The Bridge at Clemson
The Bridge at Clemson is an creative out-of-the-box student ministry of the South Carolina District of the Church of the Nazarene. They exist to connect people with God, with each other, and their true selves. In November 2006, Nazarene pastors Ken and Mary Paynter moved to the upstate to start a coffeehouse ministry to students in the Clemson area. After spending a year looking at properties to rent, Main Street Deli & Coffeehouse became available for sale and the Bridge ministry took a leap of faith and bought it to use as a student ministry center while continuing to build on the successful restaurant /business established by previous owners, Chris and Malisia Wilkins.
In 2009 The Bridge Student Ministries was officially recognized as a student organization by Clemson University with Jerry Nation as president, Melissa Nation as vice president, Amy Carroll as Secretary, and Tabitha Davenport as Treasurer.
The Bridge provides a free home-style meal for students every Sunday evening at 7 p.m. during the school semester. They also gather for worship at Main Street Deli & Coffeehouse every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
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