Our exquisite sanctuary organ was dedicated to the church in 1968, given in memory of Converse College voice teacher Glenn Crowder Stables by his wife, Mary Andrews Stables. The organ consists of 2,834 pipes and was handcrafted by the Æolian-Skinner Organ Company, at that time, one of the finest and most recognized names in organ building in the United States.
The Chapel's Schoenstein organ was dedicated in 1995 in honor of Dr. John E. Williams, the church's music director from 1946-1991. The first Schoenstein to be built east of the Mississippi river, the romantic-symphonic instrument has drawn wide acclaim for its broad musical capabilities despite its relatively small size.
A stunning set of 49 handbells was dedicated to the church in 1978 in memory of Ruth Ann Fogartie, wife of Dr. James E. Fogartie and founder of the First Pres handbell choir. These handbells were crafted by Whitechapel Bell Foundry of London, which is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest manufacturing company in Great Britain.
Stained Glass Windows
The stained glass windows in our Chapel were created by the Willet Stained Glass Co. of Philadelphia (now Willet Studios). A specialty of the company is the sheet of sculptured figures covered in gold leaf, which forms an overlay to the leaded glass window.
Our striking Sesquicentennial Bells were dedicated 1994. The four bells were cast by the world-renowned French firm Paccard Fonderie de Cloches, located in Annecy-le-Vieux. This peal of bells, known as the Sesquicentennial Bells, is used as a call-to-worship for festive and wedding peals, funeral tolls, and as a time-strike system. One side of each bell is inscribed with a verse from the Psalms. The other side is inscribed: “First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, S.C., Sesquicentennial – 1993, 'Soli Deo Gloria' (To the Glory of God Alone)" with a Celtic cross.
Our columbarium allows First Pres members, ministers, and their families a final resting place in our church. Designed specifically for the comfort and ease of visitation, it also provides a sacred place for meditation and prayer. The columbarium consists of niches that house cremains (ashes), as well as memorial plaques that commemorate those members of our church family who have chosen a final resting place elsewhere.