New Bethel AME Church of Red Top Johns Island SC



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The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.


At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.


The ultimate purposes are:

make available God’s biblical principles,

spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and

provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.


In order to meet the needs of every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in: (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God’s biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.

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New Bethel AME Church of Red Top
3754 Old Charleston Road
Johns Island, SC 29455
United States
Phone: 843-556-1003
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Rev. Spavarie B. Taylor
3754 Old Charleston Road
Johns Island, SC 29455
United States
Phone: 843.212.5450
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Quote of the Day
Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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Chaplain Spavarie (Spally) Taylor is the daughter of the late Joseph and Leola Blie. Chap. Spavarie Taylor married Mr. Samuel Taylor in 1972. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Chap. Taylor is a graduate of Demark Technical College and Mansfield Business College, where she earned degrees in tailoring and business, respectively and continue her Education at Voorhees College and L.R. Nicholas Seminary. She has also received degree in counseling and certification in Hostage Negations, Domestic Violence, Youth Violence, School Violence, Safe School, Critical Incident Stress Management and Pastoral Crisis Intervention

Chap. Taylor has been a Chaplain with Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy for 12 years.

A former member of International Conference of Police Chaplains and South Carolina Law Enforcement Chaplain Association, where she served as Secretary/Treasurer and the former president of Tri-county Victim Council.

Currently Spally is a full time Victim Advocate for North Charleston Police Department where she continues to serve victims.

Rev. Taylor has been in the ministry for 28 years and is the formal pastor of St. Mary A.M.E Church Red Top, were she served for 10 years. Formal pastor of St. James A.M/E in McClellanville, SC where she served for 13 years. Now she blessed to serve the great people at New Bethel A.M.E Church Red Top.

She has received various awards and recognition for her work from Police agencies, schools, churches, community organization and local newspaper.

Her goal in life is to serve and help as many as she can with the direction and help from God.   Edit
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3754 Old Charleston Road
Johns Island, SC
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New Bethel AME Church of Red Top Service Times

Sunday Church School 9:45 am

Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 am

Tuesday Bible Study 6:30 pm

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New Bethel AME Church of Red Top History

Worshipping God and establishing a spiritual relationship based on the teachings and studying of the Holy Bible illuminated by the Holy Spirit set the explicit standards for the purpose of this church. The history of New Bethel A.M.E. Church reveals its uniqueness from its simplistic beginning to its triumphant existence today.

As a bush tent, the founding fathers established Bethel A.M.E. Church located at 3754 Old Charleston Road; Johns Island (Red Top Subdivision), SC 29455 in the year 1888 of the Lord, deeded in the year 1908, and recorded in the County of Charleston, 1965. The land was given in two portions. The rear portion was given by Francis and Sarah Bennett and the front portion was given by the Robinson and Blake families.

Tellers of this church’s story recall the first permanent structure as a wooden building having a balcony constructed with a choir loft housing a foot-petal pumped organ. Church worshippers sat in the balcony as well as on the first floor of the sanctuary. Eventually, the choir area was moved from the balcony to the left side of the first floor of the sanctuary facing the pulpit; then, to the position it now resides.

Important to the church and for communities’ support systems, the bell from the tower tolled as a method to assemble individuals to disseminate information and/or to alert others as a call for assistance.

In its various stages of evolution, this church served the community in several capacities. Members of the church taught rudiments to those persons desiring to learn. Mrs. Mary Washington’s name remains prominent among those teachers.

Also in the early 40’s through the early 50’s Bethel A.M.E. Church functioned as a community clinic providing health care using resources from Charleston County Health Department and their doctors, and local midwives from the community — Mrs. Mary (Mamie) Dayson. Mrs. Camilla (Tonkey) Bowles, Mrs. Clara Fludd, and Mrs. Evelyn (Sophie) Brown.

One of the strategies to facilitate the church’s efficiency was the utilization of the circuit. Bethel was a member of the circuit with two other churches: Graham AME Church on Wappoo Road and St. Mary AME Church on Bear Swamp Road. On the first and third Sundays of each month the pastor held services at Graham AME Church, second Sunday of each month the pastor held service at St. Mary AME Church and the fourth Sunday of each month service was held at Bethel AME Church. The three churches had joint quarterly conferences which rotated between the church. Quarterly conference services were held during morning worship.

Contributing to the spiritualism and empowerment of Bethel, a list of Christians warriors, astute ministers, dynamic presiding elders, and erudite bishops enabled these authentic occurrences.

Some of the earlier warriors who contribute to the spiritual and financial growth of the church were Richard Sharper, Susann Devine, Mary Murphy, Susan Brown, Susie Collins, Moriah Gethers, Francis Bennett, Thomas Brown, Virginia Gardner, Sarah Ford, Sarah Brockington, Mary Fields, Mary Washington, John McCullough, Joseph Black, Richard Deas, Evelyn Brown, Herbert Blake, Hattie White, Louise Ford, Bessie Parker, Pearl Heyward Brown, Sarah Lucas Smalls, Freddie McNeil, Mike (Eastman) Heyward, Snow McKnight, Ruthell C. Blake, James Brockington. They served as stewardesses, trustees, class leaders, Sunday school teachers, Sunday school superintendent and church sexton.

These members combined their pragmatic approaches in applying their gifts to render service in expressing their love for God and Church: Allen Poinsette, Chester Wright, Esselene F. Waring, Elizabeth V. Heyward, Mazaline Waltkins and Birdie Mae McKinley Hart.


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New Bethel AME Church of Red Top listing was last updated on the 12th of August, 2019
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