City Directories and History: This is the third building on this site. There has been a Methodist church on this site since 1840 when two Methodist churches in the area merged and constructed a new building of wood. The second building was located in the middle of the present day cemetery and was also of wooden construction. The present building was constructed in the 1930’s during the depression and was dedicated in 1935. The current building took three years to build and many materials from the second building were used in this construction. In January of 2001 this building was heavily damaged by fire. All of the stained glass windows with the exception of one survived the fire. Several other windows required minor repairs. Many of the features from the second building were lost in the fire. While the building was being repaired, the church continued to meet in the fellowship hall. The J. Pope Brooks family gave the granite for the 1935 building and it withstood the fire. The fellowship hall also made of granite was constructed in 1953. A fiberglass steeple was added to the church in 1980. In 1958, Bethel, was named The Rural Church of the year in South Carolina. Bethel is a part of the Fairfield Circuit along with Monticello United Methodist Church and the Cedar Creek United Methodist Church. The current minister is the Reverend Terry Roof. [Information shared by Ben Hornsby]
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