In 2016, SCBMA launched the Helping Seniors Thrive Society Annual Luncheon. The Helping Seniors Thrive Society’s sole purpose is to help those who need some type of financial assistance each month. Proceeds from Helping Seniors Thrive apply to the specific ministry needs of each community.
The word “abundant” means “exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate.”
South Carolina Baptist Ministries for the Aging (SCBMA) is a Christian resource dedicated to helping South Carolina’s seniors (55+) Live Abundantly by providing Christian retirement communities and assisted living facilities and connecting seniors and their families with resources to meet their needs where they are.
The underpinnings of SCBMA began in 1954 when Dr. Percy Bethea donated 146 acres in Darlington County to be developed as a retirement home for retired pastors, missionaries, ministry families and lay persons who served the Lord. Bethea Baptist Retirement Community was opened in 1960. In 1985 Ms. Martha Franks, a retired Southern Baptist missionary to China, donated an antebellum estate in midtown Laurens, SC for the same purpose. The property included 50 acres with a small lake and developed into what is now known as Martha Franks Retirement Community.
South Carolina Baptist Ministries of Aging continues to strive toward helping seniors thrive.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
As all Americans adjust to this unprecedented season and challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, we want our residents, their families and others to be reassured that we are taking every precaution to keep our communities safe. Our residents and staff members’ health and safety are most important to us, so we are actively following the guidelines recommended by regulatory agencies such as DHEC, CMS, and the CDC, which are monitored daily. Please visit our community websites for specific details.