Presbyterian Church Raises More than $1.75M before Kick-Off!


For Immediate Release
January 14, 2019

Anderson, SC – First Presbyterian Church celebrated their “Building on Faith” Capital Campaign Kick-Off Celebration on Sunday, January 13, 2019, having more than 290 members in attendance.  With the help of the First Pres “Accounting Department” (consisting of children holding up number cards), the Steering Committee was overjoyed to announce that $1,758,550 has already been pledged toward the $3.4M project, representing more than half of the projected need.

The goal behind the Capital Campaign, as identified by the Session, is to construct a new main entrance hall and welcome center, serving as a hub, connecting the active areas of the church and providing a recognizable entry point for first-time visitors.  Additionally, many areas of the Sanctuary and education wing are in need of upgrades and improvements as much of the structures date from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s.  The church leadership has also committed to giving a tithe of the projected costs toward local and global missions.  “As we enhance our campus to extend our mission here in Anderson, it is right for us to think of others in our region and around the globe,” said Kathy Little, one of the campaign Co-Chairs.

First Presbyterian Church is a member of the PCUSA denomination and is located in historic downtown Anderson, South Carolina.  Established in 1837, they are a “family of faith that shares a commitment to believing, loving, and serving in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The visionary leadership of Pastor Dennis Tedder, along with the Session and other key leaders have laid a firm foundation on which to launch this Capital Campaign.  Pastor Dennis stated, “We are grateful for the generosity and faithfulness of so many here at First Pres.  We have not done a church-wide Capital Campaign in more than 50 years and now is the time to step out in faith, leaving a legacy for generations yet to come.”  Campaign Co-Chair, John Lummus added, “Having a full-time consultant who has moved into our town for the duration of the campaign has given us great confidence that we are on the right track.  There is lots to do but we feel confident with the process.”

James D. Klote & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in capital funding projects for non-profit organizations, is providing full-time, resident counsel.  Consultant, Dan Reese, is representing the firm.

“I am honored to be working alongside the good people of First Pres on this historic leap of faith.  I have been overwhelmed by the incredible, broad-based support and early results this campaign has seen,” said Reese. “This church has a long history of serving and impacting the surrounding community.  These plans will allow it to continue to do just that for generations to come.”

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