The Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church held its conception service on Sunday, October 1, 2006. Prior to this service, our founding pastor, Reverend Cheryl Moore Adamson was inspired by the Holy Spirit to prepare herself for the ministry by attending the School of Divinity of Duke University. After being licensed by Reverend Charles Milton Pee at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and subsequently ordained by the Little Pee Dee Baptist Association, she felt the Divine call to grow a new congregation of God's people. Our Church has its roots in the bible study group called "My Mother Prayed for Me," which was established May 14, 2003. These meetings were initially held at Dr. James Adamson's office and quickly moved to the Jamestown Baptist Church on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. Rev. Adamson and her brother Covel "Chip" Moore were sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina to attend a boot camp for New Church Planters in Orlando, Florida in February of 2005.
Last year's 6th Anniversary was marked by the second annual Fall Revival held October 10-12, 2012 featuring the Reverend A. A. Dicks, Jr., Senior Pastor of the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Simpsonville, South Carolina. Father Tripp Jeffords of St. Paul's Episcopal Church brought the inspirational message during our fellowship picnic on Saturday, October 13, 2013. Reverend Dr. Ken Walden, University Chaplain of Claflin University of Orangeburg, South Carolina (and former Duke classmate of Pastor Adamson), was our morning preacher for Sunday, October 14, 2011. Rev. Dr. James H. Cokley and the Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church family rendered service in our 6th Church Anniversary Celebration at 5:00 pm.
Our ecumenical activities with the Conway area church families began with the Intercessary Prayer Workshop sponsored by Our Prayer Ministry of Guideposts Magazine. The workshop leader was the Reverend Lemuel Blackett of Danbury, Conneticut who trained 38 persons from 8 area churches to serve as prayer counselors on the internet and by telephone. Minister Katrina Reaves and Sister Gloria Waters Laugisch have trained to be leaders in the Matthew Evangelism Outreach Project of the Billy Graham Association. The Palmetto Kids Music & Arts Academy continued the afterschool program at the EME Apartments followed by a very successful Summer Camp held in the Educational Building at our church from June 10th- August 2nd. This endeavor served 43-83 children ages 3-12 for 45 days from 7:30 am -5:30 pm and was a collaborative effort of PMBC, Palmetto Works Community Development Corporation, the USDA Summer Foods Program, along with the Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Bethlehem #1 Missionary Baptist Church and students from Conway High School, Horry Georgetown Technical College, and the Coastal Carolina University. This marked the inauguration of the Work It Out Leadership Academy for teenagers who served as junior camp counselors. We also co-hosted the Blend-Out Summer Camp lead by Regina Skeeters of Columbia, South Carolina which served 18 students from Columbia, Dillon, and Florence, South Carolina. Among the other activities engaged in by our congregation included our annual pulpit exchange with the St. Paul's Episcopal Church at Pentecost which was held at our church with Father Tripp Jeffords as preacher for the occasion followed by a great repast. The 8th Annual Women's BeachWalk Retreat was held at the new site of the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Pastor Adamson preached a sermon series on the book of Romans from April through September which culminated in the implementation of a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. In preparation for the 2013 Annual Fall Revival, the church engaged in a study of "Spiritual Gifts: a Practical Guide to How God Works Through You." This lead to the conceptual theme "We're Better Together" based on 1 Corinthians 3:9, "We work together as partners who belong to God."
New members were added to our congregation this year: Darshira Gowans, Glenda Oliver, Savion Reaves, Javonte Turrentine, LaToya Wright, Sherman Wright, Rafael Ovieda, Irene Ovieda, Kevin Lewis, Jr. , Ajna Miller, Michele Mark, Taquan Lee, Ronisha Cheatham, Tamicka Riley, Ai'Yanna Riley, Jayla Riley, Sa'Niya Riley including the following baptisms: Darshira Gowans, LaToya Wright, Savion Reaves and Javonte Turrentine. Brother Lorenza Smalls and Sister Crystal Howard were married November 17th. We celebrated the homegoing of Dr. Eleanor Faber of Denmark, mother of Dr. Dode Washington and mourn the loss of Sister Peggy Blain, an ardent supporter of our ministry. Sister Shirra Ward became our Minister of Music in the spring.
The Palmetto Works Community Development Corporation continues its quest to serve our community with the appointment of McKeon Nowlin, an economics instructor at Coastal Carolina University, as Executive Director. Church members continuing to serve on the board of directors include Rosa Vereen, Lorenzo Smalls, Minister Katrina Reaves, along with Pastor Adamson, the founding board chairperson.
To God be the Glory for the great things He has done in us through Christ Jesus and by the Holy Spirit!