1931-2021 A History of Mount Olive Lutheran Church 

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV 

Well before Interstate 26, during The Depression, at about the time the Lake Murray Dam was completed, Mount Olive Lutheran Church was established by a cadre of families who lived in the Irmo area. What started in the home of Mrs. Betty Weed and moving into a rented store, has progressed to the red brick church at the corner of Lake Murray Boulevard and Nursery Road on the edge of Irmo, S.C. Thus begins the detailed history.

Click into each section below to read more about that time period.

1931-1972: The First 40 Years

1931: Humble Beginnings
1933: The Brick Church
1943: The Tenth Anniversary
1946: From Mission to Self-Supporting
1949: The Education Building – First Floor
1961: Revisions Galore
1968: Stained-Glass Windows
1972: 40th Anniversary and Homecoming


1982: 50th Anniversary Celebration
1985-1995: More Building: Do We Renovate or Build Anew?
1998: “This is the Church. This is the Steeple,” and More


2005-2007: Mount Olive considers a Preschool Ministry
2008: Mount Olive celebrates 75th Anniversary
2009: Mount Olive gains a Lay Minister
2009: Mount Olive enters into the Digital Age
2011: The Columbarium, Stephen Ministry, Anniversary of Ordinations
2011-2015: The Preschool continues to Grow
2012: The LWML Ladies make new Chrismon Ornaments


2014: Saturday Worship Service
2016: Celebrating Pastor Ludwig
2016: The Sanctuary Floor Replacement
2017: Our Preschool Gets a New Director
2017: The Reformation Walk: Celebrating 500 Years
2017-2019: The Church Year Project
2018: Pastor Sizemore Accepts Call to Florida
2018: Our Faithful Interim Pastors


2019: Calling Pastor Walt
2020: Worship during the Covid-19 Pandemic
2021: The Future of Mount Olive