About Us

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

…My husband John and I and our two little children are new to the Clemson area.  We love being so close to the lake and also look forward to experiencing the Clemson athletic events!  I am beginning my fifteenth year in ordained pastoral ministry this year. After graduating from Columbia College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, my first pulpit experience was actually two small British Methodist Churches in Leeds, England.  This was an amazing experience that critically shaped my understanding of how missional the church must be in our communities. After returning from a formative year abroad, I served a church in Sumter before moving to Columbia to serve as the Associate Pastor at Trenholm Road.  It was while serving Trenholm Road that I was set up on a blind date with my now husband, John.  We’ve been married seven years and relocated to the upstate in 2014 when he was offered the Clinical Director of Laboratories position for the Greenville Health System.  After taking some time off to be a stay-at-home mom, I returned to full-time ministry in 2016, serving St. Paul UMC in downtown Greenville and now Lawrence Chapel in Central.

It is with confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit to work in and through each one of us that I anticipate great things to continue happening at LCUMC.  We are a dynamic congregation of all ages who seek to practice the love and teachings of Jesus in every aspect of our lives!  My greatest passions in ministry are young adult ministries, mission and social justice work.  Some of the most profound experiences I have had in ministry have been serving communion to the homeless in a local park, participating in international mission work in El Salvador, and leading local faith representatives in collaborating with city officials and local businesses to provide more comprehensive services for Columbia’s homeless.

Thank you for your interest in LCUMC.  If you have questions about LCUMC or would like to share a prayer request feel free to contact me at pastor@lawrencechapel.church.

Reverend Mollie Bame Reddic

OUR HISTORY

Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church was organized around 1908 by Mr. Jim Lawrence and his sister, Mrs. E.B. Ramsey. Many others in the community assisted in the founding of LCUMC. A Sunday School was organized and the old Long Branch School house was used for a period of time as the place for church meetings and services.

The Sanctuary was built in 1912 by people of different denominations and racial backgrounds. It was truly a gathering of the people who lived and worshipped in this community and the surrounding areas. Lawrence Chapel is located on State Highway 133, just north of Daniel High School and is approximately four miles from the towns of Central, Clemson, and Six Mile.

LCUMC has been continuously in ministry for more than 100 years and her history is filled with notable achievements. All of those accomplishments cannot be listed in this brief history. Mrs. Nelle Evans completed a detailed history of Lawrence Chapel in 1995. In June 1997 LCUMC became a station church after having been on the charge with other United Methodist Churches since it was organized.

Five ministers have come from this congregation: The Reverends Joe Henry Maw, Ziphie Moore, Dalton Smith, Tommy Barker, and Michael Bowers. This is a tremendous attestation to the spirituality of the congregation who have worshipped and served at Lawrence Chapel.