St. Helena Baptist Church, “where every member is a minister”, is in its 48th year of ministry. Today the church has a unique standing within the community. It sees itself as being a lighthouse to the island and a missionary vehicle to the world.
The church began in 1965 in prayer meetings sponsored by the Baptist Church of Beaufort. A decision was made to establish a church on St. Helena Island and 38 people assembled, adopted a church covenant and adopted articles of faith. For the first year, the church met in a house.
Through the years, three building projects have been undertaken. Groundbreaking for the first sanctuary took place on February 20th, 1966 on 2.3 acres of land donated to the church. On January 20, 1980, ground was broken for a new sanctuary and fellowship hall and the dedication service was held on November 16, 1980. After much prayer and patience, adjacent property was purchased and a new multi-purpose building was completed in 2008. This building provides much needed space for worship, fellowship and ministry.
Our church property also includes a Mission House which is used throughout the year, especially in the summer, to house visiting mission teams who minister at the Hunting Island Campground and State Park. The former parsonage on the adjacent lot now serves as the church office and as temporary quarters for visiting ministers, missionaries and special guests.