The South Carolina District Church of the Nazarene is a growing and progressive district composed of nearly 70 churches and NewStarts and seven different mission areas.
The state is divided into three geographical regions. On the eastern side of the state we have the beautiful, coastal Low Country, which includes the magnificent Grand Strand beaches. The state capital, Columbia, is the center of the Midlands, and the Upstate has the striking beauty of the mountains.
Our people are as beautiful and diverse as our geography. The state’s population of 4.7 million is varied and ethnically diverse with many opportunities for multicultural ministry.
The district has a lovely 30-acre campground, the D. Moody Gunter Camp and Retreat Center, with accommodations for over 300 people. The center is a year-round camping and retreat facility near Batesburg.
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Edward (Eddie) L. Estep
Dr. Edward (Eddie) L. Estep
In September 2006 Dr. Edward (Eddie) L. Estep began serving as superintendent of the South Carolina District. Prior to this, he served as senior pastor of the Columbus (OH) Shepherd Church of the Nazarene from 2000-2006. He has also served in other pastoral assignments that include churches in Maysville, KY (1991-2000), Ripley, WV (1987-1991) and Parkersburg, WV (staff position, 1982-1984).
Eddie received the bachelor of arts degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1982. He graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1984, earning the master of divinity degree, and from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1998, earning the doctor of ministry degree. Called to preach at the WV District Campground at the age of 15, Eddie was ordained by the West Virginia North District at the same campground in 1988.
Eddie has served on the Board of Directors of the Limestone Family YMCA (Maysville, KY) and on the Board of Trustees for Nazarene Bible College (Colorado Springs, CO), Meadowview Regional Medical Center (Maysville, KY), Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mount Vernon, OH), where he also served as secretary of the board, and Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, TN). He has served on various district boards in Eastern Kentucky and Central Ohio and as district NYI president in West Virginia North. He was a delegate to the Global Theology Conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in 2002. He was elected to the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene at the denomination’s General Assembly in 2005. He presently serves on the District Superintendents' Advisory Council (DSAC), the Regional Course of Study Advisory Council (RCOSAC) for the USA/Canada Region, and the Board of Trustees for Nazarene Theological Seminary. Additionally, Eddie has been the featured speaker in college and seminary chapel services and pastors' retreats and has visited many countries on mission trips. In recent years he has enjoyed investing in leaders, both in South Carolina and globally.
Eddie was born in Charleston, WV. He and his wife, Diane (Doran), grew up in the same church (Paden City, WV). Diane's passion and ministry focus is Marriage & Family Enrichment. They have two sons, Josh, a Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) graduate who lives in Columbus, Ohio, and works at Nationwide, and Jeff (and Brittany) Estep, who serves as minister to young adults/minister of sports outreach at Midland Valley Community Church of the Nazarene on the South Carolina District.
Eddie enjoys running, hunting, fishing, exercising his piloting privileges when opportunities allow, and spending time with the family.
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The South Carolina District exists to facilitate the making of Christlike disciples in the nations by developing missional pastors, strengthening existing churches, and starting new churches.
Our strong desire is to see a sanctified passion
for God in each individual and church on the South
Carolina District and a move of the Holy Spirit in each local church.
We desire to have pastors who think missionally, understand strategies for effective change, equip local leaders, and have the relational skills to lead congregations through times of change. We intend to raise up leaders who model Christlike discipleship and godly service and who in turn invest in the development of other leaders.
We desire to see an increase of healthy, growing disciples and healthy, growing churches.
The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
Organized in 1908, the Church is now home to more than 2.1 million members worshiping
in just over 28,000 local congregations in 159 world areas.
The mission of the Church of the Nazarene is to make Christlike disciples in the nations.
Nazarenes support 11 liberal arts institutions in Africa, Canada, Korea, and the United States, as well as 3 graduate seminaries, 38 undergraduate Bible/theological colleges, 3 nurses training colleges, 1 junior college, and 1 education college worldwide.
Nazarenes are passionate about making a difference in the world by taking the good news of Jesus Christ to people everywhere. Today there are 737 missionaries and volunteers serving around the world. Each week, Nazarenes worship in more than 212 languages or tribal languages, with literature produced in 90 of these. The church operates 64 hospitals and medical clinics worldwide. This missionary enterprise is made possible by the contributions of the global Nazarene family. Nazarenes also engage in starting new churches and congregations by praying, giving, and supporting worldwide volunteers and contracted missionaries.
The Church of the Nazarene is the largest denomination in the classical Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The doctrine that distinguishes the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan denominations from most other Christian denominations is that of entire sanctification. Nazarenes believe that God calls Christians to a life of holy living that is marked by an act of God, cleansing the heart from original sin and filling the individual with love for God and humankind. This experience is marked by entire consecration of the believer to do God's will and is followed by a life of seeking to serve God through service to others. Like salvation, entire sanctification is an act of God's grace, not of works. Our pursuant service to God is an act of love whereby we show our appreciation for the grace that has been extended to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
A Tradition of Service
Nazarenes are a compassionate people. We believe in serving others. This is expressed locally through the services of members to their communities. Contributions from Nazarenes make possible the administration of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM). Following the example of Jesus, NCM seeks to educate, clothe, shelter, feed, heal, and ultimately empower those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. Through 183 full-time compassionate ministry centers and volunteer efforts, Nazarenes have been instrumental in assisting people in every part of the globe who have been affected by war, famine, hurricane, flood, and other natural and man-made disasters.
The worldwide network of Nazarene churches makes it possible for the denomination to serve as a conduit of assistance to hurting nations. Nazarenes provide money for food, medical supplies, clothing, and other items to persons in a number of countries where there are pressing needs. In addition, the denomination’s missionary infrastructure is often used by World Relief and similar agencies when they need assistance in getting supplies to people in remote or troubled areas.
Nazarenes also offer their time and services on volunteer Work and Witness and Youth In Mission teams to build churches, schools, and clinics and to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
The Church of the Nazarene reaches out to persons around the globe through the power of technology. Through the Internet, radio broadcasts in 36 languages, and video and printed materials in 90 languages, we share the message of hope in Jesus Christ and educate constituents and interested parties about people, programs, news, and events of interest in the life of the church.
We Are a Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
We Are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including "entire sanctification" and "baptism with the Holy Spirit"-cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.
We Are a Missional People
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church (Matthew 28:19-20). As a global community of faith, we are commissioned to take the Good News of life in Jesus Christ to people everywhere and to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands.
The Church of the Nazarene bonds together individuals who have made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives, sharing in Christian fellowship, and seeking to strengthen each other in faith development through worship, preaching, training, and service to others. We strive to express the compassion of Jesus Christ to all persons along with our personal commitment to Christlike living.
These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true, and are common to Christians world–wide:
- We believe in one God who has expressed himself in personal ways. We know God’s personality as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe the Bible communicates God’s saving message and is our reliable authority in all matters related to faith and Christian living.
- We believe that all humankind struggles with a downward pull.
- We believe that unless we experience God’s help and salvation through a faith commitment to Jesus Christ, our future is one of eternal separation from God and all that is good.
- We believe the love and grace of God is extended to every person in the provision Jesus Christ made in his death and resurrection. By turning from our own selfishness and trusting Jesus Christ, we experience a new life, being freed from the old patterns of self–destructive acts called sin.
- We believe our new life in Jesus Christ is the gateway to transformation. Following our moment of faith in Jesus, we believe there is another moment in which we present our life completely to Christ in order to live under his authority and to experience his transforming power.
- We believe that Christian experience is more than a change of mind. It is accompanied by assurance that is grounded in both the Scriptures as well as the inner witness of God’s Spirit.
- We believe that all who live for Jesus Christ have an eternal future. Our belief in such a future includes both the fulfillment of God’s creative purpose as well as the accountability of all persons endowed with the power of choice.
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