Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Pomaria, South Carolina


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Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the Newberry County town of Pomaria formed in the late eighteenth century and was officially founded in 1816. As with so many churches during this time, Bethlehem first met in a meeting house-style building on this site. The current church was completed in 1822, though it has been updated twice – once in 1942 and again in 1966.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Newberry County was settled by German, Swiss, and Dutch Lutherans. As a result, many Lutheran churches were organized here in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In fact, a South Carolina Lutheran Synod meeting was held in Pomaria in 1828, where it was decided that a Lutheran Seminary would be established here. The seminary eventually incorporated with Newberry College. Though the seminary is now separate from the college and located in Columbia, several Lutheran churches remain in the area.

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James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Address: 209 New Hope Road, Pomaria, SC 29126

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3 Comments about Bethlehem Lutheran Church

No Gravatar says:
September 28th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Wonderful article, thanks a lot !!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 26th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Hi, Rusty! Check out St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran in Walhalla as well as Newberry College. Hopefully that will get the ball rolling for you!

Rusty KehlNo Gravatar says:
March 26th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Greetings, I am working working on a history project for my Lutheranism in North America class at LTSS. I am specifically looking at churches that may or may not have directly been affected by General Sherman’s March to the Sea. Can you give me any feedback. Nothing specific, but just a brief answer which would lead me to pursue this avenue further. God’s Peace, Rusty






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