What We Believe


The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God written by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The Bible is the road map to Heaven. ( 2 Peter 2:20-21, Acts 4:12)

Jesus is God

There is one God who is Infinite in Power, Holy in Nature, Attributes and Purposes: Omniscient and Omnipresent. Jesus was both human and divine and in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Col 2:9) He was revealed to us in His comforting grace, which never leaves those who trust Him. 

Gospel Message

We believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He ascended on High, sent the Comforter, which is the Spirit of Truth that was poured out at Jerusalem over 2000 years ago (Acts 2:1-4) and is still filling hearts of those who diligently seek Him today. 


We believe and practice baptism in water by immersion in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38, John 3:5)

Holy Ghost 

We believe in receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues (languages) as the Spirit gives utterance (ability to speak). This experience along with water baptism in Jesus' name constitutes the new birth. (Acts 2:4, John 3:5)


We believe in living a holy (sanctified) life, Divine Healing, Communion and Feet Washing, and the Glorious Resurrection ( the Rapture) of the saints when Jesus returns in the clouds of glory to take His people to Heaven. 

Our History

“For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” I Cor. 3:9. Lively Stone Temple has stood the test of time in this generation. The Word of God said in the book of Acts, Chapter 5, and “If this work be of men, it will come to naught.” As a result of these studies, souls were baptized in Jesus’ Name according to Acts 2:8.

The name “Lively Stone” comes from the verse, I Peter 2:5, “Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Being inspired by God, Elder Raul C. Bradley established a church in the Cross Swamp section of Islandton. In late 1976, other buildings and locations were sought, but God chose a little old corn house for His Spirit to dwell in. Therefore, Elder Bradley and Deacon Argailious Harley began the task of making the little corn house a place of worship. D/E Nelson Thompson and his assistant, Elder Richard Harris joined them later. God allowed D/E Nelson to contribute faithfully before going to sleep a few weeks after opening services. Lively Stone was a member of the Eastern and Southern States Council of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.

Since the inception in 1976, many things have occurred at Lively Stone Temple. The little corn house was remodeled twice, and the Lord continued to bless and add to the church. Therefore, more space was needed. God confirmed the building of a new edifice by Deacon Horace Mole. Consequently, in June of 1982, Elder John T. Leslie dedicated the new Lively Stone Temple. Later that year, Elder Paul M. Capers became Assistant Pastor. The little corn house was also remodeled a third time to be used as a dining hall.

In September 1983, the Atlantic States Council was born at Lively Stone Temple. Bishop Robert L. Little was the first Diocesan Bishop followed by Bishop Jester Purnell and Bishop Nemiah Smith. Bishop Nemiah Smith remained the Council Bishop of the Atlantic States Council and Bishop J.E. Moore, the Diocesan Bishop for the state of South Carolina until 2007.

In December of 1988 Lively Stone Temple’s first radio broadcast was aired on WPOG 1080 AM in Walterboro. God continued to bless and in June of 1990 we had our Mortgage Burning Ceremony. This was a glorious occasion!

Elder Paul M. Capers was elevated to Pastor on September 22, 1995. In 1996, he became Vice Chairman of the Atlantic States Council and District Elder for the State of South Carolina. On June 21, 1996, District Elder Capers was elected chairman of the Atlantic States Council. God has blessed Lively Stone Temple with a ministerial staff of ten members, nine trustees, eight Holy Ghost filled deacons and a membership of approximately 160 members.

The Lord continued to bless and allowed us to begin and complete an 11,019 square foot addition. On August 18, 1996, D/E Reynard Pulliam was the keynote speaker for the Ground Breaking Service. This new addition includes a commercial kitchen, a modern dining room, Sunday School classrooms, offices, restroom facilities, and other amenities. Bishop J.E. Moore dedicated this new addition in 1997.

God allowed us to expand Lively Stone Temple Apostolic Ministries in Columbia, South Carolina with souls to be saved and a building being utilized to feed God’s people. Jurisdictional Bishop James Mack is the pastor of this assembly and Episcopal Bishop Paul M. Capers is the Corporate Pastor. In the year 2000, the Lord blessed Elder Talmadge L. Wiggins and Minister Iva R. Capers to begin holding bible classes in the Bamberg area. Consequently, bible classes were being taught on Wednesday nights by Elder Wiggins. Elder Donald Danner also teaches a bible class in the Williston area. Though many have come and gone, the Lord is adding to the church daily such as should be saved. The Lord saw the need for souls in the Bamberg area. In 2001, as Elder Wiggins continued holding a bible class on Wednesday nights, souls were saved and the need became evident for these souls to have a church home. A building was secured and Elder Wiggins was assigned Pastor to Lively Stone Temple of Bamberg. God is still blessing!

As of 2001, the building in which Pastor Mack was having services, now belonged to LST. Negotiations were settled and the building was purchased. We can truly say that God has blessed Lively Stone Temple Ministries under the competent leadership of Jurisdictional Bishop Paul M. Capers. He was elevated to Jurisdictional Bishop at the PCAF National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida in July of 2001.

In August 2002, Jurisdictional Bishop Paul M. Capers was ordained at the PCAF National Convention in Birmingham, Alabama. Two vans were purchased, one for Columbia and one for LST of Bamberg. We thank God for all that He has done and is going to do in helping us to continue Kingdom building. He is a mighty God!

In 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida, during the PCAF National Convention, Bishop Capers was elevated to the position of Diocesan Bishop of South Carolina. In 2007, Bishop Capers was ordained Episcopal Bishop. God has kept him and has prepared him for such a time as this, to lead his people.

In 2008, God blessed D/E James Mack to be elevated to Jurisdictional Bishop Elect. Bishop Paul M. Capers was nominated and voted in to be the Assistant General Secretary of the PCAF Association, Inc. D/E Talmadge L. Wiggins was voted back in office as the Atlantic States Council Chairman for four more years. 

In 2019, Lively Stone Temple become one of the founding churches of the newly formed; Christian Apostolic Fellowship of Churches International,Inc. Our senior pastor, Bishop Paul M. Capers is the presiding Bishop of this organization. Bishop T.L. Wiggins is the assistant presider and general secretary. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to fulfill the mandate given in scripture by the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in St. Mark 16:15      ( And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.) Lively Stone Temple Apostolic Ministries has been restructured as one church in four locations to meet the dying needs of souls locally and globally. 

LST Islandton
  • Islandton
  • 1406 Lively Stone Rd.
  • Islandton, SC
  • 29929
LST Columbia
  • Columbia
  • 51 Berkshire Dr.
  • Columbia, SC
  • 29223

LST Bamberg
  • Bamberg
  • 633 Orange Grove Rd.
  • Bamberg, SC 
  • 29003
LST Ridgeland
  • Ridgeland
  • 3021 Wagon Branch Loop
  • Ridgeland, SC
  • 29936

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