ABOUT US

Since 1892, Connie Maxwell Ministries has provided hope for South Carolina’s children and families in need. Established as a ministry of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Connie Maxwell has positively impacted thousands of individuals throughout our long history. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

ABOUT US

Since 1892, Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries has provided hope for South Carolina’s children and families in need. Established as a ministry of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Connie Maxwell has positively impacted thousands of individuals throughout our long history. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

OUR PURPOSE

To make a child’s brightest future possible again.

The children who come to Connie Maxwell are in the midst of the most painful and confusing times of their lives through no fault of their own. Out of that comes a lack of hope, trust, and faith. We work to restore their faith in family, themselves, and God and all that He can do to make their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for their future possible again.

OUR PURPOSE

To make a child’s brightest future possible again.

The kids who come to Connie Maxwell are in the midst of the most painful and confusing times of their lives through no fault of their own – and out of that comes a lack of hope, trust, and faith. We work to restore their faith in family, themselves, and in God and all that He can do to make their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for their future possible again.

OUR PURPOSE

To make a child’s brightest futures possible again.

The children who come to Connie Maxwell are in the midst of the most painful and confusing times of their lives through no fault of their own. Out of that comes a lack of hope, trust, and faith. We work to restore their faith in family, themselves, and God and all that He can do to make their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for their future possible again.

OUR MISSION

Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries exists to restore the Faith, Family, and Future of vulnerable children and families through Christian services that emphasize ministry and healing.

Our History

1888

1888

From Tragedy, Hope Emerged for Future Generations of Children “Nearly a hundred children [are] pleading for admission.” This was the statement made by Dr. William P. Jacobs, who ran a…

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1900

1900

New Superintendent Dr. A.T. Jamison served as the second superintendent of Connie Maxwell from 1900-1946. He has the distinction of serving the longest term as director—46 years. He also served…

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1915

1915

The Arrival of Sam M. Smith November 24, 1915, Samuel M. Smith arrived on campus. He was the 752nd child admitted into care at Connie Maxwell Orphanage. He was 10…

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1927

1927

The Great Depression Conditions at the children’s home improved when it was incorporated into the Greenwood City limits in 1927. Some of the benefits included: better electrical service, paved roads,…

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1936

1936

Alumni Pay Tribute During 1936, there was an average of 21 children per cottage. The Ezell Gymnasium was completed in 1938 with funds provided through the bequest of the late…

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1946

1946

New Leadership On July 1, 1946, Dr. A.T. Jamison retired and turned the reins over to Dr. Sam M. Smith, who had served for 16 years as his assistant. Dr….

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1955

1955

God’s Acre Plan Peak Year God’s Acre Plan experienced a peak year, with more than 1,600,000 pounds of corn, hay, and produce worth an estimated $20,000. The Ezell Gymnasium burned in…

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1967

1967

75 Year Anniversary 1967 marked the 75th anniversary of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. During that time, the children’s home grew from one cottage to 22 cottages, 12 service buildings, and…

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1976

1976

New President In the spring of 1976, the Board of Trustees elected John Murdoch as president of Connie Maxwell, replacing Dr. Sam Smith who retired that same year. Dr. Murdoch…

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1980

1980

Connie Maxwell Adds Satellite Locations In 1980, Connie Maxwell opened a satellite location in Greenville called the Earl Street Group Home for Girls. In 1981, Connie Maxwell acquired the Pee…

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1996

1996

Marie Younts Girl’s Home In 1996, the Earle Street Home for Girls relocated to Mauldin and was renamed the Marie Younts Girl’s Home. In 1997, Polly Davis, wife of Connie…

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2000

2000

Connie Maxwell Christmas Connie Maxwell Christmas started as a way to thank the Greenwood community and supporters of Connie Maxwell. The event has grown in popularity, with more than 20,000…

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2004

2004

Adams Campus Adams Campus, a crisis shelter for boys and girls, was opened in Chesterfield in 2004. It was named the Adams Campus in honor of Paul Adams, a supporter…

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2012

2012

Alumni Village Completed In 2012, the final phase of the Alumni Village at OASIS was completed. This project was adopted by the Alumni Association in 2000 and occurred in three…

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2017

2017

125 Anniversary Candlelight Tour In March 2017, Connie Maxwell held its first Candlelight Tour, in honor of our 125th anniversary. Guests on this guided walking tour watched six reenactments, which…

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