South Carolina Baptist Convention

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South Carolina Baptist Convention
Abbreviation SCBC
Classification Protestant
Orientation Baptist
Region South Carolina
Origin 1821
Columbia, South Carolina
Members Dr. Tommy Kelly (President)

The South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC) is a group of churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, the convention is made up of 44 Baptist associations and around 2,000 churches as of 2010.

The convention was founded in December 1821 at First Baptist Church of Columbia with 9 total messengers in attendance. Richard Furman was elected as the first president with William Bullein Johnson being elected as the first vice-president. At this time there were 213 churches across seven associations.[1] On Furman's death, he was succeeded by his pupil William Bullein Johnson, who served from 1825 to 1852, and became the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1845 to 1851 after the split with the Triennial Convention.[2]

As of 2000, there were 1,878 churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention in South Carolina, with 928,341 adherents.[3]

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  1. ^ B. Carlisle Driggers, A Journey of Faith & Hope (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Co., 2000) 53-54.
  2. ^ "William Bullein Johnson: An Advocate of the Priesthood of Believers" (PDF). Dramatic Distinctives. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  3. ^ "State Membership Report - South Carolina". The Association of Religion Data Archives. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 

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