Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6
This year First Presbyterian Church of Woodruff celebrates its 140th anniversary. This congregation plays a vital role in the spiritual and community life of southern Spartanburg County and far beyond.
At the organizational meeting led by a Presbytery commission on December 1, 1877, there were 15 residents of the town who became charter members of First Presbyterian Church of Woodruff. One of them, Frances Kilgore, is credited with leading the effort to build the first church building, erected in 1876 at a cost of $600.
By 1911 the Woodruff Presbyterian church was ready to build a larger sanctuary which was dedicated in 1912 when it was debt-free. The church ministered in many ways to the Woodruff community including two outpost Sunday schools and mission work in the black community of Woodruff.
In 1952 the church moved to its present home on East Georgia Street and built an education building there. Today, Rev. Steve Phillips serves as stated-supply pastor to this dynamic, highly active congregation. The church has a profound mission witness in the Woodruff community and throughout Spartanburg and Greenville Counties. Its members serve broadly in educational, anti-poverty, cultural, and community development initiatives across the region. As a congregation, the church has an extensive year-long ministry to children and their families, offering Vacation Bible School, Christmas workshops and plays, and frequent mission projects for children and youth that engage many times the actual number of church members. This spirit of service is embodied in worship each week, palpable in the warmth and generosity of the members toward one another and to visitors alike. First Presbyterian-Woodruff offers the richness and ease of a fellowship nurtured over generations and open to all. As individuals and as a congregation, this gathering is the best of what a church is meant to be.