The Bible Student opening in Habersham Marketplace

Tucked inside the Habersham Marketplace in Beaufort is The Bible Student, a shop devoted exclusively to helping consumers select a Bible and get the most out of reading it. Operated by father and daughter team Randy and Kristen Coy, The Bible Student is slated to officially open Saturday, October 27, at 10-A 1 Market St. Offering Bibles, study tools and a variety of biblical literacy seminars and classes, The Bible Student is the first of its kind in The Lowcountry.

The vision for the shop was born after the Coys came up nearly empty handed when shopping for various Bibles and study tools locally. Shortly after, they made a decision to make the book that means so much to them readily available for purchase and study.

“We thought it would be great to have a place where there was a multitude of Bibles offered, a place where questions could be asked and someone knew the answers,” Randy Coy said. “Our goal is help people on their individual journeys, thoroughly equipped with the tools and information they want and need. We don’t intend to push a specific doctrine. Our goal is to help educate and enable people to draw their own conclusions on some of life’s biggest questions.”

The Bible Student stocks a large variety of Bibles in most major versions (and some not so major) at substantial savings over other retailers. And because they only sell Bibles, their staff is specially trained to help individuals navigate the myriad of choices — from versions to price points.

“Of course, buying a Bible can be easier than actually reading it,” Randy said. “That’s why The Bible Student offers a variety of classes to help beginning and advanced readers learn the geography, historical context and structure of the Bible. If we can help you read the Bible more effectively, by helping you select a Bible or offering you a class, we hope you’ll stop in and check us out in person.”

Complimentary 20-minute classes on a variety of Biblical topics and themes will be offered throughout the store’s opening day, and The Bible Student will be open for general shopping, browsing and inquiries.

For more information, store hours, and a complete list of classes, visit