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.
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.