The congregation that meets at King Street in Beaufort, South Carolina, was begun in the early 1950s by a few families meeting in homes. Later, the King Street property was purchased and in the late 1950’s a meeting house was erected.
This structure was of a residential type with the intention to build a more suitable building for worship. In the early 1960s the members contacted the Paden brothers who came to Beaufort from Texas with their construction crew and with their standard plans for a church building. After the basic structure was roughed out the men of the congregation did the finish work.
From the beginning, the members of the congregation were determined to teach and live by God’s Word without addition, amendment or subtraction. Brother Bob Bunting served as the first full time evangelist with a series of faithful gospel preachers succeeding him over the years.
Since the middle 1970’s the congregation has taken advantage of an opportunity provided by the U.S. Marine Corps to conduct worship services at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., in the Religious Ministries Center. Many religious groups meet in the Religious Ministries Center, but the services conducted by us are usually the most heavily attended.
In 2005 the church expanded its work at the Religious Ministries Center by conducting a Bible class. We have a study now every Sunday at 8 A.M. in the Chapel on the base.
In 2009 God blessed us in the work at Parris Island again. A small group of recruits that claimed to be Atheists or Agnostics came into our R.E. class and participated in our study. The next week that small group returned and doubled in size and were taken to another room for R.E. This trend continued and now our attendance in this class regularly exceeds 80. All of whom claim to be Atheists or Agnostics.
God has blessed this congregation with a group of believers that have dedicated themselves to expanding the borders of the Kingdom in the Beaufort area. As a result the congregation is experiencing growth in many ways. The brethren here are excited about what God is doing for us and give Him all glory, praise and thanks for the work He is accomplishing through us.
The members of the congregation are still determined to teach and live by God’s Word without addition, amendment or subtraction.
Beaufort County is the fastest growing county in South Carolina. The area is home to Hilton Head Island and a large Sun City retirement community. It continues to grow since it has become the retirement choice for the baby boom generation and a vacation destination. Beaufort is in the northern part of the County and is the oldest non-continuous settlement in the United States.