About Us

Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Ellen Fowler Skidmore

Senior Pastor

803.787.5672

ellenskidmore@flpc.org

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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. Dan Holloway

Interim Associate Pastor

803.787.5672

danholloway@flpc.org

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My job is to coordinate Adult Education, to support FLPC’s service and benevolent ministries and provide support in visitation, pastoral duties and worship. I recently retired after 28 years as the pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC and moved to Columbia to be near family. Ellen Skidmore invited me to assist Forest Lake in a part-time, interim basis, and I plan to continue my interim duties until December 2018.

BA in Sociology from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama;  D.Min. Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Conflict Management Training, Alban Institute and the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center; Interim Pastor Ministry Training by the PC (USA).

Rev. Dr. J. Eric Skidmore

Parish Associate

803.787.5672

zacchaeus@sc.rr.com

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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.

Murphy Peele

Business Manager

803.787.5672

murphypeele@flpc.org

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My job is to ensure that the finances and facilities support the work of transforming people in the image of Christ, and I do that in community with the church volunteers who keep up with the finances, property, and facilities.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC - B.S Business Administration, 1981

Adele Wyatt

Office Manager

803.787.5672

adelewyatt@flpc.org

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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.

Andrea Paschal

Director of Faith Formation

803.787.5672

andreapaschal@flpc.org

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My job is to support and engage our children, youth and families in their own growth in faith through fellowship, study, service and worship. I enjoy sharing experiences outside in God’s world.

Certified Christian Educator, PC (USA); University of Florida, Gainesville, FL,  B.S. in Recreation, Public Emphasis, Psychology minor

Jodi Beckham

Director of Mission and Community Engagement

803.787.5672

jodibeckham@flpc.org

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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. When I am not at Forest Lake, I am an intervention specialist at Windsor Elementary School.

Bachelor of Science, College of Charleston, 1989

Carter Grant

Part-Time Youth Director

803.787.5672

youthdirector@flpc.org

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My job is to love youth and to help them find their way as Disciples of Jesus Christ. Contact me if you are an adult with a passion for youth ministry or know someone from 6th to 12th grade who wants to join a fun, enriching, faith-focused community!

University of South Carolina, B.S. in International Business and Finance, Portuguese minor, 2018

Dr. Beth Mears

Director of Music

803.787.5672

bethmears@flpc.org

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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.

Bill Wannamaker

Part-Time Youth Ministry Coordinator

803.787.5672

youthcoord@flpc.org

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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 directly supervise the Youth Director and coordinate youth programming for Sunday evenings and weekdays.

I am the Financial Responsibility Manager for the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Ebony and LC Eaddy

Part-Time Sextons

803.787.5672

murphypeele@flpc.org

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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.  To contact us or to ask for help with an event, please contact the Business Manager, Murphy Peele at murphypeele@flpc.org.

Chef Coretta Simmons

Part-Time Kitchen Coordinator

803.787.5672

murphypeele@flpc.org

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While I have worked for many years in the corporate world, I also find joy in cooking and have had my own catering business.  I cook and coordinate hospitality through meals and food service at Forest Lake after my regular work day is done.  To contact me or to ask for support for an event, please contact the Business Manager, Murphy Peele, murphypeele@flpc.org