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History of Renfrew

Renfrew’s first building in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Read more to learn about the unique history of Renfrew.
 
HISTORY OF RENFREW
 
In the early years of Renfrew Mill Community in Travelers Rest, S.C., several residents felt the leading of God to start a Baptist church. A meeting was called on March 14, 1929, for the purpose of organizing a Baptist church. During this meeting eleven people were received as charter members. March 28, 1929, a second meeting was held to complete organization work. At this meeting three letters were received bringing the church membership to 14. The name Renfrew Baptist Church was given to this newly organized church and the first church covenant was adopted.
 
A pastor was called, but with only one church building in the community, the new congregation shared its meeting space with the local Methodists. The two churches worshipped together, and the two pastors shared the pulpit. One pastor would open with scripture reading and prayer, and the other pastor preached the sermon. They rotated duties each week.
 
In 1941, a parcel of land was donated on Renfrew Avenue, and on February 28, 1942, the sanctuary was dedicated to the Glory of God. Realizing the need for Sunday school classrooms, a new educational building was constructed adjacent to the sanctuary and was completed in October 1963. This building housed the pastor’s study, church offices, fellowship room with kitchen, and the adult’s and children’s Sunday school classrooms.
 
In 1982 Renfrew Baptist Church had a vision for an all day ministry outreach to children. This vision led to the creation of the Renfrew Baptist Child Development Center which has been in continuous operation since the early 1980’s.
 
As the membership continued to grow, the congregation decided to purchase ten acres of land on Geer Highway in 1982. Late that same year, a large 25 ft. lighted sign was placed at the front of the property at Geer Highway, thus by late 1982 Renfrew’s move to their new property began. After several years of prayer and planning, Renfrew had a ground-breaking ceremony on June 24, 1984. This ground breaking was noted by many in the community as one of the most unusual ground-breaking ceremonies ever. Because of extremely heavy rain at the time of the ceremony, the building committee responsible for the event brought soil from the new building site inside the old sanctuary and held the ground-breaking indoors. After the ceremony, Renfrew members were given a small amount of the soil from the ground-breaking to keep.
 
The new sanctuary, with its 3-story educational building was dedicated as part of the homecoming ceremonies on June 8, 1986. A new church portrait was taken on the sanctuary steps and a young man, whose picture was taken with one of the first portraits of the first Renfrew Baptist Church in 1949, preached the first message at the New Renfrew Baptist Church.
 

Recognizing the need for a multipurpose Gymnasium around the turn of the century, Renfrew Baptist Church began praying and planning, and in 2002 the church held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new gymnasium. Construction was completed approximately a year and a half later. Renfrew Baptist Church now had facilities that contained a gymnasium which would be used as a gym and auditorium, a large fellowship hall, and added educational and discipleship classrooms.

Renfrew Baptist Church continues to aspire to be a first century church in the 21st century church.

 Lead Pastor

Shawn O’Shields- Senior Pastor
 
Reverend Shawn O’Shields, Senior Pastor
 
Shawn has been the pastor at Renfrew since April of 2008. He was born and raised in Dacusville, SC. He is a graduate of Furman University. Before coming to Renfrew, Shawn has served as pastor, interim pastor, and counselor with several upstate SC churches. Shawn has been married to his wife, Bonnie, for 20 years and they have two children; Elizabeth, who is a student Clemson University and Connor, who is a student at Pickens High School.
 
Shawn enjoys spending time with his family and their 4 pets as well as working on “antique” cars and trucks. Shawn is passionate about teaching the Word of God and watching as God’s power transforms lives.

Our Mission

Here at Renfrew Church our goal is to Worship the Lord, Teach and Nurture Believers, and Evangelize and Care for the World!
 
We strive to do this through many different ministries and opportunities to be involved here at church.

 Frequently Asked Questions

What is this FAQ for?

Many questions get asked by visitors to our church, those new in town, and friends and neighbors of our members. Here’s a list of questions that may help you get to know Renfrew Church a little better.

 

How big is the church?

100-200 active members and many regular attenders.
 
 

When are your service times?

Our Sunday morning traditional service begins at 8:30am and features traditional hymnal music along with special music by the Renfrew Choir under the direction of Rev. Gary Green.

Our Sunday morning contemporary service begins at 11:00 am and features the praise and worship music of today and the music is provided by our Praise Band featuring the voices of Zack and Jodie Baker, Joshua Griffin, Dalton Kelly & Cameron Edens. The message in both services is primarily brought by our Senior Pastor, Rev. Shawn O’Shields.

If you are wanting to dive deeper into the word then our Sunday School hour is from 9:45 am to 10:45am.

We look forward to seeing you. 
 

SUNDAYS

Traditional Worship Service 8:30am

Sunday School : 9:45am

Contemporary Worship Service: 11:00am

Sunday Evening Service: 6:00pm
 

WEDNESDAYS

Wednesday Service 7:00pm

Choir Practice 7:00pm
 

FAMILY FIRST SUNDAY

Every first Sunday of every month 
 

SPECIAL PRAYER TIMES

Tuesdays at 8:30am

Wednesday at 6:15pm

Sundays at 8:45am
 
 

What do you offer for children on Sunday mornings?

Sunday School at 9:45am

Children’s Church during our Contemporary Worship Service

Nursery available during both Sunday services and Sunday School as well as Sunday evening service
 
 

What do you offer for babies and toddlers?

Nursery care, both AM and PM services.
 
 

Who goes to your church?

Our church is made up of all races and nationalities, all income levels, and people from all walks of life. Everyone is welcome at Renfrew!