Columbia’s former YMCA building has an afterlife with First Baptist

From The State

Long before First Baptist Church bought downtown Columbia’s YMCA building in 2015, Wendell Estep says there was a connection between his church and the Sumter Street building.

“When this building was dedicated, Woodrow Wilson came and participated,” Estep, First Baptist’s pastor, said Friday inside the renovated building. “But the weather wasn’t good, so they held the ceremony in our historic chapel.”

The building — which First Baptist bought and renovated for $6 million — has shared a city block with the church’s campus in downtown Columbia for more than 100 years.