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Who Are We?
  The Orangeburg Baptist Tabernacle is a Fundamental, Premillenial, Independent Baptist Church located on the north side of Orangeburg, South Carolina on US Highway 178, one and one quarter miles north of the Wal-Mart Super Center.  Founded in July, 1970 as a soul-winning gospel preaching ministry that reaches out to the community, the Orangeburg Baptist Tabernacle continues its three-fold mission to evangelize the sinner, to edify the saint, and to exalt the Savior to this day. 

  We hold to the fundamentals of the Christian faith as taught in the Word of God.  We believe that salvation is in and through the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone; that a person must come to the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith in order to be born again; that a Christian must die to self and be filled with the Holy Spirit so that he will have the power of God to live a holy life and serve the Lord; that the local church is the manifestation of the Body of Christ in the community in which it is located, and is there to minister the gospel; that Christians are to live holy and separated lives so as to make sinners hungry and thirsty for the Lord Jesus Christ; and that we are to influence the community and the world with the Word of God for the glory of God.  All of our ministries are centered around these themes and principles and have evangelism as their heart.


We use only the King James Version of the Bible in all our services and ministries, believing it is God's preserved, inerrent, infallible Word for English-speaking people, thus rejecting all modern versions as inferior and corrupt.  We hold to the "old paths" of old-time religion, believing that the preaching of the Word of God is the greatest need of saints and sinners alike.     

We use old-fashioned, Spirit-filled, Stamps-Baxter, Southern Gospel style music in our services, believing that music should be lively and speak to the heart and minister to the spirit, not appeal to and feed the carnal nature of man.  We believe that the Bible is the final authority for faith and life, and therefore we should allow the Holy Spirit to use the Word of God to change us, instead of us changing the Word of God. 


If this is the type of church you are looking for in the Orangeburg area, then come and visit us in one of our services or activities, or tune in one of our radio broadcasts, so you can see and hear what we are all about.  It will be our honor to have you with us.  Until then, may the Lord richly bless you as you seek Him.


Church History
  The Orangeburg Baptist Tabernacle was founded in July, 1970 by concerned Christians who desired to have a fundamental evangelistic Baptist church in the Orangeburg Area.  These people held prayer meetings in homes prior to the birth of this church, seeking and asking God direction concerning the starting of this ministry.   

Shortly after organizing the church, the congregation called Ronald Presley to be its first pastor.  Under his leadership the church met at Wade Hampton Academy until the present location on US Highway 178 was secured and the first auditorium was erected.  The congregation soon outgrew this building and began building the present auditorium, which was completed in 1974 and occupied shortly thereafter.  Educational facilities were built behind the current auditorium in 1980 to accommodate Sunday School classes and Christian education ministry.   
From the organizing of the church to this present time, under the leadership of its pastors, Ronald Presley, Mike Johns, John Hill, Bud Hunter, and its present pastor, Thomas Brookshire, the Orangeburg Baptist Tabernacle has continued in its purpose to evangelize sinners, edify saints, and to exalt the Savior through a solid Bible preaching and teaching ministry that emphasizes evangelism both at home and abroad.  The goal of the church is to continue in these paths and purpose until Jesus comes.

Pastoral Staff


Thomas R. Brookshire, Pastor
Dr. Bud Hunter, Pastor Emeritus
Lee Howze, Assitant Pastor