About Us

Learn about Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church

We are a church for this community!

We love Jesus and people

We are a diverse group of people who seek to follow Jesus Christ through worship, study and service to the community. We are more concerned about doing something important for the Kingdom of God than about being someone important.


We are mission minded and community-oriented. We are authentic but not perfect.


WHAT WE BELIEVE

In its confessions, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) upholds the affirmations of the Protestant Reformation. The focus of these affirmations is God's grace in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. The Protestant watchwords - grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone - embody principles of understanding that continue to guide and motivate the people of God in the life of faith.


In its confessions, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) expresses the faith of the Reformed tradition. Central to this tradition is the affirmation of the majesty, holiness, and providence of God who in Christ and by the power of the Spirit creates, sustains, rules and redeems the world in the freedom of sovereign righteousness and love. There are many other great themes of the reformed tradition as well as new
opportunities for spiritual growth as you interact with ourcommunity of faith.


OUR MINISTRIES

Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church is convinced that faith grows by doing. We are committed to helping you find ways to serve God that helps your faith grow. We teach our children and youth about God’s love and claim that for ourselves, and we live out that love in service to the community. Find out more about our programs for children, youth, adults, music, and service by reviewig these website pages, and pressing the "Plan Your Visit" button to directly interact with us..

Mission

Loving our neighbor, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Vision

Serving the world by creating disciples of Jesus Christ.

Core Values

MISSIONS

Giving of ourselves through local and global outreach.

 

JUSTICE & GRACE

Reaching out to the least, the last, the lost.

 

CONGREGATIONAL SUPPORT

Meeting the needs of the congregation through nurture and fellowship.

 

CHRIST CENTERED WORSHIP

Christ Centered worship that includes prayer, music, biblical preaching relevant to today’s world.

 

GENEROSITY

Encouraging a life of stewardship by sharing our God-given blessings.

 

BIBLICAL TEACHING

Discovering God in Christ through teaching the Word to all ages.

 

EMBRACING ALL

All are welcome.

Our History

Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church was chartered on October 23, 1966, and first met at the Seven Oaks Elementary School cafeteria. There were 71 members initially. In 1969 We completed the first phase of our construction along St. Andrews Road, a growing suburb of Columbia, SC. We met in our new, large Fellowship Hall for the first time in 1969. We also established a pre-school that year.
At that time, our membership had grown to 527 members, and by the end of 1974, to 779 members. We held our Worship services in Fellowship Hall. There were some times of controversy in our church in 1980, and when the Northern and Southern Presbyterian Churches were united, there was a group of members who decided to leave and form a new church. But our church remained strong and committed to our faith.

At the end of 1984, we had 488 members, with a new pastor who was committed to our rejuvenation. The Spirit led us to commit to building a new sanctuary, a beautiful building with a pipe organ and tall steeple to announce our presence to the community.

 

The first service was held on December 6. 1987. The ensuing years were both blessed and encountered the controversies that all churches were going through over human sexuality and social issues. We have been inspired by several strategic and faith-based initiatives over the years:

 

“Living Our Vision” was facility oriented, active involvement with Lexington Interfaith Communities and Habitat for Humanity, various successful stewardship campaigns, “Vision 2001”, a comprehensive strategic plan and facilities assessment, sponsoring missionaries and mission trips, a consistent commitment to tithing our budget, Carillion bells installed on our steeple, commitment to prayer and discernment, fund raisers for Youth mission trips, a significant facility improvement campaign called ”Rise Up and Build”, a robust men’s group called “The Lanterns”, support of a Scout Troop and an impactful back pack program, support for “Family Promise” that helped families stay to together until the breadwinner found a job, “MORE Justice, an interfaith initiative to hold community leaders and politicians accountable, the difficult decision to close our Kindergarten in in 2015, capital campaigns to re-roof our structures and significantly enhance our pipe organ, the installation of a new projection system for the sanctuary, a “ReShape” program where eight “grass roots” small groups developed over 500 action items for prioritization and discernment.

 

Like most mainline churches, we have declined in membership tour current level of 150, but it is a faithful, committed group of believers that provides a core through which God can work out His plan. Now, we look to the future as we seek a new pastor, and begin to engage the “digital church.”

Seven Oaks Presbyterian

Church Leadership

Jim Rowell

Interim Pastor

Karl Thompson

Building Superinendent

Lloyd Pilkington

Director of Music Ministry

Amy Schwartz

Nursery Coordinator 

Sharon Staton

Volunteer Financial Administrator

Sharon Watkins

Accompianist
 

Annah Hiers

Office Adminnistrator
 

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