Organizational Day, December 1, 1963 at Millcreek Elementary School

Rev. D.Luther Swicegood


The Board of American Missions of the Lutheran Church in America, in cooperation with the South Carolina Synod called the Rev. D. Luther Swicegood in May, 1963 to become the Board's Missionary to the eastern section of Columbia. Pastor Swicegood began work on June 6, 1963. A neighborhood canvass created interest in a new church. An interest meeting was held on September 5, 1963 with sixty adults present. The first worship service was held at Mill Creek Elementary School on September 15, 1963, with one-hundred-fifty-six persons present. Sunday School classes started September 29.

 The Charter for new members was opened on October 20, 1963 and remained open until the Day of Organization, December 1, 1963. On Organization Day, 92 confirmed members were received into membership by Letter of Transfer, Restoration, Confirmation, and Adult Baptism. Seventy-nine children were received with families and through Baptism. Dr. Karl Kinard, President of the South Carolina Synod, delivered the sermon and declared Christ the King congregation officially organized.

The church's site, consisting of three acres, was purchased in January, 1964 at a cost of $25,000. A capital funds drive was conducted by the Lutheran Laymen's Movement for Stewardship in August, 1964. The congregation pledged $19,200.00 for a two-year period. A building committee was appointed immediately. A fellowship hall, kitchen, and additional classrooms were added in April 1979.

May God the Holy Spirit receive all the honor and glory for Christ the King. May God equip Christ the King for the work of ministry.

From the Dedication Service program, March 12, 1967.


Christ the King Groundbreaking, June 24, 1966

Essie Baxter, Rev. D. Luther Swicegood, Don Baxter


Pastors Who Have Served the Congregation

The Rev. D. Luther Swicegood: May 1963 - September 1973
The Rev. W. Richard Albert: September 1974 - 1983
The Rev. George C. Sims: 1984 - 1988
The Rev. Robert B. Lineberger: 1989 - 1995
The Rev. Karen Salvo Hawkins: January 1997 - 2012


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2nd Sunday
2nd Thursday
Mid-week Bible Study 10:00 AM
4th Thursday
Mid-week Bible Study 10:00 AM
2nd Tuesday
Council Meeting 6:30 PM

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Lutheran Church

7239 Patterson Rd
Columbia, SC 29209 

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