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This story of Bethlehem United Methodist Church is compiled with much love and deep appreciation of those earlier dedicated Methodists who organized this Church and of those (including early church historians, newspaper editors, archives and courthouse employees) who shared information that is being used by the authors to write this revised version of her history.

While researching and recording this history, we discovered numerous church land conveyances, newspaper articles, 1878-1928 history of the Woman's Missionary Society of Bethlehem, other data that had not been recorded in prior histories, and numerous bits of information about events that occurred during 1990-2008. We have strived to present records as they were originally written.

We are deeply saddened at the death of one of our authors/researchers Dr. John Kelley Segars, Ph.D in educational psychology, who died October 30, 2008. Even though he was battling cancer, John shared numerous hours of research, designed a database into which he entered much data, and wrote the article Recollections of James Jenkins to help compile this history of his beloved Church.

It is now our pleasure to share with you an exciting history of BETHLEHEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, BISHOPVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA.

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Bishopville, South Carolina


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History of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Bishopville, South Carolina, circa 1814-2008