Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews is an all-volunteer, interfaith learning program for active, independently mobile adults fifty and above, governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership.  We are affiliated with the national Shepherd's Centers of America, founded in Kansas City in 1972.   

Our goal is to help seniors enjoy a vibrant and active life. Current membership is 285. Programs are intended to:

  • Enlighten
  • Entertain
  • Engage
  • Energize


​Classes:  We typically offer three 45-minute class sessions each Tuesday, covering a wide array of academic as well as general interest topics. We like to say that we are the best parts of college: great lectures and good discussions about interesting topics – with no homework and no tests!

Teachers: Many of our teachers are professors from the University of South Carolina or Columbia College; some are retired and some are active faculty. All volunteer their time and expertise. Some teachers are current members of the Shepherd's Center with areas of knowledge that interest the membership. Others are experts in the community who also volunteer their time.


Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews is housed at Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29210.

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Fall Session 

September 14 - November 4




​​​Welcome to Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews 

(currently meeting on Zoom with limited on-site classes)


Update on Health Policies for the Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews


Effective by action of the Board of Directors, August 19, 2021,  and distributed as follows:

  • Mailed to Teachers and Members in on-site classes for the Fall 2021 session
  • Posted on the Center's website, Facebook page, and in the Horn each week
  • Sent to all members via Constant Contact


While the Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews requires that all participants in on-site classes be fully vaccinated, the Center has no way of guaranteeing everyone's compliance. Members need to be aware of this non-guarantee and to make the best decisions for themselves about participating in on-site activities. Masking and maintaining physical distance are required on-site.


With the recent increase in COVID cases in South Carolina, the Board of Directors met on August 19 to reaffirm and clarify the vaccine requirement policy established in March for all on-site classes. As the brochures indicate, the situation is fluid. Here is the current information for the Fall Session:

Neither of the other Shepherd's Centers in town will hold any on-site classes. The only way in which we can do so safely is for everyone involved to be vaccinated and masked.

While the Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews requires that all participants in on-site classes be fully vaccinated, the Center has no way of guaranteeing everyone's compliance. Members need to be aware of this non-guarantee and to make the best decisions for themselves about participating in on-site activities. Masking and maintaining physical distance are required on-site.

Thank you for your careful attention to this important matter and compliance with these requirements established for the safety of all on-site.

NOTE: Still in effect is the Board's policy, adopted March 2021, that if anyone in an on-site class develops COVID, all on-site classes will be canceled for two weeks.  

Inclement weather policy.


Whenever Lexington-Richland School District 5 makes any change  to their schedule for inclement weather, the Center will be closed.  
Info will be on WIS-TV, our Facebook page, and our website: shepherdscenterofstandrews.org