About Us

Rev. Sandra Smith-King


PASTOR:  Rev. Sandra comes to us from Leesville UMC in Batesburg-Leesville, SC where she served for the past 7 years. Her husband of 40 years, the Rev. Steven King serves the Bramlett-Owings Charge in Gray Court. They have a daughter, Lisa and her husband, Michael who live in Spartanburg with their precious grandchildren, Kendall (8) and Bailey (5). 

Sandra and Steve enjoy reading, camping, kayaking and spending time with family. They have a beagle-mix named Abby and a red-eared slider (turtle) named Zippy. 

Cheryl Lehnert


ADMINISTRATOR: Cheryl has been with Disciples UMC for over 16 years.  She is married with two (2) grown children. A son, Drew (30), who is a Software Engineer and Cyber Security Specialist and a daughter, KodiJean (22), who is a student attending Coastal Carolina University working towards her degree in Education and continues to play Soccer, still a GoalKeeper, with a local league.  Cheryl is also the "mom" of two (2) Chinese Cresteds, DandyLion & Stealie.  In her spare time she enjoys working in her yard, spending time with family and big time passion, Journalistic Photography.

Bill Whipple


CONGREGATIONAL CARE:  Bill assists the congregation in providing direction of the Stephen Ministers Program.  He also oversees the ministry to Senior Adults and co-ordinates helping ministries during times of crisis for families.

About Us

Patty Hammond


ORGANIST/PIANIST:  Patty is the accompanist for the Chancel Choir.  She is married and has two (2) grown children.  The joy of her life is to teach fourth grade.  A member of Disciples UMC since 1990, Patty has been the church musician since 1994.  She also teaches piano lessons and enjoys reading, cooking and hiking.

Steven Mathena



Ashleigh Delport


CHILD DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: Ashleigh has been a teacher at Disciples for 15 years.  She moved to the states from Zimbabwe, Africa.  She and her husband Shawn have four children.  Ashleigh has been an extraordinary teacher and I am confident that the CDC will thrive and grow under her leadership.

About Us

Lawson Berry



Jennifer Edris, LPC, LMFT, CACP1, MAC


DIRECTOR OF COUNSELING CENTER & COUNSELOR:  Jennifer has worked in the Mental Health Field for 18 years, and with Addictions for 8 years, and with the DUMC Counseling Center for 5+ years.  She holds her Undergraduate in Psychology from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Graduate in Counseling from Webster University.  A Licensed Professional Counselor - SC, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - SC, Certified Addictions Counselor - SC, Master's Addictions Counselor - National.

Cynthia Hughes, LAC, SAP, CACII, NCACI


COUNSELOR:   My mission is to treat the whole individual and to provide a holistic approach with your treatment. I normally use an eclectic blend of modalities when using therapy, and specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing techniques, and solution focused therapy. It is my professional philosophy of practice that in order to grow and be well, all components of the individual must be considered. Addiction and co-occurring disorders can take away from the whole individual, and it is my desire to assist in getting your entire life back on track. Allow your journey to grow today! I have worked in high management residential facilities, outpatient facilities, offender programs, mental health, and I have worked for the Phoenix Center where I hold the position of being a supervisor over a DUI program and licensed addictions therapist since 2014. I have a vast amount of experience. You are a priority and my commitment is to address your well-being. I work intensely with various presenting problems through individual counseling/therapy as well as group therapy. I work with individuals of all ages, regardless of background, gender or race. I look forward to serving you! Areas of specialty: Addiction and substance use disorders~Co-occurring mental health disorders~Group therapy for substance use disorders~Prime for Life (for DUI offenders to gain 16 hours of educational prevention in order to qualify to obtain driving privileges)~Anger management~Coping Skills~Emotional disturbance~Relationship issues~Self-esteem issues~Stress 

Nursery Staff

Sarah Marchbanks


Sarah has been a member of Disciples since 1991.  Her love of the church and children led her to work in the nursery starting in 2015.  She is a resident of Simpsonville, SC and has a 6 year old son, James.  In her spare time she enjoys singing, sewing and spending time with family.

Catherine Agnew


My name is Catherine Agnew and I LOVE to teach!  This will be my sixth year teaching here at the Oakview Elementary School.  I previously taught preschool special education in  Athens, Georgia for two years.  I graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education.  In May 2012 I received a master’s degree in Special Education Adaptive Curriculum, with a concentration in Classic Autism, from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  I love sports, especially Georgia football and Braves baseball, animals, cooking, and baking.  This summer my husband, Preston, and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary.  We have three dogs, a Yorkie named Bailey, a terrier mix named Georgia, and a Dalmatian named Dotty.  The dogs definitely keep us busy!!  We love cooking together, taking the dogs for walks, and just spending time together!  I believe that all children can learn and I work my hardest to make sure they reach their highest potential.