Ministers

The Rev. Dr. John C. Brearley - Senior Minister, jbrearley@mbfpc.com - 843.448.4496

At a Congregational meeting on Sunday, June 23, 2013, the congregation approved the Pastor Nominating Committee's recommendation that The Reverend Doctor John Cecil Brearley be called as the next Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Brearley will begin serving the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach in August.

Dr. John Brearley and his family are relocating from Greenville, SC, where he has served as senior pastor at the John Knox Presbyterian Church for the last 17 years. Prior to his call to John Knox Presbyterian, John served as pastor at Elkin Presbyterian Church in Elkin, NC, from 1989-1996 and as associate pastor at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden, SC, from 1985-88. John earned his undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College, his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Seminary. He also participated in post graduate study in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. For over two decades he has also participated in the Reformed Theology Group and the Preaching Seminar at Montreat. Dr. Brearley currently serves as Vice Chair of the Presbyterian Homes of South Carolina. He was moderator of the Foothills Presbytery in 2010-2011 and currently serves on its Committee on Ministry.

To know John and Tammy Brearley is to love them. The couple grew up in the same church and schools in Columbia, SC. They began dating in high school and married while John was in seminary. Tammy taught third grade at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville for the last eleven years. The Brearleys have four outstanding children. Their daughter Meg has just completed her first year as a history teacher at Lexington (SC) High School. She and her husband, Paul Greathouse, were married in the summer of 2012. The Brearleys’ daughter Lauren is a practicing attorney in Columbia, SC. Their son Michael and wife Erin live in Nashville where Michael attends the Vanderbilt Law School and Erin teaches music. Following in the footsteps of her siblings John and Tammy’s youngest child, Caroline attends Furman University.

John comes from a long and distinguished line of Presbyterian ministers. His grandfather, Dr. Cecil Brearley, organized the founding of our church, The First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, in 1928 while serving as pastor of Kingston Presbyterian Church in Conway. Tammy also has deep family ties to the Myrtle Beach area. Her father, Gene Lewis, grew up in Conway. Her mother, Peggy Nigh Lewis, lived in Myrtle Beach and attended First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach.

The Rev. Judith (Judy) Cettei - Supply Minister, jcettei@mbfpc.com - 843.448.4496

Rev. Judith (Judy) L. Cettei attended Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA., and has served churches in the Kingstree and Lake City area. In 2012, she retired from serving Lake City Presbyterian Church and resides in Georgetown with her husband, Michael. Judy is the proud parent of Lara (Miles) Adler, of Pawleys Island, and Matthew (Kim) in San Jose, CA and her 5 grandchildren ages 4 months to 11 years old. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach in the 1980's when she and her family first moved here from Pennsylvania. In January of this year, Judy joined our pastoral staff as a Temporary Stated Supply.

The Rev. Dr. Howard Hansen - Retired, Associate Minister, hhansen@mbfpc.com - 843.448.4496

Reared in China by missionary parents, Howard earned his Associate, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorates' from Princeton University, University Of Pittsburgh, Nyack College, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He served several churches in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area) and New Jersey. Dr. Hansen and his wife, Alice Marie, have three children, L. SuZann, Kevin, and Evan. He now serves as part-time Parish Associate Minister at First Presbyterian.