join our church membership. All such candidates shall be presented to the church in any regular worship service for membership in any of the following ways:
  • By profession of faith and for baptism
  • By promise of letter from another church
  • By statement of faith of prior conversion experience and scriptural baptism


Pastor


Pastor

Pastor Jim Melton

Since April 2014, Jim has served as pastor of First Baptist Church of St. Stephen. He attended Bob Jones University and New Life University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. Additionally, he has completed Master’s level course work at Liberty University. Before coming to FBC, Jim pastored churches in North and South Carolina for over thirty years. He and Barbara have been married since 1972, and have three children and five grandchildren. Pastor Jim has enjoyed leading FBC in persuit of it's mission to fulfill the Great Commission and he and Barbara are truly committed to serving in the ministry of FBC.

Church History


Church History
St. Stephen Baptist Church was organized in August 1849, with fifteen members. They met in a small frame building about two miles from the present location. The church was admitted into the Charlestown Association the next year and grew to a membership of thirty-four.

From 1860 to 1868, it may be presumed that church services were discontinued because of the war. In 1868, the church reported to the Association that they suffered the loss of many members due to the war, and that those who remained were in reduced circumstances.

In the years following the war, the church had times of struggle and times of great spiritual revival and blessing. Many age appropriate programs were organized and added to the church for the edifying of believers including a Sunday School program.

In 1882 the first church building was built, but was destroyed by fire in 1912. A new brick and mortar building was erected which is still in use today and is considered an historical building. In 1928 a church parsonage was built.

On August 28, 1949, the church celebrated its centennial with daylong services. An historical pageant was presented giving a history of the church from it’s beginning to the date of the pageant.

Over the coming years, the church completed several building programs and/or renovations. In time, an educational building was added and new furniture installed. Several years later, the church building was remodeled and property was purchased to build a new parsonage away from the church grounds. Later, a Family Life Center was built and was dedicated in a candlelight service.

In 1968 the name of the church was changed to First Baptist Church of St. Stephen.

In 1999 First Baptist Church of St. Stephen celebrated their sesquicentennial - 150 years of Proclaiming Christ from 1849 until 1999. It was a great day of celebration for the members and community.

Pastors who have served First Baptist Church include:  D. M. Baker, D. M. Breader, J. L. Rallings, D. N. Gore, D. O. Rivers, W. Edgar West, Shelton Jones, J. Bright Powers, George Sage, James Browder, Michael Brandy, James Holcombe, Broadus Heatherly, Robert Dukes, Timothy Morris, Jake J. Thornhill, Jr., Dennis Glover, Ed Edgerton, T. W. McGruffin, Wilton Gleaton, Don Sadler. Those who have served as Interim Pastors include: Harold Williams, Paul Pridgeon, Emmitt Browder, David Brien.

Presently serving as pastor is Reverend Jim Melton, having been called by the church in March 2014. Pastor Jim and his wife Barbara have three children and five grandchildren.

Children


We value children in our church and have a Children's Ministry dedicated to promoting personal fulfillment and spiritual growth in each child's life.
                                 
                                   -Sunday School
                                   -Children's Church
                                   -Special Activities
Children

Youth


We welcome Middle and High School students to FBC. Please join us as we seek to grow our Student Ministry,  which reflect these purposes:
                         
                               -Connect believers
                               -Grow to be like Christ
                               -Serve others
Youth

Music


Our Music Ministry is instrumental in helping our church to fulfill the purpose of exalting Christ as Lord in our worship service.
                                 
                                    -Special Music
                                    -Christmas/Easter Cantatas
                                    -Media/Sound Technicians
Music

Education


FBC offers the following educational opportunities:
               
                           -Sunday School
                           -Vacation Bible School
                           -Bible Studies
                           -Small Group Studies
Education

Outreach


                                        -Visitation
                                        -Shut-ins
                                        -Bereavement
                                        -Feed the Hungry
                                        -Thanksgiving Baskets
Outreach

Women


Our Women's Ministry helps to meet the real and personal needs of women today. We offer activities to develop spiritual lives, build relationships and to promote spiritual growth through Christian Fellowship.
                                   
                                    -Bible Studies
                                    -Retreats
                                    -Special Events
Women

Men


We believe that God's Word is clear that men's leadership is essential for a healthy church. The Men's Ministry promotes spiritual growth and personal fulfillment as well as fellowship through special activities.
                                     
                                       -Bible Studies
                                       -Fishing Trips
                                       -Skeet Shoot
Men

Contact


  • Physical Address: 126 Hood Street, Saint Stephen, SC 29479
  • Mailing Address: P. O. Box 576, Saint Stephen, SC 29479

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