Citadel Square Baptist Church was the fourth Baptist church established in Charleston, South Carolina. The original “Citadel Square Church” is a daughter of the First Baptist Church of Charleston (est. 1682), the “mother” church of Baptists in the South. In 1854, approximately a dozen members of the church sought to establish a new church for the Upper Peninsula, to be known as Fourth Baptist Church.
In the same year, Morris Street Baptist Church was experiencing many difficulties and was without pastoral leadership. As a result, the congregation began to pursue uniting with Fourth Baptist. In January 1855, the Morris Street Church dissolved and its members were united together with Fourth Baptist Church, changing the name Citadel Square Baptist Church - in reference to the church's location on upper Meeting Street, immediately across from Marion Square (which at the time was the location of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.)
The construction of the church building at 328 Meeting Street began in June 1855. The new building was opened on November 23, 1856. A Sunday School building was added in 1891, then replaced in 1921. In April 1951, an educational building was added to the campus. The church was the first in Charleston to televise its services, doing so for more than 40 years until 1998. In its history, six churches have planted by Citadel Square: Cannon Street Baptist Church, Southside Baptist Church, FBC Mount Pleasant, Ashley River Baptist Church, James Island Baptist Church, and Folly Beach Baptist Church.
Over the years, the Citadel Square has been served and led by faithful members and pastors establishing various ministries. Upon entering the new century, pastoral leadership and members welcomed other churches in to share space for the sake of mission to reach the city of Charleston. In the summer of 2016, Centerpoint Church, a young church plant, began sharing space and partnering in mission together with Citadel Square. As leadership and membership sought to define the future, Citadel Square made the courageous decision to pursue uniting with Centerpoint. As a result, each congregation agreed that becoming one church would bring strength making both better together. On August 27, 2017, a new chapter for gospel history was started as Centerpoint leadership and members joined Citadel Square Baptist Church to lead the church into a stronger future.
Knowing Jesus. Building Community. Engaging Brokenness.
We are always growing in our understanding of the person and the work of Jesus. We believe the gospel - Jesus death for our sin, His burial, and His victory through resurrection - changes everything. Through the gospel, we have been reconciled to God and to each other and live as His body here in the world. Because Jesus came to live among us as a servant, sacrificing himself to redeem his people, we live to make him known and proclaim and demonstrate the gospel in every aspect of life.
Making disciples who make disciples.
The mission for the church was given to us by Jesus when He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). And that’s exactly the mission we are called to: Making disciples who make disciples.
A disciple of Jesus is committed to bringing all of life increasingly under the leadership of Jesus and leading others to do the same. Our mission is not just to grow a Sunday gathering. Our desire is to equip God's people to live as disciples who make disciples and help others follow Jesus.