Dr. Harold Sightler, Tabernacle Baptist Church; Greenville, SC

Harold B. Sightler 1914 - 1995

Founder The Bright Spot Hour Radio Broadcast January, 1943
Dr. Harold B. Sightler, Founder of Tabernacle Baptist Church, July 20, 1952 (through September 27, 1995)
Founder of Mission Program, in 2010, supporting over 350 Missionaries, SC, 1953
Founder Tabernacle Baptist Children's Home 1961
Founder Tabernacle Baptist Bible College 1963
WTBI (91.5 FM & 1540 AM) Radio Station

"The church should not have a missionary society; it should be a missionary society. * * * * * When I walk through the Eastern Gate, I want to be able to hold my head up...look Jesus Christ my Lord in the face and declare that I remained true, by saying, 'I yet believe the Book. I yet believe in Jesus. I yet believe in the church.' ""

Harold Bennett Sightler was born May 15, 1914 in the lower part of his beloved South Carolina-the state where he lived his whole 81 years and ministered faithfully 55 of those years.

He often preached on the importance of Christian training in a child's life and praised God for his own Bible-believing heritage: "Among my earliest recollections is an old grandmother with God's Word in her lap reading the story of Jesus and His love."

After brief pastorates in Mauldin and Pelham, South Carolina, he founded the Tabernacle Baptist Church on White Horse Road in Greenville in 1952 and was the pastor for 42 years and 2 months until his death in September of 1995.

During his years at Tabernacle, Dr. Sightler founded a children's home, the Tabernacle Baptist Bible College, a Christian school, the Helen Grace Sightler Widow's Apartments, a day-care center, and two radio stations. The church gives $10,000 per week to foreign missions.

In addition to preaching at Tabernacle, Dr. Sightler held revival meetings nationally and international. From 1948 to 1984 he preached an average of 40 revivals per year.

In 1943 he founded his daily radio ministry, the Bright Spot Hour, which is still heard on 45 radio stations across America.

He was an author from whose pen had come more than 70 books and booklets, including 11 Bible commentaries. A pioneer of independent Baptists in the Carolinas, he was highly respected with independent Baptists nationwide.

Dr. Sightler was a prince of preachers, with a resonant voice in a deep southern accent pronouncing unflinching, uncompromising truths and at the same time presenting God's grace with eloquent pathos. He was a courageous, devoted servant of Christ, an unrelenting advocate for the King James Bible and independent Baptist fundamentalism.

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Dr. Harold B. SightlerPsalm 78:19: Can God Furnish a Table in the Wilderness?— God Can! —

Dr. Harold B. Sightler Marker Photo, Click for full sizeBy Brian Scott, August 29, 2009

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Inscription.Interchange Named in Honor ofDr. Harold B. Sightler1914-1995Founder of:Tabernacle Baptist Church1952-1995

Christian SchoolsChildren's HomeBaptist CollegeTabernacle Baptist Missions InternationalWTBI AM & FM----------•----------Champion of Old Time Religion

Location. 34° 49.817′ N, 82° 26.767′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on White Horse Road (U.S. 25) south of Old Easley Bridge Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29611, United States of America.

Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. General Store (approx. 1.5 miles away); Sterling High School (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Sterling High School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Working Benevolent Society Hospital (approx. 2 miles away); Allen Temple AME Church Bell (approx. 2.3 miles away); Cigar Factory (approx. 2.3 miles away); Trains (approx. 2.4 miles away); Furman University (approx. 2.5 miles away); Alliance Cotton Warehouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mills & McBayer Cotton Warehouse (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.

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Dr. Harold B. Sightler Marker Photo, Click for full sizeBy Brian Scott, August 29, 2009

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1. Harold B. Sightler. Harold Bennett Sightler was born May 15, 1914 in the lower part of his beloved South Carolina-the state where he lived his whole 81 years and ministered faithfully 55 of those years. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Greenville, South Carolina.)2. Harold B. Sightler. Dr Harold B. Sightler is Founder of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Christian School, College, Children's Home and Widows Homes in Greenville, SC, United States. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Greenville, South Carolina.)3. Tabernacle Baptist College. Tabernacle Baptist College is an independent, fundamental, Baptist college in Greenville, South Carolina, offering undergraduate degrees in Bible and Elementary Education among others. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Greenville, South Carolina.)4. Tabernacle Ministries: Greenville, SC. The Tabernacle Ministries Web Site is a Ministry of Tabernacle Baptist Church, located in Greenville, South Carolina of the United States. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Greenville, South Carolina.)

Additional comments.1. About Dr. Harold B. SightlerDr. Sightler was born in St. George, South Carolina on May 15, 1914. He was converted at age 12 or 13 at East Park Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina.


Dr. Harold B. Sightler Marker Photo, Click for full sizeBy Brian Scott, August 29, 2009

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Sightler has often said that Paul's admonition to Timothy to make full proof of his ministry was a lifelong responsibility. Dr. Sightler has been doing that since his surrender to preach in 1940. from his first revival meeting held on the front lawn of a dear saint of God's home to revival meetings each week, year after year, he has been making full proof of his ministry.

In 1943, he started The Bright Spot Hour radio broadcast on area stations as a cost of $24.00 per week. Today, God has allowed The Bright Spot Hour to be heard on five continents at costs of $25,000.00 per month. In 1951, tragedy struck. A fatal automobile accident took the life of his oldest daughter and threatened the lives of his wife and baby girl. It was out of this tragedy that God led him to start Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1952. By 1957, the church had over 1,200 members and at this time erected one of the largest Baptist church auditoriums in South Carolina with a seating capacity of 1,500.

Following his leadership, the church started a Christian day school in 1960, a children's home in 1963, a Baptist institute in 1963, a bible college in 1975 and a place where some of the church widows could stay in 1982. Throughout the years, the missions outreach of tabernacle has been its life's blood. Supporting some 400 missionaries, the mission budget for home and foreign missions exceeds $1,000.00

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per day above its other ministries.

As the oldest Baptist pastor in continuous service in Greenville county, this "Prince of Preachers" continues to make full proof of his ministry for his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. (Source: Great Preaching on Comfort, Vol. 16 by Curtis Hutson (2000) pg 28.) — Submitted November 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Greenville, South Carolina.

Credits. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Greenville, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 148 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Greenville, South Carolina.

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Tributes to Dr. Sightler by State of South Carolina
Dr. Ben Carper

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Dr. Ben Carper joined his mother at Elizabeth Carper Real Estate in 1995 after completing a real estate course at The Wyatt Institute of Real Estate. Dr. Carper then became a licensed South Carolina agent.


Licensed: South Carolina Real Estate Sales

Member: National Association of REALTORS ®

Member: South Carolina Association of REALTORS ®

Member: Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS ®

Diploma: Tabernacle Christian School

Bachelor of Theology Degree: Tabernacle Baptist Bible College

Master of Biblical Psychology Degree: The American Baptist College and Seminary

Doctor of Divinity Degree: Tabernacle Baptist Bible College

Ben Carper was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and has spent his entire life there. He was born again in 1971 when his mother led him to Christ one Saturday afternoon.

The Lord began dealing with him about preaching the gospel in 1981 and in the fall of that year, he surrendered his life to the ministry. He began the Seeking the Lost radio broadcast in February of 1982 and maintained that broadcast until 1991.

In 1983, his late grandfather, Dr. Harold B. Sightler, introduced him to the Bright Spot Hour audience and he began speaking more often on his grandfathers broadcast. In December of 1994, at the age of 29, the entire operation of the Bright Spot Hour was turned over to Brother Carper.

The Bright Spot Hour

In July of 1986, he married the former Judy Lynn Nicholson of Brevard, North Carolina. They met while she was in college at Tabernacle in Greenville and have made their home in the area. They have two children, Carolyn Eve and Logan Henry.

Revival meetings and Bible conferences have been a major part of Brother Carper's life. He began holding meetings in 1983 and has done so since, averaging 48 meetings per year. He has preached from Alaska to Florida, but primarily receiving wide circulation in the South.

He spent fourteen years on the staff at Tabernacle, working under his grandfathers supervision, nine years on the High School faculty and eight years teaching the Bible College.

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