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.

The Rev. Cameron (Cam) Thomas - Associate Minister, cthomas@mbfpc.com - 843.448.4496

Hailing from the small rural community of Barbeque, North Carolina, Cam Thomas considers himself one of the foremost unofficial barbeque ambassadors on the Eastern Seaboard. After earning a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cam spent four years as a high school teacher and football coach at Western Harnett High School in Lillington, North Carolina. It was there that he became reacquainted with Mary Melissa Goodnight whom he had first met and fallen in love with while in the third grade.

As coach of the school tennis team, Mary needed a driver to transport her players to matches, and Cam just happened to have his bus license. While spending hours together at tennis courts all over eastern North Carolina, Cam and Mary became good friends, and over time they fell in love. Following a beach proposal at Bald Head Island, the couple was married on August 7, 2010.

Cam and wife Mary moved to Richmond, Virginia, where Cam entered Union Seminary. In 2014, The Pastor Nominating Committee at First Presbyterian Church contacted Cam Thomas and then invited him and Mary to visit FPC. It was very clear that Cam Thomas was a perfect fit for the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach. At a congregation meeting on Sunday, April 27, the PNC recommended Cameron W. Thomas and nominated him as Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, SC. The congregation voted to accept the nomination.

On May 31, 2014, Cam earned his Master of Divinity degree. He and Mary packed their belonging and moved to Myrtle Beach. Cam was ordained on Sunday, August 3 at his home church, in Barbeque, NC.

Cam also has certification and experience in patient counseling through Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Ever the adventurers, Cam and Mary have explored many areas of the country, including the Grand Canyon and Sedona in Arizona and more recently, a frozen-over Lake Erie. Their sidekick on many of these adventures is Zeb, an affectionate and mischievous Walker Treeing Coonhound whose talents include hunting down the warmest spot on the couch. Zeb, Cam, and Mary enjoy spending time together and with friends and family, sharing meals, jokes and stories. On sunny days you can find them on local jogging trails, bike paths, or the beach.

On Sunday, September 21, The Reverend Cameron Thomas will be installed as Associate Minister, Youth & Missions, at First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach, SC during the 11:00 AM worship service.