In the spring of 2005 Northside Baptist Church of North Charleston, under the leadership of Pastor John Stevens, had the opportunity to purchase a small church facility from an independent Baptist church that had gone through tough times and was about to fold. Pastor Stevens’ burden was to continue an independent Baptist work in the Moncks Corner area. Evangelist Frank Bailey was an itinerate evangelist out of Northside and was watching with great interest to see how God would develop this ministry. For a couple of months the ministry was carried on as a satellite ministry with various staff members speaking from week to week. It became evident this was not the most effective way to reach the community. Pastor Stevens asked Evangelist Frank Bailey to help establish this ministry as a church. Brother Bailey was to scale back some meetings for about a year, and take the leadership of the ministry to help organize a church.
The year soon became two and the Lord was blessing the efforts to establish this church. In the fall of 2008 both Northside Baptist Church of North Charleston and what was then called Northside Baptist Church of Moncks Corner voted unanimously for the Moncks Corner “ministry” to become an autonomous church. Pastor Bailey committed to remain the pastor and has continued to pastor the church.
Upon becoming autonomous the next exciting obstacle was space. The building the church inherited was a 100 seat auditorium with several rooms that were used for nursery and Sunday School. The church began to plan and raise money to build a new 6000 square foot Sunday school wing and fellowship hall. The building was completed in 2011 and that made it possible to expand the auditorium to more than double its size. This was completed in 2013.
As the building grew the attendance grew, and the church’s ability to grow its missions program also grew. Tri-city Baptist Church has seen its mission giving grow six-fold from the early days.
The Church maintained the name Northside Baptist Church of Moncks Corner until 2016. The Church is located equal distance from Summerville, Goose Creek and Moncks Corner. It became evident that to remove confusion the name needed to be distinctly different. The Church voted to adopt the name Tri-City Baptist Church.
The Lord continues to give us new families through souls being saved, through new people moving into our community, and through people who are looking for an “old fashioned” fundamental Bible preaching church. We praise God for the Spirit of unity He has given us, and we continue to look to Him for His blessing in the future until He comes.