WELCOME HOME
We’ve been saving a place for you, and we want you to feel at home from the moment you park.
You can rest assured that you will never be put on the spot, singled out, or embarrassed.
When you get situated, please fill out and turn in your visitor’s card, so that we can invite you to
our Welcome Home Breakfast. Breakfast includes a warm, made to order meal, and a chance for
you to meet our church leadership team.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
For a list of the Church of God’s beliefs, click on the image below.
 

 

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
 
Rev. H. Albert Sims, Jr.
Senior Pastor
 

“My vision is to reach, teach, and develop

souls for Christ and to help people

realize that being a Christian is the

best life, here and in the hereafter.”

 
Rev. Howard E. Owens
Associate Pastor
 

“My heartfelt desire is that Bethesda Church

of God will be a church that will

continually hunger, thirst, and

seek after God’s glory.”

 
Rev. Julia Sims-Owens
Music Minister
 

“I am passionate about music and ministry.  

I cannot wait to see what God has in store

for Bethesda Church of God!”

 
 
Rev. Neil DuBose
Youth Pastor
 

“My greatest blessing is seeing youth have an encounter with Almighty God.  Young people are the Church of TODAY, and and I am passionate about helping them reach their full potential of Jeremiah 29:11.”

 
 
Rev. Brian Rapier
Children’s Pastor
 

“Too often people refer to children as the Church of tomorrow, or the Church of the next generation. I passionately disagree.  IKidz. is the Church of today, the Church right now – where children are being equipped to make a difference for Jesus Christ NOW.”

 

OUR HISTORY
Our church began in 1945 when
Kathryn Weber and Christine Riece
came to Sumter with a vision to win
souls for Christ.  
They pitched a tent on S. Salem Ave. 
with wood shavings for a floor.  
As time passed and the congregation
increased, a crude wooden tabernacle
was constructed of two by fours
and was covered with masonite.
 Sometime later, a parsonage was
purchased and the congregation
moved from the tabernacle to an
old storefront building next door. 
After worshiping there for some time,
a 30 x 30 slate building was shelled in
to accommodate the growing congregation.
A little while later, a cinder block building
was erected on Dingle Street,
and it still proudly stands today.
In 1963, under the leadership of Rev. Orville
Hagan, land was purchased on Camden Hwy.
for $25,000, and a cinder block building
was built there.  In 1978, a new sanctuary
and education wing was built.
Additional property was purchased in
1989, and by 1998, the church owned approximately 8 acres.  In 1997,
Sumter Church of God voted to change
its name to Bethesda Church of God.

In 1999, our present pastor, Rev. H. Albert Sims Jr. came to us with a vision to win the city.  In 2000, we broke ground for a new educational facility with gymnasium addition.  Before we started building, though, our church experienced tremendous growth, and the need for a larger sanctuary arose.  While sitting in the Lowe’s parking lot due to locking his keys in his car, Pastor Sims had the idea of moving the church to the Lowe’s building, and after much prayer, God answered.

The former Lowe’s building, with a little
over twelve acres was purchased in 2003.
Construction and renovation began in 2004,
and the church on Camden Hwy. was sold in
that same year.  While in transition, we
temporarily worshiped at Patriot Hall and
Alice Drive Middle School.
Our first Sunday in our current church was
May 22, 2005. 
SERVICE TIMES
We welcome you to attend any of the services we have at Bethesda!
SUNDAYS
                                                            9:15am
                                                            Morning Prayer
                                                            10:00am
                                                            Sunday School
10:45am                                                            
Morning Worship                                                            
6:00pm                                                           
Evening Worship                                                            
MONDAYS
 6:30pm
Open Gym
TUESDAYS
 7:00pm
The HEDGE Prayer Service
WEDNESDAYS
 7:00pm
Family Enrichment
Services for children (IKidz) are provided during Sunday morning and Wednesday night services. Wonderfully Made, our special needs ministry, meets on Sunday mornings. Our youth (The Stand) and college students (New Fire) have a special service on Wednesday nights.