Photo courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History

The Simpsonville Baptist Church, constructed 1913-1914, is a significant piece of the Upstate’s history. Luther D. Proffitt, Spartanburg architect, designed the early twentieth century church chiefly in the Romanesque Revival style. The church also contains elements of both Moorish and Gothic Revival architecture.

Simpsonville Baptist Church photo courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History

The church is a two-story, five bay brick structure with twin towers in stepped, convex-shaped fashion. There are numerous round-headed stained glass windows, each highlighted by a rubbed brick arch.

The most celebrated features of the church are the two large pictorial stained glass windows on the west and south elevations. The church has been known for many years throughout the upstate as “The Friendly Church with Beautiful Windows.”

The subjects depicted in these windows are believed to be taken from the work of Holman Hunt, an English artist known for painting biblical scenes. They are entitled “Our Savior Knocking on the Door” and “The Lost Sheep.”

Simpsonville Baptist Church: Stained Glass Window known as “The Lost Sheep”
Photo courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History

The church is now known as First Baptist Simpsonville and offers multiple locations for ministry opportunities.

The “downtown” campus at 3 Hedge Street in Simpsonville was listed in the National Register on October 13, 1992. The original listed address in the National Register for the church is 106 Church Street, Simpsonville.

Simpsonville Baptist Church: Sunday School Block, Left Elevation
Photo Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History

The Beginnings of First Baptist Church of Simpsonville

The beginnings of the church started with a Sunday School class held in a school building on April 1, 1887 and incorporated as a church in November of 1888 with 24 members. The historic church building was completed in May of 1914 with a total cost, including furnishings, of approximately $19,000.

Source: South Carolina Department of Archives and History and fbsimpsonville.org

Did you know…

April 1, 1887 – First meeting of the eventual church occurred

November 11, 1888 – Incorporated as a church

24 – the number of original church members

May 2, 1914 – Original structure completed at a cost (including furnishings) of over $19,000

May 15, 1914 – First regular service held in the new sanctuary

First brick church – First brick constructed in Simpsonville

March 5, 1922  – Official name changed to First Baptist Church of Simpsonville

October 13, 1992 – Listed in the National Register


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