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Ashland began from the Dutch Fork Mission of 35 committed "missioners" from Salem, Union, and Virginia Wingard United Methodist Churches. Since its first meeting in the Seven Oaks School on March 6, 1977, the mission continued to evolve from the first people who worshiped together on that morning. Today our community provide outreach programs to adults, senior citizens, youth, and families in the extended St. Andrews area of northwest Columbia, SC.

This new congregation, under the guidance of the early "missioners," obtained a tract of available land on Ashland Road, received the Rev. Paul Harmon, a certified lay speaker and seminary student as its first part-time pastor, and officially became the Dutch Fork United Methodist Mission.

Almost a year later on February 12, 1978, the mission with 99 charter members voted to become Ashland United Methodist Church and a functioning organized church with Sunday School classes and many other programs was born. On January 15, 1979, the Rev. Robert Borom was appointed as Ashland's first full-time pastor.

Membership steadily increased as construction of its first building (now Ashland Hall) was completed for the first worship service in its own building. Less than 16 months later, ground was broken for an additional housing of eight classrooms. Later a modular building was purchased to meet the needs of a growing and vital Sunday School.

On August 28, 1988, members and guests gathered for the first worship service in their beautiful new sanctuary. Sunday School classes had already begun meeting in the new building two weeks earlier.

Ashland continues to be a mission/oriented church. With a large Salkehatchie Summer Service participation (see Missions page), Ashland began hosting the Columbia Salkehatchie Camp in 2005 and this continues today each July. The membership built an E. T. house (elderly transportable house) in 2003 and 2005, and the spring/summer of 2005 (see Missions page).

We offer a contemporary worship service (The Path) in the Fellowship Hall at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, Church School at 9:45 a.m., followed by Traditional Worship in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

Ashland's Pastors

Paul Harmon: 1977 - 1979

Bob Borom: 1979 - 1991

Sam Harmon: 1991 - 1994 T

hom Jones 1994 - 2001

Joel R. Jones 2001 - 2012

Ashland United Methodist Church has continued to touch the lives of many people in many ways as together its past, pres