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Church History
Our Beginning 
  • 1956   Our property was purchased by Enoree Presbytery and First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg.  A survey indicated 27 families interested in starting new church.
  • 1959   The Reverend Leonard Topping of First Presbyterian Church leads these families in worship service at Spartanburg High School (125 members).  In October, a petition was presented to Presbytery to formally charter the Church on December 30, 1959.
  • 1960   The Reverend Joe Brooks becomes first full-time pastor.  In January, Building Committee appointed to raise $53,000 for Fellowship Hall and 15 classrooms.   The church was incorporated on June 6 as Westminster Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Inc.
  • 1962   Our first service held in Fellowship Hall on June 10th.
Dr. Fred Poag, Minister First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC
Watch Us Grow 
1987

- 1965   A Building Committee was appointed for more Sunday School classrooms and a sanctuary.

- 1970   Our sanctuary and Sunday School classrooms were completed.

- 1983   Our offices moved to the house which was the original manse at 104 Pineville Road.  Also, T.O.T.A.L. Ministries was launched by church members.

- 1985   The 'Emory Road House" (105 Emory Road) was purchased. It was used as a manse for the associate pastor.  The "Emory Road House," as it is affectionately known, is now the youth meeting rooms and youth staff offices.  

- 1987   Our gym and kitchen were added to the existing church structure.

- 1988   Our partnership with Young Life began.

And we continue in our growth and service to our community... 
Westminster Presbyterian Church today

- 1991   A campaign was initiated to provide additional parking, a new playground, and other projects.  Also, our organ was dedicated in the sanctuary. 

- 1994-1995   Our fellowship hall, gymnasium (sound), and parlor were remodeled

- 1996-1999  Financial Freedom Campaign began as a means to become a debt-free church

- 1999   Celebrated a debt-free church. The church also started a Capital Fund with Spartanburg County Foundation to stay debt-free

- 2000   Charles Horne retired after 20 years of service.

- 2002   Paul M. Petersen was installed as our fourth senior pastor.

- 2006   Start of our Contemporary Worship service in August. 

- 2011   Our current mission and vision statements were approved. 

- 2012   New Bylaws were adopted.

- 2013    Westminster moved from the PCUSA to ECO.

- 2014-2016  Worked with TAG Consulting to help reframe, refocus and reimagine to help us prosper at WPC.  From this study, the following "strategic objectives" were launched:

  • 2015 Lead children to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and provide for their spiritual growth by establishing the highest comprehensive gospel-centered programs. Engaged young adults to help them spiritually grow. Invigorating everyone’s faith by encouraging connections to smaller communities. 
  • 2016 Strengthening marriages and families. Study the feasibility and implement a plan to plant an ECO church. Partnered with Good City Architects to produce a master plan for future growth. 

- 2017  A Master Plan Steering Committee began the discerning work of building expansion and impact on our local neighborhood.  

- 2019  Rev. Dr. Paul Petersen retired after 17 years of ministry at WPC; Steve Wise was nominated and installed as the fifth senior pastor.

Our Affiliation

WPC is a member of
the
Covenant Order of
Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO)

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