Situated at the edge of Clemson University, our church has been given a unique opportunity to serve both the university community and the community at large. Our story is a reflection of who we are — our origins, our demographic, our life today, and our vision for the future.
Shortly before the church began, Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) called Rev. David Sinclair to begin Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) on the campus of Clemson University. A community Bible study under the direction of Dr. Tom Cross began about the same time in response to a growing interest in the establishment of a PCA church within the Clemson area.
In the spring of 1985, 42 university students and 42 community members came together for a worship service and on November 17, 1985, Clemson Presbyterian Church was established, calling Rev. John Hall as the first pastor.
Almost 30 years later, we are still serving students and families, singles and seniors, and the Clemson community.
Since that time God has richly blessed our congregation with faithful pastors. Rev. John Hall served from 1985 – 1993, Rev. Tim Lane served from 1993 – 2001, and Dr. Jimmy Agan served from 2003 – 2007. God has grown our congregation from a handful of believers to hundreds of faithful worshipers. By God’s grace, many university graduates who once made Clemson Presbyterian their home are now seeking to impact their world for the glory of Christ in their churches, families and vocational callings.
We rejoice as things have come “full circle.” In 2007, Dr. David Sinclair — the young campus minister who began RUF on Clemson’s campus in 1984 — was called back to Clemson again, this time as senior pastor of Clemson Presbyterian. The Lord has been faithful to provide the church with leaders who have a heart for the university community and for the greater area it serves.
By God’s grace and for His glory, we hope and pray that Clemson Presbyterian Church will continue to impact the community and the world by raising up countless university students and community members who are transformed by the Gospel and are serving others.