The Beaufort Presiding Elder District, together with the Edisto and Charleston Presiding Elder Districts, comprise the South Carolina Annual Conference – the oldest of six Annual Conferences in the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (State of South Carolina).
The District includes nearly 3,000 members and 33 churches in Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties in southern South Carolina. Regardless of where one lives in those counties, from large communities like Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island and Walterboro to small communities like Burton, Estill, Gifford and Green Pond, one can find a church of the Beaufort District nearby.
The diversity of the District is reflected in its congregations, which include churches like Campbell Chapel in Bluffton, which is a haven for many AME’s who retired and “came south,” to Saint Matthew in Luray, which stands on land owned by the African Methodist Episcopal Church but is surrounded by the land of the Groton Plantation.
Most of those churches were established by missionaries from the north and freed slaves after the Civil War and have a legacy of service to their communities. The members of the District range from the humble, who exercise their faith in quiet ways that build up their communities, to the notable.
On this website, you’ll find a directory of those churches and pastors, and we encourage those who live in the District and are looking for a church home to take a look at that list!