Bethlehem St. James United Methodist Church  

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Rev. Pattie E. Gordon, Pastor
Johns Island Parish
Building Disciples of Christ for the Transformation of Johns Island, South Carolina

OUR HISTORY

Our Story
Effective June 4, 2014 the merge of Bethlehem and St. James United Methodist Churches became official, as approved by the Bishop of the Columbia area and the majority of District Superintendents on January 3, 2014.  It was resolved that Bethlehem United Methodist Church  Johns Islands, South Carolina and St. James United Methodist Church, Johns Island, South Carolina be merged to form Bethlehem St. James United Methodist Church effective June 4, 2014.  This resolution was presented by the Appointive Cabinet and was approved at the South Carolina Conference June 1-4, 2014.
It was resolved that Bethlehem United Methodist Church located at 2419 Bohicket Road, Johns Island, South Carolina and St. James United Methodist Church located at 1139 Main Road, Johns Island, South Carolina be merged to form one congregation at the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The name of the newly formed congregation would be Bethlehem-St. James United Methodist Church.  Upon the merger, all members of the former Bethlehem United Methodist Church  and of the former St. James United Methodist Church would be transferred into membership of Bethlehem-St. James United Methodist Church.


Bethlehem-St. James United Methodist Church continues to worship at the two sites until such a time as a new sanctuary can be constructed on property currently owned by Bethlehem United Methodist Church subject to the requirements of the Discipline.  During the time of this merger the Senior Pastor of the newly formed congregation is the Reverend Leonard Huggins, Jr., Associate Pastor The Reverend Tony Richardson Sr.  Effective Sunday, August 9th, 2015, the Reverend Tony Richardson was ordained as the new pastor of Jehovah United Methodist Church, Pineville, South Carolina.  The new Bethlehem-St. James United Methodist Church is moving forward and continues to build on its history.