About

What We Believe

As a church, we are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ as our highest authority as expressed in his inerrant Word, the Bible. We seek to live under his governance with joyful submission to him as our King. Below are three guiding documents for our church. The statement of faith expresses a summary of the Bible’s most fundamental teachings. The church covenant expresses how we seek to live in community together, and the church constitution details how we are governed.

Our History

LOOKING AT THE PAST WITH OUR EYES ON THE FUTURE

A short time before the Revolutionary War, settlers began to find and relocate to these beautiful rolling hills soon to be named Spartanburg County in South Carolina along a beautiful stream of water that they named Abner Creek. Many of these settlers came from the Providence of Holland in the Netherlands to Pennsylvania and gradually moved down through VA, NC and into South Carolina to this wonderful place to be known as Abner Creek.

By 1804 there were enough people to organize a church called Green Pond. After about 20 years, some influential members of the church decided to move the church about 8 miles away beyond the town of Reidville. The mode of travel then was by horse and buggy, wagon, or walking. After a few years, many of the people of the Abner Creek area decided that was just too far to go with such a poor method of travel on those hot or cold, windy days. 

William and Sarah Hendrix who had built a log cabin home and obtained several land grants in the Abner Creek area invited their neighbors into their home for the purpose of organizing a church of their own so they would not have to travel so far and could attend more regularly. There were not many houses and they were far apart. After meeting several times, 21 people thought it was an excellent idea and committed to supporting the church and became charter members. Thus Abner Creek Baptist Church was born on September 26, 1832!

*The Hendrix Log Cabin where the church was organized now sits on the church property.*

The beginning years proved to be difficult and by 1855 some men became discouraged and began to talk about closing the church. A group of ladies asked the men to leave the church open so they could come and pray for the church. Their prayers began to be answered. Rev. Lud Vaughn led an August 1856 Spirit Led Revival and 46 accepted Christ. The spirit of the revival did not end there as more members were added each month. By God’s faithfulness, the church continued to grow and has been sustained to present day.

Leadership & Staff

Staff

Donald Thomas

Elder / Senior Pastor

Donald has served at Abner Creek since 2019. He is a graduate of North Greenville University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married with four children. He is passionate about expositional preaching that proclaims the excellencies of Jesus Christ over all things.

Will Cleland

Elder / Associate Pastor

Will has served at Abner Creek since 2021. He is a graduate of Covenant College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married and has two children. Will oversees many responsibilities including primarily our family discipleship ministries.

Amy Baker

Ministry Assitant

Amy has served in her position since 2010. While she serves faithfully at Abner Creek, she and her family are members of Washington Baptist Church.

Melissa Brinck

Interim Director of Music Ministries

Melissa has been a member of Abner Creek since 2017. She is married and has two children.

Lay Elders

Buddy Hall

Elder

Steve Fisher

Elder

Scotty Stone

Elder