MEET OUR STAFF

 
 
 
Phone: 803-772-1761 Ext. 2

Rev. Steven H. Rhodes

Transitional Pastor
 
Steve was born in Guantanamo, Cuba while his father served in the U.S. Navy. He grew up in Jacksonville, FL. where he met his wife, Judy. Steve graduated from Florida State University with a Master of Social Work and, after being called to fulltime ministry, Steve went on to graduate from Columbia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Steve has ministered through Young Life and churches in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Utah. Steve has a heart for youth as well as churches that are in transition. For over 20 years Steve has spent his summers serving the Lord in foreign countries as well as in West Virginia, Kentucky and New Orleans. Steve enjoys reading, especially about science and outer space, and building things and tinkering. He likes to travel, walk/hike and play golf when he isn’t spending time with his family. Judy and Steve have four married children and seven amazing grandchildren.

Rev. Alice Odell

Parish Associate
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phone: 803-772-1761 Ext. 3
 
 
Phone: (803)772-1761 Ext. 1

Mrs. Criss Gray

Office Manager
 
Seven Oaks is delighted to have Mrs. Criss Gray as our Office Manager. Criss comes to us with over 20 years of administrative office experience in Lexington as well as Charleston, SC. She is also a pastor’s wife and they have four children. Criss enjoys cooking, fishing, traveling to the mountains and the beach, playing the piano, and writing music.

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. 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!” 

Michaela Ashley Craven

Michaela Ashley Craven

Interim Director of Children and Youth
 
We welcome Michalea to Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church. She is a senior at the University of South Carolina here in Columbia this fall. She is a transfer student from Presbyterian College where she was a Christian Education major. She is currently a Religious Studies major with a minor in Psychology. Prior to her college years she worked alongside the Ministery and Education Committee at First Presbyterian Church of Logan, West Vriginia. She is happy to get to know our wonderful children here at SOPC. She enjoys shopping and going to concerts as well as spending time with her family.

 

 

Mr. Karl Thompson

Building Superintendent

803-772-1761

 

 

Mrs. Sharon Watkins

Accompanist
 

 

Mrs. Sharon Staton

Volunteer Financial Administrator

sharon@sopc.net

803-772-1761 Ext. 5

 

Ms. Amy Schwartz

Childcare Coordinator

803-772-1761