Our Four Commitments

We believe these four commitments are essential to a hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world:

We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.

We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.

We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.

A hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement begins with you.

Leadership Team

South Carolina's UMC Next leadership team consists of a passionate and diverse group of clergy and laity who are committed to a hope-filled future for the Methodist movement in the state we call home.
Rev Tiffany Knowlin UMC Next SC

Rev. Tiffany Knowlin

Co-Leader

Rev. Tiffany Knowlin is an ordained elder who currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC

Stanton Adams UMC Next of South Carolina

Stanton Adams

Co-Leader

Stanton Adams is a lay member of the South Carolina Conference who currently serves as the Director of Communications at Two Rivers Church in Charleston, SC

Dr. David Braddon UMC Next South Carolina

Dr. David Braddon

Charleston District

Dr. David Braddon is a lay member of the South Carolina Conference who currently serves as the Charleston District Lay Leader

Rev. Robin Dease UMC Next South Carolina

Rev. Dr. Robin Dease

Hartsville District

Rev. Dr. Robin Dease is an ordained elder who currently serves as the Hartsville District Superintendent for the South Carolina Conference

Rev. Shelia Elliot Hodge UMC Next South Carolina

Rev. Dr. Shelia Elliot Hodge

Spartanburg District

Rev. Dr. Shelia Elliot Hodge is an ordained elder who currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Silver Hill United Methodist Church in Spartanburg, SC

Rev. Fran Elrod UMC Next South Carolina

Rev. Fran Elrod

Anderson District

Rev. Fran Elrod is an ordained elder who currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Clemson United Methodist Church in Clemson, SC

Rev. Megan Gray UMC Next South Carolina

Rev. Megan Gray

Charleston District

Rev. Megan Gray is an ordained elder who currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Cokesbury United Methodist Church in North Charleston, SC

Rev. Mike Henderson UMC Next South Carolina

Rev. Mike Henderson

Florence District

Rev. Mike Henderson is an ordained elder who currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Florence, SC

Rev. Patricia Parrish UMC Next South Carolina

Rev. Patricia Parrish

Columbia District

Rev. Patricia "Patti" Parrish is an ordained elder who currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC

Rev. Ryan Spurrier

Rev. Ryan Spurrier

Campus Ministry

Rev. Ryan Spurrier is an ordained elder who currently serves as the Campus Minister of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC

News

Here's the latest on our work in South Carolina:

South Carolina UMs among 600 attendees at UMCNext

A team from South Carolina joined more than 600 other leaders from across The United Methodist Church May 20-22 for UMCNext, an opportunity to pray, discuss and discern a way forward in response to the adoption of The Traditional Plan

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