Visiting a new church can be a little scary and overwhelming. We invite you to explore the options below to make your visit something to look forward to.
We are here because of the good news of Jesus Christ.
We are sinners who have been rescued from sin by Jesus Christ. Though we have different backgrounds, ethnicities, opinions, and personalities, we find commonality in the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We gather each week to worship the one true God revealed in the Bible. We're grateful for the privilege He has given us to worship, live, and serve in our local community.
We rely on God's grace to give us true unity to function together as one body in Jesus Christ, submitted to the Word of God, and committed to living that Word out in our daily lives.
Who We Are
At Ashley River we strive for an intentional culture of grace, vibrant worship, and discipleship.
A Culture of Grace
Ashley River seeks to be a community characterized by grace. We pray for and actively strive for grace to permeate every aspect of our church culture. Because we recognize our deep gospel neediness, we are quick to extend grace to those in our church family, to other local churches, and to the people of our community.
A Culture of Vibrant Corporate Worship
Ashley River seeks to be a community characterized by vibrant, full-hearted, participatory, unified, Christ-centered corporate worship. Because we believe that the worship of the gathered church should be corporate, not individual, we see every aspect of worship as an act the entire congregation joins in, rather than observes. We strive to sing, pray, and preach the Word in a way that encourages the participation of the entire congregation in our worship.
A Culture of Discipleship
Ashley River seeks to be a community characterized by disciple-making followers of Jesus. Because we believe that the mission of the church is making disciples of Jesus Christ, we develop intentional relationships for the purpose of encouraging each other to pursue Christ, and we actively pray for and seek out relationships for the purpose of calling others to follow Christ.
What to Expect
Walking into a church for the first time can be intimidating, so we want to help you know what to expect when you visit Ashley River.
We promise not to embarrass you or point you out. If you wish, you can fill out a connection card, and we’ll follow up with you later. You can come knowing you are in the midst of a group of broken people who all need God’s grace.
What to Wear
We have a diversity of people attend our services and are thankful for a congregation with a variety of dress. You'll find anything from very casual jeans and t-shirts to polos and slacks to suits. We encourage you to come as you are.
On Sunday morning at 9:15 am, we come together for Sunday School for all ages, where we learn about God’s Word and its application to all areas of life. Sunday School classes are a great way to build relationships and dig in deep to the life of Ashley River.
We sing a blend of lyrically rich songs both recent and historic. Those of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered that we come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered.
We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body enthusiastically singing praise to God with one voice. Some Sundays we sing with piano, guitar, and drums, while other Sundays find us singing with a choir and orchestra, and other services may use just piano accompaniment.
We are thankful to have a congregation with many children. We encourage all parents to train their children to worship as part of the church. We provide childcare for children up to age 5 during our worship services. Some children remain in the service the entire time, and we welcome their presence.
Format of Service
Our service is intentional in trying to incorporate the Word of God in all that we do. We sing several songs, offer congregational and pastoral prayers to God, hear Scripture read, and give our offerings and tithes. We close each morning worship service with a benediction. After services end, you'll find folks talking over the sermon and events of the past week.
Preaching at Ashley River is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to systematically work through passages of Scripture, declaring the point of a particular Biblical passage, with practical application rooted in the redemptive story of Scripture. Our sermon series regularly alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Meet Our Team
Joshua joined the staff of ARBC in August, 2018. He and his family have enjoyed serving at churches in the Upstate of South Carolina and the Chicago, IL, area. Joshua and his wife Liz have three children—Gracen, Clara Jane, and Joseph. They love hanging out together, exploring new adventures in the Charleston area, and reading good books. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys working outdoors, playing and watching most sports, reading, and spending time with people. He is passionate about the gospel and seeing it impact life on a daily basis.
Pastoral Assistant, Student Ministry
Hoan is passionate about Jesus, theology and coffee. His parents are from Vietnam ... so no one has to ask what kind of Asian he is. :) He is currently studying pastoral ministry at The College at Southeastern. He enjoys sports, reading, cooking, and engaging in theological conversations. Hoan loves seeing people grow in faith as he actively does discipleship and evangelism.
Children’s Ministry & Preschool Director
Lauren is currently serving as the Director of Children and Preschool Ministries at ARBC. She is passionate about equipping parents to raise their children up spiritually and loves working with children. Lauren is humbled by the Lord's presence in her life and so grateful that He allows her to be used within His church. She is also a self-proclaimed movie critic and really enjoys going to the beach with a good book.
What We Believe
We seek to be Word-driven and Christ-centered.
The Word of God governs our life, and we believe the Bible points to Jesus Christ. The Bible is God's written Word—His communication to us of who He is, what He does, and what He expects of us. The Bible alone holds the authoritative answers to the questions of life and eternity.
The written Word is a reflection of the Living Word, Jesus Christ. It is our reliable, sufficient rule for faith and practice.
We seek to be timeless in our message.
Because we believe the gospel is central and that our church life should be governed by the Word of God, we practice expository, Christ-centered preaching. We strive to make our message accessible to everyone, while still preaching the full counsel of God.
Our message is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We seek to share this message compassionately with the hurting to make a difference in our community, while also engaging in committed missions efforts throughout the world.
We hold to historical Baptist distinctives, adhere to the Baptist Faith & Message (2000) and enjoy cooperative gospel efforts with other local churches and ministries.
We seek to be relevant in our vision.
We believe that the Bible is relevant and contains everything we need to face the problems of life today. We are ordinary people who submit to the work of God in our hearts to change us to become more like His Son, Jesus.