Welcome to Shandon United Methodist

Since 1909, Shandon has committed itself to promoting the growth of the Christian community in Columbia, in South Carolina, and throughout the world. With faith, hope, and love, it has grown from a small congregation on the eastern boundary of Columbia’s downtown business district to one of the largest United Methodist Churches in South Carolina. The history that Shandon is now making is a natural progression of what Shandon has always been. The spirit, commitment, and faith that have brought us this far continue today! And the prospect for the future is bright and filled with the knowledge that the Spirit of the Lord will be with us always.


Shandon United Methodist Church gathers to worship God, nurture Christian faith, and go out into the world in mission.

What We Believe

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ and to put our faith and love into action.


God: God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons.

Jesus: We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God’s redeeming love.

The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst. When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it’s the Holy Spirit at work.

Human Beings: Genesis 1:27 asserts that we’ve been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create.

The Church: The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.

The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.

God’s Reign: The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.


United Methodists trace our heritage back to a pair of brothers who started the Methodist movement in 1700s England. John and Charles Wesley, helped lead a movement to “spread Scriptural holiness over the land.”  John Wesley, recognized as the founder of The United Methodist Church, and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
 – from the UMC website, Our Faith

For more information, visit The United Methodist Church website at www.umc.org