The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, Columbia – Origin:
Organized on June 4, 1795, The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, Columbia is the oldest congregation in Columbia.
Today, the membership of The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, Columbia numbers some 2,500, representing around 1,000 family units.
Though they live and work all over the Midlands of South Carolina, they are a community in Christ, joined together by the grace of God, worshipping and glorifying Him in fellowship and in service.
The history of the church is closely tied to that of the city of Columbia and the state of South Carolina.
The church’s forefathers first met in the old State House and later in a simple wooden meeting house on the present grounds of The First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, Columbia.
The sanctuary, built in 1853, and the graveyard are both on The Historic Register. The 180-foot church spire, once the tallest structure in Columbia, is a spiritual beacon of faith in the city’s skyline.
In 1983, this congregation requested and received dismissal from Congaree Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the United States and affiliated itself with Catawba Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
An extensive renovation and restoration project was completed in 2002. It has provided excellent accommodations for worship, education, fellowship and recreation.