she’s turned out to be better than her Daddy at both). He loves playing in the dirt and as a Clemson Master Gardener, he puts that love to practice by planting vegetable gardens for his family and for mission projects. He coaches Anna Faith’s baseball team and still doesn’t think he’s too old to play church league softball and basketball (although Faith disagrees). He is also an experienced chicken whisperer (listen for more about this in an upcoming sermon).
His passions in ministry are preaching, teaching, worship, evangelism, and missions.
He studied at Lander, Erskine, St. Cyprian’s, the Fuqua School, Duke, Cranmer House, and Clemson, and holds a Bachelor’s degree, two Master’s degrees, and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology. He also holds graduate certificates in Church Leadership and Preaching.
He is an endorsed chaplain through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and has served as an Army chaplain, a law enforcement chaplain, and as a fire department chaplain.
In the 1990’s, he was twice named one of “48 Outstanding Youth Ministers” in North America. And at this year’s Annual Conference, he will receive the Bishop Joseph B. Bethea Distinguished Service award.
He met his wife Faith when he was appointed as pastor of her church in Bennettsville and she was a member of the PPRC. They later married, although not while she was on PPRC! They have been married 18 years and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Anna Faith (8) and Emma Grace (1). They are also the proud parents of a 3 year old Chocolate Lab named Rosabelle who couldn’t sit still long enough to be in the attached photo.
Most of all, he is thankful beyond measure that the Lord called him to ministry and entrusted to him the awesome responsibility of sharing the Good News of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ. He and his family could not be more excited about “coming back home” to Simpsonville, being appointed to such an amazing church, and about the untold possibilities for reaching people with the Gospel and expanding God’s Kingdom in this community and beyond!
The World Renowned group Tim Zimmerman and the Kings Brass will be performing at Fountain Inn First Baptist Church on June 12 at 7:00 pm. Our Hosanna Brass will be included in this performance. SUMC is sponsoring this program and it is a free will concert.
Lenten Lunches each Wednesday at 12:15 (Fellowship Hall)
The Wednesday Lenten Topics are “And Now A Word from Our Sponsors...”
February 21 Rev. Michelle Cockcroft, “Seen It—Covered It” (Farmer’s Insurance)
February 28 Rebecca Phifer, “Love is What Makes Subaru a Subaru” (Subaru)
March 7 Rev. Joel Jones, “Hey Kid, Catch” (Mean Joe Green of the Steelers & the Kid)
March 14 Rev. George Riser, “Have It Your Way!” (Burger King)
March 21 Rev. Deana Gentry, “Here Comes the King!” (Budweiser)
Lenten Sermon Series
“On the Road Again—Journey to the Cross”
Ash Wednesday—February 14
Services in the Sanctuary at 12:15 & 6:00 PM (Noon Service followed by lunch in the Fellowship Hall)
You are invited to a Bunco Party on Friday January 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Fellowship hall. Come join us for a time of light snacks and fun, as we play a simple game called Bunco!
Bunco (12 and older) involves no skill, only luck and provides a great way to socialize and interact with others. We would love to have you join us! Sign up by contacting the church office or using the RSVP form below. There will be no nursery.
Greenville District Leadership Event
Sunday February 11, 2018, 2:30 PM at Mauldin UMC
100 East Butler Avenue, Mauldin, SC 29662
2:30—3:45 Session 1
4:00—5:15 Session 2
Church Finance and Administration
3 Hour workshop led by Robert Cox
Treasurers, Financial Secretaries, and Trustees are encouraged to attend.
Grant Writting Workshop
3 Hour workshop led by Marti Johnson — limited to 20 =
Do you have a wonderful idea for furthering your church’s ministry? Do you need more funds than what your individual church can manage? Have you contemplated writing a grant, but not sure how? In this session, participants work through the process of writing a grant. At the end of the session, participants will have the bare bones of a grant and will be able to flesh it out and submit it.
Pastor Parish Relations Committee Training
3 Hour workshop offered in two parts
In Part 1, Rev. George Howle will lead a discussion of the essential work of the PPRC.
In Part 2, Rebecca Neal Tompkins, Payroll Professional, from Forest Acres Payroll, LLC, will help us navigate the ins and outs of church and clergy payroll. Do you know if your church is handling payroll properly? Do you know the difference between clergy payroll and regular employee payroll? Who is considered and employee or an independent contractor? What about those payroll taxes? What documents need to be kept and for how long?
PPRC Chairs, PPRC Committee Members, and Pastors are encouraged to a_end.
Leading with Results
75 minute workshop led by Toni Taylor, select either Session 1 or 2
Learn a unique, innovative model designed to get results in every meeting or training. The RESULTS Agenda providesthe structure leaders need to clearly articulate the purpose, goals, and the results expected from your group members. Change the way you prepare, plan, and lead your meetings to get the RESULTS God is calling youto do.
Retirement: The All-Important Personal and Spiritual Dimensions
75 minute workshop led by Jack Hansen, select either Session 1 or 2
Finances dominate discussions of life beyond full-Time work, that phase of life we commonly refer to as “retirement.” This workshop explores the personal transitions we encounter as we prepare for retirement and the very real personal challenges we must face as we continue to age.
Vision and Forward Focus
75 minute workshop led by Rev. Cathy Joens, select either Session 1 or 2
What is a vision and how do you plan ministry around your vision? What does Forward Focus have to do with vision
and planning in the life of your church?
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