Union Democrat staff

T he leadership history of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia is now on display in the church’s Faith Hall thanks to many months of planning and development by a few dedicated people.

The church, also known as the Church of the 49ers, was established in 1854 The recently revealed “Pastor’s Wall” includes a comprehensive listing of pastors, missionaries, stated supply pastors and student pastors who have served the congregation since its inception, and even the year before, when a missionary from the Sonora Presbyterian Church visited Columbia twice a month to preach to believers.

The wall highlights a collection of photographs of the church’s pastors (all that were available) and a few historic and current photographs of the buildings.

The project was done by the church’s history committee, which is chaired by Ron Federly. Church Archivist Pat Federly took on the research for the project.

The wall was unveiled to the congregation and special guests in August. Pastor Janet Russell gave the dedication, and guest Rev. E. Russell Chandler, who served as interim pastor for the church in 1995-96, was invited to speak

“I’d rather have my picture up here on the wall than on the Post Office wall,” Chandler quipped.

The Church of the 49ers, a member of the Presbyterian denomination known as ECO (a Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) is the only remaining church in Columbia with regular worship services. Services, led by Russell, are held at 10 a.m. Sundays.

The church is at 11155 Jackson St., at the intersection of Parrotts Ferry Road and Jackson Street in Columbia.

For more information, call (209) 532-2441, or go online to www.49erchurch.org.

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