Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas       
  Local Church History
   Bacon Chapel FBH Church - Columbia District See the Church

In 1942, the Reverend Joel Mitchell started prayer service in his home on the property of Ms. Ann Bacon. This property was located in the Harmony Community of Johnston, SC From these services, the Bacon Chapel F.B.H. Church originated. In 1944, the church was organized. Mother Hattie Mitchell Johnson was one of the first members of the church.

Elder E.A. White ran the first revival, fifteen souls were saved and added to the church. Three deacons were ordained: Deacon James Nicholson, Deacon Dave Mitchell, and Deacon Horace Oliphant. Sister Lucille Abney was the first church secretary. Members of the Mother Board were: Mother Lelia Payne, Mother Mamie Hampton, and Mother Carrie Mitchell.

In 1951, Reverend Joel Mitchell was called home to be with the Lord. In 1952, Bacon Chapel moved to it's present dwellings on Lee Street. Four more deacons were ordained and added to the deacon board: Deacon Wigfall Ryan, Deacon Handy Robinson, Deacon Hazel Smith, Sr.,and Deacon George Jones. New members were added to the Mother Board: Mother Minnie Mithcell, Mother Ray Robinson, Mother Annie Oliphant, Mother Cora Smith and many more.

The following pastors served faithfully at Bacon Chapel F.B.H. Church:

Elder F.C. Canty Sumter, SC
Pastor W.W. Pettigrew Sumter, SC
Pastor J.W. Frazier Conway
Pastor Tommy Abney Columbia, SC
Pastor J.O. Baldwin Wilmington, NC
Pastor Sam Wright Greenville, SC
Pastor J.D. Gilliam Charleston, SC
Pastor Alfred Williams Greenville, SC
Pastor Daniel Galloway New Jersey
Pastor Matthew Traylor North Carolina
Pastor Nathaniel Roach Columbia, SC
Pastor John Bland Sylvania, GA
Pastor Delmar Callaway St. George, SC

Deacon added to the Deacon Board were: Deacon Hazel Smith, Jr., Deacon Scott Richardson, Deacon Henry Price, Deacon George Conner, Deacon Johnny Felton, and Deacon Sam Mitchell.

Deacons presently serving on the Deacon Board:

Deacon Warren Blacks-Chairman of the Board and Trustees
Deacon Hazel Smith, Jr.-Chairman of Finance
Deacon James Ware
Deacon George Johnson
Deacon Jesse Raiford
Deacon Emmanuel Watkins
Deacon John Merriweather

Trustees: Bro. James Smith & Bro. Willie Hopkins

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