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History

 Above: St. Luke's in the 1870's                                                                                                  Above: Current church building, 1980's            

 

St. Luke's History (the shorter account)

The Reverend Cranmore Wallace conducted the first Episcopal services in Newberry in 1836. The St. Luke’s congregation was organized in 1846. The tiny congregation continued to worship in various places for nine years before the property on which the current church stands was obtained in 1855.

The original church was constructed within that same year and consecrated by the Right Reverend Thomas F. Davis,

Bishop of South Carolina on August 26, 1855. The original church building is listed in the SC Department of Archives and History.

The church was vandalized during the final years of the Civil War and by 1866, the congregation had almost ceased to exist.

The vestry decided to lock the doors of St. Luke's and board up the windows to protect the church from desecration.

Services resumed in 1869 under the leadership of the Reverend Edward T. Walker. 

 

In 1984 the church was struck by a tornado which destroyed the roof and much of the structural integrity.

With help from many sources, the church was restored in the Gothic style of the original building. 

 

In 2017, the entire church exterior was repaired, and the stucco was re-plastered and repainted.

 

Sources:

Newberry County, South Carolina: Historical and Genealogical Annals, George Leland Summer

History of Newberry County, Vol II by Thomas H. Pope

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History

St. Luke's Parish History, 1966

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Clergy and Staff
The Rev'd Mother Mia C. McDowell

Vicar

Dr. John Wagner

Choir Director

Mrs. Bobbie Wagner

Organist

Office Staff

Sandy Steffen    Bookkeeper, Finance

Susan Harrison  Communication, Bulletin

Mary Bookman  Sexton

Mission Committee

Dave Carey            Sr. Warden, Treasurer

Angie Heffner        Junior Warden, Bldg.& Grounds

Susan Harrison       Clerk

Woody Marshall     Bldg.& Grounds

Timothy Elston       Bldgs. & Grounds

Bobbie Wagner          

Marion Hannah

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

 

Vicar's Office Hours 

Tue,, Wed, Thu: 1pm to 5pm

Fridays 11am-2pm by appointment.

1605 Main Street Newberry, SC  29108

Office Phone: 803-276-8513

St. Monica's House Parsonage: 803-597-5184

Vicar's Text/Mobile: 803-256-0623

Email: Vicarstlukesnewberry@gmail.com

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