Wesley United Methodist Church - Columbia, SC       

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History of Wesley United Methodist Church


Wesley was founded in 1869 as the Columbia Mission. Originally located on Main Street, and for a short time on the corner of Gervais and Sumter, Wesley moved to its present location and erected the current place of worship in 1910. The first African American United Methodist church in Columbia, Wesley has a long and esteemed history in the South Carolina conference. Wesley has always been a mission-oriented church. Members of Wesley helped to establish Frances Burns and Bluff Road United Methodist Churches. We are a unique church and fellowship integrating a traditionally and historically strong United Methodist Church, with ministries of racial, social, and community reconciliation. We believe that God has called us for a particular purpose. To live, serve, worship, and witness as a new type of church, a new kind of people brought together by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit transcending race, class, denomination, personal experience, and gender. Our desire is to serve God, and to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.


On June of 2006 the  Building Committee Chairman was approached by a representative of the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Department about some concern of putting the church building on the National Register of Historic Places list. The representative met with the Building Committee and indicated that Wesley United Methodist Church is recognized as one of the oldest Gothic Architecture Structure Building in the down town Columbia area, and that the history of the church and its design deserved recognition for a Historic Marker. Wesley was built in 1910 and the  Historic Marker was approved in 2008.

Our Mission

The Mission of Wesley United Methodist Church is to be a nurturing and transforming community of disciples through prayer, witness, worship, study, and service.

Our Vision

The Vision of Wesley United Methodist Church is to be an inclusive and growing church joyfully celebrating the liberating power of the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ.  Wesley will be a welcoming and nuturing church.  Wesley will make a difference in the world.


Come, Grow and Go With Us!