John joined the Pelham Road family in 2000. He and JoAnn have two adult sons. John has written for newspapers, magazines, and websites. He also takes great pleasure in photography, painting, and walking aimlessly in the woods.
Sam Coates, III is Associate Pastor/Minister of Music. He began his ministry at Pelham Road in April of 1997. Sam is married to Lucy, retired kindergarten aid at Woodland Elementary School.
He has 3 sons. William works at the Eastside YMCA as a Development Specialist. Patterson is a Business teacher at Hillcrest High School. He is married to Ashley and they have our two grandchildren: Barrett, who we call Bear, and Rory. Jack is a Marine.
Sam loves to cook and paint with oils. Sam has an Associate in Arts Degree from North Greenville College (’76), a Bachelor of Music (’78) from Mars Hill College and a Master of Divinity (’81) from Southern Baptist Seminary. At church, he is primarily the music minister and worship designer. He teaches an Adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings and takes our Senior Adults on monthly outings.
Ashley Twitchell joined the Pelham Road team in 2017. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving our congregation as Development Pastor. Ashley has a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (2012) and a Bachelors in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University (2006). She has served in many areas of ministry, with special interest in visioning, development, worship and organizational systems.
Ashley was born and raised in Greenville, and she and her husband Mike have lived on the east side of town since they got married in 2006. They now have two daughters, Claire and Ava. Ashley enjoys crafting, family time and summer time at the pool and lake.
Angela has been a member of Pelham Road since 2010, recently joining the staff as church administrator. Her background includes international mission work, cross cultural training, and textile engineering. Angela and her husband Bob, have two children and two grandchildren.
Rachel loves working with children! She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Elementary Education from North Greenville University. She has received PITC training (Program for Infant Toddler Care, ITERS (Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale), and she is also certified as a ITS-SIDS trainer. She has been working with children professionally for 17 years as a teacher, director, and a Regional Infant/Toddler Specialist for North Carolina. She has 3 children Ashton 20, Isabella 15, and Sophia 5 years old. She enjoys spending quality time with them and also attending Ashton’s travel baseball games.
PARTNERS IN MINISTRY
There once was a day when the denominational name on the sign told you everything you needed to know about a church. Those days are behind us. Now churches partner with different organizations to build the Kingdom of God.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina was organized in 1991 by a grassroots movement of free and faithful Baptists. We are a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice, and heart for missions service.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a Christian network comprised of individuals and churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ. The CBF is a network of Baptists who ordain women into ministry, send missionaries to serve the whole person, and who preach the simplest of messages, “love God and love neighbor.”
A free preschool, after school & summer program for under resourced children in the downtown Greenville area. The program offers assistance and guidance to children ages 3-16 in the areas of academics, character development, sportsmanship and emotional wellness.
Triune Mercy Center is a non-denominational mission church that ministers alongside the homeless in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.
A ministry dedicated to bringing singles and couples together for fun, fellowship and encouragement. They have weekly opportunities for Bible study and fellowship. Once a month they have a dance in our Family Life Center.
Most people ask if our worship style is contemporary or traditional, if we use guitars or only a piano, if they should wear jeans or a suit and whether we use screens or hymnals. The answer is YES.
Our worship style is traditional and the music style is blended. We sing both the hymns of our faith and contemporary choruses. We use screens to display words for both and images to enhance the message.
BELIEFS & VALUES
“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
MARK 12:28-33 NIV
We are mindful that to Jesus, neighbor is about more than proximity. We care for our homeless neighbor, our single neighbor, as well as our neighbor on the street or in the pew. Our neighbor may believe as we do or believe differently. Their belief system does not change that they ARE our neighbor. Who they are does not change Jesus’ words to us “to love”.
We are not perfect. We are capable of being wrong. We’re all in process. So we have lots of grace for one another, especially for those who don’t happen to see things the way we currently see them. We are less interested in people agreeing with us and more focused on allowing Jesus to transform us. We actually value the ability to fellowship with those who see things differently.
We further value that God models for us this unconditional and relentless love.
The apostle describes this love well in Romans:
What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
ROMANS 8:31-35, 37-39