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Rev. Dr. L. Franklin Fant

803-772-1761  Ext. 104


    Dr. Franklin Fant was born and raised in Columbia, SC. He graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Financial Management and from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Finance. Dr. Fant is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and was formerly a Certified Public Accountant. He has worked in the private and government sectors, as well as in academia, in Columbia, SC, Durham, NH, and Washington, DC.   In 1999 Franklin received an unmistakable and undeniable call to the pastorate. Soon thereafter he moved his family to Decatur, GA, to begin studies at Columbia Theological Seminary. Upon graduation in 2004 he accepted a call to Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church.

   Franklin enjoys music, reading, cooking, watching college football, and (very infrequently) salt water fishing. He is married to the former Mary Christine (Christi) Harley of Spartanburg, SC, and they have three children: Mary Harley, Luke, and Tate.



 Rev. Alice Odell
Parish Associate


803-772-1761  Ext. 103

      Alice was born in Beaver Falls, PA, and moved to Bonita Springs, FL, when she was 12 years of age. She graduated from high school in Fort Myers, FL, and attended Edison Junior College and then went on to Florida Technological University, now known as the University of Central Florida. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology and a certification in Respiratory Care. Alice worked as a Children’s Respiratory Care Practitioner at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL. Alice moved to Columbia in 1985 where she took a job at Richland Memorial Hospital as director of the Children’s Respiratory Department until 2000, when she felt a call to the ministry. She did her first year at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia and then moved to Richmond, VA, and graduated from Union Presbytery Seminary in 2004.

   Alice was interim pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church for thirteen months and then Parish Associate at Eastminster for two and a half years before coming to Seven Oaks.

   Alice serves on two ministries of the Presbytery. One is the committee on Preparation for Ministry and the other is TADD, the ministry for developmentally disadvantaged children of aging parents. She also serves on the board for His Promise Ministries and will be serving this ministry in Namibia, South Africa, in the coming months.

   Alice is married to David Odell and they have two adult daughters, Jane, a graphic designer and instructor at Trident Community College, and Emily, a registered nurse. She and David enjoy camping and Alice enjoys reading for pleasure.


Mrs. Becky Shumpert
Director of Preschool/Kindergarten Ministry


803-772-6408 (Preschool Office)

803-772-1761  Ext. 107 (Church Office)

Becky has been a Columbia resident for over 25 years, after having been born and raised in Greenville, SC. She attended Winthrop University followed by a career teaching elementary and middle schoolers in residential programs. She has been married to her husband Lynn for over 20 years and they have two children and 1 grandchild. Becky and her family currently attend a local Methodist church. 
Besides children, she loves reading, entertaining family and friends, shag dancing, gardening and volunteer work. Mrs. Shumpert began working at Seven Oaks in the Fall of 2006 and we are so thankful to have her, nurturing and teaching our precious children in a wholesome, Christian environment.

Office Manager
(803)772-1761 ext. 101 - (Church Office)
Seven Oaks is delighted to have Mrs. Criss Gray as our Office Manager. Criss comes to us with several years of administrative office experience, including service at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian and other churches in the Charleston and Lexington area. After living in Charleston for several years, she moved to Lexington. Her husband is an ordained minister and they have four children.  Criss enjoys traveling to the mountains and the beach, playing the piano, and writing music. These last two interests are not surprising, given that Criss also serves as the Worship Leader at First Baptist Church of North, SC. 

Dr. Lloyd R. Pilkington
Director of Music Ministry


  Lloyd and his family joined Seven Oaks in December 1998. In August 2011 he became our Director of Music Ministry. His education includes a Bachelor of Sacred Music from Nyack College, an M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Winthrop University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. In addition to his work at Seven Oaks, he is currently a full-time Instructor in Psychology at Midlands Technical College. He has worked in private practice as a Counseling Psychologist, and has provided counseling services in both university and hospital settings.
   Dr. Pilkington and his wife are also the founders of Words-4-Life, a ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word to God’s people through weekly email devotionals. You may enjoy the latest issue in the Spiritual Journey>Weekly Devotional area of our website or the home page under Faith and Values.
   Lloyd is married to Tina and they have two children, Mark and Nicole.

"It is a joy and privilege to serve as a worship leader with the dedicated and loving people of Seven Oaks. Together we ring and sing for joy!" 


 Mr. Karl Thompson
Building Superintendent



Mrs. Sharon Watkins


"Nothing is more fulfilling to me than helping young people 'Make a
joyful noise to the Lord' through music."

Mrs. Sharon Staton
Volunteer Financial Administrator


803-772-1761  Ext. 111


Ms. Amy Schwartz
Childcare Coordinator





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    Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church
    a Stephen Ministry Congregation
    530 St. Andrews Rd. (near I-26) | Columbia, SC 29210 
    PH: 803.772.1761 FAX: 803.772.1787
    Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
    Preschool: 803.772.6408

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