Worship Ministries

Board of Deacons

The Board of Deacons is a ministry of worship and service, seeking to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word and facilitating the spread of the gospel. It is established to partner with the Pastor to minister to the members of our congregation and community. It serves as an under-shepherd to care for the well-being of the congregation. This is accomplished by serving the Lord through visiting and praying with the sick and shut-in and comforting those in mourning. The Board administers the Urgent Needs Fund to those in financial distress and it delivers food to those in need. The Board, jointly with the Pastor, conducts the new members' orientation classes and coordinates the Baptism Service. The Board also promotes unity within the church and maintains contact with members within individual Deacon Family Ministry Units. It prepares and serves Holy Communion every 1st Sunday and it is responsible for preserving the spiritual fellowship and unity of the church.

Meeting Date
3rd Wednesdays

Meeting Time
7:15 p.m.

Meeting Place
Board Room
Contact Person
Deacon Benjamin I. Duncan, II Chairman

Contact Number
(803) 788-3571

Target Group
All Church Members and the Community

Offices Held
Deacon Wallace Brown, Sr., Secretary
Deacon Benjamin I. Duncan, Jr., Chairman
Deacon Leon Corley, 1st Vice Chairman
Deacon Willie Green, Jr., 2nd Vice Chairman
Deacon Milton Kimpson, Chairman Emeritus

Family Ministry Units
Kimpson/Lewis/Price/Cobbs/Edmond
Gist/Reid/Jordan/McLawhorn/Laury/Grant
Rogers/Wallace/Counts/Worthy
Frierson/Boykin/Epps/Gist/Jackson
Corley/Hughes/Clinton
Kimpson/Rodgers/Duncan/Mickle
Bailey/ Green/ Brown/Hingleton

List of Deacons
Ronald G. Bailey
Charles Boykin
Wallace Brown, Sr.
John Clinton
Leon Corley
Alphonso Counts, Jr.
Benjamin I. Duncan
Jackie Epps
Jesse Frierson, Sr.
Bobby Gist
Donald Gist
Carl Grant
David Hughes
James Jordan
Milton Kimpson
Milton Gary Kimpson
Wilbert Lewis
James T. McLawhorn
Robert Mickle
Willie Green, Jr.
Frank Hingleton
Wendell Price
Claude Reid
Carl Rodgers, Sr.
Wilfred Rogers
Virgil Wallace
Curtis Jackson
Lorenzo Worthy


Board of Trustees

The primary duties of the Board of Trustees are to serve as faithful stewards of the church's finances and watchman of all church assets. The Board has the duty to act as a watchman to ensure financial integrity of the church to ensure that members will have confidence in the collection, computation and management of their donations, tithes and offerings. This responsibility also includes review of all church accounts, on at least a monthly basis. The Board is responsible for setting policies for the operation of the church facility, employment, procurement, contracting, safety, insurance, fund raising, capital projects, investment and the endowment fund. The Board works in cooperation with the Pastor and the Business Manager who has the direct responsibility for the daily financial operations of the church.

Meeting Date
4th Wednesdays

Meeting Time
7:15 p.m.

Meeting Place
Board Room
Contact Person
Trustee Holly Scott, Chairman

Contact Number
(803)

Target Group
Adult Church Members


Board of Deaconess

VISION:
Our vision is to minister to the sick and shut-in and all those who are in need, offer guidance and help to deceased deacons' wives.

MISSION:
Our mission is to assist in the preparation of Holy Communion and other worship activities of the church as needed. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5

MINISTRY LEADER:
Sister Selena Brown

Contact Persons
Sister Selena Brown - 803-754-1282
Sister Mattie Moses - 803-754-8445

Meeting Date
Last Monday each month

Meeting Time
6:00 p.m.

Meeting Place
Room 218
Target Group
Deacon's wives and mission-minded women selected by the Board of Deacons

Officers
Sister Selena Brown, President
Sister Mattie Moses, Vice President
Sister Minnie Hingleton, 2nd Vice President
Sister Mary Corley, Secretary
Sister Rosemary Clinton, Assistant Secretary

Officers
Sister Selena Brown, President
Sister Mattie Moses, Vice President
Sister Minnie Hingleton, 2nd Vice President
Sister Mary Corley, Secretary
Sister Rosemary Clinton, Assistant Secretary
Sister April Cobbs, Treasurer
Sister Audra Kimpson, Assistant Treasurer
Sister April Cobbs, Junior Deaconess Advisor
Sister Gail Wilson, Junior Deaconess Advisor


Junior Deaconess

VISION:
Junior Deaconess vision is to serve and be trained in matters related to spiritual leadership. We assist the Deaconess with communion.

MISSION:
Our mission is to assist Deaconess with communion; visit the sick/shut-in; and grow in grace through the study of God's word.
With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men. Ephesians 6:7

MINISTRY LEADER:
Andrea Kimpson

Advisors
Sister Marian Counts - 803-754-7064
Sister April Cobbs - 803-772-0289
Sister Gail Wilson - 803-413-6426

Meeting Date
First Saturday of each Month

Meeting Time
9:00 a.m.

Meeting Place
Sanctuary

Target Group
Ages 5 - 18


The Department of Music

The Department of Music has six different and unique opportunities for members to share their vocal, instrumental and dance talents. The four vocal groups are listed first followed by the Instrumental Ensemble. Each choir and supporting musician is committed to produce excellence in music and worship. This unified ministry is focused on promoting the Kingdom of God through worship. Because of the diversity of various styles of music which they produce, SJBC is able to render all of the music of the churches tradition; which includes anthems, hymns, arranged spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel music. SJBC believes in Apostle Paul's mandate: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you… as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3:16)


The Senior Choir

The Senior Choir is a service auxiliary of the church which emphasizes harmony of the spirit and unity of effort. It helps to implement the purpose of the church by furnishing worshipful music on Sunday mornings and special services and by maintaining home missionary projects in the church and community.

The Senior Choir is also an outreach ministry for the Senior Musical Choir. We render worship music during the first and third Sunday morning worship service.

Our mission project--is to serve the patients at the Tucker Center. We provide service during the Easter season, Valentine's Day and the Christmas season-to a word that we have adopted (word 132) Rodney Building.

We also serve with the Senior Ministry as we have one senior Four Score member we serve on special occasions. At the request of one of our deceased senior member, we serve and donate to a needy child or family (as needed). We help other ministries of the church as needed. We also assist the youth group with Sister Pulley as needed.

In the past year, we received a plaque and certificate for fifteen years of dedicated service to the Tucker Center-of which we are very proud to serve.

Meeting Date
Each Tuesday of the month

Meeting Time
7:00 p.m.

Meeting Place
Choir Room
Contact Person
Sister Barbara Brooks
Sister Frances Wright

Contact Number
(803) 732-1435
(803) 786-8725

Target Group
Adult members of the church


The Gospel/Jubilee Choir

VISION:
To be spiritually uplifting for Christians and unsaved people through songs, prayers, and testimony.

MISSION:
The Gospel/Jubilee Choir reminds you of back years ago when forefathers sang without music. The only sounds that were made were by stomping of feet and clapping of hands. They used Metered hymns and Sharpe notes. Words were made up as the workers worked and sang in the fields. Today, we are a group of adults that takes you back to your roots by singing without music and offering a high time of praise. We also visit the Westside Residential Home the fourth Thursday night of every month at 7:00p.m.

MINISTRY LEADER:
Sister Juanita Benson

Contact Person
Sister Juanita Benson
Deacon Leon Corley

Contact Number
leoncorley@att.net

Meeting Date
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th Thursday of each month
Meeting Time
7:00 p.m.

Meeting Place
Choir Room

Target Group
Adult members of the church


The Brotherhood Choir

The Brotherhood Choir is composed of men that are members of the Brotherhood Organization. They provide music on selected Sundays and travel with the pastor when requested.

Meeting Date
3rd Saturday of each month

Meeting Time
10:00 a.m.<
br /> Meeting Place
Choir Room
Contact Person
Brother Wesley Shaw

Contact Number
(803) 318-2897
wmshaw2001@yahoo.com

Target Group
Adult and Young Adult males of the church


The Mixed Ensemble

The Mixed Ensemble is composed of men and women who spread the message of God's grace and mercy through contemporary songs of praise.

Meeting Date
Thursdays

Meeting Time
7:00 p.m.

Meeting Place
Church Sanctuary
Contact Person
Brother Victor Rodgers

Contact Number
(803) 735-5964

Target Group
Adult age 18 and older


The Instrumental Ensemble

This group provides an opportunity for church members to praise God through the practice, performance and hearing of sacred instrumental music.

Meeting Date
Wednesday

Meeting Time
6:00 p.m.

Meeting Place
Room 218
Contact Person
Sister Lisa Wiley

Contact Number
lwiley@spm.richland2.org
Target Group
All age and gender groups


Youth Choir and Children Choir

VISION:

MISSION: Vocal training is an essential building block to developing good techniques. The youth Choir is an excellent training venue for future singers at Saint John Baptist Church. Its purpose is to teach young people how to minister.

The Children Choir is the first stage at which children at SJBC are given the basis upon which they will develop their vocal talents under the vast knowledge of superior musical instruction. Psalm 100

MINISTRY LEADER(S):
Brother William Huggins, Youth Director
Sister Deborah Pulley, Advisor
Sister Annie Highland, Director of Children Choir

Meeting Date
Saturdays before 2nd and 4th Sundays

Meeting Time
11:30 a.m.

Meeting Place
Choir Room
Contact Person
Sister Annie W. Highland

Contact Number
(803) 254-4170

Target Group
Children ages 5-11


Praise Dancers

The Praise Dancers provides a unique form of worship through dancing, stepping and miming.

Meeting Date
Saturdays

Meeting Time
10:00 a.m.

Meeting Place
Fellowship Hall
Contact Person
Sister Allyson Boone

Contact Number
(803) 223-8768
allyaka67@hotmail.com

Target Group
Children and Youth ages 6-18


Usher Ministry

VISION:
To have well trained ushers that positively assist in the worship experience at Saint John Baptist Church.

MISSION:
To be doorkeepers in the house of the Lord. Meet and greet members and guests; keep perfect order in and around the church during the worship service.

For a day in your court is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of the wickedness. Psalm 84:10.

MINISTRY LEADER:
Deacon Curtis Jackson

Meeting Date
First Monday of each month

Meeting Time
6:30 p.m.

Meeting Place
As Announced
Contact Person
Deacon Curtis Jackson: President
Sister Joanne Harris: Vice President

Contact Number
(803) 957-9090
(803) 786-8138

Target Group
Adults


Youth Ushers Ministry

VISION Our vision is to train our youth; foster spiritual growth, and leadership skills in a Christian environment that will enhance the development of our youth.

MISSION The Mission of the Youth Ushers Ministry is to foster spiritual growth and leadership skills in a Christian environment that will enhance the development of our youth. Our mission is to encourage Christian stewardship, academic achievement, and social development.

Hospitality - I Timothy 3:2
Training/Leadership - Proverbs 22:6,br /> Encouragement - II Timothy 1:3,6

Our objectives are:

  • To demonstrate God's love through service in our Church, community and our schools;
  • To assist our youth in developing their spiritual gifts through various services;
  • To create opportunities for our youth that will help promote leadership skills;
  • To assist in preparing our youth for academic success;
  • To provide a creative outlet that will nurture positive social skills through interaction with persons of varied spiritual and academic levels.

MINISTRY LEADER
Sister Barbara J. Mitchell

Meeting Date

Meeting Time
Saturdays and Sunday (every other month)

Meeting Place

Contact Person
Sister Barbara Mitchell

Contact Number
Target Group
Youth


Hospitality Committee

VISION:

MISSION (supporting scripture):
The Greeters are a special group of adults and youth that are responsible for greeting visitors during Sunday worship services. This special group shows "doorway" friendship skills to ensure that guests feel welcomed as they worship God. They greet visitors as they enter the sanctuary and they also present visitors with special material during the morning fellowship time.

MINISTRY LEADER:
Sister Doris M. Adams

Contact Person(s) and Telephone Number
Sister Doris M. Adams -803-788-2801
adamsdmcb@hotmail.com
Sister Alesha M. Laury, Secretary

Meeting Date
As Announced
Meeting Time
As Announced

Target Group
Adults and Youth (at least 13 years of age)