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Interim
Pastor
Dr. Tony Smith
 
Tony is originally from the Seneca area graduating from Oakway High School. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Central Wesleyan College in 1974 and then later went on to gain his Master’s from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas  and His Doctorate from Mid-America Theological Seminary in Tennessee.
 
Tony is married to Estelle and has been for over 40 years.  They have three children and five grandchildren.  Before accepting the interim position at Bethel, Tony pastored Bowman Baptist Church in Georgia, Northlake Baptist Church in Georgia, and New Prospect Baptist Church in South Carolina before retiring in March of 2017.  Tony has over 38 years in the ministry.
 
When Tony is not ministering to the families he is currently serving, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren that live close by and farming. 
Worship
Leader
Elizabeth Hart
 

Elizabeth is a native of Fort Mill, South Carolina and works full time at Clemson University. She completed her church music studies at Furman University with a concentration in religion.

 
Elizabeth’s life verses are found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” She says, “Every day you are given a choice on what attitude you will have toward those you meet. These verses help me to focus on having an attitude like Jesus as I meet new people and spend time with those that God has place in my path that day.  I know no matter what the circumstance of my day may be, Jesus loves them and it is up to me to share that message with them. As I trust God in all things, He blesses me and my attitude becomes one of gratitude.”
 
Elizabeth enjoys mission work anywhere it may be. She left part of her heart in Mexico with the people of La Roca Church in Puebla as well as the people in the Totonocan mountains. It is her prayer she will be able to go back to encourage the believers there to keep the faith. God is good!
Administrative

Assistant

Kathy Moss
 
Kathy grew up in the Oakway area and attend schools here. She married and had two sons. Her husband became a pastor and the family moved away from the area. After the death of her husband she moved back to the Seneca area to take care of her in-laws.
 
Kathy brings lots of experience to the church office because of being a pastor’s wife for 30 plus years. She does not look at her position as the Administrative Assistant at Bethel as a job, but as a ministry. She has had experience working in other church offices not all of which have been Southern Baptist. She enjoys sharing with those who come by the church and tries to answer their questions.
 
Kathy has six grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them when the opportunity arises. None of them live near by but visits are scheduled often. She teaches Sunday School at her church, and is the coordinator for the Prayer Ministry.
 
Her verse to live by has always been Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” because life experiences have shown her that “all things are for our good and God’s glory” no matter what comes our way.
Sunday School & VBS Director
Cathy Myers
 
Cathy grew up in Connecticut and spent most of her childhood and school years traveling from state to state. She is married to Jimmy and has been married for 44 years.  Together they have two children and two grandchildren. 
 
Cathy is passionate about Sunday School because she knows the small group atmosphere is where you get to love on each other, teach Bible basics without fear or judgement, and do life together. Sunday School is where we get to know one another on a real and personal basis that cannot happen in a typical worship setting. 
 
Cathy believes that Vacation Bible School makes a difference in our community because she sees many children who do not go to church anywhere that come to our Bible School and we get the opportunity to reach out to not only to them but also their families. She also loves seeing families come and join our family that are a direct result of the combined efforts of Vacation Bible School.
 
Cathy’s life verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 
Learning Center Director
Melodee Bright
 
Melodee grew up in the Oakway community.  She has been married for over 25 years.  She and her husband have one child who attended the Bethel Learning Center when she was a young child.  That is when Melodee’s love for The Bethel Learning Center began.
 
Melodee believes that the Learning Center and the work that she does while she is here is a ministry.  “Sometimes this is the only exposure that a child may have to Jesus.  We just want to show them that kind of love, the same love that Jesus shows and pours on each of us every day.  We want to encourage and prepare each child for the years of learning that is ahead of them.” 
 
Jeremiah 32:27, “I am the LORD, the GOD of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” is Melodee’s verse to live by. She believes that no matter what live gives you, God can and will handle it.  It helps her to remain focused on God and reminds her to remain calm in all circumstances and just give it all to God. 
Youth
Director
Mike Peters
 
Mike was born in Anderson but grew up in Elberton, GA. He then moved back to the upstate and attended Clemson University where he gained his engineering degree and met and happily married Christy, to whom he has been marred to for 23+ years (since 1995). Together they have two children, Brady, who now also attends Clemson University, and Jenna, who excelling at West-Oak High School. Mike works full time at Michelin in Anderson and is currently serving as a deacon at Bethel. 
 
Mike enjoys spending time with his family, including watching his children participate in sports and traveling as much as he can. 
 
Mike has a passion for youth because he sees the influence the world tries to place upon them through his own children.  He seeks to make a difference in tailoring the lessons and teachings he brings each with real world and real life situations that teens and youth are faced with each day.
Deacons
Chris Bishop
Shane Clardy
Justin Cox
Joe Davis
Mike Farley
Mathew Griffith
Mike Peters