Tyger River Presbyterian Church is…
A community that is welcoming and inclusive
A community that is a safe place for people to explore their faith
A community where worship is positive and relevant
A community where families are nurtured, children are cherished and singles are welcomed
A community where the practice of receiving and giving forgiveness is central to the healing of relationships between God, self and others
A community where people connect with God, serve the world and support one another through Ministry Teams
In late 1997, Dr. Doug Cushing was given a bold calling: start a new church to reach out to the growing populous of Spartanburg’s west side. The church started with no members and no facilities – just a vision of founding Tyger River Presbyterian Church, a church committed to bringing positive and relevant worship to all ages.
Tyger River has come far since the early days of services held at the YMCA in Duncan. The first worship service was held October 16, 1997, and Tyger River was chartered with 100 members on August 18, 1998.
Eight acres on Reidville Road were purchased for the permanent site of Tyger River Presbyterian, and Phase I of the building project was finished in July 1999, including the sanctuary. It was dedicated on the church’s first anniversary, August 1999. The church moved into its Phase II addition on February 24, 2004. The dedication for the addition was held on the church’s 6th anniversary, August 2004.
From its beginning, Tyger River Presbyterian has been a place of substantial ministry, especially in the local community. In fact, the church currently houses two nonprofit ministries which got their starts as ministries of church. The Carpenter’s Table Community Outreach Center is a hunger relief program that feeds hundreds of households each month. Tyger River Children’s Center is a faith-based afterschool and summer program committed to providing a developmentally appropriate learning experience in a safe, Christian environment that promotes social, intellectual, and spiritual growth.
In November of 2016, Tyger River called its second installed pastor, Rev. Hudson Neely.
In 2018, Tyger River celebrated its 20th Anniversary and the launch of 2020 Vision, a three-year vision campaign. Tyger River is excited to celebrate a quarter century of ministry in 2023.