First Baptist Church – Allendale, South Carolina

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First Baptist Church of Allendale was organized in 1882, its construction coinciding with the building of the Port Royal and Augusta Railroad. Sitting along the Savannah River, the church reflects a diverse membership that one might not suspect when passing through this rural town.

First Baptist Allendale

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

One reason for the church’s diversity might be that also located in Allendale is the University of South Carolina at Salkehatchie. Possibly due to a diverse student and faculty population at the college, First Baptist Church greets members of all ethnic backgrounds each Sunday. The congregation of the small church is equally divided among African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Indian families, with people of other backgrounds attending throughout the school year. Of course, the church’s outreach to college students – which includes a meal, devotional, and activities on Wednesday nights – helps supply the church with young faces and keeps them coming back.

First Baptist Church Allendale

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Address: 259 Memorial Avenue, SC 29810

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