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Address: 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-256-4251
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A historic building built in 1859.

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Wonderful Music

While not the formal music of a "high church" service, the choir and congregational worship is just terrific on an every Sunday basis. Depending on your church background, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

While not the formal music of a "high church" service, the choir and congregational worship is just terrific on an every Sunday basis. Depending on your church background, the church size intimidates some people, but I promise the music quality minimizes any such discomfort.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Fine if you are into huge churches. The pastor is very good and it is televised each week. I feel like I am lost in a crowd there but they do many things for the public and people I know who belong love it. Parking is a painful experience.

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Savannah, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

We were out of town on a youth group trip and decided to stop for service at this church on Sunday. The church is huge and beautiful! The service is very formal, we're not used to that. They have a big choir and 3 floors of seating. The service was good, the Pastor gave a great message. It was about... More 

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Newberry, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

Something South Carolina does right - Spectacular live Christmas Pageant! The entire Church congregation plays parts of this event and it is beyond AMAZING! Hallelujah! Christ has risen! Christ will come again! Hosanna in the highest! Amen! God Bless Everyone!

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Thank Newberry11
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia has evolved into a megachurch with a large congregation and televised services at al. You don’t need to be a worshipper, however, to appreciate its architectural and historic appeals. The National Register/National Historic Landmark building (original construction 1859) features an imposing Greek Revival façade that delights the eye. The church’s role in the... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We were touring the University of South Carolina and decided to attend the Sunday 10:30am worship service. The church is beautiful, with a huge choir, orchestra and live television broadcast. Pastor Wendell Estep was excellent and used the Bible to connect with everyone in the congregation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The Sanctuary has been remodeled since my last visit. Fond memories were made in this Church when I was a student nurse @ the SC Baptist Hospital. We had our capping ceremony there, our choir sang there several times and also our Graduation Ceremony took place there. The Sanctuary is worth seeing.

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Thank Alvin D
Lake Cowichan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Very welcoming & friendly. Double Balcony. A place where everyone could feel comfortable. Something for all ages.

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Conway, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

When in the area, and sometimes specifically, we visit First Baptist Church - Columbia. It is a genuine worship experience!

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Conway, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

A very vibrant congregation with a pastor that teaches from the Bible. The orchestra and choir were outstanding also!

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