Pastor: Paul Service
Pastor Paul and his wife Kristy are both graduates of Southern Wesleyan University. Pastor Paul has been in ministry for 26 years and most recently served in Ohio. He has also served in ministry in North Carolina and New York. Paul and Kristy have two adult children, Emily and Jordan. They welcomed a new granddaughter, Skylar, to their family in March of 2019. Emily is a student at Southern Wesleyan and plans to enter worship ministry when she graduates in 2020. Jordan is married to Hollie, and they live in Delaware, Ohio. Pastor Paul’s ministry passion is helping people to discover a lifelong relationship with Jesus.
Pastor Shari Gibson(and husband Shayne)
Shari is not new to our church family. She has been serving as an intern for the past two years fulfilling her 2 years service requirement for ordination and will be ordained July 11th, 2020. She is an amazing asset to the church. One great advantage to having Shari on staff is that she has been a part of the church and knows our church family well. People are familiar with her and love her. She has faithfully given 30+ hours a week with no compensation these past two years. You will also recognize Shayne as the guy who plays guitar on the platform each week. He also serves as one our trustees.
Shari’s areas of ministry will include some administration/office responsibilities, oversight of our discipleship program, serve as the young adult pastor and also serve in a new missions role to help the church better focus on community missions. All assistant pastors may help with various ministry responsibilities from time to time, and all of them will preach several times a year.
Pastor Randy Clay (and wife Stacey)
Randy is not new to our church family. He and Stacey have been attending as members for the past few years but not in an official pastoral role. Randy is officially coming on staff. I have always loved and respected Randy as a member of PVWC and as a pastor. He has a wonderful pastor’s heart. Randy also knows our congregation folks well and is eager to continue to minister among us.
Randy’s areas of ministry will include oversight of all adult education relating to Sunday School and Wednesday nights, teach and oversee Wednesday night adult Bible study, serving as Pastor to our Best Years Fellowship group, assist and oversee shut-in ministry (currently led by Barbara Jean Dodson and Billie Marcus). He will also preach several times during the year.
Natasha Dongell (and husband Professor Brent Dongell from SWU)
Natasha has a full life. She works on SWU campus and teaches a few courses each semester. She is Mom to two preteens, Roya who is in 6th grade at RC Edwards Middle and Alea who is in fifth grade at Clemson Elementary. She also gave birth to their newest daughter Olivia or “Livy” on April 3rd. They moved here in the past two years from Canada where Brent was a professor at our Wesleyan Canadian school Kingswood University. Natasha also served as the worship pastor at the college church in Canada. They are excited about Natasha being able to serve on a local church staff here in the upstate. This couple is gifted in so many ways and will really be a blessing to our congregation.
Natasha is an ordained minister and great communicator/preacher/teacher and author. Her area of ministry will primarily be the areas of weekly worship and all music related ministry.
Pastor Landon Davis (and wife Shelby)
Landon recently graduated from Southern Wesleyan and he and Shelby were married on June 6. Shelby has two more years to complete her elementary education degree at SWU so we are a great place for Landon to start ministry and for Shelby to be able to still attend SWU.
Landon’s areas of ministry will include serving as youth pastor and children’s pastor. These two roles will occupy most of his time. He loves to teach and preach so he also will have several opportunities to preach in worship during the year. Tony Ellison had planned to retire from doing the lawn care at PVWC after 40 years. To help support Landon and Shelby with more of a full-time salary, they will be living in the cottage, and Landon has agreed to become our new groundskeeper. Landon has served for some time as the groundskeeper for the NC East camp. He loves mowing and is even excited about that aspect of his responsibilities.
Pastor Heath Mullikin
Heath resigned from his senior pastor position of 10 years at Oakway United Wesleyan Church and has become the alumni director at SWU. Heath will be living in the church parsonage along with his three teenage children, twins Milena and Charis (16) and Drake (13). Everyone is excited about the move. Many of our teens know and love Heath and the kids because they know them from youth camp. Heath comes with a ton of ministry experience and is excited about joining us here at PVWC.
Heath’s will be responsible for website and social media (Facebook, etc) and for sound/tech ministries. He will also help with our Wednesday night bus ministry, and help us launch our new archery ministry, CenterShot, in the fall. Heath will also preach during the year. Heath’s job description will be somewhat flexible since he comes with many talents and abilities. What a help and blessing he is going to be as we continue to grow and build new areas of ministry.
Current Service times during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Sunday School: 1 adult class at 10:30 am in Heritage Hall.
Sunday Worship: 9:15 AM and 10:30 AM (Childcare is provided at 10:30 am.)
Wednesday: Youth meets from 6:30-7:30.