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Reformed Presbyterian Church launched in Pageland

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An Atlanta-area minister and several local residents are starting a new church.

The Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America will hold its first service this Sunday (Nov. 7) at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Guest Lodge, 910 W. McGregor St.

The church will hold Bible study, led by Chris Mangum, and on the first Sunday of the month will hold a worship service, said Frank Smith, pastor of a RPCNA congregation in Alpharetta, Ga. The Pageland church is the first for the denomination in South Carolina, he said. Also leading the effort is Chris Mangum’s brother Joe.

The Rev. Greg Cumbee of Durham, N.C., will be the preacher for the first worship service this Sunday.

“We share a heritage with the Associate Reform Presbyterian Church,” Smith said. “One of the things for which RPCNA is known is the idea of the kingship of Jesus Christ over man and nation. That’s an important doctrine historically.

“We have maintained the practice of singing the Biblical songs in public worship without musical accompaniment. We’ve maintained those standards through the years. We believe this is the way that God desires to be worshiped. We believe that worship should be worship.”

Smith said all are welcome. “We welcome everybody. We would certainly welcome people who are not churched including those who have questions about Christianity,” he said. “Secondly, we would invite people who are perhaps looking for a deeper spiritual experience to come and give us a try.”