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 9,940 members across 11 counties in South Carolina. The presbytery office, located in Florence, supports 70 congregations and 79 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


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Items of Interest

Middle School Retreat Brochures Available

"Who Are You?"

Middle School Retreat
(6th - 8th Grade)

November 7-9, 2014

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center

Cost: $80/participant

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect." - Romans 12:2.


Aaron Ferry will keynote the retreat.  He was born and raised in Tennessee.  He is an active leader in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the PC(USA).  He currently serves as the associate pastor for Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church and in leadership roles for Presbyterian Youth Triennium and Faiith in 3D.


For more information, download the flyer.  For questions, contact Kelly Sloan, (843) 49-3051.


Download the brochure!


South Carolina Presbyteries Plan Minister/Educator Retreat

"Being All Things to All People Without Burning Out" 

A Retreat for Ministers, Educators 
and Other Church Leaders  
Of the Five South Carolina (PCUSA) Presbyteries

November 10 - 12, 2014, 
Montreat Conference Center


This is an opportunity to have conversations with The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby, Professor of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, on I Corinthians 9:19-23.

"The Apostle Paul tells the church at Corinth that he has "become all things to all people," so that he "might by all means save some."  But isn't this is a recipe for pastoral burnout?  In our increasingly diverse, 24/7 world, how can we be pastors, educators, and other church leaders who "reach out to all" without losing our minds, hearts, families, and very selves in the process?  In our time together, we will explore what it looks like to minister to all people in an increasingly expanding, increasingly fast-paced world.  We will consider, especially, how to live into and minister out of the Good News of the Gospel:  a truth that is not exhausting, but always creative, playful, fresh, and life-giving." -Cindy Rigby.


You will find more information and the registration page at these links.  Registration is at the Montreat Conference Center website.  Another option is to first check for lodging availability at the South Carolina Inn (chuck@scinnmontreat.org) and then register as a commuter for the event, choosing any meals you might like to have at the conference center.


Summary of Special Called Meeting of
the Presbytery of New Harmony

The Presbytery of New Harmony met in the Chapel of Presbyterian Community on August 12, 2014. Worship was led by Teaching Elder Frank Colclough, whose sermon was entitled, "A Pilgrim People in the Midst of a Changing Church." It included Celebration of the Lord's Supper.  Assisting in worship were Othan Franklin, Tae Su Cheong, Ellaree Hampton, Gary Pell, Steve Wilkins, and Barbara Dickson. 


Teaching Elder John Parks, chaplain at the Presbyterian Community, welcomed the Presbytery to the Florence campus.


The Stated Clerk, Teaching Elder Bruce Ford, reported that forums would be held over the next two months for discussion of the recent General Assembly; letters had been received from the sessions of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church and Kingston Presbyterian Church indicating their views and stances on the actions of the General Assembly; and a remedial complaint had been filed by the session of White Oak Presbyterian Church against the action taken by Presbytery at the May meeting.


Commissioners to the 221st General Assembly submitted written reports and spoke on their impressions and experiences at the General Assembly meeting.  This was followed by a 30 minute time for questions and answers.


A report was given by Teaching Elder Lisa Culpepper and representatives from John Calvin, Indiantown, and St. Paul's Presbyterian Churches on a partnership mission to provide Vacation Bible School to 125 children from the Hemingway Boys and Girls Club.   

The Presbytery approved recommendations from:


  • the Administrative Council to form a Committee of Counsel consisting of Teaching Elder Frank Colclough, Ruling Elder Susan Holton, and Teaching Elder George Wilkes, with Ruling Elder Tommy Cooper and Teaching Elder Carnell Hampton serving in advisory capacity, to respond to the remedial complaint filed by the White Oak Presbyterian Church session with the Synod of South Atlantic and electing members to serve on the Nominating Committee of Presbytery.
  • the Administrative Commission for Clio Presbyterian Church to facilitate the closing of the Church with details concerning submission of records for historical preservation, transfer of active members to Carolina Presbyterian Church, distribution of proceeds from the sale of the property and other monies, the dissolution of the cooperation, rejoicing in the good work at Clio and dissolution of the Administrative Commission.
  • the Committee on Ministry to install the Rev. Cameron Thomas as associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach; including his terms of call and a commission for the installation service on September 21, 2014 and commissioning Ruling Elder Chuck Staggs as Commissioned Ruling Elder for Fraser Memorial Presbyterian Church, Sumter.

Following announcements and prayer the meeting was adjourned.  The next Presbytery meeting will be held at Korean American Presbyterian Church, Sumter, on October 14, 2014.


[You may view photos of the meeting online.]



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