During a two-hour service Oct. 9, Greenville First Korean Church thanked God for its newly acquired church building. In dedicating it to worshiping God and reaching other Koreans for Christ, pastor Seung Heon Lee led the congregation of about 150 members and friends in acknowledging God’s goodness.
The church began more than 15 years ago. For the first 10 years, the congregation used the former sanctuary and education space of Hampton Heights Baptist Church, Greenville. For the past five years, they have worshiped in the 1923 sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Taylors.
Leaders had been looking for property for some time. Since they are the only Southern Baptist Korean congregation in the Upstate, they wanted a location that was convenient for residents of Spartanburg, Gaffney, Greenwood, Anderson, Greenville, and Hendersonville, N.C. That meant finding property on or near a major road.
The Korean congregation finally purchased a facility on Beatrice Street in Greer from a non-denominational church that had relocated.
Now the biggest need is for Sunday school workers who can teach the children in English. The Korean language is used in the worship services, but the children tend to be more fluent in English. The pastor expressed his hope that several people who are not members of the Korean church will volunteer to teach these classes. The church office can be reached at 864-989-0485.