A Brief History
by Nelle Price Epps
is the beneficiary of trusts created by the family of Cleyn Martin Cartledge
and the West View Presbyterian Church. The West View Church, on the
Atlanta Highway, closed its doors on Easter Sunday, 1989, instructing
the Northeast Georgia Presbytery to liquidate West View’s assets
and use the proceeds to start a new church serving northern Oconee and
Western Clarke Counties.
West View Fund provided substantial portions of OPC’s land and
building costs, and a significant portion of OPC’s operating expenses
in our first years. Grants from the Presbyterian General Assembly and
the Synod provided additional operating income. All income from these
grants ends in 2004. The Cartledge Trust will continue to provide income
to the church.
In January, 1999, the New Church Development Task Force was formed for
the purpose of recruiting and organizing pastor and nurturing the new
church as a missionary project. In August, 1999, the Reverend Pamela
Dresell answered the call to serve Chirst as OPC’s Organizing
March 12, 2000, OPC held its first formal church service, using Malcolm
Bridge Middle School cafeteria “Holy Cafeteria” as it’s
place of worship. On August 6. 2000, OPC inducted its first members
and elected its Steering Committee.
February, 2001, OPC purchased 15 acres of land on Highway 53, next to
Oconee County High School and Oconee Civic Center.
September 11, 2001, the New Church Development Commission voted to charter
the Oconee Presbyterian Church. On October 27, 2001, OPC was officially
chartered at a ceremony at the Oconee Civic Center ordaining and installing
its first Session and Rev. Pamela Driesell as its first Pastor.
October 17, 2004, OPC moved into its new building on Hog Mountain Road.
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