|Welcome to Maple Baptist Church's online home. We hope you will find this site informative and inspiring. Inspiring as you get a taste of
what God is doing in the life of Maple Baptist Church. Informative in discovering who we are and what is happening in our church life
through fellowship and worship. May God Bless you!
All About Maple
Maple Baptist Church is a proud member of the SC Baptist Convention and the Waccamaw Baptist Association. We offer a blend of traditional and contemporary styles at our
In 1894, fourteen stalwart and stouthearted Christians engaged Rev. George Skipper to preach for them on Sunday afternoons on where the Maple parsonage now stands. Soon,
the congregation moved into a schoolhouse, which had been built on that lot. After some time, this early congregation decided to build their own church house. A modern, white
building with the steps reaching across the front became Maple Baptist Church new home.
As the congregation grew, the members decided to build a larger church. In 1918, construction began on the lot across the street (where the church currently stands). The first
service in this new structure was held in 1921. A much needed classroom building was built in 1932. Then a baptistery was added in 1937 and a parsonage was completed in
Up until the late 1940’s, Maple had only been a part-time church. This changed with the arrival of Rev. Dalton Ward, their first full-time pastor. During this time the church reached
the highest number of members up to that time.
In 1953, work began on remodeling the sanctuary. Unfortunately, just as the renovations were being completed the church burned-down on February 28, 1955. The sanctuary and
the 36 room educational building lay in complete ruins. The congregation was devastated but showing the determination of their founding fathers, Maple’s 360 members decided
to rebuild. Construction on a new building began in April 1955 and the building was dedicated on November 6, 1955.
Sadly, the newly constructed building would stand less than three years before disaster struck again on July 21, 1958 when another fire destroyed the property. Once again, the
members pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and cleaned up the ruins. A new church was built and dedicated on March 15, 1959. Those buildings stand today as our
present church structure.
In 1967, the church called Rev. Gary Smoak to be their pastor. Missions took on a new emphasis during his leadership.
In 1976, Rev. Woodrow Harris became pastor of Maple until his retirement in 1982. During his tenure, the current fellowship hall was built.
In 1983, the Maple congregation welcomed Rev. Ron Zedick as their pastor. The church’s Sunday School attendance swelled during his first year. There was a new vitality in the
church, with special ministries of disaster relief and the adoption of a missionary family.
In 1988, Rev. Bobby Bailey became pastor. During his time, renovation of the sanctuary was completed. The renovation included new carpeting, pew refinishing and the addition
of chandeliers. Around this time, a Long Range Planning Committee was put into effect to help Maple study the church, congregation and community to find new ways to serve
In 2001, Rev. Gary Reeves began as Maple’s new pastor and is currently working towards stronger community outreach, missions, and strengthening his congregation.
This year, Maple Baptist is looking forward to the continued construction on a new Fellowship Building, which will house a state-of-the-art kitchen, recreation and dining areas. The
current fellowship hall will be renovated into new offices for the church staff and multiple classrooms for the congregation to use.
Everyone is looking forward to what this new building and renovation will mean to their determination to educate, disciple, and share in God’s plan.
This history is a work in progress, if you have information you would like to add please call the church office.
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If you wish to become a member, you may do so in one of three ways:
If you would like to be a member, you may express that during the service during the Response Song that follows the sermon. We look forward to how God will use you to
- *Transfer of membership. If you are a member of a Southern Baptist Church, you can have your membership transferred to MBC.
- *Baptism. Baptism by immersion is primarily an act of obedience, and is our confession of the change Christ has brought to our lives, because of salvation. Baptism
is also a prerequisite to membership at MBC.
- *Statement of faith and baptism. Persons who are members of likeminded churches can unite with MBC on statement or testimony that they have been saved and
grow the Family of Faith at MBC.