Staff and Coordinators


Michael Jarrell

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In 1989, I became a follower of Jesus at a youth event in West Georgia. It was not what I intended that evening but as it is common to Him, God had other plans. My initial foray into the Christian community was fraught with difficulty as the church I initially found myself a part of was somewhat difficult. This was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that I began to ask questions very early in my journey, a curse in that those questions led me away from my adoptive community.

For several years I searched the Christian landscape. I attended various denominations, often out of curiosity, more often out of the search for community. In time, my search led me away from the church rather than to it and I spent a year as an 'ecclesial agnostic'. I believed in Jesus, but not the church. At some point during that year, a friend invited me to a bible study in what he termed, 'a safe place.' It became a turning point that helped me to understand the nature of the local church and the nature of myself as a part of bigger Church. During this time, I met my wife, Heather, and we were married three years later.

After we married, Heather and I attended the church she was a part of and had been a part of for most of her life. It was here that I had my first stirrings of a call to ministry, working first in the audio/visual ministry, then music and worship, and eventually teaching and preaching. This gradual movement from one area to another helped me to see my gifts and graces more clearly and eventually to accept that I was truly called. It was not a moment but a process that helped me to see and discern my calling, eventually leading me to seminary and now to the path of service in the Kingdom of God.

Heather and I have two children (Avery, 14 and Donovan, 9) and we have two rabbits named Cosmos and Eve. When not serving in and around the church, we like to look for good places to eat, hike or good books to read. I am a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and an occasional writer and contributor to religious blogs and websites.

Pastor Michael

Children's Ministries Coordinator

Keli Lathan Thomas

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We welcome your Children to Zion UMC. We Play We Learn We Grow in our relationship with Jesus. Come Join us for Sunday School programs, children's church during worship hour, and Sunday evenings at 5:00. Come One Come All & Bring a Friend.

Need a little more detail, please contact Keli Thomas 803-287-5785 or by email  

Church Secretary

Tonya Counts

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Financial Secretary

Missy Snipes

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Missy grew up and lives in Lancaster, SC.   She attended USC-Lancaster and York Technical College.  Missy has been honored to work for Zion for over 20 years and enjoys working in a church environment and serving our Lord by helping others in their pursuit of being the hands and feet of Christ!  Missy has been married for 30 years, has four children and enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, traveling to new places, and spending LONG weekends in the mountains, ANY time of year!! 


Carolyn Massey

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Youth Coordinator

Brooke Collins

We welcome ALL youth from 6th-12th grade to join us.  Our youth have a wonderful Sunday School class and also meet on Sunday afternoons at 5PM.  We would LOVE to have you come and be a part of our group!  On Sunday afternoons we enjoy games, learning about helping others, fellowshipping with each other and learning about God!  For more infomation, please contact Brooke Collins at 803-288-0510. 

  October 2020  
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