In the Spring of 1983, a small group of men supported by their wives talked about starting a new Presbyterian Church in the Seven Oaks/Irmo area that should have two goals: to stand for biblical truth and to be mission-minded.
In June of 1983, on a Sunday evening, a group of people gathered at Leaphart Elementary School on Piney Grove Road for the purpose of worshiping God. Hymnbooks were borrowed from First Presbyterian Church of Columbia and buckets from Kentucky Fried Chicken were used for the offering plates. The next Sunday, it was announced that there would be a regular worship service and Sunday school held at that location.
In the fall of 1983, the church authorized the purchase of 6.75 acres on St. Andrews Road across the street from what is now called Crossroads Middle School to be its official ‘home’.
Since 1983, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church has been a part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).Christmas of 1984, the first worship service was held. In 1988, a three story building was completed to house our Family Center, adult and youth educational class rooms. In 2002, SAPC “had a baby”—a church plant in Chapin to reach out with the Gospel to those in that community. Dr. Dale Welden was called as the third Senior Pastor of SAPC in August of 2006. The Great Hall, Student Center, Worship and Arts Suite, and extensive renovations to the Sanctuary, Children’s Ministry area and Offices were completed in August of 2012.