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:
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.
January 14, 2020 - March 10, 2020
March 31, 2020 - May 26, 2020
September 15, 2020 - November 10, 2020
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 website.
Urgent Notice: Cancellation of Spring Session
Dear Members of Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews,
Everyone has been watching the rapidly changing situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus. It is clear that our membership is the group most vulnerable to developing the most severe cases of COVID-19. On Sunday Governor McMaster closed all public schools through the end of March, triggering our standard policy of closing when any change is made to Lexington-Richland District #5. This affected only our opening day, March 31.
Later that same day, the CDC recommended against gatherings of more than 50 people throughout the country for the next two months. The Board of Directors has therefore decided that we must cancel Spring Session. We do so with much regret, but with the clear understanding that this is the safest course of action for our members, their families, and their neighbors.
Please click on the image below to view the full notice from the Board of Directors.