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About Us

Our vision is to worship and glorify God, to be transformed by God's grace in Jesus Christ,

to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and

to follow His example as we grow spiritually and serve humanity. 

 

Our History:

Named for the Apostle Paul of the New Testament, the church bears a name that calls for mission to its community. 

Shortly after Saluda broke off from Edgefield County to become a separate county in 1895, Methodists met at Red Bank Baptist Church and the Saluda County courthouse (constructed in 1896) and started a Sunday school class in 1887 at an old school house on Jefferson Street. 

On January 23, 1898, St Paul Methodist Episcopal Church, South was founded.  Our first church, which consisted of 19 members,  faced Rudolph Street (facing what is now Ramey's Funeral Home), and the building was dedicated in the fall of 1900.  The original church was a wooden frame building with a steeple, with two cloak rooms on either side of the entrance.  These cloak rooms served as Sunday school classes for the children, and adults had their Sunday school classes in the far corners of the church.  

By 1917, our congregation had grown to 376 members and it became clear a larger building was needed.  A building committee was appointed, and construction began in March 1917.  The sanctuary, as it stands today facing Butler Street, was completed in February 1919.  In the late 1930's the name changed to St Paul United Methodist Church. On March 1, 1959, the three story educational building was constructed to not only offer a church office, pastor's study, social hall, nursery, kitchen, and Sunday school classrooms, but also as a non-denominational community center.  

In 2014, St Paul UMC began construction on a new building era - the Family Life Center.  This facility was completed and "open for business" April 30, 2015.  It provides a larger fellowship area, a larger commercial kitchen, additional restroom facilities, and serves as a non-denominational community center.  

St Paul UMC continues to be a beacon to our community. 

 

To learn more about our history, read "Ours In Trust:  Perspectives of St. Paul United Methodist Church 1898-1998."