Our History

The Baptist Tabernacle Church was started under the Bob Jones University Church planting program, and on June 22, 1974 the first service was held in the living room of the Meltonís home. After meeting in the Pastorís home for four weeks, the small congregation moved to the Ladson Homemakerís Club in Ladson, a growing community 25 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina. The church was officially organized and chartered on September 29, 1974.

As the church began to grow, a more permanent place of worship was sought. An old church building located on Ladson Road was renovated, and the first service in this building was held on June 4, 1975. This building was used on a rental basis for a period of approximately four years. During this time, property was purchased on Ladson Road and a building was started. The first service in the new building was held on September 30, 1979, the fifth anniversary of the church.

In October of 1981, Tabernacle Day Care was started. On September 29, 1985, the eleventh anniversary of the church, the first educational building was dedicated.

In March of 1989, tragedy struck as the church was completely destroyed by fire. The building was rebuilt and dedicated on September 30, 1991, the 16th anniversary of the church.

Pastor James Melton resigned in 1993 after eighteen years as pastor.

In January of 1994 the congregation voted to have Dave Harrison become the new pastor.  Brother Harrison is a 1972 graduate of Bob Jones University and a native of North Carolina. He began as the second pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle in February of 1994.

Sensing the need to concentrate its efforts and resources on the church body, the congregation voted to discontinue the Day Care prior to the 1994-95 school year.

The A.C.E. Academy operated in the Baptist Tabernacle for two years, but by a vote of the church it ended its connections with the church effective after the 1994-95 school year.

Pastor Harrison has pastored two churches in Georgia, and one in the Charleston area. Pastor Harrison and his son Joel have lived in Charleston since 1982.  On Saturday, January 19, 2002, his wife Martha left this earthly life to be with our Savior in Heaven after a long illness.  It is still Pastor Harrison's desire to serve the church and community by ministering the Word of God and extending a hand of Christian love to this community.

The Baptist Tabernacle of Ladson extends a heartfelt invitation for you to prayerfully consider becoming a part of our ministry as we seek to influence both Ladson and the greater Summerville area for Christ.