our staff.


John Yorio


Pastor John Yorio is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.A. in Religion and from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Theological Studies in Expository Preaching and Pastoral Leadership. Since 2001 he has served in vocational ministry as Student Pastor and Lead Pastor. He and his wife Ruth have been married since 2004 and have five beautiful children.

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Michael Cates

Minister of Music

Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bluefield College a Virginia Baptist College where he studied music and psychology.  He went on to earn his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Michael completed several years of postgraduate training in pastoral care and counseling.  He was ordained by Plymouth Haven Baptist Church in 1987. He grew up in a military family and was able to continue the tradition of military service as a Chaplain in the United States Army.  He has served churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Michael is married to Ginger Abbott of Irmo, and has two adult children.


Jonathan Teeter

Sports / Recreation Director

Jonathan Teeter began serving in this part-time position in the spring of 2016.  Jonathan serves as a Transportation Inspector with the SC Office of Regulatory Staff. He attended Clemson University and Lander University.