Rev. Joe Long

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Office Manager & Financial Secretary

Karen Derrick

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My name is Karen Derrick and I am the Office Administrator/Financial Secretary here at Central.  I have been with Central for 25 years and am very blessed to be a part of this church family.

I am married to Paul Derrick and we live in Prosperity.  God has blessed us with an incredibly beautiful family and we love spending as much time as possible with our children and grandchildren.

If I can assist you in any way or to volunteer in the church office, feel free to contact me by e-mail, at the church office (803-276-3903) or at (803-924-7774).

Director of Programs

Vicki Hamm

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My name is Vicki Hamm and I assist the laity at Central UMC with their vision to share God's love and his word with everyone. I am proud to be a part of this vision since 2011 as the Director of Programs.  

I am married with 2 grown children and I am Nana to our 3 grandsons. Since 2000, I have worked with the Newberry County School District as an assistant in an Upper Montessori (4th and 5th grade) classroom. I am now the Computer Lab Instructor.

Through all the ministries and opportunities to serve at Central UMC, we invite you to find your place to share your talents and to grow in Christ with us. 




Youth Directors

Lacey and Torsten Hallman

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Lacey and Torsten both hold Master’s degrees—she from The Citadel and he from Clemson. Lacey is employed full-time as School Counselor and Torsten as sixth grade Science teacher at Chapin Intermediate School. They reside in Chapin. Lacey has worked with several sorority/honor societies and is a Darkness 2 Light Steward. Torsten has refereed church league basketball, has extensive coaching experience and played guitar in a church Praise Team. We are excited to welcome the Hallmans to this part-time position and look forward to seeing their gifts and graces in action.

Director of Music Ministries

Merritt Moseley

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Hello and welcome to Central United Methodist Church. My name is Merritt Moseley and I have been a member of Central Church in one manner or another since I was two years old. I grew up in this church while my mother was the choir director for over 15 years. I never thought I would surpass her service, but I am now completing my 23rd year as Central’s Director of Music.

While having a college degree in music I am a teacher of social studies at Newberry High School. I am married to Ann Taylor Moseley, my partner and collaborator in music and children for nearly 30 years. We have 3 grown children (who all grew up in this church): Joshua, Sarah, and William.

Come join the chancel choir which rehearses on Wednesdays and participates in the 11:00 Traditional service. Or, if praise worship is for you, join our praise team which leads the 9:00 Contemporary service. No matter which service you prefer, you are needed and wanted to join our tradition of glorifying God with beautiful music.

Praise Band/Children's Choir Leader

Chris Wofford

My name is Christopher Wofford and I am the praise band director and the children's choir director here at Central.  I am married to Melody Bolinger-Wofford and we live in Simpsonville, SC.

I am also the band director at Whitmire Community School in Newberry County.  I teach marching band, concert band, jazz band, high school music appreciation, and middle school chorus. I have been teaching since 2007.

I am originally from Spartanburg, SC where I was taught by my mother and father, John and Robin Wofford, to sing and play gospel music.  The Wofford Family would sing and play at churches just about every Saturday night, and sometimes at revivals throughout the week, to spread the word of God through song.  My dad, most of the time, would preach the word after our singing.  

I graduated from Newberry College in 2007.  I am an Indian!!!...OK, OK, a wolf, as well...(Newberry College changed their mascot from Indian to Wolves after I graduated for those of you who may not know.)

I taught in Lake City for one year before moving back to Newberry County to teach elementary music and became Whitmire's assistant band director for 4 years.

I was Pentecostal until I joined Central United Methodist Church about 2 years ago.  It is a wonderful place to worship and a friendly place to visit.  The praise service is at 9:00 am and the traditional service is at 11:00 am on Sundays.  The children meet on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm for choir and hand bell practice during the school year.  Come to visit and worship with us! 😊


Becky Smith

Nursery Attendant

Kimberly Bonds

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My name is Kimberly bonds. My husband is Teddy Bonds we have been married for 9 years.  We have a daughter whose name is Elizabeth and a son named Travis. I'm a stay at home mom which I love; being with my daughter every day while my husband works everyday. I've been the nursery attendant for 12 years. The nursery is for children newborn through 3 years old. I also oversee the nursery on Wednesday night for during Bible study. We are also needing volunteers for the nursery. If you would like to volunteer please contact me by 803-271-8840 or by my email; you may also contact Becky Kennedy.
God Bless,
Kimberly Bonds


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  August 2021  
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