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History of John Knox

John Knox Presbyterian Church was founded on November 4, 1956 among newly developing neighborhoods on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina.  The sermon that first Sunday was entitled “The Church of Our Dreams,” and offered inspiration to the new charter members to lay a foundation for what would be a continuing journey -- the life of the church.


Through the decades, as John Knox’s Shannon Drive campus grew, so did the membership, programs, and ministry.  From Asia to South America; Africa to Central America; and at home, the church has always had an eye towards mission.  At the same time, it has provided a welcoming atmosphere and sense of place for worshiping families from that day in 1956 through this Sunday.  This atmosphere of openness and assimilation has allowed the church to grow and prosper in pursuit of “The Church of Our Dreams.”

first congregation


A full history of John Knox Church was published in 2006 as part of the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration.

Copies of the history book are available for purchase in the church office.


Early Church Logo

Enduring Symbol of John Knox


Church members developed this logo in 1977; it was used in conjunction with the church's twenty-fifth anniversary in 1981. Twelve individuals from John Knox posed by laying down in the parking lot while a photograph was taken from a "cherry picker" above them. Rev. Livingston is at the top of the circle (wearing a tie). The logo was intended to be symbolic in several respects: (1) A sunburst in the center conveys the energy of John Knox Presbyterian church. It, too, stands for the light of Christ in members' lives. (2) Twelve people in the circle represent the apostles. (3) The use of males and females of all ages displays the scope and range of the congregation. (4) With hands joined, the individuals show their friendship as they reach up to God and out to the community. (5) One person positioned at each hour of the clock indicates the twenty-four hour presence of Christ in a Christian's life. (6) The spaces on either side of the individuals form butterfly wings. The butterfly is a long used symbol of born-again Christians.

Although this was done well over 30 years ago, the meaning still holds true to our congregation today.


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