First Baptist Church to restore steeple
By BRENDA HARRISON CONTRIBUTING WRITER Florence, S.C.
First Baptist Church is in the process of restoring its steeple.
Located on the corner of Palmetto and Irby Streets, the church and steeple are highly visible landmarks in downtown Florence. The tall white steeple has suffered extensive damage by the elements and is badly in need of repairs.
“We are not only restoring a building, but a people, and a community,” commented Dr. Michael Crawford, FBC pastor.
First Baptist Church was established in 1866 and the first church occupied this same corner. The current sanctuary opened in March of 1951 and the steeple was erected in 1961. It was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and removed shortly after for repairs.
A Steeple Restoration Fund has been established by the church Stewardship Committee and congregants are making donations and pledges toward this project.
Since many concerned citizens have expressed interest in helping, the church decided to make this project public.
Anyone desiring to help make this local icon beautiful again may do so by sending a donation to First Baptist Church, 300 South Irby St, Florence, SC, 29501. Or, call the church office at 843-662-9451 for more information.