Staff

Pastors

Dr. Bradley Smith

Senior Pastor
Phone: 803-256-1654

Since Brad became Eastminster’s pastor in 2009, the church family has significantly increased its community outreach, discipleship opportunities and benevolence giving, while also launching a Small Group ministry that now includes over 50 groups meeting across the city.  

Before coming to Eastminster, Brad founded and for many years directed the Souper Bowl of Caring, which has generated an aggregate of over $100 million for food banks by mobilizing young people to use the energy around the "Big Game" to help others. Currently, Brad serves on the Souper Bowl of Caring and the Columbia Theological Seminary Board of Directors.  He also chairs the Nominating Committee for Trinity Presbytery.  

Brad and his wife, Nancy, have three children, two of whom are college graduates and the youngest studies at Duke University.  Together they enjoy walking, time with family, traveling, reading, and good meals. 

Dr. Douglass D. Key

Senior Associate Pastor
Phone: 803-256-1654 x167

Dr. Douglass Key joined our staff in December of 2019 as the Sr. Associate Pastor for Adult Discipleship (NED: Nurture, Education & Discipleship) and Administration (CLC: Christian Life Center & EDS: Eastminster Day School) Ministries. Douglass grew up in Columbia and is a child of Shandon Presbyterian. He attended Hammond and went on to Clemson where he received a B.S. in Financial Management. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1993 from Union Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2003.  He and his wife, Kathy, a graduate of Columbia College and with a Master of Arts in Christian Education from PSCE, come to us from Clover Presbyterian Church, where Douglass was the Sr. Pastor for 15 years. Their son, Thomas, is studying aerospace engineering at The University of Alabama (Huntsville). 

Rev. Lynn Grandsire

Associate Pastor
Phone: 803-256-1654 x163

Lynn is a native of Connecticut, but has spent over 25 years in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She is a registered nurse, and has 26 years of nursing experience. She also has a Masters in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, which she earned in 1998. Prior to seminary, Lynn served as Director of Congregational Life at First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach, Florida. She went to seminary at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, and graduated in January of 2009. Just prior to coming to Eastminster in September of 2011, Lynn served as pastoral associate of visitation in North Palm Beach, Florida.  Her pastoral duties at Eastminster are Congregational Care and Presbyterian Women. She resides in Forest Acres.

Rev. Brian Marsh

Associate Pastor
Phone: 256-1654 x164

Brian began his ministry at Eastminster in February of 2016 working with Young Adults and Evangelism as well as Membership ministries. He is now leading Evangelism and Membership, Fellowship and MSB (Missions, Service & Benevolence) Ministries at Eastminster. Brian graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked for four years as a Process Engineer before deciding to answer the call and go to seminary. He attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received his Masters of Divinity. Brian is married to Marya and they have two sons, Connor and Brenden.

Dr. Carol J. Byrd

Part-time Parish Associate - Pastoral Care & Worship
Phone: 803-256-1654 x140

Dr. Carol Byrd joined our staff in the spring of 2019 as an interim parish associate to help with worship and care ministries. To our staff and congregation's delight, she has agreed to continue as a part-time parish associate on EPC's Pastoral Staff. Carol is a graduate of Berea College (Berea, KY), and holds an M. Div. and D. Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is married to CH (COL) Joey Byrd who is also a Presbyterian minister. They have three children: Sarah, Katy and Joseph who are all married. Grandchildren are William and Holly. Carol has pastored churches in Ohio, NC, Alabama and SC. She has also been a Pastoral Counselor for twenty-two years. 

Administrative Staff

Bill Collins

Business Administrator
Phone: 803-256-1654 x138

Christy Rippy

Treasurer
Phone: 803-256-1654 x130

Anna Bower

Finance Assistant
Phone: 803-256-1654 x133

Blythe Lewis

Communications Director
Phone: 803-256-1654 x165

Julie McDaniel

Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
Phone: 803-256-1654 x143

Kelly Fernet

Assistant to the Business Administrator
Phone: 803-256-1654 x127

Sarah Beasley

Administrative Support - Congregational Care & Concern, and Fellowship Ministries
Phone: 256-1654 x122

Susie Glenn

Administrative Support - Evangelism & Membership, and Youth Ministries & Member Involvement Coordinator
Phone: 803-256-1654 x123

Wedding Coordinator Team

As many of you know, Betty Barton, Eastminster's long-time wedding director retired in 2016. We appreciate Betty's commitment and her many years of service here. We are now using a team approach to weddings at Eastminster through a group of member volunteers:

Sally McWilliams - Lead Coordinator (Please email Sally initially.)
Betty Gilbert
Rose Ann Johnson
Alison McGowan
Sharon Vanzant

Once a coordinator has been assigned for your wedding, you may email her by clicking on her name above.

Music

Fredna Lee

Director of Music & Angel Choir
Phone: 803-256-1654 x160

Joshua Evanovich

Organist
Phone: 803-256-1654 x146

Fran Sullivan

Director of Handbells

Augie Gill

Jubilee Worship Leader

Hannah Agrelius

Director of Junior Choir

Children's Education

Croskeys Royall

Director of Children's Ministries
Phone: 803-256-1654 x142

Croskeys was born and raised in Charleston SC, a graduate of James Island High School and Clemson University with a major in English. He earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Union-PSCE) where he worked in the Newbury Center for Childhood Education (the on-campus preschool) as a student assistant for two years. Croskeys is married to Carolyn Frederick and they have two children Audrey and Isabelle.

Before coming to Eastminster, Croskeys worked as Director of Children's Ministry and Family Nurture at Saint Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian in Wilmington, NC.

Hannah Winstead

Middle School Youth Director
Phone: 803-256-1654 x121

Laura Long

High School Youth Director (PT)
Phone: 803-256-1654 x145

Lauren Halter

Director of Church Childcare
Phone: 803-256-1654 x161

Angel Jeffcoat

Director of Drop-In Nursery
Phone: 803-256-1654 x161

Day School

Jenny Smith

Director
Phone: 803-256-1654 x151

Lucy Corley

Assistant Director
Phone: 803-256-1654 x152

CLC

Emmet Hough

Director of Christian Life Center
Phone: 803-256-1654 x159

Lisa Dye

Manager - Christian Life Center
Phone: 803-256-1654 x157

Food Services

Regina Jeffcoat

Director of Food Services
Phone: 803-256-1654 x135

Sue Finch

Kitchen Assistant
Phone: 803-256-1654 x136

Maintenance

Bob Sturm

Director of Plant Operations
Phone: 803-256-1654 x162

Tony Taylor

Senior Maintenance Technician

Ron McCollough

Maintenance Technician Full-Time

Mike Cook

Maintenance Technician Part-Time

Reggie Harris

Maintenance Technician Part-Time

Lorenza Kennedy

Maintenance Technician Part-Time

Sidney Williams

Maintenance Technician Part-Time

Lee Mitchell

Housekeeping