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.
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.