By: USCC Centennial Committee
The Upper South Carolina Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church is pleased to announce its 100th Anniversary Celebration in conjunction with our yearly Camp Meeting services. This momentous celebration will be held August 5th-9th, 2015 at the Upper South Carolina Campgrounds featuring empowering speakers such as Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham, Rev. Beth-Stephens Johnson, Rev. Bob Ely, and Bishop Ray Boggs. This celebration will be a jubilant occasion as we rejoice at God’s faithfulness to the Upper South Carolina Conference over the last 100 years. We will do so by exploring the heritage of our individual churches nightly, listening to historical documentaries and interviews, and hosting a reception featuring 100th Celebration memorabilia.
The Pentecostal Holiness denomination in Upper South Carolina traces its roots back to the Wesleyan-Methodist movement. Many Wesleyan-Methodists became Fire Baptized Holiness in the 1890s which then merged with the Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1911. Many of our churches were established before the official beginning of the Upper South Carolina Conference. Our Conference officially began in 1915 at the Georgia-South Carolina Convention held in Canon, GA. The separate South Carolina jurisdiction was formed for the sake of growth, with Rev. Ralph Taylor becoming our first official superintendent. Growth is exactly what the Upper South Carolina Conference has experienced over the last 100 years with countless lives changed by the same power of the Holy Ghost that our forefathers and foremothers experienced. We are looking forward to an exciting time of celebrating the past, embracing the present, and pressing on for another 100 years of ministry in the Upper South Carolina Conference.