I grew up in Bishopville, South Carolina and have served congregations in South Carolina and the Texas Louisiana (TX LA) Gulf Coast Synod. I have recently retired and am living in Bishopville with my husband Joe, three really cute dogs, and a cat. We have three adult children and six grandchildren.
I began my ministry in the United Methodist Church serving as a local pastor while attending USC Sumter and Coker College in Hartsville. At Coker, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology in May of 1996. I received my Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia in May 2000.
My first call was to St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Camden where I was ordained on February 2, 2002. I served at St. Timothy’s as an associate pastor for two years with pastoral duties including continuing a Tuesday worship service for widows.
In 2004, I accepted a call to St John’s in Clinton, South Carolina. During my time there, I opened a food bank which served 100-120 families weekly in the Clinton area. I served at St. John’s for eight years before accepting a call to St. Paul Rehburg in the TX LA Gulf Coast Synod.
St Paul’s is a large family church located between Austin and Houston. My ministry there included serving with 13 area churches in a nonprofit called Burton Bridge Ministry. I pastored at Rehburg for six and a half years and enjoyed baptizing forty-eight parishioners (mostly babies) and provided pastoral care for families for fifty-one funerals. I have a great love for children and youth as well as a strong sense of pastoral care for the shut-ins and the elderly. I am story teller and love hearing other folk’s faith stories.
Being 20 hours away from home and seeing my mother’s health decline, I had the opportunity to retire so we moved back to our hometown of Bishopville in November 2018. I am so thankful to be close to my mom again and still be able to serve in the church.
I am so excited to serve as Interim Pastor here at St. Luke. If you would like to schedule an appointment for pastoral care, please contact Taylor in the church office. I look forward to meeting you all!
In God’s Peace,
Pastor Denise Seymour