Dr. Wayne Brown
Dr. Wayne Brown of Myrtle Beach has joined the staff of First Baptist Church as transitional pastor. In this role, he bridges the gap between the former pastor and the future pastor, assuming the duties of leading the congregation in worship and education. He follows the Rev. Chris Smith, director of the Florence Baptist Association, who served six months as a parttime interim pastor.
“I am thrilled and honored and thankful to be at First Baptist. These are some of the most loving people I have ever met,” said Dr. Brown. “I feel like the church has been through a lot of challenges, but we must remember that God is greater than our past, our present and our future. We can learn from our
Dr. Brown says the church is a place people can come and worship God freely, reach out in ministry and service to the community in sharing the Gospel, and reach in to minister to those who come into the body of Christ. “
As Christians we reach up to God, reach out to others in ministry and service, and reach in to disciple, equip and train those in the church to grow in Christ,” he commented.
“The church is not a museum for saints. It is a hospital for sinners and where we come to get well.” he said.
His vision for First Baptist Church is to continue to be involved with helping agencies and to be open to new possibilities ministering to Florence and beyond by linking hands and arms with them in reaching the community.
Dr. Brown believes churches should work together in ministry.
“We are not here alone,” he noted, adding we can help each other by crossing interdenominational lines to work for all humanity.
Dr. Brown remembers being called a “ecu-maniac” by a Methodist pastor friend because of his views concerning churches working together.
“I took that as one of the greatest compliments I ever received,” he said, smiling.
Dr. Brown resides in Myrtle Beach with his wife, the former Joy Clary of Gaffney. He was born in Spartanburg, but grew up in Blacksburg. He was ordained into the ministry at First Baptist Church of Blacksburg in 1970.
Dr. Brown graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1963 and Limestone College in Gaffney with a BA degree in sociology and psychology in 1967. He received the Master of Divinity degree in 1970 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 1973 from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He attended the School of Pastoral Care at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem in 1969.
He served as minister of music at the Providence Baptist Church in Gaffney from 1965-67 while a student at Limestone College, and was licensed into the ministry by that church in 1965. During his first year of seminary, 1967-68, he served as student chaplain and minister of music at the Murdoch School in Butner, N.C.
Dr. Brown said his wife and their two daughters have always been a vital part of his ministry. Daughter Meri Beth and her husband Thomas Howard live in Sylva, N.C. with 9 year-old son, Ty. Molly and her husband, Christman Howard, live in Myrtle Beach with Mazi Grace, 9, and Bronson, 7.
The Browns have served together in ministry in the following churches: Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. as associate pastor and minister of music, education and youth (1969-75); and First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as associate pastor and minister of youth and college ministries (1975-77).
They have pastored at West End Baptist Church, Gaffney, (1977-84); West Monmouth Baptist Church, Freehold, NJ. (1984-88); First Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, (1988-2003); and First Baptist Church, Boone, N.C. (2003-08).
The couple has served interim pastorates at Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church in Loris (2013-14); Olyphic Baptist Church in Olyphic, N.C., (2014-15); and most recently, First Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach (2015-17).
They are continuing their missions and evangelism endeavors through Diversified Ministries, a faith-based organization they founded in 2008. It is based in Myrtle Beach.
“Diversified Ministries came from a burden in my heart that most of the world has never heard what so many Christians take for granted – the good news about the Gospel of Christ,” Dr. Brown said. This is a faith-based ministry with local, national and global outreach. It includes evangelistic outreach through revivals, conferences, seminars, retreats and interim work in churches; encouragement for ministers and missionaries and their families through retreats; the production of Christian literature and music; and creating awareness and providing training for mission service. Since its organization, Diversified Ministries has conducted short-term mission tours to Russia, India, Morocco and most recently Guatemala, as well as countries in Europe.
Dr. Brown sees this ministry as a “BRIDGE” for Building Relationships Individually, Domestically, Globally and Evangelistically.
“I believe Christ is the bridge between a Holy God and sinful man,” Brown added.
For more information on Diversified Ministries visit the website, www.diversifiedministries.org.
Interim Minister of MusicHarry Adkins recently retired after 45 years of Music Ministry serving churches in Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. He earned a Master of Church Music degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Music Education from Troy University. Harry and Rita have two children and five precious grandboys. They reside in Kingstree, South Carolins, Where Harry teaches Music Appreciation at Williamsburg Technical College.
Director of Senior AdultsEileen Owen received a Secretarial Science degree from Mars Hill College in North Carolina in l956, a Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC, in 1958, and a Masters in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, in 1974. She has completed several years of postgraduate work at Francis Marion University.
Eileen taught at Bessemer High School in Greensboro for two years, at the Florence First Baptist Church Kindergarten for three years, and retired from Florence District #1 Schools in l997 after teaching public kindergarten for 25 years. She has been leading the Senior Adult Ministry at First Baptist since February, l999. Eileen enjoys reading, sewing, traveling, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and friends.
Thirty years of teaching provided such a wonderful opportunity for me to influence the lives of children and to witness to them and their parents. However, when planning to retire from teaching, I prayed that the Lord would open another door of service for me so that I could continue to work in a positive way with others.
My opportunity to serve as the Directory of Senior Adults at FBC has been the answer to those prayers. Helping senior adults to stay active physically, mentally, and spiritually is my goal as I plan for and participate with our members in various programs. May all the days we live be joy-filled days lived for our Lord!
Director of Children’s Ministry and Church GrowthPatricia and her husband, Franklin, were high school sweethearts and married in 1983 and have one son, Dylan. Patricia has been the Director of Children's Ministry and Church Growth since January of 2009 and financial secretary since September of 2012. Patricia attended USC-Coastal Carolina College and Southeastern Seminary. She gets excited about community outreach; loves working with teachers, families and children and is constantly humbled by what they teach her each day. Her favorite verse is Psalm 126:3, "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
Ministry AssistantFaye Joye retired in 2013 after teaching for 33 years in Marion, SC. She attended Francis Marion University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. In 2004, she received her National Board Certification in Exceptional Needs. During her teaching career, she taught first grade, Reading Recovery, and worked with students with Learning Disabilities.
Faye is married to Ray Joye for 41 years. They have two daughters, Laura and Lisa, and six grandchildren. The entire family enjoys spending time together and traveling together. Faye especially enjoys participating in Bible studies and meeting weekly with her Accountability/Discipleship Group.
"God blessed me with 33 wonderful years of teaching some precious children and now has blessed me beyond belief with the privilege of serving at First Baptist Church. When I retired from teaching, I felt God had something planned for me. That 'something' was a position here at First Baptist Church. I am ever grateful for God's goodness! He never ceases to amaze me. My prayer is that whatever I do, it is all to the glory of God."