Situation and Burden
The church ground was taken in Columbia in 1987. However, the church has remained small throughout the years. At the University of South Carolina, there are two brothers currently serving on the faculty with one sister enrolled. Three saints are now employed by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. There are 21 saints meeting in Columbia who blend regularly with saints in Augusta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Charleston, SC; and Simpsonville, SC. Additionally, there are two junior high young people and seven children.
The City of Columbia
Columbia is the state capital and largest city in the State of South Carolina with a population over 130,000 and 837,000 in the metropolitan area. The University of South Carolina is located in the heart of downtown Columbia with over 34,000 students enrolled. The city lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River, which is popular with paddlers and kayakers in the area.
A public-private City Center Partnership has been formed to implement the downtown revitalization and boost downtown growth. Columbia enjoys a diversified economy, with the major employers in the area being the South Carolina state government, the Palmetto Health hospital system, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Palmetto GBA, and the University of South Carolina. For more information see City-Data Profile and Official City Website.
City Population – 133,114 (Greater Columbia population: 785,000)
Median Household Income: $48,577
Racial Makeup: 48% White, 39.9% Black, 5.7% Hispanic, 2.8% Asian, 1.3% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races.
The University of South Carolina – 34,000 students