Rev. David Howell: Stated Supply Pastor

Rev. Howell comes to us from John Knox Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC where he served as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults. In his position at John Knox, he coordinated the Christian education programs, mission projects, and other activities for junior and senior high students as well as worked with young adults as they sought fellowship and service opportunities at John Knox and in the community. David's goal was to provide a safe, theologically sound, and exciting environment for youth and young adults.

Rev. Howell has a wealth of ministerial and professional work experience which includes serving as a chaplain intern at Greenville Hospital System, youth director and new member coordinator at John Knox before his ordination; he also worked with a major accounting firm as a senior IT, operations, business manager and marketing customer service consultant.

David is a 1988 Clemson graduate with a BS in management and a 2010 graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity. His family includes his wife Angie, who works as a bank vice president, his daughter Katherine, who is a junior at Wofford College, and his son Will who is a freshman at the College of Charleston - plus several dear "fuzzy kids.

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Rachel Epps: Director of Youth & Young Adults

Rae grew up outside of Atlanta in Lawrenceville, GA. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Dance. She was blessed to be a part of Presbyterian Student Association campus ministry throughout her college career, which connected her to Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. It was at MPPC where she met her husband, Steven (who also was a PSAer during his time at Wofford!). They have three beautiful daughters, Millie, Mollie and Marlee, along with two sons of the feline persuasion, Scooter and Paco.

Rae loves spending time with her family, has a passion for mission, and loves everything about ballet. Her favorite color is pink and she enjoys short walks on the beach (because she'd rather just lay in the sun and read a good book!).

Rae is excited to be a part of the Second Pres family and to walk with the youth and young adults of this church on their journeys.

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Bethany Keaton: Administrative Assistant

Bethany was born a northerner (from Indiana), but she claims the south as her home.  She was raised in a pastor's home and her parents' ministry brought their family from Cincinnati, OH to Spartanburg, SC in 2002.  She grew up with three brothers, learning quickly to fend for herself as the only girl.  She attended Dorman High School and Spartanburg Methodist College.  

Bethany enjoys singing, sports, weekend visits to the lake, trying new recipes and most of all making memories with her family and friends.  Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “
"For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

Bethany has work experience in medical and insurance offices and is now looking forward to a new adventure here in the church office.  She is excited to see what God has in store for the next chapter of her life.

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Dr. John Moody: Director of Music

John Moody has been directing the Chancel Choir at Second Presbyterian since the late 1990s.  He also teaches Chorus and AP Music Theory at Spartanburg High School and is active in the area as a freelance jazz pianist.  John received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 1983 from the University of South Carolina where he remained to work on his Master of Music Degree in Music Composition, which he received in 1986.  John married March in 1987, shortly before moving to Boston to earn his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition at Boston University. John's has been an active composer ever since.  Numerous ensembles throughout the nation have performed his band and choral music.  He has also written for orchestra, jazz band, and many other smaller ensembles.  John and March have two children, David and Taylor.

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