DR. CARL POOLE // LEAD PASTOR
Carl became Lead Pastor in April 2011. He has served churches in South & North Carolina. He earned his Master of Divinity & Doctor of Ministry Degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
Carl enjoys spending time with his wife Melody and his two daughters Adrienne & Caroline. His favorite hobbies include playing tennis & basketball, computer technology and N-Scale model railroading. His greatest desire is to know Jesus Christ and make Him known.
MIKE STOKES // DISCIPLESHIP AND ADMINISTRATIVE PASTOR
Mike has served at WBC in various capacities since 1989. His current responsibilities include overseeing the administrative and discipleship ministries of the church. Mike’s passion in ministry is to see God’s people read and understand the Bible to the goal of knowing and trusting God – understanding our role as believers living in a fallen world, sharing the gospel with others, and anticipating His return.
Mike is a graduate of Clemson University and holds a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike and his wife Stacy have two daughters: Katie and Reagan. He enjoys spending time outside and is an avid cyclist.
CRAIG GUY // STUDENT AND MISSIONS PASTOR
Craig became the Student Pastor at Wellford in June of 2014. He is a graduate of Byrnes High School and has served in Youth Ministry in the District 5 area for more than 25 years.He enjoys spending time with his wife Jeana, daughter Katie, and son Andrew. Craig’s passion is to share the Gospel with students and to lead them in their discipleship journey.
GRETCHEN DURRELL // PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN'S MINISTER
Our Preschool and Children’s Minister, Gretchen Durrell has been part of our staff since 2008. She has served children in our community Good News Club, Upward, D5 Sports, and as a mentor. Gretchen received her Master’s in Christian Ministry from North Greenville University in 2012.
Gretchen enjoys spending time with her husband, TJ and her children Amaris and Joe. Her family has a passion for mission work. Gretchen’s heart is for children to have a firm foundation in biblical truths and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
christopher hale // interim worship pastor
Christopher received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY with a double major in vocal and instrumental music. He earned his Master of Church Music Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Christopher's philosophy of music ministry is to lead God's people in worship using the various styles of music that He has given to us. He says that the ideal church for him is one that has a vision to reach people for Jesus Christ, utilizing strategies that are proven and those that have yet been tried.
Christopher lives in Moore, SC with his wife Laura, and they have four children: Kristin, Clay, David & Ryan.
RENEE PEACE // MINISTRY ASSISTANT
Renee Peace became a member of the WBC team in March of 1995. She is married to Pete and they have 3 adult children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. It has been her honor to serve the staff and members of Wellford Baptist Church for over 20 years.
She is humbled by the fact that the wonderful people of her home church, Care Baptist, allow her to serve them as Music Director, Pianist and Sunday School teacher. It is her hearts desire to disciple God’s people and to lead the lost to Christ. Hobbies include reading, decorating, crafting and crocheting.