Directors

Brown Bradley - Director of Music & Fine Arts, bbradley@mbfpc.com

Brown graduated from Furman University, earned his Masters degree in Music from New York University, and did advanced PhD work at NYU and Juiliard School of Music. He studied voice with Oren Brown at Juilliard and coached with Martin Katz, Kenneth Merrill, David Lloyd, and Jane Klaviter. He has written voice articles for The American Music Teacher, The NATS Journal, and The Choral Journal and was voice chairman at The New School in New York City for eight years.

Brown's career includes appearances as tenor soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Studio, The Washington Opera, The Hong Kong Opera, The Little Orchestra Society, The Chamber Soloists of Lincoln Center, The Los Angeles Bach Festival, The New York City Opera, the Robert Shaw Chorale, The Roger Wagner Chorale, and The National Chorale. He has also performed supporting roles in six hit musicals on Broadway. Earlier in Bradley's career, he was tenor soloist with the U.S. Air Force Symphony and Singing Sergeants in Washington, DC, where he also performed as a leading tenor with the Washington Opera. He performed in the Benjamin Britten New York premiere of TheProdigal Sonat Lincoln Center with Metropolitan Opera leading bass, Samuel Ramey. He has received vocal grants from the Metropolitan Opera, the National Opera Institute, and the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation.

Since moving back to South Carolina in 1985 and joining the staff of First Presbyterian, he has performed as tenor soloist with the Charleston Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The Long Bay Symphony, The Florence Symphony and Master Chorale, The St. Michael’s Chorale, and the Bach Chorale of Wilmington, N.C. He has been a soloist at Piccolo Spoleto and has been a SC tour artist. Bradley has taken master classes with organist, John Weaver, John Ferguson, and John Walker. He resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife Mary and being close to their daughter, Ashley, and son Damon. Brown is also the founder/artistic director of the award-winning FPC Concerts, Inc.

Summer Butler - Director of The Growing Tree, sbutler@mbfpc.com

Marian Shelton - Director of Christian Education, mshelton@mbfpc.com

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a BFA in art education, Marian Shelton chose to return to the coast and family, becoming the first certified Visual Arts teacher at Myrtle Beach Elementary School. A life-long Presbyterian, Marian has enjoyed many positions at First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach: first as a welcomed new member, then a Sunday school teacher, as Elder, Fine Arts Camp leader, involved mom, Director of Midweek M&M, and then as Director of Children's Ministries, a role that allowed her to use every gift she's ever been given. In June 2012, Marian was named Director of Christian Education. Some of her primary responsibilities are Sunday school, Disciples, and Confirmation.

Marian is a native of the low-country, having been born in Charleston, raised in Georgetown, and now lives in Myrtle Beach with her husband Michael, and daughter Margaret, who is a freshman at Furman University. For Marian, one of the best things about FPC is that it is a place where her whole family is at home, serving God together with joy and enthusiasm.

Elizabeth (Betty) Singleton - Director of Special Educational Offerings, bsingleton@mbfpc.com

Elizabeth (Betty) Gamble Singleton grew up a member of the Moorefield Presbyterian Church in eastern West Virginia. Betty, a life-long student of history and religion, studied at West Virginia University and Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband Earl joined First Presbyterian Church in 1961 when they returned to Myrtle Beach after Earl's graduation from USC Pharmacy School. Betty joined the FPC staff in 1993 when three lay members assumed the duties of departing Christian Educator, David Suhs. She continues to serve as part-time member of the Adult Education Staff as Director of Special Educational Offerings. Betty's prayer is that her work at FPC will contribute to the broadening of our congregation's understanding of a faithful, loving God and the responses of faithful, loving children of God.

"Big Earl" and Betty have served in every aspect of the life of First Presbyterian Church and are the proud parents of three children, Elizabeth, Earl, and Charles all of whom were baptized and confirmed at First Presbyterian.