Who We Are

The Shepherd's Center of St. Andrews is a nonprofit learning program for active seniors 50+ and run by seniors. We are operating in our 32nd consecutive year! We focus on aging well with enriching opportunities for lifelong learning, volunteer service, healthy living, community connections–all the things that give life meaning.


Our Mission

Our goal is to help seniors enjoy a vibrant and active lives. Programs, both online and onsite, are intended to:

  • Enlighten
  • Entertain
  • Engage
  • Energize

What We Offer

We offer eight-week sessions during the year called “Adventures in Learning.” During the session, we meet every Tuesday, both onsite and online, for a variety of classes, activities, and the occasional lunch with speakers or entertainers.

We like to say that we are the best parts of college: great lectures and good discussions about interesting topics–with no homework and no tests!

We also offer opportunities to grow and give to communities, stay socially connected, and live happy, healthy lives through service within our center, community service, fellowship, trips, and more.

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Honored with National Volunteer Leadership Award

Shepherd’s Centers of America (SCA) has announced that Carol McGinnis Kay is the recipient of the 2021 Donald Owen Smith National Volunteer Leadership Award. The award is the highest accolade given in recognition of volunteers from around the Shepherd’s Centers national network.

Carol has served continuously with the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews for 18 years, first as a volunteer instructor and subsequently in leadership roles: as chair of the Adventures in Learning Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors, including terms as Secretary, President (2010, 2011, 2017, 2018), and Past President. When the Covid pandemic ousted us from Ashland and caused other Shepherd’s Centers to shut down, she was a driving force in our successful transition to Zoom offerings. And that’s not all: Carol is also the one responsible for developing, designing, and editing our snazzy session brochures—a woman of many talents.

“Volunteers are the backbone of Shepherd’s Centers,” said Sarah Cheney, Executive Director of SCA, in presenting the award. “Without volunteers, we would not be able to deliver our mission of connecting older adults to life-enriching experiences. Carol McGinnis Kay embodies the passion, commitment, and joyful caring” at the heart of this prestigious national award.

Our Sponsors & Supporting Businesses

Our sponsors and supporters give us valuable support that allows us to offer a wide variety of quality programs. 

  • Ashland United Methodist Church
  • Congaree Presbyterian Church
  • McGregor Presbyterian Church
  • Our Lady of the Hills Roman Catholic Church
  • Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church
  • The Episcopal Church of St. Simon and St. Jude
  • Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church
  • Union United Methodist Church
  • Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church
  • Walmart
  • Central Carolina Community Foundation
  • Dominion Energy (Midlands Gives)
  • BlueCross BlueShield of SC (Midlands Gives)