Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance
Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance
Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance

For more than 15 years, the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service has provided an annual celebration for people of faith to gather together in gratitude and camaraderie. Following the 2013 service, a group of Foundation staff and clergy met to discuss how the faith community could come together more than just once a year. After researching various faith community networks, the group formed the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance in 2014.

Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance

The Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance is a network of clergy, lay leaders, and faith communities that have joined together for the purpose of contributing to the common good. Formed as a partnership between area clergy and The Spartanburg County Foundation, the Alliance began hosting an annual program of events in 2016. These programs focus on different community issues and opportunities to connect and serve together.

Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance

The central goal of the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance is to serve as a resource hub for community engagement and to create a network to leverage the faith community and its many assets to meet the needs of the greater Spartanburg County community.

Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance

Membership is free and open to clergy and lay leaders representing diverse faith communities in Spartanburg County. We encourage those interested in becoming a member to attend an upcoming event.

To join, complete the form below, or download the Membership Form and email to Ashley Whitt at


The Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance hosts events throughout the year as an opportunity for clergy and lay leaders to stay informed about issues in the community, network with other faith leaders, and discuss opportunities to work together to improve Spartanburg County. You do not have to be a member of the Alliance to attend the events.

Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance Leadership


The Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance is led by three co-leaders, known as the Triumvirate.

Reverend Christi Brown, First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg
Reverend James Hailstock, New Day Baptist Church of Spartanburg
Minister Scott Neely, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg

Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance By-Laws

Additionally, the Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance Steering Committee helps to guide the work of the Alliance, and includes:

Rev. Christi Brown
First Presbyterian Church

Rev. Timothy Drum
Spartanburg Methodist College

Dr. Tom Evans
First Presbyterian Church

Rev. Jerry Louis Gadsden
Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church

Rev. James Hailstock
New Day Baptist Church

Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz
Temple B’Nai Israel

Rev. Jason Loscuito
Converse College

Deacon Bob Mahaffey
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

Rev. Dr. Keith McDaniel
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Mia McDowell
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Rev. Demetrius Middleton
Zion Tabernacle Church of God in Christ

Rev. Ned Morris
The Episcopal Church of the Advent

Rev. Scott Neely
Unitarian Universalist Church

Rev. Tom Norrell
Central United Methodist Church

Jane Spann
The Church of the Epiphany

Dr. Jim Thomas
Abner Baptist Church

Pastor Lawyer Watson
Life With Jesus Ministries

Rev. Neal Woods
Trinity United Methodist Church


Spartanburg Interfaith Alliance

In 2014, the Alliance established The Kirk H. Neely Spartanburg County Compassion Fund to honor the Rev. Dr. Kirk H. Neely. His instrumental work in uniting the faith community to collectively meet the needs of worthy causes is reflected through the offerings collected each year at the Spartanburg Community Thanksgiving Service. The Alliance is currently working to build this fund and has not yet reached the point of awarding grants. Once fully funded, the Compassion Fund will award grants to faith-based and community-based organizations meeting the immediate needs of the poor in Spartanburg County.

If you would like to contribute to the Compassion Fund, click Give Now and type in Compassion Fund.

More Information

To receive regular updates, or if you have any questions, please contact Ashley Whitt.