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

After graduating from Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Summer traveled abroad to study at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. It was in England that she met her husband, Stuart. Once back in the United States, Summer attended the University of South Carolina where she received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in the speech and educational field for several years; working with the preschool population is her passion. Summer is a member of First Presbyterian Church and has served on the session as an elder. She feels that working at the Growing Tree is a true blessing. Summer and Stuart have two children, Oliver and Finn who were both baptized at First Presbyterian Church and attended the Growing Tree Preschool and Kindergarten.

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.