What people are saying...
The congregation of Forest Lake Presbyterian has graciously supported the mission of Presbyterian College since 1975, which includes an endowment fund to provide support for a comprehensive program of Christian worship, Christian education, service to others, and fellowship that engages the student body. In recent years, the gains from the Forest Lake Endowment have been specifically used to fund a weekend retreat that introduces students to seminaries in the region and to hear speakers with inspiring testimonies of a life in ministry. However, campus travel has been suspended for the 2020-2021 academic school year due to Covid-19. This year, in lieu of a weekend retreat, funds were used to help purchase books for a study on Acts by N.T. Wright, to cover the costs of a campus wide Ash Wednesday service, and helped host monthly Friday night gatherings for the PC community. The endowment draw for fiscal year 2021 will total $1,701.72. One student leader said, “The foundation of Religious Life at PC is built on unconditional love and service. I love that, through Campus Wide Worship, we can be fully inclusive of our student body’s diverse cultural and denominational backgrounds, while simultaneously exposing our community to new ways of thinking about and expressing faith through worship and daily life.” Another student, when asked about his experience as a Religious Life leader, said, “It has given me the chance to be able to serve my campus in a more impactful way. Having the opportunity to minister to other students has been an amazing experience and has helped me to grow both personally and in my relationship with Christ.” A specific group of student leaders receive bi-weekly training in pastoral care and peer care from our Chaplain’s office intern.
The support of congregations like Forest Lake Presbyterian afford the Religious Life department at PC to continue to provide relevant, experiential, Christian leadership development. We are thankful for your support and hope we can continue to partner together.
- Perrin Tribble Director of Church Relations
Friendly, loving, and truly cares for all people, not just "members". This church has helped me understand the Bible teachings with such clarity and purpose. There is no need to put on a "face" when you come here, you don't need to feel or be in an "acceptable" state. I have felt and been welcomed and loved no matter if I am in joy or suffering. If you are looking for a church home where you can come with your burdens, doubts, or questions and not be dismissed, this is the home for you!
- Michael Ryker
FLPC is a church grounded in love, scripture, and service. We were welcomed and made to feel part of the church immediately! Our first visit was on a Palm Sunday, and my children were included in the service. Opportunities for fellowship and service abound, for both adults and children. Our pastors are some of the best teachers around, making worship truly meaningful. Come visit us and see for yourself:)
- Ashby Howard
This is an authentic congregation with a passion for Christian service and learning. Sermons are compelling, informative and interesting. There are always multiple and varied educational and service offerings for those interested in learning more about God's word and spreading his love.
- Caroline Streater
This place has friendly people and they have a wonderful pipe organ now.
- Frank Ward
Forest Lake Presbyterian will make you feel like family as soon as you step through the door. Our children love the Sunday School programs, the garden, and the many service and fellowship activities that are offered! I highly recommend visiting and if you do, I'm sure you will come back!
- Harry Hoppmann
I have grown up at FLPC and have spent most of my 46 years worshipping here except for the few years my husband and I lived outside of Columbia. It has always been "home" to me and we are blessed with a strong, supportive and loving group of church leaders. Our leaders are supported by a dedicated, hard-working and welcoming congregation. We have a diverse membership that enjoys studying, worshipping, serving and fellowship together. Through all of life's ups and downs God's love is constantly been present through Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. If you are looking for a church home, we welcome you to join us at the church on the corner of Rockbridge and N. Trenholm.
- Katherine Lockwood
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church has been a blessing in my life. From the moment I walked in the door I have felt welcomed, loved and guided. I thank all of the wonderful members of Forest Lake Presbyterian Church!
- Christi Cooper
Beautiful church with a wonderful congregation. Many activities for children and youth.
- Stuart Park