Welcome to the
Presbytery of New Harmony

The Mission of the Presbytery of New Harmony is to strengthen, nurture, and sustain its congregations and ministers, and to participate in the wider mission of the church through its higher governing bodies.

The Presbytery of New Harmony, a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is situated along the northeastern coast of South Carolina. We have 7,644 members across 11 counties in South Carolina. The presbytery office, located in Florence, supports 66 congregations and 80 resident ministers.

Please feel free to browse our website to find out more about us.

If you cannot find what you're looking for, please feel free to contact us at the addresses listed

Presbytery of New Harmony
PO Box 4025
Florence, SC
Phone  843-662-8411
Fax      843-665-1408


Contact staff:

Happening This Week in New Harmony
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.)
Grand Strand area Minister & Educator Lunch
March 8, 12 pm, Surf Diner, Surfside Beach.

Sumter area Minister & Educator Lunch
March 12, 12:30 pm, Willie Sue's, Sumter.

Committee on Ministry
March 13, 2:30 pm.

Clarendon-Lee-Sumter Cluster Lenten Lunch
March 14, 12 pm, Friendship Presbyterian Church.

Cheraw area Minister & Educator Lunch
March 15, 12 pm, River's Edge, Cheraw.
Congregation Development Ministry
March 15, 4:30 pm.

Lay School of Theology
March 16-18, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC.


Digest of Ninety-First Stated Meeting of
the Presbytery of New Harmony

(Download the Bulletin Insert of this Digest
to share with your congregation.)

Installed Ruling Elder Avery Dickson (FPC, Cheraw) as moderator and gave thanks to past moderator Ruling Elder Deloris Weaver.

Was led in worship by Teaching Elder Jan Edmiston, co-moderator of 222nd General Assembly.

Was welcomed by Teaching Elder John Brearley, pastor of FPC, Myrtle Beach.

Received reports from Stated Clerk, Teaching Elder Frank Colclough.

Approved a report on the Committee on Representation, including recommendations.

Approved Teaching Elder Louis Imsande to serve as pastor of Pawley’s Island Presbyterian Church, including his Administrative Commission for installation and his terms of call.

Received a report from the Transitional Task Force.

Approved recommendations from the Administrative Council that included

March 18, 2018 be designated Presbyterian Agency for the Developmentally Disabled (PADD) Sunday.

A loan through Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program by John Calvin Presbyterian Church be allowed.

Adoption of the recommended changes and the organizational structure under the theme “Making Christ Known” on second and final reading.

Adoption of the 2018 Operating Budget on second and final reading.

Reimbursement of the net expenses incurred related to the sale of McDowell Presbyterian Church.

Received a report from the Program Council which included presentations from Camping Ministry, Mission Ministry (with an audio-visual presentation from the recent Mission Trip to the Bahamas), and Presbyterian Men.

Approved a report from Celebration Presbyterian Church Administrative Commission, including a motion that the Commission be dissolved and received a report from the New Harvest Presbyterian Church Administrative Commission.


Congregational Development Ministry Offering Grants for
Positive and Inspiring Programs

The Congregation Development Ministry is one of the Program Ministries of New Harmony Presbytery and it is here to partner with your congregation. We stand ready to assist churches with their needs and requests. In recent history, many of these have been centered on emergencies, maintenance problems, salary shortfalls and other items that disrupt the mission and ministry of our congregations. In 2017, we are planning to offer assistance in other ways also. The CDM encourages you to apply for grants to do positive and inspiring programs in your church or community. These grants will typically be $2,000.00 each but we will consider any and all requests.
We do not know where you might go with this help, but we want your congregation to do something that will bring honor to our Lord and people to His service. These grants may be the encouragement you need to begin a new ministry or undertake a new mission effort. We would love to be a part of these plans.
We promise to pray for you and your church and to stand with you as you move forward in ministry. It is our sincere hope that all of us can begin to think positively about our denomination, its mission, and its future. We pray that you will know the joy of a connected and responsive presbytery.
We have applications available for you to use so that you can communicate the information that we need. These applications may be found on the presbytery's website after the first of the new year. Please contact me, Johnny Dennis, or Julie Cox with questions or for additional information.
May Our Lord Bless You,
John W. Dennis, Jr.
Congregational Development Ministry



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