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A History of Christ Church



March 1820

The Reverend Rodolphus Dickerson established St. James Mission in the little village of Greenville Court House. Mr. Dickerson's congregation was composed mainly of "a few zealous Episcopalians whose families were spending their summers in the upper country."


September 2, 1825

Vardry McBee donated four acres for the establishment of an Episcopal church. A building committee engaged the services of a local, stonemason and contractor.


September 15, 1825

The cornerstone was laid for a brick church at a proposed cost of $3,000.



This little mission was received into the Diocese of South Carolina as Christ Church Parish. The church building at first had no windows and was used by a small, mostly summertime congregation for about 25 years until our present church building was begun.


April 1845

The Vestry of Christ Church, feeling the pangs of growth, proposed a new and larger church building. Construction of the church proceeded.


September 29, 1854

Our beautiful church was consecrated on St. Michael and All Angels Day, September 29, 1854. The original design of the church was traditional Gothic cruciform, but funds were only available for the construction of a nave.



A balcony was added to the church building.



The south transept was constructed.




With the help of the Christ Church Guild, a beautiful stained glass window portraying Christ and the Last Supper was purchased from the Mayer Studios of Munich, Germany. This handcrafted work, both inspirational and breathtaking, has become the focal point behind the altar.



The church building was refurbished, the north transept and the undercroft were added, and the balcony was enlarged.




The parish enlarged the balcony in the church once again and installed a new 68-rank Goulding and Wood Organ.



Christ Church erected two state-of-the-art facilities in the All Saints Center and the Children's Center (Mother's Morning Out, Nursery and Preschool Wing). Soon thereafter the old Moeller organ pipes in the church were removed and in their stead were placed four rose windows and St. Luke's (prayer) Chapel.


Day of Pentecost 2007

The newest additions were dedicated.


August 2008

The Windows to Discipleship campaign enabled us to complete an extensive renovation of the lower level of the Parish House, which became the new location for the Christ Church Episcopal Preschool.



The church building underwent a full renovation which included a new roof installation and many indoor renovations including the removal and cleaning of the stained glass windows. The Goulding & Wood organ received additional tonal finishing, a four-manual console was built for the chancel, and a digital chancel organ was also installed. The final installation was the addition of St. Luke’s Chapel, a small prayer chapel off the nave.