- Phone: (803) 359-1556
- Mailing Address: 1001 Highway 378 West Lexington, SC 29072
Josh Powell was born and raised in Lexington, SC. Both his father and grandfather were Southern Baptist pastors in the area. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from North Greenville University, as well as a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Theological Studies and is pursuing a Ph.D. in American Church History from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh is currently serving as the President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention for 2020. He and his wife Allison were married in 1998, and have 4 children – Wilds, Levi, Macy Grace, and Paton.
Josh and Allison both have had many opportunities to serve several times overseas on mission trips. In 2009, the opportunity arose for Josh to become the founding president of Bobbili Baptist Seminary in Bobbili, India. Since then, Josh, Allison, and the family have spent time there and began to teach the area pastors. After being able to serve two local congregations, Josh is more than excited to be able to continue to serve Jesus Christ in his hometown. Josh has been familiar with Lake Murray Baptist Church his entire life and has always had affection for the congregation. Josh has a passion to lead this body towards their vision of a Gospel-centered and mission-focused church.
Chris was born in Greenville and grew up in the upstate of South Carolina. He is a graduate of North Greenville University and attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris was ordained at Marietta First Baptist Church in Marietta, SC in August of 2001. After college, Chris worked as a manufacturing manager for Milliken & Company. He has planted Spanish language churches in Marietta, SC and Louisville, KY. While in seminary, in addition to the Hispanic ministry, he worked as Archives and Special Collections Assistant at the James P. Boyce Centennial Library. He returned to South Carolina to serve as Senior Pastor at Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Greer.
Chris and his wife Laura were married in 1999 and have two children, Hannah Kate and William. Chris has a passion to strengthen relationships within the body of Christ and develop disciples with a desire to be engaged in missional living.
David is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but has spent most of his life in the Carolina's. David graduated from North Greenville University in 2008, with a B.A. in Communications, and received his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained into full-time vocational ministry at the First Baptist Church of North Augusta, SC, in May 2010. David came to Lake Murray in June of 2015 and currently serves as our Family & Discipleship Pastor.
David is married to Allyson and they have two sons, Titus and Max. He enjoys time with his family, reading great books, watching good movies, and playing mediocre basketball.
David Bennett was born and raised in Rock Hill, SC. David graduated from Clemson University in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. He recently graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry in December 2016. He was ordained to the ministry at his home church, First Baptist Church Rock Hill. David previously served as the Student Pastor at North Rock Hill Church. David met his wife, Katie, through Baptist Collegiate Ministries while she was attending North Greenville University and they were married in November 2014. David has a passion to see students grow deep in their relationship with Christ and be mobilized for mission in whatever setting God has placed them.
Justin is from Camden, South Carolina. Justin earned his Bachelors degree in biology from the South Carolina Honors College at USC. Justin’s love for music, devotion to the Lord, and a calling to serve the church have led him to pursue music ministry as a full-time career. Justin’s talent and experience are both tremendous, but most importantly he loves Jesus and desires to lead the church in genuine worship.
Betsy grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, but has called Lexington home for more than 25 years. She attended Midlands Technical College and considers herself to be a life-long learner. She enjoyed homeschooling her children for several years while co-founding a local homeschool co-op. Betsy brings strength in administration and problem solving along with a heart to serve children and families to her position. She finds great joy in seeing children grow in their knowledge of the Lord and understanding of the Gospel.
Betsy and her husband, Chip, were married in 1993 and have 3 children, Ben (a student at Clemson University), Ashley, and Owen. In her free time, you will find Betsy reading a good book, trying a new recipe or spending time with her family.
Susan grew up with her family and twin sister in Orangeburg, SC. She graduated from Winthrop in 1985 with a degree in Interior Design. After living in Charleston, SC and Charlotte, NC she moved to Chattanooga, TN; which is where she turned her life over to Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Susan brings creativity and computer skills as well as a love of serving others to her position as a ministry assistant. She has one son, Griffin.
Wendy grew up in Darlington, SC and moved to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina. She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and obtained her CPA license in 1999. Wendy married her high school sweetheart, Robbie, and they have two sons: Dylan and Clayton.