Church History


New Faith was placed on the heart of our founding pastor, Dr. Alice Ridgill, in February of 2008 as she lay praying in her prayer closet. It was then that God gave her a vision to organize the first African-American Presbyterian Church in Greenwood County. After sharing this vision with the New Church Development Committee of Trinity Presbytery and receiving all the necessary Presbytery approvals to begin this massive undertaking, Pastor Ridgill commenced her work as organizing pastor of New Faith on April 1, 2009.

 

In addition to serving as organizing pastor of New Faith, Pastor Ridgill also served as the Stated Supply Pastor of the former Washington Street Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, SC. Upon hearing the vision for starting New Faith, the members of Washington Street voted to dissolve Washington Street’s ministry and become core group leaders and charter members of New Faith. Their faithfulness and support during 2009 helped to pave the way for New Faith’s ministry. 


For one year, with the help of the New Faith Steering Committee (Elders Lynn Bornemann, Jim Moneyhun, Mary Smith, the late Amanda Smith, Jimmy Fowler, Taiese Kidd, Reverends Larry Duncan, Kyle Hite, Debbie Marshall, and David Mayo) Pastor Ridgill and the members of Washington Street worked tirelessly to gather new people from the community and to spread the word about this exciting new ministry coming to the community. Billboards were erected, thousands of promotional CD’s were distributed, radio advertisements were made, flyers were circulated, word of mouth was utilized, T-shirts were worn, and many prayers were prayed for the successful launch of New Faith. Finally, after much hard work, many long hours, and countless meetings, it was time!

 

On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010, New Faith’s first worship service was held  in the former Joanne’s Hall of Events building. On that beautifully bright Sunday morning, 169 enthusiastic worshipers packed the place and from that day until now, the ministry of New Faith has been a beaming beacon of light in the greater Greenwood and Abbeville, SC, area.

 

In 2013, after three phenomenal years of ministry, God gave Pastor Ridgill the vision to build a permanent worship facility for New Faith.  The congregation enthusiastically caught the vision and after much due diligence, Trinity Presbytery gave approval for New Faith to move forward with the vision for a new facility. A building team, that included Pastor Ridgill along with Elders Len Bornemann, Jim Moneyhun, Hilbert Campbell, Steve Marshall, Vanessa Bowie, and Taiese Kidd was formed, and the work began.

 

Finally, on March 8, 2015, with much joy and thanks to God, New Faith dedicated a brand new sanctuary to the glory of God in a moving and spirit-filled worship service that included General Presbyter, Dr. Danny Murphy, as the soul-stirring preacher.

 

One month later, on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, five years after the first worship service, New Faith was chartered by Trinity Presbytery and with some 175 adult and youth charter members, became the Presbytery’s 63rd church as well as an official congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

 

The service of chartering was a most memorable occasion. Following a rousing sermon by Dr. Cynthia L. Hale of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, New Faith installed Dr. Alice Ridgill as the church’s first Pastor. On that day Vanessa Bowie, Johnny Brown, Cassandra Daniels, Jeanine Gaines, and Taiese Kidd were ordained as Elders. The five of them, along with Elders Hilbert Campbell, Steve Marshall, Mary Smith and Deborah Wharton, were installed as members of New Faith’s first Session.

 

Over the years God has moved mightily in New Faith’s ministry. We average well over 100 attendees in worship each week and have seen countless people’s lives forever changed! As a ministry deeply committed to having a strong presence in the community, we have frequently supported local food banks, nursing homes, and non-profit organizations. We have partnered with area schools and have donated hygiene products to Leith Correctional Facility, Greenwood Detention Center, and Abbeville Detention Center. In 2012 and 2013, during the height of the gas hike, we organized a community gas “give away” that blessed people in Abbeville and Greenwood counties with $20 worth of free gas.

 

New Faith is a Kingdom minded church family where love abounds. Our mission, “To be a loving and faith-filled family of Christians where people’s lives are forever changed through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” guides all that we do


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