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More than a Church

Serving the Cheraw Community

FPC Cheraw is open to worshippers of all ages and backgrounds. We lead our congregation in worship, deepening the connection to God, understanding the teachings of Christ, and ultimately to a vibrant faith.
We have a long, proud history of serving the people of Cheraw. Through the dedication of our leadership, staff members and volunteers, we are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and are here to spread His message. Contact us today to find out more about becoming part of our church family.  You are welcome!


Our History

The First Presbyterian Church of Cheraw was formed in 1828 when the Rev. Urias Powers gathered eleven Presbyterians, many of whom had arrived in Cheraw from North Carolina. One additional person joined by profession of faith giving the church twelve members at its outset. At that time, there were no organized churches in town although there were committed Christians living in the area. The church met on the second floor of the Cheraw Academical Society until 1932 when the present building was erected. Our church has been blessed with long pastorates including one of fifty years in length. Thirteen ministers and three interim ministers have led the church in over 187 years of ministry.

Throughout its long history, First Presbyterian has had a tradition of excellence in organ, choral, and hand bell music, particularly in 1986 with the addition of The Memorial Organ built by Gabriel Kney & Co., of London, Ontario, Canada. Continuing in the tradition of excellence, a strong emphasis on Christian Education and missions to others both far and near have become vital parts of the church’s ministries. The strength of the church has always been in active members who have committed themselves to community matters and remaining focused on doing the work that Jesus Christ calls us to do. 

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