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Staff
Pastor

Brian Rainwater

Brian Rainwater was appointed pastor at Wightman in June of 2016.  Originally from the Midwest, Brian has been a resident of South Carolina for the past 13 years.  In 2003 he completed his doctorate degree from the Beeson International Center for Preaching and Leadership.  Brian has a passion for healthy growing churches and has been involved in teaching and coaching Natural Church Development.  He has been married to his wife Cassie for 26 years and has two daughters, Bethany and Cana and two dogs, Thelma and Louise.


Administrative Assistant

Lynda Counts

Lynda Pugh Counts has been a member of Wightman since 1953.  She graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 1961 and received a BA in Library Science and Chemistry from Columbia College in 1965.  Lynda is married to Jimmy Counts, pastor of Ebenezer and Lewis Memorial United Methodist Churches in Newberry.  She was employed by DuPont at the Savannah River Plant in Aiken and served as school librarian/secretary at Prosperity and Rikard Elementary Schools before starting her family.  She and Jimmy have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren.  Lynda has been serving Wightman as administrative assistant since 1972. 


Organist & Music Director

Eddie Rivers

Eddie Rivers currently resides in Prosperity with his wife Mary Sue.  They have a daughter, Suzanne, who is married to Jeremy.  Suzanne and Jeremy have two children.  Eddie earned a B.A. degree in French from Newberry College and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of S.C.  He taught French at Ninety Six High School for seven years and was Director of Guidance for another twenty-three years.  He is retired from the school system.  In addition to performing the duties of Organist and Music Director at Wightman, he is currently employed as Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Lutheran Church where he and his wife are members.


Youth Minister

Steven Douglas

From Steven Douglas, youth minister:

"I am originally from West Columbia SC. I lived there for 21 years until my wife Alice and I got married and moved to Prosperity, where we have been for the past 22 years. We have been members of Wightman for almost 17 years now. I have been involved with youth ministry in one way or another for more than 20 years. I am excited to be a part of not only a growing and thriving church but a thriving youth ministry here at Wightman. Growing up in an active youth group myself I understand what kind of impact it can have on a youth. That is why I believe that the youth of the church are not just our future but our present as well.

I would love for you to come be a part of our Youth ministry at Wightman."

 

Children's Minister

Michelle Murphy

"Our family moved to Prosperity almost 2 years ago and we joined the Wightman family shortly before that. I grew up in Ohio and have been very involved in church since I was a young child. I'm extremely blessed and thankful to be a part of the UMKIDS ministry and share the love and message of our Lord and Savior with each of them."


Nursery Coordinator

Kristin Defreese

"I grew up in Prosperity and attended Wightman while I lived here. Four years ago,  I moved back to Prosperity with my two boys so they could grow up here at Wightman. I enjoy keeping the children so that their parents can go to Worship and Sunday School. I am excited to be a part of Wightman!"