A little more than 150 years ago, Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne returned to South Carolina in the waning years of the Civil War to re-establish the African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Before going to Charleston to revive the dormant congregation that is now Mother Emanuel – the mother church of African Methodism in the south – he first went to Hilton Head and established what is now Queen Chapel AME Church.
The enduring African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina was established in what is now the Beaufort District. Harriet Tubman’s most notable raid to free slaves as the Civil War raged was in what is now the Beaufort District. Robert Smalls, one of the first elected African-American United States Congressmen after the Civil War, made his base of operations the Beaufort District.
The pastors and people of the Beaufort District are building on that legacy of Christian action and Christian service, and this website is a part of our doing so. The site includes information about the District not only for those in the District, but for all of those seeking encouragement and information.
The site is updated weekly, so please drop by regularly and, if you’re looking for a church home and live south of Charleston, South Carolina, the hearts and hands of our churches are open to welcome you. May God’s blessings be with you!
The Reverend Joseph A. Darby