The Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews is an all-volunteer, interfaith learning program for active 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 around 275. Programs are intended to:

  • Enlighten
  • Entertain
  • Engage
  • Energize

​Classes:  We typically offer three 45-minute class sessions each Tuesday (two in Summer), 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.

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

​Summer Session
June 05, 2018 - July 10, 2018

Fall Session
September 18, 2018 - November 13, 2018

Winter Session

January 15, 2019 - March 12, 2019

Spring Session

April 2, 2019 - May 28, 2019

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

A great big “thumbs up” THANK YOU for making our Shepherd’s Center participation in the 2018 Midlands Gives campaign last Tuesday a wonderful success!

Because of our donors’ generosity, we had online gifts of more than $2,500 throughout the day – plus another $400 by cash or check – a contributions total greater than $2,900!  This exceeds last year's amount and is a testament to the kind of wonderful support that's just common practice for our Shepherd's Center "family."