Looking back into the history of East Cooper Baptist reveals God's grace and His desire to establish a mission east of the Cooper River in Mount Pleasant, SC.
The heart and mission of the ministry has always been to "equip people to pursue Jesus Christ passionately as they impact the culture." Out of the faithfulness of many men and women responding to God’s call, East Cooper Baptist was born.
On August 1, 1974, when a group of earnest people, desiring to organize a mission east of the Cooper River, began meeting in the homes of individuals. The group held its first worship service at Wando High School on Sunday, August 18, 1974.
On February 16, 1975, East Cooper Baptist became a mission, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Charleston. The newly adopted mission had a membership of seventy-nine people, and was meeting in Woodland Hall Academy.
Land was purchased on Whipple Road in May of 1976 and the first building program was started.
The dedication service for the newly constructed building was held on Sunday, August 21, 1977, on the missions’ third anniversary.
On June 3, 1979, East Cooper Baptist Mission was officially organized as East Cooper Baptist Church with a membership of 177.
On Sunday, May 23, 1982, with 74 in Bible study and 128 in morning worship, Rev. Conrad “Buster” Brown began his pastorate at East Cooper Baptist Church.
Expanding in the community in the summer of 1983, the church began construction of a new 1,440 square foot education wing. This wing was completed at a cost of $55,000 and dedicated on the church’s ninth anniversary.
On November 8, 1985, construction began on a sanctuary building which would hold 600. This building was completed and occupied on June 1, 1986. Church membership at that time had grown to 417.
On April 1, 1988, church membership was 710 and a second Sunday morning service was started.
On September 9, 1990, three Sunday morning worship services began to help alleviate the crowded conditions and provide for continued growth.
The first service on Sunday, January 9, 1994, at the new Egypt Road property, was a glorious day of celebrating God’s faithfulness.
As the church continued to grow and the Lord blessed, staff were added and plans were made for phase two of the building plans – new educational space and a Christian Life Center/Gym. The additional 50,000 square feet of ministry space was dedicated on Sunday, June 2, 2002.
In September 2003, the church adopted a Ruling Elder form of governing. Additional ministry staff was added and the church expanded to four Sunday morning worship services.
God has truly blessed East Cooper Baptist over the past decade. With a growing attendance of over 2000, the church broke ground in January 2015 on a new 1200 seat sanctuary to accommodate the two traditional and two contemporary styles of worship services offered every Sunday morning.
The new building project, scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2016, will include a much needed Welcome Center, a new sanctuary for our traditional services and a permanent home for our contemporary service in our Worship Center.