The Rev. Dr. John C. Brearley - Senior Minister, email@example.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 will married Erin Aitkin on June 29, 2013. The newlyweds will moved to Nashville where Michael will attend the Vanderbilt Law School and Erin will teach music in Nashville. Following in the footsteps of her siblings John and Tammy’s youngest child, Caroline, will enter Furman University in the fall.
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. Carol Pagelsen - Temporary Stated Supply Minister, firstname.lastname@example.org - 843.448.4496
Born and raised as a Southern Baptist in Jackson, Alabama, Carol attended Howard College in Birmingham, Alabama and, after receiving a scholarship, graduated from Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida. She studied opera at the Akademie Fur Musik in Vienna, Austria: lived in Vienna for three years, worked with the U.S. Information Service and directed the American Opera Workshop, which brought American opera to Eastern European countries. She has maintained her interest in Eastern Europe and has taken several Minister Study Groups to these countries to study the situation of the Roma (gypsies) there.
After returning to the States, she became a soloist at FPC in Orlando, Florida, where she joined the Presbyterian Church and became a candidate for the ministry. She attended and graduated from Louisville Seminary and worked as a psychotherapist for Southern Indiana Mental Health at Madison State Hospital. Her first ordained position was in Neoga, Illinois then Kokomo, Indiana. She became interested in Interim Ministry and received her training through the Synod of Lincoln Trails and Conflict Management through the Albin Institute. She served churches in Indiana, Washington, Texas and California, where in 2000, she met her husband, Dr. John Byer, in Sacramento, California.
Carol and John have been married for 10 years and together have 6 adult children - all married - and 7 grandchildren. "Honorably Retired" in 2007, they moved to North Myrtle Beach, where Carol loves gardening and dancing. She and John have been learning Argentine Tango for several years and have been to Buenos Aires twice. She is a judge for Dancing with the Horry County Stars, which raises money for the Early College High School program and the Long Bay Symphony. She and John have been instrumental in starting the Stephen Ministry program at FPC.
The Rev. Dr. Howard Hansen - Retired, Associate Minister, email@example.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.