The underpinnings of SCBMA began in 1954 when Dr. Percy Bethea donated 146 acres in Darlington County to be developed as a retirement home for retired pastors, missionaries, ministry families and lay persons who served the Lord. Bethea Baptist Retirement Community was opened in 1968. In 1985 Ms. Martha Franks, a retired Southern Baptist missionary to China donated an antebellum estate in mid-town Laurens SC on 50 acres with a small lake for the same purpose that became Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community.
SC Baptist Ministries for the Aging was established as a non-profit corporation in 1994. Currently we provide housing for over 300 seniors; with approximately 85% proclaimed Southern Baptists, in our retirement communities and have expanded our service throughout the state with the Baptist Senior Resource Ministry call line.