St. David Lutheran Church is staffed by a team of wonderful servants who work to support the ministry of the congregation.
The Rev. Gregory S. Brown, or Pastor Greg, as he prefers to be called, is a native of Greenwood, SC. He graduated from Lander University in 2009 with a degree in music and received his Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenior Rhyne University in 2013. He has been in the Army National Guard since 2005 where he serves as a chaplain in addition to his parish responsibilities.
Pastor Greg was ordained on July 27, 2013 and spent his first three years in ministry as Associate Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fairport, NY, and then spent three years in Hickory, NC, as pastor of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church before coming to St. David in June of 2019.
Pastor Greg and his wife Leah, a registered nurse, were married on January 9, 2010, and have three children: Jackson and Reagan were born in 2013, and Tucker in 2019. He enjoys college football (Go Gamecocks!), golf, music, good food, wine, craft beer, and music.
Joel Antley is a native of Graniteville, SC, where he attended Midland Valley High School, and was the first 2-time South Carolina Lutheran Church Youth President, and played both varsity football and baseball.
Following the path of his parents and siblings, Joel attended Clemson University and graduated with a degree in Business Management in 2015 while working for the Clemson Football Program as a Recruiting Assistant.
Upon graduation, Joel worked for 4 years as the Director of Football Recruiting and Operations at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. While there, Joel was a part of back-to-back Southern Conference Championship teams, 3 FCS playoff teams, was the NFL pro- liaison, and also was the summer camp director.
When Joel is not working, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Brittany Dempsey, and their 2 dogs, Riggs and Riley. Joel is also a perennial staffer for SCLCY events and enjoys helping youth with their faith journeys. He also is a huge supporter of Clemson Athletics, the Steelers, and the Atlanta Braves. His other hobbies include: basketball, men's softball leagues, music, wood carving, graphic design, and video games.
Joel plans to attend Luther Seminary starting in the Fall of 2020 via the seminary's Distributed Learning Program for a Master of Divinity degree to become an ordained pastor.
Dr. Al Roberts is Director of Music and Organist at St. David. He also directs the Jubilate Bell Choir and our instrumental ensembles, and writes a monthly column, "Worship Notes," for our newsletter. His hymn arrangements are used for worship, and his compositions for organ, piano, choir, and instruments have been published by Augsburg Fortress and Shawnee Press.
Dr. Roberts is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Music. He and his wife, Frances, have two sons.
Otto Hage is a native of Cheraw, S.C. A graduate of Newberry College with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, Hage studied horn with Lavon Bazemore and composition with Bill Long, and began his teaching career at Marion High School in Marion, S.C. While Director of Bands at Marion High School, Hage led the bands to several superior ratings at state and regional festivals and contests. During that time he also served as Director of Choirs and Music at Macedonia Lutheran Church.
Hage is the Director of Bands at Pelion High School and Choir Director at St. David Lutheran Church. An active arranger and performer, Hage performs regularly with the Columbia Concert Band.
Hage and his wife, Deana, have a daughter and two sons.
Gloria Miller has served as Administrative Secretary of St. David Lutheran Church since July 1986.
Gloria was born in Columbia, SC, graduated from Eau Claire High School, and attended Columbia College and USC in the summer sessions and Winthrop College for three years.
Gloria and her husband, Lindsay, have a daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Clint Chassereau and one granddaughter, Avery. Gloria enjoys walking, reading, painting and photography.
Joan Bundrick grew up in Conway, SC, and moved to Columbia in 1972, where she met and married her husband, John in 1978. They moved to Florida in 1980 and lived there for 34 years. When they left Florida in 2014, they found a home just north of Charlotte, NC, thinking it would be their final move. However, desiring to be closer to family, they resettled in West Columbia in 2016.
The Bundricks started visiting St. David in 2015 before they even moved, and liked it so well that when they moved, they became members in 2016 and Joan started volunteering at church that very year.
When the position of Assistant Secretary came open, Joan applied because she had been working in the office since October of 2018, and she loves every minute. Joan is here Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 9am-2pm. Her primary responsibilities include greeting visitors and guests, answering phones, assisting with bulletins, newsletters, and other publications, as well as being responsible for facility and vehicle scheduling.
Joan and John love meeting people and making new friends. They consider St. David to be their forever church. From the moment they walked in the door, they found a warm welcome and the feeling that they were "home."