About Us

Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Ellen Fowler Skidmore

Senior Pastor



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My job is to keep my eyes on Christ and where and how this congregation needs to worship, study, serve and change to be better able to transform ourselves and our community for the purposes of Christ.

Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, Th.M. Biblical Studies, 1988; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, D.Min. 1987; Furman University, Greenville, SC, B.A. English, 1983

Rev. Dr. J. Eric Skidmore

Parish Associate for Stewardship



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I provide primary support both for the Stewardship and Planned Giving for Forest Lake as well as for the Senior Pastor - my wife! I also work full time for the State of South Carolina through the SC LEAP Program.

McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, D.Min. Stewardship; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, M.Div. 1990; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. BA in Religious Studies 1983.

Ed Black

Ministry Associate for Pastoral Care



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I am the staff person who works with the pastoral care ministries of Forest Lake, including the Board of Deacons and Stephen Ministers. You’ll see me in worship, too. I am currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of South Carolina; Master of Public Administration, University of South Carolina



Jodi Beckham

Director of Mission and Community Engagement



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My job is to help members and guests find ways to grow in their faith by connecting them at FLPC. If anyone wants to talk more about figuring out how to grow in their Discipleship, I want to be one of the guides in that process.

Bachelor of Science, College of Charleston, 1989

Dr. Beth Mears

Director of Music



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My job is to provide opportunities for our members to give of their talents and glorify God through music. As I plan for each service, my goal is to select vocal and instrumental pieces that will enhance our worship. When I am not at Forest Lake, I am the Choral Director at Richland Northeast High School in the Fine Arts Magnet Program and am the Music Director of the Columbia Choral Society.

Bachelor of Music Education, Furman University 1983; Master of Music Education, University of South Carolina 1987; Doctorate of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting), University of South Carolina 2001.

Sylvia Trimmier



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My job is to provide worship support through music. I have over 34 years of experience enhancing music ministry for all ages.

Bachelor of Arts, Church Music and Piano Performance, Emory & Henry College, VA; Master of Arts, Church Music (Emphasis in Organ) Scarritt College, TN.

Bill Wannamaker

Youth Director



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My job is to love and to lead the youth of FLPC into a living relationship with God in Christ so that they will know how much they are loved. I am a “full-time” member of FLPC, but in my part-time staff role at Forest Lake I coordinate youth programming for Sunday evenings and weekdays.


Shannon Fancher

Business Manager



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My position is responsible for the business administration and property management operations of the church.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Economics, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC




Adele Wyatt

Office Manager



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I function as an information hub for the office and support for the Church’s ministries. When you call the office, you are likely to get me or one of our wonderful church volunteers on the phone.

Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, B.A. Psychology/Anthropology/Sociology, 1982.

Ebony and LC Eaddy




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After our regular jobs, we come to Forest Lake to make sure that things are clean and set-up in ways that support the ministries and activities of the church.  For help with an event, or for more information contact the church office at contactus@flpc.org.