Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Diocese of Upper South Carolina
CountryUnited States
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince IV
Congregations59 (2021)
Members21,765 (2021)
DenominationEpiscopal Church
EstablishedOctober 10, 1922
CathedralTrinity Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopDaniel Richards
Location of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
Location of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina

The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (EDUSC) is a diocese in the Episcopal Church.

Originally part of the Diocese of South Carolina, it became independent on October 10–11, 1922 following nearly two years of planning.[1] The see city is Columbia. Its cathedral is Trinity Cathedral. The diocese comprises approximately 60 congregations in the Upstate (northwestern) and Midlands regions of the U.S. state of South Carolina.[2] There are five convocations in the diocese: Midlands (Columbia area), Catawba (Rock Hill area), Foothills (Greenville area), Gravatt (Aiken area), and Piedmont (Spartanburg areas).[3]

The bishop is Daniel P. Richards. He was elected bishop on September 25 2021 and was consecrated at Trinity Cathedral as bishop on February 26 2022.[4][5]

Among the Diocese's many institutions, the Bishop Gravatt Center began service in 1949 as a retreat and summer camp site. Now a non-profit corporation with its own Board of Trustees, the Center remains a vital part of the Diocese through its summer camp Christian formation program and numerous diocesan and parish activities such as Happening, Cursillo, youth retreats, vestry retreats, parish family weekends, etc.[6]

Bishops of Upper South Carolina[edit]

Honorific & Name Dates
1st Kirkman George Finlay 1922–1938
2nd John James Gravatt 1939–1953
3rd Clarence Alfred Cole 1953–1963
4th John Adams Pinckney 1963–1972
5th George Moyer Alexander 1973–1979
6th William Arthur Beckham 1979–1995
7th Dorsey F. Henderson, Jr. 1995–2009
8th W. Andrew Waldo 2010–2022
9th Daniel Paul Richards 2022–

Parishes, Missions and Institutions as of August 2015[edit]

Trinity Cathedral, Columbia

Parishes and Missions[edit]

  1. Abbeville - Trinity Church
  2. Aiken - Saint Augustine of Canterbury Church
  3. Aiken - Saint Thaddeus Church
  4. Anderson - Grace Church
  5. Anderson - Saint George's Church
  6. Beech Island - All Saints' Church
  7. Batesburg - Saint Paul's Church
  8. Boiling Springs - Saint Margaret's Church
  9. Camden - Grace Church
  10. Cayce - All Saints' Church
  11. Chapin - Saint Francis of Assisi Church
  12. Chester - Saint Mark's Church
  13. Clemson - Holy Trinity Church
  14. Clinton - All Saints' Church
  15. Columbia - Church of the Good Shepherd
  16. Columbia - St Lukes Church
  17. Columbia - St Davids Church
  18. Columbia - Trinity Cathedral Church
  19. Columbia - Church of the Cross
  20. Columbia - St Timothys Church
  21. Columbia - St Johns Church
  22. Columbia - St Marys Church
  23. Columbia - St Martins in the Fields Church
  24. Columbia - St Michael & All Angels Church
  25. Easley - St Michaels Church
  26. Eastover - St Thomas
  27. Edgefield - Church of the Ridge
  28. Fort Mill - St Pauls Episcopal Church
  29. Gaffney - Church of the Incarnation
  30. Graniteville - Saint Paul's Church
  31. Great Falls - Saint Peter's Church
  32. Greenville - Saint Francis' Church
  33. Greenville - Christ Church
  34. Greenville - Saint Philip's Church Archived 2013-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
  35. Greenville - Saint Peter's Church
  36. Greenville - Church of the Redeemer
  37. Greenville - Saint Andrew's Church
  38. Greenville - Saint James Church
  39. Greenwood - Church of the Resurrection
  40. Greer - Church of the Good Shepherd
  41. Hopkins - Saint John's Church
  42. Irmo - Church of Saint Simon and Saint Jude
  43. Jenkinsville - Saint Barnabas' Church
  44. Lancaster - Christ Church
  45. Laurens - Church of the Epiphany
  46. Lexington - Saint Alban's Church
  47. Newberry - Saint Luke's Church
  48. North Augusta - Saint Bartholomew's Church
  49. Ridgeway - Saint Stephen's Church
  50. Rock Hill - Church of Our Saviour
  51. Seneca - Church of the Ascension
  52. Simpsonville - Holy Cross Church
  53. Spartanburg - Saint Christopher's Church
  54. Spartanburg - Saint Matthew's Church
  55. Spartanburg - Church of the Advent
  56. Spartanburg - Church of the Epiphany
  57. Trenton - Church of the Ridge
  58. Union - Church of the Nativity
  59. Winnsboro - Saint John's Church
  60. York - Church of the Good Shepherd


  1. Aiken Bishop Gravatt Center / Camp Gravatt
  2. Aiken Mead Hall School
  3. Columbia George M. Alexander Diocesan House
  4. Columbia Finlay House
  5. Columbia Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
  6. Columbia Saint Lawrence Place
  7. Denmark Voorhees College,
  8. Greenville Christ Church Episcopal School
  9. West Columbia Chapel of the Holy Spirit (at Still Hopes)
  10. West Columbia South Carolina Episcopal Home at Still Hopes
  11. York York Place


  1. ^ Clarke, Philip G. (1972). A Brief History of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina: Fiftieth Anniversary Year, 1922-1972.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Upper South Carolina". The Episcopal Church. Archived from the original on 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  3. ^ "Diocesan Structure" (PDF). Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  4. ^ "Announcing the Election of the Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards as the ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina - Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina". www.edusc.org. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  5. ^ lwilson (2021-10-11). "Upper South Carolina elects Daniel P. Richards as its ninth bishop". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  6. ^ Diocesan Profile, Search for the Eighth Bishop of Upper South Carolina, 2008, p.16.

See also The Episcopal Church Annual. Morehouse: New York, NY, 2009 and the online interactive directory at The Red Book

External links[edit]

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