Bible Way Church of Atlas Road was originally established as the Bible Way Church of Arthurtown, with a membership consisting of 13 adults and their children. Services were held in a small church building affectionately known as “The Little Red Church.”
On January 22, 1966, the “Little Red Church” was completely destroyed by fire. Though devastated, the faith of this congregation never wavered, and they prayed for a new location. Doors were opened making it possible for them to hold Sunday morning services in the auditorium of the Atlas Road Elementary School (now the C.R. Neal Dream Center ). The church members purchased property directly across the street from the elementary school in March 1967.
On October 8, 1967, they marched into their first new sanctuary. On November 5, 1967, the church was dedicated, consecrated and thereafter called the Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. From these humble beginnings grew a ministry which reaches thousands of people weekly.
Bishop Jackson envisioned the church as a force for good that extended past the Sunday worship hour. Under his leadership, the church established programs to minister to young people, senior citizens, those in poverty, and those who simply needed a helping hand.
Through his sermons Bishop Jackson applied biblical lessons to everyday life. In the early 1970′s, Bible Way Church of Atlas Road was one of the first churches to broadcast its services on local radio.
Upon his death in September 2006, Bishop Jackson was remembered as one who “was always working, always leading, having a vision for the community, having a heart for the people”.
Darrell Jackson, Sr. served as co-pastor under Bishop Jackson for several years. Upon Bishop Jackson’s retirement in 1996, he assumed the role as Senior Pastor of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. Since that time, God has continued to manifest Himself in a most anointed way, touching thousands of lives weekly. As of October 2012, membership at Bible Way was over 13,012.
In October 2006, Bible Way Church of Atlas Road purchased 106+ acres in southeast Columbia (South Carolina). This mixed use development project, Congaree Pointe, highlights a tremendous economic endeavor for faith based institutions. It is solely a project between the church and private industry. While not the first project of this nature, it is certainly one of the few and most comprehensive!
Also in 2006, Dr. John Vaughn, founder of the Church Growth Today at the Center for the Study of Growing Churches, named Bible Way Church of Atlas Road as one of the 50 most influential churches in the United States ! Bible Way was recognized for its consistently high number of congregants and its relationship with the community. This honor is a true testament to our commitment to continue striving to win souls for Christ!