Holy Apostles Church Accessible

West Columbia, South Carolina

Holy Apostles Church

Founded 1982

Diocese: Diocese of the South

Deanery: Carolina Deanery


724 Buff St
West Columbia, South Carolina 29169


Office: 803-926-8744

Parish Contacts

V. Rev. G Thomas Moore
634 Wren Rd
Lexington, SC 29073
Home: 803-318-6093
V. Rev. Samuel Gantt
Retired, Attached
Home: 530-262-8101

Lay Leadership

Mr. Christian Borgheresi
Choir Director
245 Cedar Hill Lane
West Columbia SC 29170


From North or South
On I-20, go to exit #61 (Rt # 378 to West Columbia); on I-26, go to exit #110 (Rt # 378 to West Columbia).  Proceed from I-20 approx. 5.5 miles; from I-26 approx. 2.5 miles to the intersection Rt 378 (also called Sunset Blvd) and 9th St.  [You will pass the light at 12th St. and #378 just before turning right on 9th.]  Turn left a couple of blocks ahead on Buff St. - [the frontage road just before the highway #12 entrance]. As you proceed on Buff St., you will see our sign, white building and gold dome on the left at the top of the hill, 724 Buff St.

From in town
Cross the Gervais St Bridge and bear right onto 378.  Go past the Carolina Farms Poultry Plant, under the overpass to the traffic light.  Look for the blue and white Orthodox Church sign on the right.  Turn left 20 feet further at Lucas St, go to the end of the street, and turn right on Buff St.  You will see the sign, and Church 100 yards on your right.

Schedule of Services

See our updated calendar at www.holyapostles.org

6:00 PM Great Vespers.
Saturday Evening

9:00 AM Church School, 9:30 AM Pre-Communion Prayers and Hours; 10 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

6:00 PM Vespers and Confessions.
Wednesday Evening

6:00 PM Vigil.
Eves of Great Feasts

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

Parish Background

Holy Apostles Mission began in 1982, when Fr Seraphim Storheim visited regularly with the group in Columbia.  Eventually, Fr Stephen Smith became the priest-in-charge and held services monthly.  During the formative years, the mission was helped greatly by the local Greek Orthodox parish, Holy Trinity.  Many of the liturgical items were donated by Holy Trinity Community and their support was very important to our growth.

In 1987 Fr Peter Smith and his family moved to Columbia to become the first full-time pastor.  After the usual struggles of any fledgling mission, consistent liturgical worship and the stable presence of an OCA mission began to bear fruit.  With great foresight, the members of Holy Apostles had diligently built a sizeable building fund with which we bought a building in December of 1990.  From that very moment, exciting things happened on a regular basis for Holy Apostles.

In 1991, Subdeacon Thomas and Kyra Moore returned home to Columbia with their son, George.  Having completed the Late Vocations at Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco, and serving at Holy Apostles for a year, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in June 1992.  After serving as deacon for five years, he was ordained to the Priesthood in June 1998.  After graduating from St Vladimir’s Semninary, he was assigned to develop the St Innocent Mission in Macon, GA.  Subdeacon Mikel and Elizabeth Bock, with their daughter Stephanie, having arrived in 1992, were other faithful pillars of the early Holy Apostles Mission until 1998, when they moved to Anchorage, AK to study at St Herman’s Seminary.  The Reader Kevin Smith and his wife Kamilla along with their children, Justin and Abigail were also instrumental in the early formation of this community, until 1998 when they moved to attend St Vladimir’s Seminary.

In May, 1999, Fr Peter Smith was re-assigned to St Mary of Egypt Church in Atlanta and Fr Thomas Moore was asked to return to Holy Apostles.  Although initially reluctant to leave the fledgling St Innocent Mission, left in the good hands of Dn Innokenty (Chmerko), Fr Thomas and his family, now including their daughter Anna, were able to joyfully return home once again.

Many new and old faces were there to greet them, inclding some new community pillars.  Reader Lawrence and Julianna Gillespie and Vera Bozko-Summers have been indefatigable servants and fundraisers for the Mission, and the community has been also greatly enriched by the conversion of Dr Edward Rommen and his family. They along with many other steady and regular members provided continuity and invaluable help to Holy Apostles during this transitional period.  May God grant them many years.

Having been written three years ago, this history needs a bit of updating:  Fr. Thomas, and Mat. Kyra now have a new baby girl, Grace Elizabeth, born Feb. 8, 2002.  The now Rev Mikel Bock and his family continue to live in Anchorage, and having completed St. Herman’s Seminary was ordained a priest on Dec. 8, 2002. Axios!  The now Deacon Kevin Smith finished St. Vladimir’s and his family will continue to live there as he begins his work for the Seminary.  Axios!  The now Hieromonk Innonkenty (Chmerko) contines to lead the Macon Mission as they erect a new church building. Axios!  The Priest Edward Rommen and his family are growing the Transfiguration Mission in Raleigh North Carolina. Axios!

Many old friends mentioned continue to serve here, some old ones have returned, and many new members have been added.  We now have a book store, and a new building to expand our worhsip and church school space, and to house our future Orthodox School. We are involved in many service outreach projects to our community, and wth the blessing of Archbishiop DMITRI, Holy Apostles has started a mission station in the Aiken/Augusta area.

Easily accessible by land, sea, and air, Columbia, South Carolina is centrally located in the southeastern portion of the vibrant Diocese of the South, under the pastoral direction of Archbishop Dmitri. We continue to invite you to “Come and see” and to visit our website at www.holyapostles.org