History Redeemer Presbyterian Church is located on the west side of Spartanburg. We are situated near half a dozen small towns that are gradually transitioning from rural communities into suburbs of Spartanburg.
In 1761, a group of Pennsylvania Irish settlers came to the area, joined a few years later by other settlers arriving directly from Ireland. Together, they settled the Tyger River highlands. The western edge of Spartanburg County was developed into farms and homesteads by these settlers.
Christian worship was very important to them, so they banded together for meetings. In 1772, a brick building, later known as the Nazareth Presbyterian Church, the oldest Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg County, was erected.
Economy Following the Civil War, the textile industry became the foundation of Spartanburg County’s economy, but after World War II consolidation of mills undermined the local economy. By the 1970s, international companies began to locate in the Upstate, revitalizing the economy. In 1992, the BMW Manufacturing Corporation built a plant in Spartanburg County that employs more than 4,500 workers; today more than 100 international companies are located in Spartanburg.
The textile industry is still present in the Upstate of South Carolina. Milliken, one of Spartanburg County’s top employers, is one of the largest privately held textile and chemical Manufacturers in the world, and employs 9,300 workers in the U.S. Milliken is ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”
Moore — Redeemer’s Hometown Moore is known for its Niven’s Apple Farm, one of the largest producers and sellers of apples in Spartanburg County.
Moore was originally home to Walnut Grove Plantation, one of the first colonial English settlements in South Carolina. It was built by Charles and Mary Moore in 1765 and was a stronghold of patriotism during the Revolutionary War.
At one time, Moore was home to the studio of the Marshall Tucker band. The studio is no longer used, but it still stands on Main Street beside the post office and Presbyterian Church.
In nearby Duncan, the Byrnes High School football team, the Rebels, has achieved national recognition. The community is proud of their team! Our Neighbors Reidville has a population of about 500. Duncan has a population of 2,870 in an area of 3.51square miles. Lyman has a population of 3,000 in an area of 4.15 square miles. The community was named for Arthur Lyman, who supervised a local textile mill. Startex has a population of 1,000. Wellford has a population of 2,030 in an area of 2.04 square miles. It is located about 1 mile north- east of Lyman. Moore has a population of only 300, but over 5,000 people live in the area designated as the Moore postal area.