Frequently Asked Questions

What are your worship times?
Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11:00 am. In months with five Sundays, we have a single worship service on the fifth Sunday at 10:00 am.

What is the dress code for your worship services?
You will be welcome in whatever you are comfortable wearing. Some people dress casual with jeans and casual shirts to worship. At those same services, others wear dresses and ties. No matter what you wear, you will not look out of place and we will be glad to have you join us!

How long is your worship service?
Both our worship services last approximately an hour, depending on attendance, readings, hymns, sermons, and so on. Our YouTube average length for worship videos is just over an hour.

Do you have a nursery available during worship?
Yes. Click here to learn more about our nursery.

What ages attend Sunday School?
We have Sunday School classes at 10:00 am for children age two and older and adults. Descriptions of our Sunday School classes are here.

Is your congregation mostly young people?
Our congregation is multi-generational. Some of our families have grandparents, parents, and grandchildren participating in church life together. Other households are comprised of a single person. Have a variety of ages and backgrounds gathered at Grace for life together, all united by the common identity we share in Christ Jesus.

Will I be welcome at Grace Lutheran?
ALL God’s children are welcome: straight, gay, married, single, divorced, widowed. Republican, Democrat, third party, no party. Sopranos, altos, tenors, bass. Transgender, cisgender. Devout and doubtful. At Grace, all means ALL.

How do I become a member?
When you are ready to make Grace your church home, contact Pastor Gregg to be included in the new member class. New members may participate in a new member orientation to learn about the Lutheran faith and get connected with our ministries. We welcome new members to the congregation several times each year, bringing in multiple households at the same time.

How can I give online?
Click here to make an online gift.

How does one get married at your church?
The policy for Weddings is coming soon! Until then, please call the church office.

How does one get baptized?
If you are interested in being baptized or having a child baptized, contact Pastor Rachel or Pastor Gregg to learn about our process for Holy Baptism.

These are just some of the questions we've heard. You probably have some of your own that are not reflected here, and that is fine! Reach out to us and let us know what you are curious about, so we can find the answers you seek.

Church History

Grace Lutheran Church was founded in 1923 to serve Lutheran students at Winthrop College. The gray stone church on Oakland Avenue cost $38,000 to build and opened its door on May 2, 1926. The first pastor was H.A. Schroder. For two decades, Winthrop students and local community members each made up half the congregation. The congregation acquired a parsonage in 1954 and later purchased a house adjacent to the church. In 1955, the congregation painted the doors red to symbolize "Blood of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit." The red doors continued to be a landmark for the town and a welcome to all those who wished to worship within. In 1963, the year Grace Church celebrated its 40th anniversary, there were 238 baptized members and 158 confirmed members. Extensive exterior and interior renovations were done in 1968. The congregation installed a Zimmer pipe organ in 1975 and purchased more surrounding property in 1979. In 1987, a second Sunday morning service was added, a handicap ramp was installed, and handbells were purchased for the music program. In 1989 property for increased parking was purchased, and in 1998 the house behind the church on Aiken Avenue was given to the congregation. Known as the "White House," it currently serves as our campus ministry center. During the 2002 renovations, the church's original sanctuary, seating 230 people, was enhanced with a new chancel arrangement and a magnificent pipe organ. At that time 14,000 square feet of new space, including a fellowship hall, was added to the existing building. In 2013 the congregation purchased "A Place of Grace," an adjacent building that now houses a variety of local non-profit agencies.

Detailed church history from 1923 to 1998 is available here. (Written by Naomi Bridges and Martha Seigler) For additional information, consult History Matters, Congregational Histories 1824-2017, published by the South Carolina Synod in 2017.

Pastoral Leadership

  • H.A. Schroder, 1923-31
  • C.B. Caughman, 1931-33
  • J.W. Roof, 1934-38
  • H.S. Petrea, 1938-54
  • Everett Lineberger, 1954-58
  • C.J. Shealy, Jr., 1959-69
  • John Ebenezer Boyd, Jr. 1970-75
  • Hollis A. Miller, 1976-81
  • Rufus E. Lybrand, Jr., 1982-88
  • Guy Shealy, Interim, 1988
  • William Cobb, 1989-90
  • Carveth Mitchell, Interim, 1990
  • A. Glenn Boland, 1991-95
  • Gary Lyerly, Interim, 1996
  • E. Ray Mohrmann, 1996-2010
  • Linda Anderson, Interim, 2010-2011
  • Christine Stoxen, 2011-17
  • David Ludwig, 2013-2015
  • Rebecca Lord-Phillips, 2015-2018
  • Ken Gillikin, Interim, August 2017-August 2018
  • Scottie Burkhalter, Interim, September-December, 2018
  • Gregg Hoffman, December 2018 to present
  • Rachel Hoffman, December 2018 to present