Our Approach

Mission Statement

Equipping the Saints for Ministry.

What We Believe

At Mt. Calvary, and as members of the ELCA we confess the Triune God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching we trust the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. (Taken from the S.C. Synod of the ELCA).

We lean on the authority of God’s word that comes to us through the Old and New Testaments, and we also profess our faith in the Triune God every Sunday using one of the two ancient creeds: the Apostle’s Creed or the Nicene Creed. On some special occasions, such as Holy Trinity Sunday, we may use the ancient Athanasian Creed, which paints a picture of how the ancient church understood the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God in three divine persons.

We eat at the Lord’s table, believing that we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus, in, under, and through receiving the consecrated bread and wine. Martin Luther taught that in the reception of communion our sins are forgiven and we are strengthened for our spiritual journey.

In Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Luther asks: “What is Baptism? Baptism is not plain water. Instead, it is water used according to God’s command connected with God’s word.” Luther cites the Gospel of Matthew chapter 28: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Luther is clear that the water and word are needed as baptism brings about forgiveness of sins, redeems from death and the devil, and gives salvation to all who believe it. This washing signifies that the old person in us with all sins and evil desires is to be drowned and die through daily sorrow for sin.

In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life (Also taken from the S.C. Synod of the ELCA).


Welcome to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in the beautiful countryside of Johnston, SC.  Our congregation was established in 1830.

Did you know...

  • Mt. Calvary was 190 years old on February 21, 2020!
  • The stained glass windows are from Germany.
  • Veterans of every war from the Civil War through the Vietnam Conflict are buried in Mt.  Calvary Cemetery.
  • Some people call Mt. Calvary the “Church in the Cow Pasture”.

Our Story

      Meet the Staff                                                                                     Church Council

Pastor Mark

Rev. Mark Smith


Our Pastor is Rev. Mark J. Smith. He comes to us from Union Lutheran Church in Leesville, SC, after a 20 year ministry. He was ordained in 1986 and has extensive pastoral experience as a church pastor and a hospice chaplain.  His wife is Lynette S. Smith, a retired UPS billing clerk. We welcome them into our church family.

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Parish Administrator

Lynette Smith

Lynette Smith


Michel Rogers - Council President

Joe Derrick – Vice President

Elizabeth Cumbee – Secretary

Eric Carlson

Christopher Derrick

Bill Hallman

Larry Hatcher

Felder Sanders

Grace Satcher

Peggy Ward

Gary West

Jenny Yonce

Luke Dampier – Youth


Congregational financial officers are:

Janet Lynn Rodgers – Treasurer

Grace Satcher – Financial Secretary

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