Ebenezer is the Hebrew word meaning “Stone of Help.” (1 Samuel 7:12).
This was, indeed, an appropriate name for a place of worship for the Lutherans who formed this congregation in Columbia, SC in 1830.
The original house of worship, rebuilt in 1870 after destruction by fire, was restored and rededicated in 1993 as the Ebenezer Chapel. The present church on the corner of Richland and Sumter Streets was built in 1931. Completed during the Great Depression, it serves as a bold witness of God’s faithful support of His people.
If you’re interested in the full history of our church, an excellent book on the matter is available from the church office. It’s called Stone of Help, A History of Ebenezer Lutheran Church.