Who We Are
Located in the northeastern midlands of South Carolina, St. David’s has been a part of the town of Cheraw since its founding in the late 18th century. St. David’s Episcopal Church is located at 420 Market Street. We invite all to worship and serve God with us, as we share in the joy of God’s unconditional love.
St. David’s is part of the deep history and tradition of the Diocese of South Carolina, The Episcopal Church, and the worldwide Anglican Communion. Being part of this bigger work of God is essential to what makes us who we are. The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ, in 109 dioceses and three mission areas in 22 nations or territories. The mission of the church, as stated in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 855), is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”
As part of that mission, we’re following Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with the earth as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. We seek every day to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40).
Meet Our Clergy
The Reverend Michael Bye
Interim Priest in Charge
Our congregation is led by The Reverend Michael Bye, interim priest-in-charge.
Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Fr. Bye was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Virginia in 1972. His ministry began in service to urban and small town congregations in the Dioceses of Virginia, Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina. In 2015, Fr. Bye retired from Calvary Episcopal Church in Wadesboro, North Carolina, and moved to his family home on Myrtle Beach.
In retirement, Fr. Bye has continued to serve The Episcopal Church as supply clergy, leading worship twice a month for the past two years with The Episcopal Worship Group of Cheraw, which includes the faithful Episcopalians who returned to their church home at St. David’s Episcopal Church in August 2022. In that month, The Rt. Reverend Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, called Fr. Bye to serve as interim priest-in-charge of St. David’s through the remainder of 2022.
The General Assembly of the Province of South Carolina passed an act on April 12, 1768, establishing a new parish. This parish included a Welsh settlement at what is now Society Hill, so the parish was named for David, patron saint of Wales.
The parish church was located in Cheraw, which was something of an Anglican stronghold, near the banks of the Great Pee Dee River. Begun in…Read More »