HISTORY OF THE CHURCH USHERS INTERDENOMINATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA (CUIASC)
The Church Ushers Interdenominational Association of South Carolina was organized on June 17, 1994 by Bro. Frank Hastie Jr. The Charleston area was organized under the leadership of Bro. Hilton Washington and Sis. Rose B. Washington. The Sumter area was organized under the leadership of Bro. Eddie Brown and Bro. Calvin Hastie.
South Carolina joined the national body of NUCUAA, Inc. on August 1, 1994 at the 74th Convention which was held in Detroit, Michigan. At that time, CUIASC had seven member churches. Four South Carolina delegates attended the Convention: Bro. Frank Hastie Jr., Bro. Hilton Washington, Sis. Rose Washington, and Bro. Calvin Hastie.
The South Carolina chapter held their first state convention on June 9-10, 1995 at First Baptist Missionary Church in Sumter with nineteen churches in attendance. Officers were elected and installed at this convention. The founder, Bro. Frank Hastie Jr., was elected President. Also in attendance at the first convention were: the National President, Bro. William J. Minnifield; First Lady, Sis. Oni-Oluremi-Minnifield and the National Secretary, Sis. Margery Pace.
The 2nd State Convention was held on June 7-8, 1996 at the Holiday Inn in Summerville. The host church was New Hope Baptist Church (Charleston, SC) where Rev. Mark A. Gadsdell served as pastor. By the 2nd State Convention, twenty-eight churches had joined CUIASC. When the 1996 National Convention was held in New Orleans, forty delegates from South Carolina were in attendance.
Since that time, CUIASC has been represented at both the Southern Regional and the National Conventions. In 1998, our junior contestant, Ms. Tamara Washington, won at the Southern Regional for the Essay competition. She then went on to Detroit and won 2nd place at the National Convention and received a $4,000 scholarship.
At the 4th State Convention, Bro. Eddie Brown was elected president of CUIASC. In the year 2000, he was the first member from South Carolina elected to serve on the National Board of Directors and he continues to serve in that capacity. Also, Bro. Hilton Washington was elected to serve as the Sergeant-of-Arms and Bro. Calvin Hastie was elected to serve on the Election Committee. Also, CUIASC has been blessed with other members working and serving on various committees at the regional and well as the national levels.
In 2006, CUIASC elected Bro. Glenn Abraham of St. Peters AME Church (Charleston, SC) to serve as president of our chapter. Unfortunately, due to illness, he was unable to continue to serve in that capacity and Bro. Eddie Brown was reinstated as president. Currently, there are seventeen churches who maintain membership in CUIASC.
The ushers in South Carolina are planting (Church Ushers Ministries), are watering (witnessing), and are receiving rewards (blessings).