Julie McLaughlin

Minister of Children and Youth


Julie has been on staff for 16 years.  She loves working with the children and youth of the church and sharing her love for Jesus with them. Julie has a Master's Degree in education, and she considers the children of St. Mark her family.  Julie loves watching movies, reading, spending time with her family and dogs, and all things Disney! She is married to Kevin and has two daughters, Anna Grace and Haley.

Paige Holley

Administrative Assistant


She has been with St. Mark since birth in 1976 and is the daughter of Wanda and Frank Hill.   Football and soccer are her and her husband Russell's favorite sports, but also enjoys dancing and taking Adult classes at Emerald City Dance Explosion.​ And then there's Drax...​

Carol Jones

Music Director


​​​Carol has a Bachelor's of Music Education, Bachelor's of Piano Pedagogy and a Master's of Music Education.  She retired after 32 years of teaching K-College with high school choral work being her love.  Her choirs consistently received excellent and superior ratings both in state and nationally.  Carol came to St. Mark as Music Director in 2005.  She and her husband, Charlie, have been married 43 years and have one son, Trey, III, and a granddaughter named Isabella.

Sandy Smith

Financial Secretary​


Sandy joined the staff of St. Mark in 2003. In her early years, she worked as assistant to the treasurer of the South Carolina​ Methodist Conference in Columbia.  "I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends at St. Mark.  I can't imagine working anywhere else."  She has two children and four grandchildren.  Scripture that she quotes every day - Psalm 138:8 "The Lord will make right that which concerneth me."


Matthew Miller



​​​Graduated Lander University in 2013 with a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in piano and clarinet.  He has been the organist at St. Mark since January 2013.  He is also Assistant Choral Director at Greenwood High School and Brewer Middle School in Greenwood.  Matthew also enjoys playing and music directing for productions at Greenwood Community Theatre and playing events with The Blake Street Trio, a classical music focused chamber ensemble.

Debra Robinson

Pastoral and Staff Assistant


Joined the staff September 2014.  Is married to Coleman and has two children, Abbie and Zach.  Worked for Self Regional for 16 years as the Director of Medical Records.​​  Enjoys reading, movies and traveling.

Susan Fennell

Director, Kids' World


Susan began her career in developmental child care in 1982.  She taught preschoolers before moving into early childhood administration, an area in which she has worked for eighteen years.  Before coming to St. Mark UMC, she was also an elementary school teacher for ten years.  Susan and her husband, Curtis, are Clemson graduates and enjoy a relationship with their two grown children.  She also enjoys nature, movies, and theological reading.  

​​Pastor John Elmore, Jr.

Parrish Pastor


Served in ministry for 14 years in the states of Texas, Georgia and South Carolina.​  I have been married to Kay for 25 years and have two children, J.C. and Hannah.  I love mission trips and sharing my faith with others.​​

Pastor Dan Smyth

Associate Pastor


Pastor Dan & his wife, Kay, feel they have come home, since they were married at St. Mark 24 years ago in 1994. They blended their two families into one - with Kay’s 2 girls and Dan’s 2 boys. They have 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grand son, named Daniel.
Dr. Smyth received his BA & Masters of Divinity degrees from CIU - Columbia International University, Columbia, SC. And his Doctor of Ministry degree, from Emory University’s, Candler School of Theology.  Dr. Smyth has pastored numerous churches throughout SC and received his call to the ministry at a Methodist Church in England, UK, while studying at the London School of Theology in 1972.  Dr. Smyth prefers to be called “Dan.” He is a rusty surfer & water ski instructor. His hobbies today include swimming, walking, reading and hanging out with his German Shepherd, named Duke.


Jennifer Lybrand

Assistant to Minister of Children and Youth


Jennifer joined the staff of St. Mark in 2017.  Married to Robby Lybrand.  Teaches dance and works part time at Belks. 

Pastor Steve Brown

Senior Pastor


​​​Born in Virginia and married to a South Carolina girl named Karen.  They have 3 daughters, one of who is married and another engaged.  Master in Education degree from USC and a Master in Divinity degree from Duke.  Enjoys all sports, reading, languages, music, and host of other things in God's wonderful creation.