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Our Staff

The Reverend Elizabeth Morgan
    Vicar

John Wagner
    Choir Director

Bobbie Wagner
    Organist

Sandy Steffen
    Financial Administrator

LogoSt. Luke's Episcopal Church
1605 Main Street
Newberry, South Carolina 29108
Phone: 803-276-8513

About Our Church

Services

Sunday Services

9:15 a.m.    Adult  Education Class    (no class during the summer months)

10:30 a.m.  Rite II

St. Luke's Parish

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located in downtown Newberry on the corner of Main and Calhoun Streets. The church, rectory and parish house sit on just over two acres with the rectory fronting Calhoun Street.

The church has a capacity of 125 including balcony seating. The church contains a Schantz pipe organ which was just recently upgraded.

The congregation of St. Luke's is comprised of 140 baptized members. Ninety percent of the members reside within the Newberry zip code area. Parishioners have been faithful in meeting pledge commitments and the parish has contributed steadily to Diocesan Stewardship.

St. Luke's has a quality music program under the direction of Dr. John Wagner and organist Bobbie Wagner. Adult Education and Youth Education are offered at St Luke's and a dedicated group of Lay Readers serve the parish.

St. Luke's is a participant on the Interfaith Community Council and hosts the annual MADD service .The church offers an annual Blessing of The Animals service in the fall and the ECW sponsors an annual Christmas angel tree for families in the community.

Our Rector

    The Very Reverend M.Elizabeth Morgan is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and brings a wealth of theological and pastoral experience to St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

     Reverend Morgan is a cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in anthropology and sociology. She earned her Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Sewanee, Tennessee. While at Sewanee, Reverend Morgan received the Wood Leadership award for "outstanding scholastic  achievement and leadership skills."    

     Reverend Morgan comes to St. Luke's after having served as rector of Christ's Church in Blacksburg,Virginia.  She previously served parishes in Bluefield, WV, Aiken, SC,Winnsboro, SC and Spartanburg, SC.   She has also served as Executive Director of Project Care in Greenville, SC and as clinical chaplain for the South Carolina Department of Health.

      Reverend Morgan's husband, Harold, is also a priest and serves as rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Clinton, SC.

The Rector's office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:30-2:30.  Please call the church office at 276-4891 to be sure the priest is in the office.

 

Statement of Beliefs

Church History

Brief History of St. Luke's Episcopal Church Newberry

Founded in 1846, St. Luke's Episcopal Church is still located on the site where the original church was built in 1855.

 In 1836, The Reverend Cranmore Wallace conducted the first Episcopal services in Newberry. Within a decade, the first vestry of St. Luke's was organized. The congregation continued to worship in various places before land on which to build a church was obtained in early 1855. Construction began shortly after.

     The original St. Luke's Church was constructed in on the site of the present church. (This church served the parish for 129 years until it was almost demolished destroyed by a tornado in 1984.)   The Right Reverend T. F. David, Bishop of South Carolina, consecrated St. Luke's on April 24, 1855.

     From 1855 until the early years of the Civil War, a small congregation worshiped in the new church. The church was vandalized during the final years of the Civil War and by 1866, the congregation in Newberry had almost ceased to exist. The remaining members of the Vestry decided to lock the doors of St. Luke's and board up the windows to protect the church from desecration. The vestry also decided to sell the organ but the sale never took place and the organ was retained.

      Services resumed at St. Luke's in 1869 when Reverend Edward T. Walker undertook the restoration of the church. Not until after World War II would St. Luke's Parish see significant changes. In the early 1950s, the church acquired a rectory and Parish House--both adjacent to the church property.  In 1952, Reverend Edwin B. Clippard was ordained in the church and became the resident vicar. 

     In 1984 the church was struck by a tornado which demolished the roof and much of the structural integrity.  With help from many sources, the church was restored in the Gothic style of the original building.   During the rebuilding process, the Reverend George Vought guided St. Luke's Parish. 

(Sources:  St. Luke's Parish History, Tom Pope's History of Newberry County Volume II, Mid-Carolina High School 1985 Yearbook and History Website.)