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Mount Prospect Baptist Church

339 West Black St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 329-2772

Mount Prospect Baptist Church was born in a prayer meeting at a private home in the 1880s. When the group outgrew home meetings, a brush arbor was built in which the first church was organized. Rev. Thomas S. Gilmore was selected as Mount Prospec's first pastor. He would serve as the leader of the church for over 40 years until his death in 1935. W. M. Ambers, A. Hart, and A. Long were the first deacons to be appointed to the church. After the brush arbor, a small frame building was erected on the campus of Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill. The church and the college would enjoy a long and fruitful relationship for over seventy years as each institution grew and prospered. Rev. Gilmore was a staunch supporter of the college and served on its Board of Trustees. The church family provided many years of service to the college and its students, and many college program were held in the church building. Rev. Gilmore was ahead of his time in that he allowed the first woman to pray openly in church, a practice not observed in other churches at the time. In 1900, the church was rebuilt under the leadership of Rev. Gilmore near the site of the present church. The building was destroyed by fire in 1914 and rebuilt in brick a year later. View from outside or call ahead for an appointment. Open on Sundays.