Meet The Staff

Leadership



  • Brian Saxon
    Senior Pastor
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    Brian Saxon
    Senior Pastor
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    Brian is a graduate of Greenwood High School in Greenwood, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. He is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky where he received the degree of Master of Divinity. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in expository preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina.

    After completing his degree from Clemson, Brian went to work as a Civil Engineer for Davis and Floyd, Inc. After years of struggling with the call of God on his life, he surrendered to the gospel ministry in February 1997 and was later ordained as a gospel minister on November 15, 1999. He has served at four different churches - Laurel Baptist, Greenwood, South Carolina; North Side Baptist, Greenwood, South Carolina; Shady Grove Baptist, Belton, South Carolina; and is currently the Senior Pastor at Second Baptist, Lancaster, South Carolina where he has been serving since 2007. Brian was named Pastor of the Year for larger churches in South Carolina in 2011. He also co-authored One Life Two Paths: Life lessons from a fallen king.

    Brian's greatest spiritual gifts are leadership, preaching, teaching and shepherding. He uses these gifts as a servant leader to accomplish his passion for making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. He also has been blessed with a wonderful partner in ministry, his wife Lesley. They have two daughters, Andrea and Abigail.

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  • Tony Neely
    Administrator & Information Technology
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    Tony Neely
    Administrator & Information Technology
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    Tony serves as our Church Administrator and Director of IT. He feels honored and blessed to serve the church in which he was raised. He accepted God's call to serve in this capacity in 2006. Prior to accepting God's call to serve as the Church Administrator, Tony has led the church in numerous leadership capacities since 1994. He has willingly served as the Chairman of Deacons, Chairman of Vision Team, Chairman of Finance Committee, and went on several mission trips. He has also served as an Upward Basketball coach for his grandson's team.

    Born and raised in Lancaster, South Carolina, Tony previously worked for Springs Industries as the Director of IT in the Manufacturing Division. He was married to Karen Neely for 37 years until she went to be with the Lord in 2015. They have one daughter, Meredith Neely Kirk.

    When Tony left Springs Industries, he asked the lord for the opportunity to use his God given abilities to grow His kingdom. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing with friends, watching Gamecock football with family, and spending time with his daughter's family and grandchildren.

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Senior Adults



  • Larry Helm
    Pastor of Senior Adult & Pastoral Care
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    Larry Helm
    Pastor of Senior Adult & Pastoral Care
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    *I was born and grew up in Adrian, Michigan
    *Attended college at Piedmont Bible College in Winston Salem, NC
    *I married Robin (Mills) Helm of Pageland, SC in 1976
    *My first full time ministry was at First Baptist of Oakland Park, FL. I was Minister of Music and Youth there for 6 years
    *My second place of ministry was at Tabernacle Baptist in Palatka, FL. I was Minister of Music and Youth there for 8 years
    *I came to SBC of Lancaster in 1991 as Minister of Music. I changed from music to my current ministries in 2002

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Music



  • Richard Thompson
    Pastor of Music & Worship
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    Richard Thompson
    Pastor of Music & Worship
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    Rev. Richard Thompson
    Married to Kim for 27 years
    Daughters Alyssa 23 & Emma 18
    Graduated from Samford University
    Served churches in AL & FL
    Began ministry at SBC in 2014

    Richard loves spending time with his family, playing many instruments, and brewing many types of coffee beans.

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  • Robin Helm
    Associate of Music
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    Robin Helm
    Associate of Music
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    Grew up in Pageland, South Carolina. Married to Larry

    Daughters Mandy Cook and Melanie Thompson

    3 AMAZING grandchildren - Charlie, Scarlett, and Griffin

    Graduated from Piedmont International University, Bachelor of Music, Piano proficiency, Organ minor

    Pianist/organist for churches and choirs in Pageland, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Fort Lauderdale, and Palatka

    Writer of clean fiction

    Began ministry at SBC in 1991

    Founded the SBC Music Academy in 2010

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  • Ryan Deese
    Sound Technician
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    Sound Technician
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Missions



  • David .
    Associate Pastor / Local Ministry / International Missions
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    David .
    Associate Pastor / Local Ministry / International Missions
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    I am originally from Alabama, and the Lord moved us to the Carolinas in August of 2010. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to serve the local church as student pastor, Senior Pastor, and now as Associate Pastor & Pastor of Ministry & Missions. I am married to Angela, and we have one son, JC. I enjoy spending time with my family, college football and deer/turkey hunting.

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  • David Petro
    Pastor of Discipleship
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    David Petro
    Pastor of Discipleship
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    I grew up in Mint Hill, NC and graduated from Independence High School. After cramming a four year degree into five years at Gardner-Webb University, I served with the International Mission Board in Zwenshambe, Botswana as a Business Teacher and Church Planter for two and a half years.

    I received my Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages in 2005 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. While attending seminary I met my wife, Heather, and after a short time of dating and even shorter engagement, we got married in August of 2004. Our first child, Makayla, was born in Texas, roots she is very proud of!

    After graduating we moved to Rock Hill, SC so I could serve on staff at Northside Baptist as the Minister of Education and Students. While there we added two more kids, Elijah and Karissa, to round out the Petro crew. After five wonderful years at Northside we felt the Lord calling us to serve internationally with the International Mission Board. We served with them for six years, mainly in Zambia, before returning to the States where God graciously opened the door for us to serve here at Second Baptist.

    I serve as the Discipleship Pastor at Second Baptist which gives me the opportunity to come along people and help them grow and mature in their walk with Christ. John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." I like to think of my ministry here as helping people experience that abundant life!

    On a personal level, my greatest joy is to spend time with my amazing wife Heather and my awesome kids. I also enjoy snow skiing, hunting and reading as time and opportunity allows.

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Student Ministry



  • Brandon Helms
    Pastor of Students
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    Pastor of Students
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Children's Ministry



  • Greg Gibson
    Pastor of Preschool & Children
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    Greg Gibson
    Pastor of Preschool & Children
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    Greg has been involved in ministry since 1994. Within this time, God has allowed Greg to gain a very extensive and varied background, encompassing many different types of church ministry. Even his secular jobs have had a bearing on how God has used Greg in reaching children for Christ.

    Greg started out working in the entertainment department at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where he worked in parades and shows. He also became a trainer for Walt Disney World characters. It was during this time that Greg was called into ministry and began his journey to where he is today. Listed below are various positions that Greg has held and milestones that Greg has accomplished in ministry since he began in 1994.

    Positions That Greg Has Held

    1. Pastor of Children and Preschool, Second Baptist Church, Lancaster, SC
    2. Kidz Ministry Ast. for Wayside Baptist Church, Miami, FL
    3. House Parent for nine children at Florida Baptist Children's Homes, Miami, FL
    4. Pastor of Children and Families, Franconia Baptist Church
    5. Administrator/Director of Franconia Baptist Preschool
    6. Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, just outside of Washignton, D.C.
    7. Associate Pastor of New Home Baptist Church of Wetumpka, AL
    8. Upward Basketball, Cheerleading, and Soccer Commissioner, New Home Baptist Church
    9. Youth Pastor/Assoc. Pastor of New Home Baptist Church
    10. Youth Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church

    Milestones of Greg's Ministry

    1. Organized and led out in First Priority and FCA for Public Schools
    2. Directed both Teen and Kids Camps
    3. Implemented separate Mission Trips for teens and for children
    4. Organized and implemented Wayside Kidz Camp, a 10-week summer Bible camp, Monday through Friday, 7:30am-6:00pm, in which Greg supervised 30 employees and communicated with over 300 campers and their families each week
    5. Wrote Policy Handbooks, Staff Handbooks, and Parent Handbooks for preschools and children's ministries
    6. Started the first ever AWANA program and Children's Church for Fanconia Baptist Church
    7. Designed and led out in the renovation of the third floor educational building for Fanconia Baptist Church
    8. Led out in beginning Upward Basketball, Cheerleading, and Soccer for New Home Baptist Church, which became their year round sports ministry
    9. Oversaw the design and construction for a "second sanctuary", exclusively for the use of the teen department at New Home Baptist Church
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Facilities



  • Garry Threatt
    Director of Facilities
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    Garry Threatt
    Director of Facilities
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    Joined Second Baptist in 1989. I worked at Springs Industries as Electrical Designer/Project Manager and Morrison Textile as Project Manager.

    I started as Church Campus Manager in January of 2003.

    My wife is Pam Threatt. I have three children: Benji Threatt, Jennifer Camp, and Shelley Threatt.

    My hobbies include working outside, trips to Myrtle Beach and visiting Family/Grandchildren.

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  • Jim Taylor
    Building Maintenance Supervisor
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    Jim Taylor
    Building Maintenance Supervisor
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    I serve as Campus Manager Assistant here at Second Baptist. I am a proud graduate of Clemson University. I enjoy travelling and maintaining the Lord's House.


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  • Wayne Moore
    Building Attendant
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    Wayne Moore
    Building Attendant
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    Hello,

    - Graduate of Fort Mill High School and Clemson University

    - US Navy Veteran

    - Married with 4 children and 5 grandchildren

    - By God's grace, a 27 year cancer survivor

    - As the building attendant, I open our Family Ministry Center for use, by our church family and guests, in the evening and on Saturday

    - The daily interaction with the folks that use the FMC makes my job very enjoyable.

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Office Assistance



  • Melanie Sanders
    Administrative Ministry Assistant
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    Melanie Sanders
    Administrative Ministry Assistant
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    Hi! My name is Melanie Sanders, and I am the Administrative Assistant at Second Baptist. I am married with two grown children and three grands. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids, reading, and working word puzzles.

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  • Beth Center
    Receptionist
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    Beth Center
    Receptionist
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    My name is Beth Center. I am blessed to be the Receptionist at Second Baptist. My husband Gary and I have been married for 25 years. We have five grown children and seven grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, and sitting on the beach with my toes in the sand.

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  • Pat Nobles
    Financial Administrative Assistant
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    Pat Nobles
    Financial Administrative Assistant
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    I am the Financial Ministry Assistant at Second Baptist. I am married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family, cooking, and playing in the snow.

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Preschool



  • Sharon Johnson
    Wee Worship Leader
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    Sharon Johnson
    Wee Worship Leader
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  • Tammy Gardner
    Director of Wee School
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    Tammy Gardner
    Director of Wee School
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AWANA



  • Lesley Saxon
    AWANA Commander
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    Lesley Saxon
    AWANA Commander
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