The Birth of a New Life


The Walterboro Parish, consisting of Cumberland United Methodist Church, Isaiah United Methodist Church, and Wesley United Methodist Church, conceptualized the belief that ministry could be further advanced and enhanced more effectively and efficiently through the merging of the three churches into one central church. This process began under the guidance and direction of Reverend Anthony Hodge in March of 1996. With the purchase of land in 2000, a grant from the Office of Congregational Development and avid, capitol fundraising by the new church body, groundbreaking ceremonies were held on December 12, 2004.

 The idea had taken root, land was purchased and plans were in motion, the planning process continued to evolve for years. As of 2004, worship was still being conducted in the former Wesley United Methodist Church building, now under the leadership of Reverend Reece. A building committee was appointed to continue the merger process and a plan for a new facility was formulated.

            With the assistance of Christ Jesus, many hands, minds and bodies working collaboratively together, on Sunday, March 19, 2006, proud members of the New Life United Methodist Church processed into the new facility. In June, 2006, Reverend James R. Cannion assumed the helm as the pastor of New Life United Methodist Church. A service of consecration was held on Saturday, February 10, 2007.

            In June of 2009, Reverend Dwight A. Nelson Sr. became the pastor of New Life United Methodist Church. In March 13, 2010, a church cornerstone heralding our past history was laid.

            In 2015, Reverend Kenneth Carter became the new pastor of New Life United Methodist Church.

            As we reflect upon the past, we give honor to the deceased and thanks to all the members, friends and the community for their effort and support over the years. We most assuredly give thanks to God for his daily wisdom, guidance and blessings! As we envision the future, we trust in God that he will continue to walk with us every step of the way as we fulfill our mission to spiritually uplift and strengthen our community, worship, teach and minister to others and ourselves while embracing the great commission. We pray God’s continued blessings on our church, our leaders, our community, our congregation and our pastor as we grow in this New Life!

Sis. Kathleen Whay

Church Historian/ Communications