Smith Grove Baptist Church Leadership
Smith Grove Baptist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Pastor Rick has served as Pastor at "The Grove" for 11 years. Prior to that, he served as Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Anderson, SC.
The attributes that best describe Pastor Rick as a pastor are strong preaching, leadership development and counseling. He has expressed a burning desire to lead a church like Smith Grove Baptist Church where biblical views are embraced and encouraged, with members who care about the needs of those around them and who want to connect others to the body of Christ. Pastor Rick takes worship and preaching very seriously, spending the first hours of his day focused on Bible study.
He graduated from Furman University in 1987 with a BA in Religion He also earned a Master of Divinity degree form Southern Baptist School of Biblical Theology.
Pastor Rick has been happily married for 36 years to his wife, Dee, They have three adult sons: Joshua(Tiffani) ,Zachary and Jeremy(Allison). They are proud Grandparents to 4 Grandchildren: Caleb, Kaylee, Jocelyn and Maci.
Minister of Music
Benny Jewell has been the Minister of Music at The Grove for over 50 years. He has been married to his wife Phyllis for 53 years. They have 3 grown children Rhonda Stephen and Phillip as well as 10 grandchildren.
The music ministry has evolved into one of the most loved and dynamic parts of our worship.
Utilizing a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs, Benny leads our music ministry in order for us to glorify and honor our God.
We have a traditional church choir as well as a Praise and Worship Team.
We also have many talented groups and soloists who use their talents and gifts to enhance our worship experience.
Sean and Courtney Lee
Youth Ministry Team Leaders
Sean and Courtney are a young couple in our church who made a commitment to lead our Youth Ministry Team. They are newly-weds having married in November of 2017. They are the proud owners of two dogs named Biscuits and Gravy.
Sean is a Sheriff's Deputy with Anderson County Sheriff's Department. having graduated from the Police Academy in 2018.
Courtney graduated from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio with a degree in Biomedical Humanities and works from her home office doing consulting work.
They both love the Lord and are excited about the opportunity to lead The Grove Youth grow in their knowledge and relationship with the Lord.
The Grove Youth meets for Small Group Bible Study on Sunday Mornings at 9:00 AM and on Wednesday evenings for a time of Bible Study and Fellowship..
Sean and Courtney lead our Youth Ministry Team in planning the activities and ministry too all the youth Grades 6th - 12th.