History of The Church

On April 28, 1974, twenty-one members from Murrells Inlet Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Surfside Beach met to discuss the organization of a mission in Garden City Beach. By May 8, Murrells Inlet Baptist Church had decided to sponsor the Garden City Baptist Missions, and on May 15 the first service was held in the home of Mr. & Mrs. John Mizelle. A small building on the west side of Highway 17 near the present church became the first official meeting place and services began on June 16. By the end of the service 31 people had joined by letter and one by professions of faith. A business meeting was held immediately after the service to elect Sunday School and Training Union directors, teachers, a youth leader, secretary, treasurer, moderator, and Wednesday night coordinator.
First meeting place
The mission constituted on January 1, 1975, with 71 members and Rev. Burton Haseldon was called as part-time pastor. Dr. Denley C. Caughman was the first full-time pastor, his first Sunday was January 2, 1977, and the parsonage was ready for his family in May 1978.
first part of church  addition to church
The church continued to grow with 343 members by January 1984. In October a new educational building for youth was completed across the street. A new educational and fellowship building attached to the present building was completed in April 1987. By 1991, there was 413 resident members and the ground-breaking for a new worship center was started March 17. A consecration and dedication service for the new sanctuary was held February 2, 1992.
 
Over the next few years, there were many changes in personnel, membership, policies, goals, etc. Then our lives changed June 28, 2009 after a devastating fire destroyed most of our building. The offices moved across Yaupon Avenue to the first floor of the Youth Building. Neighboring churches were very accommodating. It was hard, but we didn’t miss a beat. Rededication of the sanctuary was January 16,2011 with a celebratory luncheon after the morning worship service. It took a lot of work and patience from everyone, but it’s all been worth the work- to have things back as they were before the fire (or in some cases better).
 
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