Mike Darby, Director

223 E. Benson St. Anderson, SC 29624
(864) 224-8088

Our Mission

The Wilmary’s ministry purpose is to serve as a nonprofit outreach of First Baptist Church.  Our mission is to provide safe, secure, and affordable independent living quarters for the senior citizens of our church and community.


The Wilmary apartment building was purchased by the First Baptist Church Housing Ministry Corporation in 1986.  First Baptist Church is not in the real estate business.

The governing authority of the Wilmary building is a Board of Trustees composed of eight First Baptist Church members and one ex-officio member.  Daily management is provided by the building director.  A night manager lives in the building.

No federal funds are involved in any fashion with the ownership of the Wilmary, and there are no restrictions as to the ministry activities for which this building can be used.

The Wilmary is self-supporting and its expenses are not included in the budget of First Baptist Church.  Donations from outside sources to assist in on-going renovations are appreciated.

Apartment rents begin at $365 (now 375)  per month for efficiency units, and include utilities (water, electricity, heating and cooling).  Each apartment has a private bath and a kitchen with refrigerator.  No smoking is allowed in the building.  A coin operated (now self serve) laundry is provided inside the building.  Apartments are pre-wired for telephone and cable services.

Description of the Wilmary building

The building is constructed of brick and masonry and has two interior emergency stairways.  The structure has 8 floors containing 14 one-bedroom apartments, 2 penthouse apartments, and 32 efficiency apartments.  The floors are constructed of concrete and steel, and have built-in radiant heating.  Seven levels are accessible from the elevator, and every floor has an electric stairglide.  In case of power failure, the stairglides and the elevator are equipped with a backup generator.  Common areas are monitored by video cameras. 

Renovation Program

The building has been fully renovated, and upgrades continue as apartments become vacant.  All apartment windows have been replaced with insulating glass. The elevator has been replaced.  Every window air conditioner has been replaced.  A monitored fire alarm system has been installed.  The water heater has a storage tank and a circulating pump to keep hot water constantly available on all floors. The radiant heating system has been retrofitted with a new boiler.

Sharing the Vision

How can you, your Sunday School Class, or your Missions organizations help? 

The Housing Ministry’s vision is transforming the Wilmary into the best building that it can be, and making it a resource to be shared with individuals and groups for First Baptist Church activities. Keep in mind that the ultimate goal of the ministry is to minister to our senior adults in need of independent living.  It is hoped that many people will want to share in the vision.


  • Inform others who may need this kind of living arrangement.
  • Teach a Bible study class for residents · Transport residents to doctor appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.
  • Help with newsletter for residents
  • Become a member of our first team volunteers · Donate books, furniture, clothing, or food · Make a monetary donation · Adopt a resident


  • Accept a major need as a group project · Lead activities for residents once a month · Plan and conduct social activities such as picnics, parties · Help conduct fund raisers for renovation · Renovate a room · Adopt a “grandparent”