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St. James Lutheran Church was organized on March 11, 1890 under the leadership of "Supply Pastor" Rev. F.W.E. Peschau, D.D., Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilmington, NC. It was at the home of Mr. J.F. Laughery that six dedicated members met and formed the first congregation in Sumter. In 1896, construction was completed on the original church building located on the corner of North Washington and Republican (now Hampton) Street. SJLC (1896) Washington Street LocationIn 1940, the 50th Anniversary, an assembly hall, five class rooms, kitchen, rest rooms, and a pastor's study were added. An adjacent lot at the rear of the church property was purchased and on it the Sterling Stoudenmire Educational Building was built.

In the early 1970's, it became evident that in order foSJLC (1977) Alice Drive Corner Stone r St. James Lutheran to carry on its' work in the community and continue its' growth, the congregation had to relocate. Property consisting of five acres on Alice Drive was purchased and construction of the new church complex began in 1976. The first Service in the new building was held Sunday, November 20, 1977, marking a new era in the life of the Congregation of St. James. The six charter members who organized the church in 1890 had faith and vision. We ask God's help and guidance as we go forward into a new millenium of service through this church.

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St. James Lutheran has gained much from this community and continually strives to give back to the community through social ministry projects and participation in numerous local activities. One of her greatest contributions to the church at large are the eight young men who entered the ministry from this parish:

Alfred Wayne Howell George W. Kinnamon
James R. Connelly, Jr. Haco Von Hacke
Joseph W. Holt Lester H. Cutter, Jr.
Charles William (Bill) Howell Benton Lutz
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"And take...the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17)

St. James Lutheran Mission Statement:

"Called by God,centered in the Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we rejoice in the Lord, Proclaim His gift of Grace through liturgical worship and service, and Share Christ's love and forgiveness in all we do."

Founded 1890
Vision We are one body, growing in faith, where all are welcome and Jesus is Lord.
Pastor The Rev. Keith Getz
Members 137 Baptized; 130 Confirmed, 10 Sunday School attendees. Our average Sunday worship attendance is 81 members (2019). We are part of the Midlands Conference 6 of the South Carolina Synod (150+ congregations, 52,000 Baptized Members) and in Region 9 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with 3.4 million members, 65 Synods, 8 Seminaries, 26 affiliated colleges or universities and 9,091 congregations in the 50 states, Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Location 1137 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 - (Get a map here)
Services Interim Revised Sunday Worship at 9:00am & 11:00am; Adult Sunday School 9:45 am to 10:30 am; Children's SS Suspended UFN. See COVID-19 Updates in News Section
[Suspended: A Nursery is provided every Sunday from 9:45am to 12:00pm. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday morning service. A Communion Service is held every Wednesday at 12:00 noon]. Click here for our Visitor's Guide To Worship.
Facilities Our facilities include the main Sanctuary, an educational wing, Fellowship Hall, and a comprehensive Library. Plenty of parking, too.
Yes, wheelchair accessible.
Membership & ministries growing, facilities recently expanded.
Programs We offer dozens of different ways you can get involved in our faith community. We have activities to suit every preference and a variety of interests. We invite you to learn more about these opportunities to serve others under the PROGRAMS tab above.
The Web Please bookmark our website — stjamessumter.org — for all the current information, program activities, newsletter, and monthly events calendar for St. James Lutheran.

St. James Lutheran Church is a congregation of the SC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Our members are committed to sharing their spiritual and material blessings with others, both locally and globally.

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