Philadelphia Baptist Chapel held its first organized service on Easter Sunday, March 30th, 1975, in the basement of Van and Shirley Harrelson's home, one mile from the existing church. There were 32 people in attendance. Worship services were held in the basement for two years, with Sunday School classes meeting upstairs.
Under the direction of Rev. Larry Chandler, who had accepted the call as pastor, the church was blessed to buy 6.3 acres of land at the corner of Church Street and Spencer-Dixon Road. In April 1976, a $70,000 bond program was started and in July 1976, by faith, Northway Contractors of Greenville, SC were called to begin construction. However, the bonds were not selling as quickly as the building was going up and when the building was roughed-in, the contractor was paid and dismissed. For the next eight months, under the leadership of Rev. Larry Chandler, the men in the church worked on the building until 11 and 12 o'clock every night, except church nights. Nine months later on May 1, 1977, the new church building opened its doors for the first service. A building and grounds valued at $150,000 had been built for less than $60,000. Rev. Larry Chandler, his wife Irene, and their children served in the church for 15 years until Rev. Larry's resignation in April of 1990.
What will you find at PBC?
When you walk through the doors you will experience the joy of "His Sweet Spirit" and feel the love as people are conversing and sharing with each other. You will find activities for worship, study, music, and fellowship for all who would like to be a part of a church that shows forth the love of Jesus. You will be blessed with a spirit-filled message that has been prepared, prayed over, and presented from the KJV Bible. You will see many coming to the altar seeking God's will and praying for others. A dedicated staff of teachers and workers take part in all ministries of the church; Sunday School classes for all ages, and a fully equipped nursery.
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March 1975-April 1990