Meet our Leaders

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Dr. Douglas K. Fletcher, Senior Pastor

dfletcher@fpchhi.org
 

Doug Fletcher was called to Hilton Head Island as pastor of our church in 2008.  He and his wife, Wesla, an ordained Methodist minister who teaches psychology at USCB, moved from Austin, TX, where he had served as pastor of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church for 15 years.   They love the church, the beach, the weather, the community, the interesting people and stories, and the challenges we have together.

He has an undergraduate degree from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa, where he grew up.  He received a Masters degree and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies.   After studies in Princeton, he served churches in Colorado Springs, Tulsa, OK, and then Austin before moving to the island.

Doug loves to teach the Bible, “God’s love letter to the world.”  He has taught pastors and students in China, Zambia, and Latin America as well as at seminaries in the United States and here at First Presbyterian Church.

Doug and Wesla have two grown sons, Samuel and Matthew, and two grandsons.
 

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Lisa Schrott, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care

lschrott@fpchhi.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joel Wood, Associate Pastor of Discipleship

jwood@fpchhi.org

Joel graduated from Princeton Theological seminary in May of 2016.  He was drawn to FPC by the emphasis of encouraging every member to ministry.  This focus matched his passion for discipleship and unity within the Body of Christ and the church community.  Prior to his enrollment at Princeton, Joel spent seven years as a lay leader at FPC, Tulsa, OK.  He was active leading Sunday school and confirmation classes, small groups for sixth-seventh graders, ministry for local college groups and many mission opportunities.  His undergraduate degree in music equipped him to serve on the worship team as they developed a new contemporary service. 

While at Princeton, Joel had internships at Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown and St. Mary Medical Center. He truly enjoyed serving at these institutions as he was able to use the tools and theological frameworks learned in his seminary classes. These locations provided him with the opportunities to interact with real people of all ages and to see firsthand how theology and biblical studies could impact lives and bring people into deeper relationships with the living God.  Joel is married to Amber, and they have one daughter, Emerson.

Joel, with his warm smile and gentle spirit, his passion for members in ministry and commitment to collaboration and his deep love of learning, is the perfect fit to FPC’s ministries.

 
 
Dr. S. Russell Floyd, Minister of Music
rfloyd@fpchhi.org
 

Rusty Floyd Rusty Floyd is the minister of music at FPC, with a diverse range of musical experiences.  Originally from Lake City, SC, he received his Ph.D. in clarinet, music theory and music history from Michigan State University; his Masters’ degree in church music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY; and his Bachelor of Music in music theory from Furman University, Greenville, SC.  From 1980-1983 he was Assistant Professor of Music at Olivet College where he taught clarinet and music theory.  From 1985-1999 he was Associate Professor of Music at Hope College, Holland, MI, where he taught clarinet, music theory, and conducted the Hope College Wind Ensemble.  He was conductor of the West Shore Youth Symphony, Muskegon, MI, from 1985-1989 and conductor of the Holland Area Youth Orchestra from 1992-1998.  While in Michigan he performed with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, West Shore, Jackson, and Adrian symphonies and was a frequent recitalist in the West Michigan area.  He has been a participant in the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck since 1994. On Hilton Head Island he is the co-principal clarinetist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

As Minister of Music at FPC, Rusty directs the Sanctuary Choir, and the New Voices choir. He oversees presentations of sacred cantatas, coordinates the children’s, youth and handbell choirs, as well as special music for all services and is the director of the Presbyterian Musical Theatre.  He is the music director for the annual community-wide performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at FPC during the Christmas season.

Rusty’s wife, Laura, is the daughter of music missionaries and was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  She is an accomplished soprano and voice instructor and has appeared with numerous symphonies and operatic groups.  Laura and Rusty have a beautiful daughter, Samantha LeeAnne.
 
Chad Martin, Organist
cmartin@fpchhi.org
 
Chad Martin is a native of Blackville, SC.  He began playing the piano by ear around the age of four, and studied piano with Candy Ashba around the age of nine.  During his grade school and middle school years, he was influenced greatly by Mrs. Kay Patillo and Mrs. Gwendolyn Littlejohn as they gave a great foundation of music to the students of Blackville within the public school system.  He graduated valedictorian from Jefferson Davis Academy in 2005, and was voted most talented of his senior class. Chad was also the very first recipient of the Jean-Orr Belcher Music Scholarship here in Barnwell.  He was pianist at Double Pond Baptist Church, and provided music for various revivals, singsperations, benefits, and gatherings throughout Barnwell County. He also performed with a local quartet known as Graham’s Turnout, and received organ lessons from Mrs. Sarah Ingram of Lexington, SC during this time.
 

Chad obtained his Bachelors of Organ Performance from Anderson University in 2009 under the direction of Mrs. Margaret Mackay, and was voted on by the faculty to receive the Music Honor Award upon graduation.  While at Anderson, he sang in and was student accompanist for the Anderson University Choir and Anderson University Chamber Singers who performed at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  He was also the accompanist for Anderson’s traveling music ensemble, Radiance, and participated in the Anderson University Wind Symphony. While in college, Chad was elected by the University to perform for a United States Presidential Candidate, and asked by the music department to accompany various students at the National Association Teachers of Singing competitions.  During these four years, he was the organist at Boulevard Baptist Church where internationally known organists such as Diane Bish have performed.  At Boulevard, he accompanied a youth choir of around 50 teenagers known as The Celebration Singers.  This group performed in Chicago, New York, and along the Eastern Coast. 

Chad received his Masters of Organ Performance from Winthrop University under the tutelage of Dr. David Lowry in 2012. During his studies, he performed in a master class for the organ professor of Yale University, Dr. Thomas Murray. 

Chad has been the organist at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church of Lexington, SC since 2009, and is currently the Music Associate and Handbell Director while under the leadership of Hal McIntosh. He accompanies the sanctuary choir, youth choir, middle school choir, and a traveling ensemble known as Higher Ground. 

While in Lexington, Chad has had the distinguished opportunity of being the assistant accompanist of the Lexington County Choral Society, working with artists such as Joseph Martin and Mark Hayes, and accompanying choirs from various high schools, and accompanying professors and students from the University of South Carolina and Columbia College.  
 
Lavon Stevens, CrossRoads Music & Worship Director
loveon@hargray.com
 

Lavon Stevens has been an integral part of the CrossRoads worship service and the CrossRoads band for the last few years, bringing with him a wealth of talent and experience in spiritual music. A native of Savannah, Ga., Lavon began singing and playing piano at the age of 7. He began performing in local groups across the Southeast at the age of 13. His first instrument was the violin. He later studied voice and piano at Dekalb College in Atlanta, Ga. from 1979 to 1983. Lavon was music director at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for many years.

He has traveled and performed all over the country including Aspen, Co., Atlanta, Ga. and Orlando, Fla. The resort vacation destination of Hilton Head Island, SC has been his home since 1981. Lavon is active in music in Hilton Head, performing at numerous island venues, private parties and fundraisers. He has two sons who often join the CrossRoads band.
 
 
Cibele Santos, Director of Children’s Ministry
calmeida@fpchhi.org
 
 
Other Staff:
Susan Brannon, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, sbrannon@fpchhi.org
Amy Dungan, Director of Presbyterian Day School, director.dayschool9@gmail.com
Meghan Fox, Communications Coordinator, mfox@fpchhi.org
Edward Gray, Events Manager
Beth Green, Director of Music Ministry for Children & Youth, info@singhappy.com
Gavin Harris, Sexton
Scott Helms, Facility Manager, shelms@fpchhi.org
Sue Koppenol, Church Administrator, skoppenol@fpchhi.org
Nancy Putnam, Administrative Assistant – Reception, nputnam@fpchhi.org
Jean Tharin, Administrative Assistant – Membership, jtharin@fpchhi.org
Anniel White, Housekeeper