Pelzer Presbyterian Church


Rev. Aaron Ochart
13 Lebby St., Pelzer
Website: pelzerpresbyterian.comDate Established: 1883
History: On October 29, 1883, the Pelzer Presbyterian Church was established as a commission of the South Carolina Presbytery with Rev. Calvin L. Stewart serving as the first minister. Rev. Stewart was also the pastor for Williamston Presbyterian Church, as well as the Presbyterian Churches in New Harmony, Piedmont, Lickville, Belton, and Honea Path. The existing sanctuary was erected in 1896 through the investment of Captain Ellison Adger Smyth, president of the Pelzer Company, and one of the first settlers of Pelzer. In 1905 the rear portion of the building was added to house church school classes. The building has remained virtually the same since that time. The sanctuary is adorned by eleven stained glass windows donated by Captain Smyth, who also donated the organ which is one of two functioning Jardine pipe organs in existence. While the building has been modernized (for instance, no one has to pump the organ from the basement anymore), the appearance is as close to the original as possible. It is said that Captain Smyth can still be heard walking the rooms. Pelzer Presbyterian Church joined once again with Williamston Presbyterian in 2005 under the direction of the Rev. John Hallman.
Special Programs-Classes, etc: 11am combined worship services during Lent (check website for schedule); Taize Good Friday Service, 7pm, April 6th; Wednesday Night Bible Studies (at Williamston Pres. through April) 6pm; Sanctuary open Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Bible Verse: Matthew 28:18-20