George Washington was President of the U.S. and Greenville County was only eight-years-old, when five men met with families on the banks of Brushy Creek to establish the church. First services were held in a humble, pioneer log cabin on “Captain Abney’s” land.
MOTHER CHURCH OF GREENVILLE
Members started meeting on land cartographers believe is our current campus. Brushy Creek starts building the first of 33 churches, from First Baptist Church of Greenville to Taylors First Baptist, and picks up the nickname the “Mother Church of Greenville.”
Brushy Creek becomes the first church in Greenville to establish Sunday School. More ground-breaking programs follow, with the Women’s Missionary Society in 1881 and youth programs in 1920.
JAMES C. FURMAN
While residing as the first president of Furman University, James C. Furman serves as pastor at Brushy Creek for eight years. Members collect $17 for the church’s first missions fund.
Brushy Creek dedicates a new church home (across the street from where we now meet). A brick chapel, sanctuary and recreation hall are added over the next 50 years, as membership grows.
During World War I, soldiers training nearby at Camp Sevier frequently visit services. Members host them for Sunday dinner, before they return to post.
With a focus on introducing children to Jesus, the first known Vacation Bible School is held in 1945, softball and basketball teams are formed in the 1960s, Weekday Preschool starts in 1968 and the first Student Pastor joins the staff in 1970.
Building upon the church’s deep roots in spreading God’s Word, members answer a call to international missions, participating in a crusade to England. This opens the door to trips to dozens of countries, from Serbia to Turkey, Peru to Japan.
Having outgrown the property at Old Spartanburg & Brushy Creek Roads, members move back to the original property from 1802, breaking ground on a new Sanctuary. Today, campus includes a Worship Center, Education Building, Gym & Student Worship Center (ARC), as well as outdoor recreation space.
CHURCH OF TODAY
Long ago, Brushy Creek made the transition from a small, country house of worship to a growing suburban church. Today, we turn our eyes upon the world, as we commit to Rescuing the lost, Growing as believers and Serving others. It’s our greatest joy to introduce the love of Jesus to all we meet.