Prince of Peace United Church of Christ began in 1982 under the leadership of Rev. Harold “Hal” Tucker “to provide an alternative to a very conservative church climate in the Greenwood area.” Many desired a church that would allow a more open view of the scriptures, an outlet for service, and mission opportunities within the community and world.
The first meeting was in the church parsonage basement. Shortly thereafter, the church outgrew the parsonage and moved to a storefront. From this location, Prince of Peace began plans to build a permanent church in the community. After Rev. Tucker resigned due to health issues and Rev. Bill Nigh served as interim pastor, Rev. Lon McSherley accepted the position of Developing Pastor in 1986 to help carry forth the plans and work of Prince of Peace. The worship moved to Maple Grove Elementary School’s cafeteria, and this proved to be a very good move. The church thrived, and construction soon began on the new building at the corner of State Road 135 and Smokey Row Road – where members and friends of Prince of Peace now worship and serve the needs of the local and greater community.
Those first members of Prince of Peace had a vision to be an open inviting church in our community, accepting of people from many different church traditions. They sought to worship and to study the Scriptures to find ways to minister as a whole to our world in the model of Christ.
Prince of Peace United Church of Christ is proud of its heritage and strives to carry forth the ideals envisioned by those first worshippers.
Our Common Vision
Prince of Peace United Church of Christ welcomes all people to worship God. We’re a warm, friendly, inclusive faith community. We envision growing in our ability to reach out to help others in the community and around the world while offering a meaningful worship experience and faith building opportunities in which individuals grow in their spiritual lives.
With faith in the future, celebrating our oneness in Christ, and affirming our diversity, we unite with God and one another. We strive to be a caring fellowship, sharing God’s love through a ministry of worship, education, and service to our community and the world. In our journey of faith we shall endeavor to work for justice, peace, and human dignity.