About Us


We are excited that you have taken the opportunity to visit us on our website. The Spirit of Journey Church is centered around our faith walk with God. We are all on a spiritual journey, though some are further along than others.

The assurance we have is that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be with us from the beginning to the end. This relationship we have with Christ enables us to share with others who can help guide us and with those who are seeking guidance for their lives. So, no matter where you are on your Journey, keep going forward in Christ.

Dr. George A. & First Lady Ashford, Jr.

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Pastor George A. Ashford Jr.

Born in Columbia, SC, Dr. Ashford is a second generation Methodist minister. He is a graduate of South Carolina State University with a BS degree in Marketing. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Ashford’s specific duties at the Journey are Pastor, Shepherd, Nurturer, and Vision Caster. His beautiful family includes his wife, Olisa, and two sons, George Adrian, and Geordan Alexander.

His spiritual wisdom is grounded in Galatians 6:9, “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest if we do not give up.”


The name “Journey” was birthed through the vision of Pastor Ashford. Maturity in Christ happens through continuous growth. We are all on a spiritual journey that leads us toward God. As we travel our path, we understand more fully the God who loves us and the paths that God has for us. Thus, we share the Journey with those who can help guide us and those who look to us for support along their Journey.

Journey is a Christian church connected with the South Carolina United Methodist Church. You may find out more about the United Methodist Church at www.umcsc.org. We have a modern style with some of the traditional practices of the Christian church. We are committed to making disciples.


Journey began in 2007, meeting in small groups across the greater Northeast Columbia area. In addition, the church performed special outreach projects within the community. On Easter Sunday 2008, Journey officially began weekly Sunday worship at the Clemson Road location.

Journey resided in three locations prior to our current sanctuary on Longreen Parkway.

2007-2008: Warehouse on Sparkleberry Lane

2008-2010: 2630 Clemson Road

June 2010-December: 2013 Longleaf Middle School

December 2013 to Present: 1151 Longreen Parkway


At Journey, we do not have visitors; we have guests. We have prepared for you! Whether you are a member, frequent flyer, or first-time guest, remember to invite your F.R.A.N.S. (Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances, and Neighbors).

We look forward to worshiping with you!

Worship Instructions for Guests and New members of Journey Church


Each Sunday is a new emotional experience. Worship at Journey is not meant to be a spectator sport. Everyone is invited to join in with passion and energy, praising God. Worship planning begins on Monday. We envision light changes, songs, audio, graphics, and sermon themes. Each week, the goal is to create an interactive worship experience that inspires all to follow Christ. Our aspects of worship include an inspirational sermon series, contemporary songs, gospel, visual effects, and praise dancing.