White Oak Presbyterian Church is a member of the ARP Synod. Founded in 1836, White Oak has been
faithfully preserved by the Living God to be a faithful witness of the Gospel in this area. Founded upon the
Reformed doctrines of grace, this church aims to be a beacon of Godly light in a dark and fallen world. We
welcome you to join us in worship on the Lord's Day!
History of the White Oak Congregation
"In 1830, several families, descendants of the Scots-Irish from Counties Down and Antrim, Ireland, came
first to Abbeville, Newberry and Laurens Districts in South Carolina, and, from there, migrated to the White
Oak community. These families were Psalm-singing Presbyterians. For several years, these families
worshipped at the Newnan Presbyterian Church, but due to the distance and hardship of traveling, they
desired a place of worship closer to their community.
In 1836, the Associate Reformed Presbyterians of the White Oak settlement bought a log church named
Smyrna from the Methodists. At that time, the church could not be supplied with a pastor of their own
denomination. On Saturday, October 21, 1837, the White Oak congregation assembled after the morning
sermon and adopted the Westminister Confession of Faith of the Presbyterian Church and consented to
receive its doctrines and to be governed by its disciplines, and were, by prayers, solemnly set apart and
consitituted into a church called White Oak Presbyterian Church. Robert Russell and James Thompson
were installed as ruling elders in this new church. The Reverend Joseph Young Alexander was the
Presbyterian minister appointed by the Flint River Presbytery to organize the White Oak Presbyterian church
and was its pastor for the next several years." *
Tradition has it that the organization of this church took place under the shed of the old Bowers’ cotton gin.
Among the founding families were Young, Bowers, Walthall, Leslie, Stewart, Hunter, Tolbert, Bryson,
Chalmers, Russell, Johnson and Carmichael.