Sullivan’s Island Baptist Church is unique because it is located within the bounds of Fort Moultrie, which is the only military installation that actively served in every military conflict of the United States from its founding in 1776 through World War II. Guarded by two eight-inch cannons at what was the entrance to Fort Moultrie, it is the most heavily fortified church in the area!
A group of baptized believers organized into a mission under the sponsorship of Rutledge Avenue Baptist Church in June 1948. Rev. W.E. Abrams agreed to be the interim pastor of the newly formed mission. Rutledge Avenue rented the chapel in July 1948 and agreed to share with the Jewish residents of the Island. On October 4, 1949, the chapel was purchased from the War Assets Administration by Rutledge Avenue Baptist Church for the sum of $4,500. Of this amount, the member of the newly formed church paid $1,000. The mission made formal application on December 11, 1949 to Rutledge Avenue Baptist Church Requesting their permission to organize as a Southern Baptist Church. The application was unanimously approved on January 8, 1950 and the mission was constituted as Sullivan’s Island Baptist Church with seventy-five charter members. Rev. A.W. Coppedge was called as the first pastor. Today, Sullivan’s Island Baptist Church has seen growth of the Island, Hurricane Hugo and still the church continues to serve the East of the Cooper community.