OFFICERS

"Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son." Acts 20:28

 
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JANIS K. BLOCKER

Clerk of Session

JANIS BLOCKER is a resident of Round O where she was born.  A summa cum laude graduate of the Baptist College at Charleston (now CSU), she also earned a master’s degree in English from The Citadel.  As an AP English teacher for years, she worked as a reader for the national AP exams and was a grader for the National Board of Teacher Certification.   A retired English teacher, she continues to teach one semester each year, just completing her 44th year in the classroom.


She joined the Corinth Presbyterian Church when she was 13 years old and transferred to Bethel when she was 16.  A former deacon, she was ordained an elder in 1974.  A former Sunday School teacher, she has chaired numerous committees, teaches bible studies, and has been a choir member since the 1970s.  She has served as clerk of Session continuously since 2001.  A graduate of the SC Lay School of Theology, she has served as registrar of the school since 2000.  In February she began her 34th year as recording clerk of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery,  She also serves as recording secretary to the Commission on Ministry of Presbytery and is the trainer for clerks of Session. She served as moderator of Presbytery twice and was commissioner to the PCUS General Assembly in 1978 and to the PC(USA) General Assembly in 1996.  


She and her husband David, an ordained elder, were married in Bethel 63 years ago.  They have three adult children, six grandchildren, and two great-grands. 

SESSION COUNCIL

Class of 2022

 
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ELIZABETH (LIBBY) STEADMAN

ELIZABETH (Libby) STEADMAN, an ordained elder, is a lifelong Presbyterian, baptized as an infant in Center Point Presbyterian Church, Moore, South Carolina.  She attended Bethel part-time until her retirement and full-time residency in the county in 2012.  An ordained elder, she enjoys serving, particularly on the Congregational Care Committee and for “Hands of Christ.”  She chaired the Congregational Care Committee when she served on Session previously.


She earned undergraduate degrees in Nursing at Clemson and MUSC; a master’s degree, University of Alabama; a post-master degree as Nurse Practitioner, USC; and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College.  She retired after 33 years of service at MUSC and after 30 years as Colonel in the U.S. Army.


In the community, she serves on the board of directors for Coastal Community Foundation; as past board member, Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society; and in the Col. Joseph Glover DAR chapter.  She is a member of the Daughters of American Colonists and Colonial Dames of the XVI Century. She volunteers at Dock St. Theater, Historic Charleston Foundation, the Charleston Historical Society, the Piccolo Festival.   She also continues volunteer work as a nurse practitioner at the medical clinic in Beaufort. She and Cappy, a parti poodle rescue boy, enjoy life on the river in the lowcountry.

SESSION COUNCIL

Class of 2023

 
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CALVIN BAILEY

CALVIN BAILEY,  a native of Union, South Carolina, is a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in Forest Management.  He is employed with the SC Forestry Commission. 


A lifelong Presbyterian, he has been a member of Bethel for 32 years, serving several terms on Session.  He has been a  Sunday School teacher and has served on Property, Stewardship/Finance,  Personnel, and Endowment Fund committees.  He currently co-chairs the Finance Committee.


Calvin and Mary Kaye, an ordained elder, have three adult children Trey, Stewart, and Jim.  They are proud grandparents of Holland, the first girl in the family.

SESSION COUNCIL

Class of 2024

 
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MIKE CROSBY

MIKE CROSBY graduated from Clemson University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in. 

 Agricultural Mechanization and Business.  He worked for years as a loan officer for USDA FSA in five lowcountry counties.  He worked for Clemson's Agricultural Economics Department, in charge of a farm management association until starting his own business, Tailored Agri-Business Solutions,  in 2002.  He also owns and operates Crosby Farms, the family business.  


As a child, Mike grew up in the Summerville Baptist Church, where he was active in the RA's and all church-sponsored sports.  As a teenager, he was baptized at Smoaks Baptist Church and remained a member there until he and Katie were married in August of 1986.  When they moved to Spartanburg, he joined Second Presbyterian Church. From there they went to Moncks Corner and became members of Moncks Corner Presbyterian Church.  After about a year and a half, they finally moved to Smoaks in 1989 and joined Bethel.


Mike has served several terms on Session.  Through the years he has served continuously on the Property Committee either as chair or a member. 


Married for 35 years, he and Katie, an ordained elder, are parents of Aaron,  Anna, and Asher.  All

three were baptized at Bethel by Katie's father Art Lindsay, retired Presbyterian missionary minister and a member of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery.  They also enjoy the blessing of four grandchildren.