About Us

During the 1960s and 1970s, St. Luke's Episcopal Church was a vibrant part of the Historic Waverly Community on the east side of downtown Columbia, SC.  During this period, a large recreation center was constructed to attract the area's youth.  Upon the completion of the center, various ministries were offered.  The gymnasium was used for area youth basketball leagues, as well as various community events.  This facility was named after the rector who envisioned this center and helped make it a reality, The Rev'd William F. O'Neal.  Upon Father O'Neal's death in 1975 much of the ministry focus changed, and the center was no longer used to its fullest potential.  For the past ten years, the center had remained almost dormant and had fallen into disrepair.  In 2016, St. Luke's received funds to refurbish the center.  Along with the renovation of the center, comes a renewed interest in expanding St. Luke's ministerial presence in the historic Waverly Community resulting in the birth of the Fresh Start Ministry.


The mission of the Fresh Start Ministry

is to show God's love by providing laundry service, showers, food and clothing to Columbia's most vulnerable citizens.

Fresh Start Ministry does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its

activities or operations. 


Fresh Start Ministry is funded in part by a Matthew 25 grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

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All Services are available


Every Thursdays from 10a.m - 3p.m


2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month from 10a.m - 3p.m

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church

1300 Pine Street

Columbia, SC 29204

(803) 254-2327

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