Staff and parish leadership

Meet our staff

St. David Lutheran Church is staffed by a team of wonderful servants who work to support the ministry of the congregation. 

  • Pastor

    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. 

  • Director of Child, Youth, and Family Ministry

    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 fiance, 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 is attending Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary for a Master of Divinity degree to become an ordained pastor.

  • Director of music & Organist

    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.  

  • Choir Director

    Otto Hage is a native of Cheraw, S.C. A graduate of Newberry College with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, Mr. Hage has studied horn with Lavon Bazemore and composition with Bill Long. He began his teaching career at Marion High School in Marion, S.C. While Director of Bands at Marion High School, Mr. 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.

    From there, Mr. Hage served as Director of Bands at Pelion High School and began serving as Choir Director here at St. David Lutheran Church. 

    In 2020, Mr. Hage became Director of Bands at White Knoll High School. He continues serving here at St. David and is an active arranger and performer, appearing on stage with the Columbia Concert Band and his own band, Civil Remedy. 

    Otto and his wife, Deana, have one daughter and two sons.

  • Parish Administrator

    Gloria Miller has served as Parish Administrator of St. David Lutheran Church since July of 1986. 

    She was born in Columbia, S.C., graduated from Eau Claire High School, 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.

congregation council leaders

Our congregation council is responsible for the ministry of this congregation, are elected by the congregation, and serve three year terms. This dedicated group of volunteers oversees the physical plant, our financial wellbeing, as well as serving in worship leadership and visiting our homebound members. 

2021 Council Members:

Jim Bickley, President

Claire Compton, Vice President

Pam Fox, Secretary

Drew Laughlan, Treasurer

Debbie Dooley, Assistant Secretary

Abigail Martin, Youth Representative

Pat Minemier

Bruce McFarland

Kirsten Davis

Matt Schnabel

Jim Brazell

Linda Turner

John Bundrick

Mikel Smith