Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

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Diocese of Upper South Carolina
Diocese of Upper South Carolina seal.jpg
Ecclesiastical province Province IV
Members 23,710
Rite Episcopal
Cathedral Trinity Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo
Location of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
Location of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina

The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (EDUSC) is a diocese in The Episcopal Church.

Originally part of the Diocese of South Carolina, it became independent on October 10–11, 1922 following nearly two years of planning.[1] The see city is Columbia. Its cathedral is Trinity Cathedral. The diocese comprises 62 congregations in the Upstate (northwestern) and Midlands regions of the U.S. state of South Carolina.[2] There are five convocations in the diocese: Midlands (Columbia area), Catawba (Rock Hill area), Foothills (Greenville area), Gravatt (Aiken area), and Piedmont (Spartanburg areas).[3]

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Waldo is the 8th Bishop of Upper South Carolina. His episcopal ordination took place on May 22, 2010, at Christ Church Episcopal, the “Parish in the heart of the city,” in Greenville, SC.[4]

Among the Diocese's many institutions, the Bishop Gravatt Center began service in 1949 as a retreat and summer camp site. Now a non-profit corporation with its own Board of Trustees, the Center remains a vital part of the Diocese through its summer camp Christian formation program and numerous diocesan and parish activities such as Happening, Cursillo, youth retreats, vestry retreats, parish family weekends, etc.[5]

Bishops of Upper South Carolina[edit]

Honorific & Name Dates
1st The Rt. Rev. Kirkman George Finlay 1922-1938
2nd The Rt. Rev. John James Gravatt 1939-1955
3rd The Rt. Rev. Clarence Aldred Cole 1953-1963
4th The Rt. Rev. John Adams Pinckney 1963-1972
5th The Rt. Rev. George Moyer Alexander 1973-1979
6th The Rt. Rev. William Arthur Beckham 1979-1995
7th The Rt. Rev. Dorsey Felix Henderson 1995-2009
8th The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo 2010-

Parishes, Missions and Institutions as of September 2009[edit]

Trinity Cathedral, Columbia

Parishes and Missions[edit]

  1. Abbeville - Trinity Church
  2. Aiken - Saint Augustine of Canterbury Church
  3. Aiken - Saint Thaddeus Church
  4. Anderson - Grace Church
  5. Anderson - Saint George's Church
  6. Batesburg - Saint Paul's Church
  7. Boiling Springs - Saint Margaret's Church
  8. Camden - Grace Church
  9. Cayce - All Saints' Church
  10. Chapin - Saint Francis of Assisi Church
  11. Chester - Saint Mark's Church
  12. Clearwater - Saint John's Church
  13. Clemson - Holy Trinity Church
  14. Clinton - All Saints' Church
  15. Columbia - Church of the Good Shepherd
  16. Columbia - St Lukes Church
  17. Columbia - St Davids Church
  18. Columbia - Trinity Cathedral Church
  19. Columbia - Church of the Cross
  20. Columbia - St Timothys Church
  21. Columbia - St Johns Church
  22. Columbia - St Marys Church
  23. Columbia - All Souls' Church
  24. Columbia - St Martins in the Fields Church
  25. Columbia - St Michael & All Angels Church
  26. Easley - St Michaels Church
  27. Eastover - St Thomas
  28. Edgefield - Church of the Ridge
  29. Fort Mill - St Pauls Episcopal Church
  30. Gaffney - Church of the Incarnation
  31. Graniteville - Saint Paul's Church
  32. Great Falls - Saint Peter's Church
  33. Greenville - Saint Francis' Church
  34. Greenville - Christ Church
  35. Greenville - Saint Philip's Church
  36. Greenville - Saint Peter's Church
  37. Greenville - Church of the Redeemer
  38. Greenville - Saint Andrew's Church
  39. Greenville - Saint James Church
  40. Greenwood - Church of the Resurrection
  41. Greer - Church of the Good Shepherd
  42. Hopkins - Saint John's Church
  43. Irmo - Saint Simon and Saint Jude's Church
  44. Jenkinsville - Saint Barnabas' Church
  45. Lancaster - Christ Church
  46. Laurens - Church of the Epiphany
  47. Lexington - Saint Alban's Church
  48. Newberry - Saint Luke's Church
  49. North Augusta - Saint Bartholomew's Church
  50. North Augusta, Beech Island,& Aiken, SC - All Saints' Church -
  51. Pauline - Calvary Church
  52. Ridgeway - Saint Stephen's Church
  53. Rock Hill - Saint Matthias' Church
  54. Rock Hill - Church of Our Saviour
  55. Seneca - Church of the Ascension
  56. Simpsonville - Holy Cross Church
  57. Spartanburg - Saint Christopher's Church
  58. Spartanburg - Saint Matthew's Church
  59. Spartanburg - Church of the Advent
  60. Spartanburg - Church of the Epiphany
  61. Union - Church of the Nativity
  62. Winnsboro - Saint John's Church
  63. York - Church of the Good Shepherd


  1. Aiken Bishop Gravatt Center / Camp Gravatt
  2. Aiken Mead Hall School
  3. Columbia George M. Alexander Diocesan House
  4. Columbia Finlay House
  5. Columbia Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
  6. Columbia Saint Lawrence Place
  7. Denmark Voorhees College,
  8. Greenville Christ Church Episcopal School
  9. West Columbia Chapel of the Holy Spirit (at Still Hopes)
  10. West Columbia South Carolina Episcopal Home at Still Hopes
  11. York York Place


  1. ^ Clarke, Philip G. (1972). A Brief History of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina: Fiftieth Anniversary Year, 1922-1972. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Upper South Carolina". The Episcopal Church. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Diocesan Structure" (PDF). Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  4. ^ Episcopal Life Online item, May 24, 2010
  5. ^ Diocesan Profile, Search for the Eighth Bishop of Upper South Carolina, 2008, p.16.

See also The Episcopal Church Annual. Morehouse: New York, NY, 2009 and the online interactive directory at The Red Book

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Coordinates: 34°00′05″N 81°01′49″W / 34.0013°N 81.0303°W / 34.0013; -81.0303