Our Pastors and Staff

Pastoral Staff


 

Rev. Laura Smith Conrad
Pastor

Laura joined with the good people of Fort Hill Church in June of 2009 as their 11th Installed Pastor.  She serves as the lead pastor with a wonderful staff and congregation.  Laura's primary roles include weekly worship and preaching, leading the staff and Session, and coaching and equipping the ministries of this church to be fruitful and healthy.  It is a privilege to serve among God's people here and especially to be a part of the lives of its members.  Laura attended Presbyterian College and Columbia Theological Seminary.  She is blessed to share her life with her husband, Chuck, and children, Avery and Hallie.

 

Rev. Mary Morrison
Associate Pastor, Discipleship

Mary is a life-long Presbyterian and what she likes most about being Presbyterian is that we are "thinking Christians."  She comes to Fort Hill with experience in both the local church and presbytery ministry with an emphasis in education and vocation.  Mary enjoys studying the Scriptures and teaching them.  Most of all she enjoys hearing the stories of the people of God, connecting them to one another in the life of the church, calling forth each members' gifts in service, and celebrating life's events as the body of Christ.  Her primary responsibilities include working with the Board of Deacons, developing and implementing a vision for adult education, as well as coordinating pastoral care, congregational care, and fellowship ministries.  Mary holds masters degrees in Christian education and divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary.  She is married to her best friend Mark and together they are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Hannah and Sarah.

 

Rev. Rodney Norris
Associate Pastor, Youth and Young Adults

Rodney graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in May of 2001.  He then accepted a call to Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in June of 2001 as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults.  His primary areas of responsibilities are in the faith development of youth and young adults.  It was from working as a youth advisor at a former church that Rodney realized his love for working with youth.  He feels that all youth need to hear that they are important and they are loved.  Loved by friends and family and, most importantly, by God.  Rodney married his high school sweetheart, Nina, and they have three beautiful children, Corey, Mary Courtney, and Catherine.  He is often heard saying, "I have the best job in the world."


Rev. Kelly Roman
Associate Pastor, University Ministry

Kelly arrived at Fort Hill Church in October 2013.  In her position, she works primarily with college students in the Clemson Presbyterian Student Association (PSA).  Kelly also enjoys connecting with people across generations through worship and fellowship at Fort Hill Church.  Before moving to South Carolina, she served as interim director of youth ministries at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey.  Kelly is a graduate of the University of Richmond and Princeton Theological Seminary.

 

James T. Richardson
Pastor Emeritus

Jim Richardson was honorably retired in 2007 after 27 years of service as pastor.  At the request of our congregation, the title of Pastor Emeritus has been conferred to him at the Presbytery Meeting of Foothills Presbytery on November 6, 2011.  Conferring the title of Pastor Emeritus is an expression of affection and gratitude by our congregation and of the desire to continue the association in an honorary relationship, but with no pastoral authority or duty.

 

Staff

 

Judy Bonham
Organist

Judy has been the organist and bell choir director at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church since 2005.  Previous positions include children's choir director at Fort Hill and organist/choir director at Walhalla Presbyterian Church.  She received a Master's Degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University and recently retired from twenty-seven years of public school music teaching in Oconee County.  She lives in Seneca and has one son, Mark.  In her spare time, Judy likes to work with glass jewelry and also plays the hammered dulcimer.

 

Judy Crawford
Administrative Assistant

Judy joined the staff at Fort Hill as Administrative Assistant in November of 2012.  Her primary duty is administrative support to the staff and ministries of the church. Judy moved to Townville, SC from Georgia in 2011.  She and her husband, Charley, ran a HVAC/Plumbing business in Snellville, Georgia for 22 years.  She is the mother of two grown children, Wes who resides in Loganville, GA, and Ivey Minor who lives in Simpsonville with her husband Matt.  In her spare time she likes to cross-stitch, take boat rides and spend time with her family.  Judy is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Fort Hill family. 

 

Pansy Duke
Parish Visitor

Pansy serves as Parish Visitor for Fort Hill Presbyterian Church.  She worked for our church as Director of Christian Education for many years and as Director of Congregational Care for seven years.  After retiring in 2000, she moved to Easley.  She was called out of retirement in 2005 to serve as Parish Visitor on a part-time basis.  In her spare time, she has taken up painting and has done a series of Montreat as well as other subjects.

 

Lori Houck
Administrator

Lori joined the staff at Fort Hill as Office Administrator in April of 2009.  Her primary responsibilities are the day-to-day financial operations, office/facility management, and supervision of the Administrative Assistant and Facilities Caretaker.  Her previous work experience included office management, accounting and human resources positions in church, non-profit, and corporate environments.  Lori lives in Central and has two children, Sean and Sarah.  In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, reading and spending time with family and friends.  Lori has enjoyed getting to know everyone and feels it is truly a privilege to serve the Fort Hill family.

 

Scott Hunter
Facilities Caretaker

Scott joined the staff at Fort Hill as Facilities Caretaker in June of 2013.  His previous work experience includes prior service at Foothills Retirement Community.  A native of Pickens, Scott is an avid sports fan and loves football and ice hockey.  He also enjoys playing PC games in his spare time.  Scott is very happy to be a part of the Fort Hill family.

 

Austin Langley
University Ministry Intern

Austin joined the staff of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church as a part-time University Ministry intern in August 2013.  After graduating from Vanderbilt University in May 2011, she spent two years as a Young Adult Volunteer with PC(USA).  As a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), Austin served first in Guatemala where she lived with a host family and worked with a few different local organizations including a children's library and an organic farm.  She spent her second YAV year in Tuscon, AZ serving in an organization called Borderlinks where she led experiential learning delegations to the border region to talk about the issues surrounding the borderlands and immigration  Currently, she is studying for her Master's degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson.

 

Margaret MacKay
Director of Music

Margaret joined the staff of Fort Hill as Director of Music on September 1, 2010.  Her duties include directing the Chancel Choir, beginning a music ministry for youth, helping to develop a music program for the 8:30 service, and continuing to grow the overall music program of children, chimes, and handbells.  She has served in church work for 42 years as an organist and choral director for choirs of all ages, serving seven different churches.  Margaret and her husband, Raymond, are thankful to be part of the Fort Hill family.  "Music is an integral part of our lives and the ministry of the church, allowing us all as choirs and congregations to raise our voices in praise and glory to our God."

 

Kristy MacRae
Children's Choir Director