Royal Missionary Baptist Church was organized under the leadership of its first pastor, Reverend Handy Washington, in the home of Sister Brooks. The homestead was utilized until a few faithful members, Deacon Allen Ancrum, Sister Sofie Ancrum, Deacon Samuel Ancrum, Sister Isabella Ancrum, Deacon LaRoche, Deacon Thomas Jenkins, Sister Lucille Jenkins (Mother of the Church), Deacon and Sister Allen Prioleau, Sr., Brother and Sister John Middleton, Sister Mary Jenkins, Sister Hattie Mae Wilson, Brother Willis Telfare, Sister Grace Telfare, Sister Eliza Howell, Sister Sarah Bones Pryor, and Sister Nellie Grant, with the aid of the Lord, built a mansion in Burton Quarters. This location was used for several years until the site for a new sanctuary was purchased. Sister Elizabeth Middleton and Nellie Grant, and Mary Jenkins were elected to make the purchase of the Pearson Street Property.
After the death of Reverend Washington, the Reverend E. Tobin was called to pastor the flock of Royal Baptist in 1937. He served for five (5) years before the helm was turned over to Reverend N. E. Nathaniel who served for three (3) years.
In 1947, Reverend D. A. Brown became the fourth Shepherd and under his leadership, the church began to prosper. The congregation began to expand and the church's first sanctuary was built on Pearson Street. The building served as the primary home of Royal Baptist until 2003. Reverend D. A. Brown was called home and the church was left without a pastor for one year.
After this brief period, the church received a great warrior in Christ when Reverend M. S. Brown was sent to lead Royal. Under his direct leadership, four deacons were ordained, several organizations were added, and a parsonage was constructed along with an educational building. Reverend Brown served faithfully for six (6) years before deciding to return to Savannah, Georgia to pastor St. John Baptist Church. A memorial was placed on the wall of the Pearson Street church building as a remembrance of his dedicated service.
In 1970, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Reverend W. F. Davenport, by way of Louisiana, was sent to shepherd the flock of Royal Missionary Baptist Church. Within the first two years, the church underwent renovations with the front of the Pearson Street Church being extended, new restrooms were added, the church was bricked in, and new pews were purchased for the sanctuary. In 1979, a new central air and heating and a new steeple were acquired. Also during his time as pastor, a marquis and iron rail were designed and installed in from of the Pearson Sanctuary. In August of 1985, Reverend Davenport resigned from Royal.
In late 1985, Reverend Gerald Gilliard answered the call and became the seventh pastor of Royal Baptist Church. During his two year pastorate, a new p. a. system was put in, a minister and a deacon were ordained, and the current tithe envelope system was established.
In February 1989, a new vision and a new pastor were sent to Royal. Reverend Leroy Bowers brought revitalization to the Church. Membership increased immensely, new organizations such as the Nurses Unit and the Teen Choir were established, and an assistant chairperson positions were added to the Deacon and Trustee Boards. Because of the new growth, plans for renovation of the church were in progress and additional parking was being prepared. Reverend Bowers served as our leader for three years.
For another brief period of time, Royal was left without a pastor but during the search, the Works of Christ continued with the dedication of the renovations of the Church and the new Education Wing.
Through patience, love and prayer, God sent us our current Shepherd, Reverend Isaac J. Holt, Jr. Reverend Holt accepted the call to serve in March of 1993 and was installed as our pastor on May 2, 1993. Under his leadership and guidance, the revitalization of the past had been extended and he led the Church into the twenty first century.
Royal Missionary has grown by leaps and bounds, not just numerically but spiritually, and has amassed numerous blessings under Reverend Holt's direction. Becuase of the multitude of new members and servants of the Lord, it became necessary to add an early morning service at 8:15 along with the 11:00 service time. Also because of increased masses, a new sanctuary was needed to house the numerous blessings bestowed upon our great church.
On August 11, 2003, Royal held its ground breaking ceremony for the construction of our current edifice located at 4761 Luella Street in the Liberty Hill section of North Charleston. The sanctuary was dedicated on December 5, 2004 and is within a few yards of the old Pearson sanctuary now referred to as building two which is utilized for Children's Church, Ministry Classes, fellowship functions and special events or meetings.
There also has been an addition of a third building that serves as a resource center.
Pastor Holt has guided Royal on a path of success and through his faith and vision, we have burned two mortgages during his pastorate. The Pearson sanctuary in July of 1999 and the burning of the $2.8 million mortgage on our current sanctuary on November 8, 2008.
Jesus said, "upon this rock, I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." The Royal Missionary Baptist Church is built on a firm foundation of humble beginnings that prevails under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Power of Jesus Christ. Whatever our historical background has been, whatever our progress may be, whatever the future accomplishments achieved, as we move from the vision of one generation to the vision of the next, we will, through God's guidance constantly keep our adopted motto before us...."The Church where Everybody is Somebody But Christ is Essential."