South Carolina UPC District History

Throughout the years, many dedicated individuals and churches have invested their time, finances and efforts in the South Carolina District, working to spread the gospel on both a personal and organizational front. The timeline below gives brief milestones at a high level to celebrate the foundation that has been laid for our future growth.

 

1945 – The merger of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ and the Pentecostal Church Incorporated forms the United Pentecostal Church International. Bylaws are written and boundaries are established for each district. The Southeastern District is established and includes Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

1959 – Georgia and South Carolina felt they had sufficient growth and requested the privilege to form another district. The General Board reviewed their request, and the new Georgia-South Carolina District was approved.

1960 – The first District Conference of the Georgia-South Carolina District was held in Brunswick, Georgia, where T.C. Montgomery was elected as District Superintendent and H.Q. Griffis was elected as District Secretary. Representatives from North Carolina came to this conference with a recommendation from the General Board and a request to be included with the new Georgia-South Carolina District.

1964 – The two states of North and South Carolina now felt strong enough to form their own district. God had greatly blessed the district during those four years together, and the new Georgia District Board felt it was good to divide some of its assets with the new Carolina District.

1968 – With sufficient growth and ministerial base in each state, the vote was cast to divide the Carolinas District into the South Carolina District and North Carolina District.

1969 – The first District Conference of the Georgia-South Carolina District was held in Greenwood, South Carolina, where H.Q. Griffis was elected as District Superintendent and W.L. Clayton was elected as District Secretary.

1973 – W.L. Clayton became District Superintendent when H.Q. Griffis resigned, with W.E. Miles elected as District Secretary.

1978 – W.J. Singleton elected as District Secretary and served with W.L. Clayton for the next 25 Years.

2003 – W.J. Singleton elected as District Superintendent and David Gleason elected as District Secretary.

2013 – Edward Goddard elected as District Superintendent.

2019 – Ed Gann elected as District Superintendent and Russell Drake elected as District Secretary.