New Faith Presbyterian Church says farewell


New Faith Presbyterian Church celebrated the appreciation and farewell service of their pastor, the Rev. Alice Ridgill on Nov. 3.

During the service, Ridgill preached her last sermon as pastor of the church she founded in 2010. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, New Faith made history in the Lakelands area when the church chartered as an official congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and became the first African American Presbyterian Church in Greenwood County.

“Though Sunday’s service was three hours long, the time went by so fast because she is such a dynamic speaker,” said Glenda Oliver-Smith, a member of New Faith. “Pastor was so humble during the service. She is an amazing woman!”

On Oct. 13, Pastor Ridgill announced she would be leaving New Faith Presbyterian because God had given her a new assignment and she must be obedient.

On the morning of Oct. 29, Ridgill sent a text to the members of New Faith soliciting their prayers as she was being nominated to serve as the Associate General Presbyter for Charlotte Presbytery in Charlotte, NC.

After preaching a sermon during the farewell service titled “God’s Got This,” Pastor Ridgill announced that in her new role as Associate General Presbyter, she would be responsible for resourcing more than 29,000 members of Charlotte Presbytery in some 95 Presbyterian Churches across seven counties in North Carolina and one county in South Carolina.

In addition to serving as Associate General Presbyter, Pastor Ridgill shared that she would be returning to the United States Air Force Reserve as a chaplain with the rank of captain and serving in this capacity at Joint Base Andrews in the Washington, DC, area.

“I could not be more proud of her,” Stacy Holloway said. “Pastor Ridgill is serving both God and our country.”

Ridgill will be relocating to the Charlotte area in the coming weeks, and the members of New Faith Presbyterian Church will remember her fondly as she continues her service.