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About Us

Welcome to Carey Hill

We are family.

We are men, women, children, plumbers, electricians, businessmen and women, students, teachers, motorcycle riders, athletes, artists, young, and old, but most of all we are family.

What We Believe

We affirm our belief in the one-eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. He has been calling out from the world a people for himself, and sending his people back into the world to be his servants and his witnesses, for the extension of his kingdom, the building up of Christ’s body, and the glory of his name. We confess with shame that we have often denied our calling and failed in our mission, by becoming conformed to the world or by withdrawing from it. Yet we rejoice that even when borne by earthen vessels the gospel is still a precious treasure. To the task of making that treasure known in the power of the Holy Spirit we desire to dedicate ourselves anew. 

ISA. 40:28; MATT. 28:19; EPH. 1:11

We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God’s word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all men and women. For God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole Church ever more of the many-colored wisdom of God.

II TIM. 3:16; II PET. 1:21; JOHN 10:35

We affirm that there is only one Saviour and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches. We recognise that everyone has some knowledge of God through his general revelation in nature. But we deny that this can save, for people suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. We also reject as derogatory to Christ and the gospel every kind of syncretism and dialogue which implies that Christ speaks equally through all religions and ideologies. Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, is the only mediator between God and people. There is no other name by which we must be saved. All men and women are perishing because of sin, but God loves everyone, not wishing that any should perish but that all should repent. Yet those who reject Christ repudiate the joy of salvation and condemn themselves to eternal separation from God. To proclaim Jesus as “the Saviour of the world” is not to affirm that all people are either automatically or ultimately saved, still less to affirm that all religions offer salvation in Christ. Rather it is to proclaim God’s love for a world of sinners and to invite everyone to respond to him as Saviour and Lord in the wholehearted personal commitment of repentance and faith. Jesus Christ has been exalted above every other name; we long for the day when every knee shall bow to him and every tongue shall confess him Lord.

GAL. 1:6-9;ROM. 1:18-32; I TIM. 2:5,6; ACTS 4:12
  • WE BELIEVE there is but one living and true God, creator of all things,
    infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy
    Spirit. Each is worthy of our worship, trust and obedience.
  • WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, conceived by the
    Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.  He lived a sinless life and made atonement for
    our sins by His death on the cross.  He arose bodily from the dead and
    ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Father, He is now our
    High Priest and Advocate.
  • WE BELIEVE the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the
    inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.  The scriptures are the supreme
    and final authority in all matters about which they speak.
  • WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God to glorify and enjoy
    Him forever.  Men fell into sin by a willful act of disobedience to God; and
    consequently, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, commit acts of
    sin, and are eternally separated from God apart from salvation through Christ.
  • WE BELIEVE that the death of Jesus Christ and His bodily
    resurrection provide the only ground of justification for all who believe.  This
    salvation is not obtained by human effort or merit, but is entirely a free gift of
    God’s grace received through faith in Jesus Christ.  God Himself will make
    the faith of all genuine believers persevere to the end, so that no child of God
    will ever be lost again.
  • WE BELIEVE that all Christians will yet experience temporary personal sin
    and spiritual warfare in this life; but from the moment of salvation, God has
    provided the means for overcoming these in the truth of the Scriptures, the
    power of Christ through the indwelling Spirit, and the encouragement of the
  • WE BELIEVE in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth in
    sovereign power and glory to visibly establish His righteous rule over creation therefore this is our hope that affects our daily life and service as believers. 
  • WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to
    everlasting blessedness and joy in the presence of God, and of the unbeliever
    to judgment and everlasting punishment apart from God.
giving love your neighbor

We exist to...

To honor and glorify God by obeying Jesus' command to make disciples of all people groups. We accomplish this through our Mission and Core Values.

To reach the lost, restore the fallen, build the believer, serve the community, and exalt the Savior

Luke 15, 19:10

Teaching believers through the Bible how to love God and love their neighbors as themselves. 

Col. 1:28; Matthew 22:37-40

Sending those believers back out into the world to share with others the story of how Jesus saved them.

Rom. 10:13-15; Acts 1:8


  • The Bible: authoritative, inerrant, our standard for truth and obedience
  • Christ-Centered Living: loving the Lord God with our whole hearts
  • Dependency on God for every area of our lives
  • Prayer: individual and corporate prayer as crucial in doing God’s work
  • Equipping Believers for a passion-driven, gift-based ministry
  • Missions: taking Christ to the nations by giving, praying, and going 


  • Loving Relationships: acceptance, caring for others, forgiving
  • Contemporary Worship: vibrant, heartfelt, reflective
  • Small Groups: for spiritual growth and relationship building
  • Strengthening Families: along with strong youth, children’s, and young adult ministries
  • Empowering Leadership

To be an impactful Christ-centered church that demonstrated Godly love through exemplary service to the community in order to reach the masses. 

Colossians 1:18

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 

The History of Carey Hill Baptist Church, Inc.
June 22, 1890 – June 25, 2017
Our ancestors, needing spiritual uplifting from their daily trials, began meeting deep in the woods between ditches, not more than a mile from our original site on Garrett Road. They began to worship God in what became known as a brush harbor, a construction of logs, pine needles and mud. This was a place where they could strive and give God praises.
The date is not known when they moved from the brush harbor to the little schoolhouse above the Carey Hill Pond. On June 22, 1890, our ancestors organized the Carey Hill Baptist Church, naming it after the pond.
Reverend Edmond Gardenhire, Reverend Lewis G. Gardenhire, Reverend Peter Latson and Reverend Gus Lockhard were ordained ministers at our mother church, Bethany Baptist Church, Clarks Hill, South Carolina were assigned as overseers of the newly formed Carey Hill Baptist Church along with the church founders, Deacon Robert B. Cooks and Deacon Lawrence O’Bryant were ordained Deacons assigned also.  The other founding members were: Sister Mary McKie, Sister Julia Kenner, Sister Florine Garrett, Sister Katherine Cummings, Sister Lizzie Kenner, Sister Joyce Holmes, Sister Laura Holmes, Sister Margaret Holmes, Sister Betty Mitchem, Brother Shade Henderson, Brother Charlie Glover, Brother Griffin Mitchem, Brother Jack Cummings, Brother Gilman Holmes and Brother Hampton Thomas.  The Reverend Lewis G. Gardenhire preached the organizing sermon, “Upon this rock I’ll build my church” which was taken from St. Matthew 16:18, “And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
In 1892, the present land site (on Garrett Road) was given to Reverend Robert W. and Lizzie Kenner by Mr. Jim Garrett, father of Mr. Henry Garrett. The land was given for “colored people worship services only!” We believe that Reverend Robert W. Kenner was the first pastor of Carey Hill Baptist Church.   In 1893, evidence shows that Rev. Gus Lockhart was the second pastor.  The first building was erected under the leadership of Reverend D. W. Mitchem and reseated under the leadership of Reverend Clarence Middleton. Much of the history was lost in the fire of the church and was reconstructed from the memory of members of the church (February 1970).
Through the years, we have grown through faith, fellowship and community. For a time our church went through a period of transition until we entered into a new era with renewed faith, life and hope for our church and community! In December 7, 2014, Rev. Brandon L. Dotson was elected pastor and he officially begin January 1, 2015.  Under Rev. Dotson’s tutelage several new and current  ministries have flourished.
Like our fore parents, we will continue to be soldiers marching forward to carry out the vision and mission God has charged us with.

We hope to see you soon.