Brookland Baptist Church Celebrates 100 Years of Community Service

Apr 16, 2002
Press Release
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, today on the House Floor congratulated Brookland Baptist Church of New Brookland, S.C., on the church’s 100th Anniversary and their commitment to community service. “The Good Book teaches us that the perseverance of a faithful few can touch the lives of many for the better. During the late 1800’s, in New Brookland, South Carolina, a small group of men and women met together for prayer and worship. By 1902, the group had grown and the Brookland Baptist Church was founded,” said Rep. Wilson. “For decades, the church has been a refuge of hope for so many, and the church began a new chapter in 1971 when Rev. Charles B. Jackson, Sr., became their ninth pastor at the age of 18. Attracting large crowds of over 4,000 members, the church bought and renovated a nearby shopping center. I am very proud that one of the church’s deacons, Earl Brown, is part of the Second Congressional District staff as a special assistant. “Today, the church serves the community through HIV/AIDS programs, Homeless Outreach, the Black Male Conference, Scout Programs, Recreational and Tutorial programs, and has even organized a full service credit union to service the needs of their parishioners. The Church is one of South Carolina’s largest African-American congregations. “This year, as Brookland Baptist Church celebrates its 100th Anniversary, it is very easy to see how this once small group of believers, has grown to make the lives of those around them immeasurably improved for the better,” said Rep. Wilson. ###