Obadiah Dugan street preaching from the 'Gospel Wagon'
in 1904, Charleston, South Carolina

Obadiah Dugan street preaching from the 'Gospel Wagon'

The Star Gospel Mission

The story of how the Mission got its name is one that gives it a strong identity with Charleston. It was established in the old Star Vaudeville Theater which was closed by the city fathers because of the undesirable element associated with it.

Obadiah Dugan founded the Mission after petitioning the mayor to let him use the old Star Theater as a shelter for homeless people. Following a dramatic religious conversion, Dugan determined that he would devote the rest of his life to serving people who needed spiritual, psychological and physical help. He made arrangements to use the theater for revival meetings, and on Sunday, April 24, 1904, more than 500 attended the first worship service there.