Rev. John Brearley is the perfect fit as senior minister for FPC seeing that his grandfather, Dr. Cecil Brearley organized the founding of our church back in 1928. John received his undergraduate from Presbyterian College, his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Seminary. He comes to us after serving multiple other churches in North and South Carolina. He and his wife, Tammy, are high school sweethearts with four loving children and a growing number of grandchildren. In his spare time, you can spot him walking on the beach, spending time with his family or playing on the links. He also loves to travel and schedules a trip with members of the congregation every year.
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 was installed as Associate Pastor, Youth & Missions, at First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach, SC during the 11:00 AM worship service.
Rev. Christa Brewer was born and raised in Carmichael, California, and is our associate pastor who primarily works in the areas of pastoral care and adult discipleship. She received a BA in Classics and Economics from Stanford University, an M.Div. and MA in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Christa will begin work on her D.Min at Columbia Theological Seminary in September 2017. She came to First Presbyterian in November 2014, after previously serving as a pastor to congregations in The Woodlands, Texas and Groomsport, Northern Ireland. She currently co-chairs the Presbytery of New Harmony’s Committee on the Preparation for Ministry and is a certified spiritual director. In the community, Christa plays the flute with the North Myrtle Beach Community Band, and she also serves as a member of its board. In addition to playing the flute, her other hobbies include playing the bagpipes, cross-stitching, exploring her surroundings, and traveling the world. Christa lives with her sweet leopard gecko, Lily, and sees her close relatives in California and Michigan as often as she can.
Rev. Judith (Judy) Cettei joined the pastoral staff in January, 2014 as a part-time Parish Associate. Judy graduated from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in German/Russian. After teaching for a few years, she joined her husband as owner and operator of McDonald’s restaurants. In 2002 Judy finally answered God’s call to a life of pastoral ministry and graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. After seminary she was the solo pastor of the Lake City Presbyterian Church and McDowell Presbyterian prior to Lake City. She retired from serving the Lake City Presbyterian Church in 2012 and continued her work for New Harmony Presbytery. Judy served on Dr. John Brearley’s Installation Committee in the fall of 2013 and offered to help with pastoral care and worship leadership. Judy and her husband, Mike, live in Georgetown and are the proud parents of Lara (Miles) Adler, Pawleys Island, SC and Matthew (Kim) Cettei, San Jose, CA. They have five wonderful grandchildren, ages 1-12. Judy and Mike feel like they’ve “come home,” as they were members of FPC in 1983-86, when they first moved to South Carolina from Pennsylvania.