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Interim Pastor Joe D. Black, Sr
Preacher Joe became the interim pastor in May 2018. He retired in 2014, after pastoring Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia for twenty seven years. He served other churches as interim pastor in Georgia and South Carolina. He is formally from Greenwood, S.C. and a graduate of Greenwood High School. He and Angie have been married for 51 years. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Student Pastor, Associate Pastor
I was born and raised in Anderson, SC where I graduated from TL Hanna High School. Following high school I earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University (2005) and a Master of Christian Ministry from North Greenville University (2009). I was blessed to marry the love of my life, Caitlin, (2001) after having known her since the seventh grade. God has blessed us with two wonderful boys, Pierce (2001) and Cole (2008).
I have had the pleasure of serving Jesus in full time Christian Ministry since 2005, first at Eureka Baptist Church in Anderson (2005-2010) and now here at First Baptist Abbeville (2010-present). God’s calling on my life is to minister to students and their families. My heart’s desire is to help students and parents grow in their faith, knowledge, and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ through intentional discipleship.
Interim Music Minister
Barry Wilson is a Greenwood native who came to Christ at the age of nine. He holds a Doctor of Worship Studies, and served as a Minister of Music from 1974-2013. Since then, he’s been an adjunct instructor at Piedmont Tech and an online instructor for several universities. He also works with WorshipWise, providing continuing education for music and worship leaders. He plays trumpet with The SC Baptist Singing Churchmen. He also plays golf (poorly) and is an avid genealogist. He lives in Hodges with his wife Beverly.
The First Baptist Church Abbeville was organized on Janurary 15, 1871. The first pastor was The Rev. Robert N. Platt. The church now on the corner of Ellis and N. Main St. was dedicated December, 1911. Renovations were made in 1939 and 1955. Thirty-eight pastors have served here over the years. The Church continues to shine as a “beacon for Christ” on the corner.
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