South Carolina General Assembly
112th Session, 1997-1998

Bill 5164

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

                    Current Status

Bill Number:                    5164
Type of Legislation:            Concurrent Resolution CR
Introducing Body:               House
Introduced Date:                19980520
Primary Sponsor:                Young
All Sponsors:                   Young and Woodrum 
Drafted Document Number:        kgh\15654ac.98
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:   19980520
Subject:                        First Presbyterian Church of
                                Sumter, Resolutions


Body    Date      Action Description                       Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  _______________________________________  _______ ____________

House   19980520  Received from Senate
Senate  19980520  Introduced, adopted, returned
                  with concurrence
House   19980520  Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate

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Whereas, the First Presbyterian Church of Sumter is celebrating its one hundred seventy-fifth anniversary; and

Whereas, on May 29, 1823, the Presbytery of Harmony met in Sumterville, South Carolina, and organized, with five charter members, the Presbyterian church and ordained and instilled ruling elders and Mr. Isaac R. Barbour as evangelist; and

Whereas, the organization of the church was made possible through the efforts of Mr. Barbour who preached two Sundays a month, meeting the first year at members' homes, at the Baptist church, and at the county courthouse; and

Whereas, the first member received by the session after the organization of the church was Milly, a servant of a founding member; and

Whereas, following Mr. Barbour's departure, the church retained its pews in the local Baptist church and for the next two years worshiped with that congregation; and

Whereas, in 1826, Reverend John Harrington became the first pastor of the church, serving for three years and alternating Sundays between Sumterville and Mount Zion, during which time twenty-seven persons became members of the church; and

Whereas, the Reverend John McEwen was pastor from 1829 to 1833, and the first church building was erected in 1830; and

Whereas, in 1833, Reverend R. W. Bailey was called as Stated Supply and served the church for one year; and

Whereas, between 1834 and 1836, the church experienced difficult times, losing two very prominent families who moved from the State and suffering political differences among various members; and

Whereas, in 1837, Dr. Donald MacQueen, Sr., answered the call to pastor this church, sharing his time with the Concord Church until 1850 when he became the church's first full-time pastor; and

Whereas, the first Board of Deacons was elected in 1858; however, growth and progress in the church slowed during the period of reconstruction though still under the devout leadership of Dr. MacQueen until 1879; and

Whereas, during Dr. MacQueen's pastorate, 278 members were added to the church which continued to grow and prosper with four hundred four members being added during the pastorate of Dr. N. W. Edmunds from 1880 to 1905; and

Whereas, in 1906, Dr. J. P. Marion became the pastor and served until 1928, overseeing the erection of the present church building in 1907 and a Sunday School building in 1918; and

Whereas, the Reverend John Miller Wells was called to the pastorate in 1924, bringing a strong belief in outreach which resulted in four Sunday School outposts becoming the thriving congregations of Fraser Memorial Presbyterian Church, Lemira Presbyterian Church, Pitts Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Holy Cross Presbyterian Church; and

Whereas, from 1946 to 1951, the Reverend Richard Randall Potter was pastor and during his ministry considerable renovation was undertaken on the sanctuary of the church; and

Whereas, the Reverend Cliff Hill McLeod served as pastor from 1951 through the sesquicentennial observance of First Presbyterian and retired in 1978; and

Whereas, Dr. Jefferson K. Aiken, Jr., was called to the pastorate in 1980, serving until 1992, overseeing the extensive reconstruction and renovation of the church as a result of Hurricane Hugo in 1989; and

Whereas, First Presbyterian's current pastor, Dr. Edward A. McLeod, Jr., became pastor in 1995 and ministers to approximately one thousand two hundred members, with a total membership since 1823 of over five thousand members; and

Whereas, over the history of First Presbyterian, the church has grown and has toiled with the utmost dedication and care to proclaim its Christian mission; and

Whereas, First Presbyterian Church has meant a great deal to the town of Sumter, formerly Sumterville, and to Sumter County for many, many generations and today flourishes as a beacon of hope and good will; and

Whereas, the members of the General Assembly are greatly pleased to have the opportunity to recognize First Presbyterian on the joyful occasion of its one hundred seventy-fifth anniversary. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, recognizes and congratulates First Presbyterian Church of Sumter upon the celebration of its one hundred seventy-fifth anniversary.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Session and congregation of First Presbyterian Church, in care of the church's pastor, Dr. Edward A. McLeod, Jr.