About FBC

Learn more about Abbeville First Baptist Church

Our History

The First Baptist Church Abbeville was organized on Janurary 15, 1871. The first pastor was The Rev. Robert N. Platt. The church now on the corner of Ellis and N. Main St. was dedicated December, 1911. Renovations were made in 1939 and 1955. Thirty-eight pastors have served here over the years.  The Church continues to shine as a “beacon for Christ” on the corner.

Abbeville First Baptist Church

MEET OUR PASTOR

Pastor Chris Sullivan was called to the Pastorate in 2004 and was ordained into the ministry January of 2006. His vision for ministry is to make disciples of all nations. Discipleship is an important key for a healthy church. He believes God’s Word is inspired and inerrant, and he preaches The Word unapologetically. He, also, believes Jesus’ method for ministry, which is found in Scripture, is inspired. In Scripture, Jesus was intentional in building relationships with people for the purpose of discipleship. Therefore, Pastor Chris leads in a way to build relationships in order to help people grow in their Christian faith and walk.

Jesus calls His followers to go to all nations. He has had the privilege in the ministry to be involved in both local and international missions. He has experienced God do incredible works in and through his ministry.

He received his Masters in Pastoral Studies at Bob Jones University in 2010 and his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies at North Greenville University in 2007.

Pastor Chris has a very beautiful family. He and his wife, Diana, have been married since May 13, 2006. They have 3 daughters: Raegan, Karoline, and Callie.

MEET OUR STAFF

Tracy Dorsey

Administrative Assistant

Tracy began working with the FBC on June 1, 2023. Tracy has a very beautiful family. She is married to Pastor Tim Dorsey of the Abbeville Congregational Holiness Church. They have been married 28 years. They have 4 children and 13 grandchildren. They moved here in October 2022 from Georgia.

Tracy has had a relationship with Jesus Christ since 10/16/1992. Tracy is a graduate from Stephens County High School. After high School she attended North Georgia Technical College and graduated with a Healthcare Certification in Phlebotomy, EKG, and Respiratory Therapy. Later in life the Lord placed it upon her heart to go back to school, she was 47 years of age. She attended Toccoa Falls College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Counseling. She brings 30+ years office experience. 

When Tracy is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, journaling, coloring in Adult coloring books, playing with her Grands, and selling MaryKay.

 

Mellie Driver

Finance Clerk

Mellie began working for FBC on February 6, 2023. She is married to Carey Driver. They have been married 37 years. She has a beautiful family which consists of 2 girls and 4 grandchildren in which she adores. She is a native of Abbeville. She attends Grace United Methodist Church where she is also the bookkeeper. She graduated from Abbeville High School. After high school, she furthered her education at Lander Universty and received a Degree in Accounting. She brings 24+ years of office work to FBC.

When Mellie isn’t at work, she enjoys being outside, swimming, planting flowers, and most of all playing with her Grands!!!

Upcoming Events:

 

Youth Scholarships

Scholarship Applications are ready to be picked up in the Church Office. The office hours are Monday - Thursday from 9AM to 3PM.

Note: If you were a recipient of this scholarship last year, you may not apply this year. We welcome your application next year.

All applications need to be filled out and returned to Tracy by 3pm on Thursday, March 28th, 2024.

 

Community Outreach

At First Baptist, we try our best to help when we hear of a need. Our Truth In Action volunteers build handicap accessible ramps and do other repairs as they can for the Abbeville community, and a bi-annual Day of Caring is held where the deacons and others assist in yard clean-up, spring cleaning, and more for our members and others in the community. 

We have a local prison ministry, where we conduct services and Bible studies, hand out Bibles and literature, provide occasional refreshments, and help with the prisoners’ needs as we are able. 

During the summer we put on a Vacation Bible school in the evenings, open to the community, where we offer food, music, recreation, worship, Bible study, and missionary stories. During the school year, we partner with South Side Baptist to offer a Good News Club after school hours at Westwood Elementary.

Occasionally we host community block parties—either in our parking lot or at the Livery Stable on the Square—with food and bounce houses to have some fun fellowship and have another opportunity to meet our community kids and invite them to church or special events.

We also support several outside ministries and churches, such as UCMAC, Abbeville Youth Center, sister churches in Columbia, SC, and Utah, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, an orphanage in Rwanda, and more.

We want to reach our community and our world for Christ.

Rescued and Restored

 

We will be hosting the Rescued and Restored Services on the following dates:

April 21 - 3:00-5:30

July 21 - 3:00-5:30

October 13 - 3:00- 5:30

Leaders: Amy Ricketts and Brad Cuttill

During this service, you will be lead in Praise and Worship, have an intercession for Food and Fellowship, and most important -  The Word!! You will have the opportunity to hear different people Testify about where God has brought them from and what he is doing in their lives today.

During these services, so many people have given their lives to Jesus Christ! This is not only for those who have been addicted to drugs and alcohol. This is for everyone to come and be a shoulder to the community we live and and allow God to use you to help others turn from the addictions of life.

Come and be a part of these awesome services!!!

Community Outreach

At First Baptist, we try our best to help when we hear of a need. Our Truth In Action volunteers build handicap accessible ramps and do other repairs as they can for the Abbeville community, and a bi-annual Day of Caring is held where the deacons and others assist in yard clean-up, spring cleaning, and more for our members and others in the community. 

We have a local prison ministry, where we conduct services and Bible studies, hand out Bibles and literature, provide occasional refreshments, and help with the prisoners’ needs as we are able. 

During the summer we put on a Vacation Bible school in the evenings, open to the community, where we offer food, music, recreation, worship, Bible study, and missionary stories. During the school year, we partner with South Side Baptist to offer a Good News Club after school hours at Westwood Elementary.

Occasionally we host community block parties—either in our parking lot or at the Livery Stable on the Square—with food and bounce houses to have some fun fellowship and have another opportunity to meet our community kids and invite them to church or special events.

We also support several outside ministries and churches, such as UCMAC, Abbeville Youth Center, sister churches in Columbia, SC, and Utah, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, an orphanage in Rwanda, and more.

We want to reach our community and our world for Christ.

Rescued and Restored

 

We will be hosting the Rescued and Restored Services on the following dates:

April 21 - 3:00-5:30

July 21 - 3:00-5:30

October 13 - 3:00- 5:30

During this service, you will be lead in Praise and Worship, have an intercession for Food and Fellowship, and most important -  The Word!! You will have the opportunity to hear different people Testify about where God has brought them from and what he is doing in their lives today.

During these services, so many people have given their lives to Jesus Christ! This is not only for those who have been addicted to drugs and alcohol. This is for everyone to come and be a shoulder to the community we live and and allow God to use you to help others turn from the addictions of life.

Come and be a part of these awesome services!!!

VBS Volunteer Registration

Contact Chassity Strawhorn for Information about being a Volunteer for this Great Event!!

You must be a church member to register!

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Children ages: 3 to 6th Grade

June 3-7, 2024

5:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Christian Life Center