Leaders at Eternal Church in Fort Mill are planning to break ground on their new 24,000-square-feet building in June.

    The new church facility will be built at the end of O’Henry Road and will include 215 parking spaces. Completion is expected by early 2022. Members are currently meeting at the YMCA at Baxter Village.

   “We trust this new building will create greater ministry to build up and strengthen our community,” said Toby Chrisley, who serves as an elder at Eternal.

   Eternal Church began in 2003 as a fourth service of Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Rock Hill, according to the church’s website.  In 2004, Eternal moved into the Fort Mill area meeting in the Tega Cay YMCA. 

2020 church meeting before pandemic at Baxter YMCA (Credit: Eternal Church Facebook page)

A year later, the church moved into the Fort Mill-Baxter YMCA.  Then, in 2009, Eternal left the PCA denomination and became a nondenominational church. 

    They are an elder-led, non-denominational, Christian church with in person and online attendance of about 400 people. Pastor Don Logan came on staff as the Teaching Pastor in January 2015 after pastoring churches in Guatemala and Pennsylvania. 

   “Eternal has an inward focus with an outward face,” Chrisley said. “While the primary goal in teaching Truth, worship and community is to uplift and grow the Body of Christ, we know the Hope we have been given by God is not for us alone.

   “In the church, we want to faithfully preach the Gospel every single Sunday so that hundreds are going out every week filled with the Spirit to spread that Gospel wherever they live.”

Greg Rickabaugh

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...