"There are hermit souls that live withdrawn. In the place of their self-content; there are souls like stars, that dwell apart. In a fellowless firmament; there are pioneer souls that blaze their paths, where the highways never ran --- But let me live by the side of the road, and be a friend to man" --- are well versed lines from Sam Walter Foss. However, forty eight years ago, a great forerunner, a godfather among the Ministerial Alliance, a teacher and a Baptist country preacher traveled that long distance from Pamplico, South Carolina to the great country-side of Saint Beulah for twenty-five years.
Then, one day he thought to himself, "let me live in my house by the side of the road. It's here the race of men go by. They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong, wise, foolish, so am I; then why should I sit in the scorner's seat, or hurl the cynic's ban? Let me live in my house by the side of the road, and be a friend to man." At this point, Rev. O.E. Jackson saw the light on the corner of Coit and Sumter Streets in Florence, South Carolina, in a little wooden church called Fireside Baptize where he stated every first and third Sunday morning, "Don't do as I do, do as I say do, because I came to tell you thus saith the Lord," This was the beginning of Exodus 14:13 when Moses said unto the people, "Fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord."
The followers from Saint Beulah had the faith and they obeyed by helping to purchase Fireside Baptize through Mrs. Walker, so they could have a home. The first church meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Viola Sumter. The doors of the church were first opened in 1962 and about 75 followers joined that Sunday. Services were uplifting and those within knew that they were in the Holy Ghost Headquarters. Rev. Jackson decided that the church needed a name. He stated that since the majority of the members followed him to Fireside Baptize, why not name this great church the "Majority Baptist Church," and that it has been for forty-eight years.
Some of the first deacons were:
Mr. Johnny Harrison
Mr. Ed Williams
The first trustees were:
The first clerks were:
The first secretaries were:
Thelma Charles Hunter
Annie Mae Washington Smalls
Jerome Brooks, Sr.
The first Sunday School Superintendents were:
Mary L. Charles
The first Sunday School Secretaries were:
The first choirs were:
The Gospel Choir
The Senior Choir
The Junior Choir
The Young Adult Choir
The O.E. Jackson Singers
The Catherine Parrott Ensemble
The first organizations were:
Deaconess & Senior Missionary ~ Mrs. Eliza Windom
Senior Usher Board ~ Mrs. Hattie Moses
Junior Choir ~ Mrs. Catherine Parrott & Mrs. Oza Coleman
Willing Workers ~ Mrs. Ethel Jackson
Do What You Can Club ~ Mrs. Eddie Ruth Washington
Sunbeam Circle ~ Mrs. Catherine Parrott & Mrs. Mattie Wright
Pastor's Aide ~ Mrs. Mattie Wright
There came a time when we realized that God's eyes were on the sparrow and he watches over us. We were invaded by pigeons in the attic, and it was decided that we move our services to the Masonic Hall until we could construct a new Majority. Before we demolished the structure, Deacon Jimmy Charles removed over 400 pigeons from the attic.
While we were on this tedious journey, we knew Jesus was walking with us. The construction of the new church was existing. Well, we remembered that in times like these, we needed a Savior; in times like these, we also needed a friend. Now knowing that our Heavenly Father said in his words that, "he would never leave his children alone," but not only knowing this, by also living and believing in this Holy Word things started to take formation. The interior designs of the new church were contributed to the church by the following persons and organizations:
Carpet ~ The Willing Workers
Pews ~ Mr. Junious & Clara Taylor-first $500
Pulpit Furniture ~ Members of the church
Pulpit Drapes ~ Mr. Wallace & Edith Brockington
Water Fountain ~ Member of the Gospel Choir
Marquee ~ Do What You Can Club
Pastor's Desk ~ Gospel Choir
Piano ~ Church members & Gospel Choir
Organ ~ Church members
Black Sofa ~ Gospel Choir & Pastor's Aide
Table/Tithe Box ~ Senior Usher Board
First Telephone/Install. fee/Serving Tray ~ Mrs. Curley T. Law
Electric Heater ~ Mrs. Julia Scott
Wall Mirrors ~ Mrs. Sarah C. Hayes
Clothes Rack ~ Nurse's Aide
Large Cooking Pot ~ Mrs. Andelle Martin
Dining Hall Table/Chairs ~ Ladies of the church
First Minister's Robe ~ Gosoel Choir & Pastor's Aide
First Carpet in Pastor's Study ~ Willing Workers
The Fellowship Hall was constructed in 1981.
God has truly been good to the members of Majority Baptist Church. Majority stands today as the church that embraces the old African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child and a church to raise a village."