Dr. Dale Welden
Dale was born in Frankfurt, Germany when his father was stationed there in the military. Most of his growing up took place in St. Louis, Missouri, which is where he met his wife Connie in the high school youth group of their church. Dale graduated from Missouri Baptist College with a BA in Bible/Behavioral Science and then from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1980 with a Masters of Divinity (MDiv). In 2001, he received his doctorate (DMin) from Covenant as well. After seminary, Dale was ordained in 1980 and served in Pittsburgh for three years as an Assistant Pastor. Following that he has served as the Senior Pastor of two churches, the last one for nearly eighteen years in Atlanta. Dale has traveled to India, Pakistan, Hungary, Chile, Mexico, Ukraine, Haiti, and England preaching and teaching. Dale and Connie have been married 37 years. Connie has spent her time raising their children and ministering alongside Dale, especially in hospitality. She also loves to teach children. They have four children and seven grandchildren: Nathan and his wife live near Atlanta and have three daughters and a son; Rachel and her husband live in Georgia and have two sons; Benjamin and his wife live in Chicago and have one daughter; and Abby and her husband live in Georgia.
From Dale: Part of my testimony is the way that God used this big “event” in my life in spiritually shaping me. To listen to the message Lessons from a Heart Attack, click here.
Dr. Jason Hunt
Jason and his wife Laura have been active members of SAPC since joining the church in 2013. They have two children, Clayton and Sophia. Jason has served as an elder, Sunday school and Wednesday evening teacher, and was on the teaching team during the 2014 Haiti Mission Journey. He is in a discipleship relationship with men in the church, is active in the men’s Bible studies (co-leading one of them), and is leading the Prayer Mobilization Team. He is also a volunteer for Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, a Masters in Theology from the University of Wales, and a PhD from the University of Chester (UK). Prior to coming to SAPC, he served with Campus Crusade for Christ in a teaching and discipleship capacity and gained a great deal of ministry experience in the local church.
Rev. Marc Rattray
Director of Worship and Artsmarc@sapc.net
Marc was touched by God’s grace and became His child when he was 13, although he remembers always being interested in the things of God. Having received Bachelor and Master Degrees in Church Music and pursuing postgraduate studies in Voice Performance, Marc has enjoyed a diverse musical career as Music Minister, Opera Singer, Conductor, Voice Instructor, Music Educator and Choral Clinician. His greatest vocational passion is planning and executing weekly worship services for the church family. It is in this role that he fulfills the pastoral calling upon His life.
Born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida, South Carolina has been his home for over 20 years having served at SAPC since 2003. Marc continues to pursue a lifelong study of personal and corporate worship and is pleased to share with others the wonderful truths found in God’s Word. He works alongside his wife Sharon, SAPC’s organist. The Rattrays consider serving the Lord together in music ministry to be the realization of a lifelong dream and a joyful privilege. Marc & Sharon have two sons, Truman and Matthew. In addition to their music, they share a love of the outdoors, good food, and family time.
Brendan was born in Windsor, Connecticut. When he was two years old his parents got divorced, and his father moved to Georgia. During the summer months of his childhood, he and his brother would visit his father in Georgia; that is until his parents got back together when he was thirteen. It was around that time that Brendan’s best friend brought him to youth group. Up until that point Brendan had never been to church or given much thought to God. But after attending youth group for a few months, the Holy Spirit took hold of his heart and made God’s grace irresistible. As a result, Brendan’s life was radically altered as he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. Shortly after receiving the gospel Brendan answered a specific calling to pursue a career in student ministries. He has since filled various roles in the context of student ministries since 2004. Brendan attended Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he received a BS in Bible/Youth Ministry. It was during his years at college that he met his wife, Cheri; together they have a son, Elijah, and a daughter, Aliyah.
Director of Children’s Ministriesjeanette@sapc.net
Jeanette is a graduate of Charleston Southern University, where she received her Bachelors of Art Degree in Youth Ministry with a minor in Psychology. She has over 12 years of experience in Preschool and Elementary Ministry. Jeanette is happily married to Roger who is the Director of Bands at Irmo High School. Together they have a sweet dog, Belle. Jeanette and Roger enjoy traveling, spending time together with friends and family, spoiling their two precious nieces and nephew, and playing in the Carolina Wind Symphony.
Paul was born into and raised in the Presbyterian Church as the son of a Pastor. His early childhood was spent in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina before his family moved to Columbia, SC, when Paul was ten. Paul went to Richland Northeast High School and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology. In the years that followed, Paul worked in restaurant and retail management before God directed his path to SAPC. Although from a young age Paul had always felt the presence of God in his life, it was on a church youth retreat that the Holy Spirit overwhelmingly drew him to Jesus and into a personal relationship with his Savior. Paul and his wife, Amy have one son, Tripp.
Director of Women’s Ministryfrankie@sapc.net
Frankie grew up attending church all of her life. However, it wasn’t until she was 24 years old that she understood the gospel and her relationship with the Lord became personal. She immediately had a burning desire to study God’s Word, to connect with other believers and to serve. Most of her ministries have been in the local church: teaching and leading Bible studies and leading and training other women to lead. She also served in leadership roles for women on the Presbytery level and has spoken at women’s retreats and special events throughout the Southeast. However, her heart has been in local church ministry where her “connections are with the women she knows personally”.
She and Chip have been married for 47 years. She actively served alongside him wherever he served as a Pastor supporting him in his work. They have three children: Fran, married to Joey Parsons, lives in Colorado. They have 4 children. Her son, Bryan, is married to Cat (Brewer). They live in Summerville and have 2 boys. Her youngest daughter, Grace, works in Tucson, AZ, and loves living out west.
One of her favorite verses is “Blessed is she who has believed that what God has said to her will be accomplished.” (Luke 1:45) By His grace, she has been able to have faith in these words from Psalm 16, “I have set the Lord continually before me, because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Those words are words of truth and give her great joy and strength.