History of Macedonia Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 1888 – 2020
History of Macedonia Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
More than 132 years ago a small band of Christians came together in their homes in Allendale County to worship and give praises to God. The Rev. and Mrs. T.H. Best, his father Bro. Thomas Henry Best and his wife Viney Best, Sis. Cecelia Fields and her husband Bro. Aaron Fields, Sis. Rachel Davis, Bro. Arthur Smith and his wife organized the first Macedonia Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. The first Pastor was Rev. Higgins a student at Paine College School of Theology in Augusta Ga. He served the church four years and left to accept another charge. He was followed by Rev. J.A. Robinson who stayed two years and Rev. A.P. Waller who served for a very short time. The small band of worshipers grew in number as others submitted themselves to the work of God. The worshippers soon outgrew their homes and began to look for a place of service. On this very spot, they began to worship under a bush arbor. It was not a very dry spot when it rained, but the faithful believers endured the discomforts to give God praises. Though money was scarce and earnings meager, the group banded together under the leadership of Rev. J.A. Walker and the first church building was acquired in 1894. The Rev. Walker stayed with the congregation four years. He made his home with Mr. and Mrs. T.H. Best and family. He was a very outstanding minister in the CME Church and later ran for Bishop. He was followed by Revs, C.R. Golphin, W.S. Higgins, J.E. Garrett, L.W. Gawdy and W.E. Farmer. During this period, the church continued to grow and increase in membership.
In 1907, with Rev. A.W. Womack, as pastor, the building was enlarged to accommodate the congregation. Some of the families belonging to Macedonia during the early 1900s were the Bests, Dopson, Allens, Dixs, Milledges, Moores, Mcradys, Charltons, Jones, and Glovers. A number of distinguished CME ministers served during these years. Some were the Revs. J.A. Scott, W.M. Marina, C.W. Crawford, M.L. Breeding, J.B. Royal, J.H. Thomas, H.W. Evans, W.W. Thomas, J.A. Davis, O.R. Jackson, S.B. Doyle, G.M. Griffin, J.B. Smith, W.M. Logan, W.P. Perkins, M.A. Davis, J.B. Smith W.M. Logan, W.P. Perkins, M.A. Davis, W.G. Garvin, J.A. McAdams, L.R. Brown, and W.P. Bigby.
In 1942 the Rev. C.D. Price came to minister and served two years and passed away while serving. The conference appointed Rev. O.R. Bell to complete the conference year. He served three months and suddenly passed away also.
In 1943 Rev. O.L. McCollough was appointed. In 1953 under his leadership the church paid off some old debts and purchased materials to remodel and enlarge the sanctuary. The work started but money ran out and work stopped. Rev. McCullough served three years and moved on. He was followed by Revs W.E. Wilson and R.I. Lewis who stayed three years each.
In 1950 the conference appointed Rev. Ernest McKay. He completed the work that was begun by Rev. McCullough. Under his leadership the church also constructed a building to be used for Christian Youth Fellowship.
Mrs. Ada Harley served as the youth leader and worked diligently until her illness and death.
In 1953 the conference appointed Rev. D.W. Royston who stayed for three years. And was followed by Revs. Tonsil and W.D. Ridley. In 1958 Rev. McKay returned and the membership began talking about building a new church and started formulating plans. After three years Rev. McKay was reassigned and Revs. L.C. Gathers and B.J. Boozer pastored the next four years. During the 1960s Macedonia was served by a number of student ministers from Paine College. Among them was Rev. John Thompson, who stayed until his schooling was completed. He was followed by Rev. R. Richmond who stayed a few months and left. No one could be found to serve Macedonia and the conference sent Rev. W.M. Gladden, a retired CME minister who in spite of his advanced age (nearly 100 yrs.) ministered one year. In 1969, Rev. Kenneth McKindra, a Paine College student was appointed and served two years. Rev. McKindra and a delegation of officers, consisting of Bro. W.W. Heyward, Bro. Pearlstine Graham, and others met with Bishop Bunton to obtain the endorsement of the General Conference to build a church. The Bishop approved the request and encouraged them to proceed. Rev. McKindra left before the end of the conference year and Elder W. R. Foushee completed the term. With the desire to build a church being very strong, the congregation recognized that they needed a strong leader. A delegation asked Rev. McKay to return with the consent of the conference. He agreed and Presiding Elder Foushee and the Bishop consented. He was released from St. Peter CME Church in Walterboro S.C. where he had completed a building project.
In January 1973, Rev. McKay and a group of laborers began to tear down the old building and clear the area. Church services were held in the Allendale Lodge # 53 building on Mill Street during the construction period.
In June 1974, Rev. McKay and the church family marched into the new building. The building was dedicated and the cornerstone was laid with the following officers, Rev. W.R. Foushee, Presiding Elder, Rt. Rev. Henry Bunton, Presiding Bishop, Bro. W.W Heyward, Bro. Pearlstine Graham, Bro. Henry Singleton, Bro. Angus Williams, Bro. George Roberts, Bro. Andrew Sanders, Sis. Rebecca Harvey, and Sis. Fannie Warner. The church was obligated to a ten year mortgage. It was very difficult to meet the obligations at times, but Rev. McKay stuck with the church during the lean times, going without salary for months and giving the church much more monetarily than he received. In March 1983, Mrs. Rebecca Best Harvey paid off the remaining amount of the church mortgage (6 months). On May 29 1983 the Mortgage Burning Service was held.
Rev. McKay was not returned to the church at the end of the 1984 conference year. Rev. Hervis Williams Jr. came and served one year. Rev. Matthew Thomas followed him and served one year. Rev. Margaret Murdaugh was assigned and served three years.
In 1988 Rev. James Perry Jr. came to Macedonia and served eight years.
Rev. Garfield Rogers was assigned in 1996. The church grew and added many new members under his leadership. Rev. Rogers served four years and was followed by Rev. David Edmond in 2000. Rev. Michelle V. Williams, daughter of former Pastor Rev. Hervis Williams, was assigned at the 2002 Annual Conference.
Rev. Williams organized the youth choir and encouraged the Men to form the Men’s Choir. In 2011 the church completed the first of a three part project to stabilize the church structure. Under her leadership the church purchased two lots adjacent to the church.
For the 125th Church Anniversary program a group of members joined together to have an Anniversary Choir, under the direction of Sister Kimberly Garvin- Riley. The group enjoyed working together so much that they decided to continue working together, giving birth to the Macedonia Gospel Choir.
In 2014 Rev Richard Wilson was assigned to Macedonia and served one year.
In 2015 Rev. Samuel Moses, was appointed to serve Macedonia. Rev. Moses served for four years. Under his leadership many new members were added, organizations revitalized, and a dynamic working relationship with the Youth was fostered.
In July at the 2018 Annual Conference Rev. Stacey Bolden was assigned to shepherd Macedonia. The church family looked forward to her leadership and was excited about working with her.
• She is the oldest of six children. Her parents are Mrs. Marie Bolden and the late Mr. Lawrence D. Bolden Jr. She has one daughter. Her educational back ground started in the public schools of Charleston SC. She also attended South Carolina State University where she studied Speech Pathology & Audiology.
• Rev. Bolden graduated from Southeastern Institute in 2012 with honors. She holds a Certification and is a Registered Medical Assistant.
• Rev. Bolden has from childhood been a CME Church member. Vander horst Memorial CME Church in Charleston SC has always been her home Church. She has held the positions of Stewardess, Steward, and Chairperson of the Board of Stewards. She answered the call to preach the Gospel in 2011. She was licensed as a Local Preacher in 2012. Rev Omar Dykes was her Pastor. She was admitted on trial in the Carolina Region Annual Conference in 2014.
• Rev. Bolden was ordained to the order of Traveling Deacon in 2016 and Traveling Elder in 2018 by Bishop James B. Walker. She was appointed by Bishop Walker as Pastor in charge of Macedonia CME Church in Allendale SC in 2018.
• Revered Bolden continued to develop the church. She encountered what no other ministered encountered while serving Macedonia CME Church. Revered Bolden as other during this time had to suffer the interruption of the deadliest Pandemic this modern world has ever seen. She confronted it with dedication to continue Gods work.
She has implemented the following:
• Virtual Church service and Officers sessions
• Virtual Church Conference and Sunday Church School Forum
• Virtual Communion Services
• Virtual Bible Study Services
The church has and will continue in the worship of the father thru whatever means is available with placing members in harm or danger
Rev. Bolden is currently employed by Sandpiper Courtyard Senior Community in Mt. Pleasant SC. She holds the position of Dietary Director. She loves to travel and cook. She loves God and God's people. She believes that every day is an opportunity to tell someone about the goodness of God. Favorite Scripture: Psalm 51