Old Bethel United Methodist Church

Celebrating 223 Years of Christian Discipleship


We bid you welcome to the Oldest United Methodist Church in the Low-Country and the third oldest structure in Charleston.

Come join us for Worship Service!

Sunday School

9:45 am Every Sunday

Morning Worship

11:00 am Every Sunday

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Timothy Bowman

222 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401




Please make all checks payable to:

Old Bethel United Methodist Church

Thank you and God Bless!

Due to the suspension of in-person worship services, all services are held through conference call. For more information, please call the church office at 843-722-3470.

Old Bethel News

 Dr. Earnest Foster, Member of Old Bethel, talks with Melissa Pressley, host of Pressley’s Inspirations about building Black-owned businesses, Old Bethel’s history and the role it plays in his life, and the power of the Ressurection during his kidney failure and eventual transplant in 2012.

Old Bethel Lay Ministry Certificate Holders

Congratulations to Dr. Ernest Foster, Sis. Monique Douglas, Sis. Alma Davis, and Bro. Wilmer Nelson, Jr for completing the United Methodist Lay Servant Ministries certificate courses to become Certified Servants and Certified Lay Speakers!

Our History

222 Years in Christian Service

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, Old Bethel United Methodist Church is one of three Black Methodist Churches that originated before the U.S. Civil War. We are possibly the oldest Church structure in the South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church.

Old Bethel was once known for its original racially mixed congregation with black members (both Free Blacks and Slaves) who were required to sit in the galleries. Our congregation includes descendants of the original congregation.

Tours are available by appointment only M-Th: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Old Bethel Series: 2 Nights of Gullah-Geechee Culture & Origins

When I First Remember, performed by Queen Atterberry and an ensemble of talented performers,  takes the viewer on a journey with the characters who are African slaves traveling to the Low Country on a slave ship. The audience will be transported with the actors and witness how they survived, adjusted and adapted to their new world, creating a new culture and identity that is recognized today…the Gullah-Geechee culture.

The Gullah Lady, performed by Sharon Cooper Murray, is a collection of stories and songs in the Gullah-Geechee language.


Performances are temporarily suspended until further notice.


Adults $20.00

Children under 12: $10.00

Group rate: 20% discount for groups of 100 or more

A portion of the proceeds go directly to Old Bethel

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the Charleston Visitor’s Center

If you would like a special showing for your group please call 843-557-4080

Produced by: Lady in White Productions

The United Methodist Church

The people of The United Methodist Church are putting our faith in action by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, which is our church’s mission.

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