Helping Seniors Thrive for or 60 years

The Communities of SCBMA

The communities of SCBMA have a long history of striving toward helping seniors thrive and a bright future as we continue that tradition while leading the way in providing care for our residents.


A Christ-centered Start

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.

Happy Senior Couple Walking

A Legacy of Care

South Carolina Baptist Ministries of Aging continues to strive toward helping seniors thrive.