Our Pastors and Staff
I am South Carolinian born and bred, Sandlapper if you will. God has blessed me in so many ways. I am thankful for my salvation, my family upbringing, my wonderful wife, children and grandchild, as well as the opportunity to pastor God’s people for all these years. I enjoy an occasional challenge like scuba diving or skydiving. My dreams were to be a professional baseball player and/or a medical doctor. I never considered the pastorate. God allowed the baseball dream to be fulfilled, and He used the baseball coaches at South Carolina, Bobby Richardson and Johnny Hunton, to disciple me and prepare me for ministry. I will always be thankful for these two men and other mentors God used in my life. My hobbies include golf and some photography. My photography is getting better and my golf is getting worse?!?!?!?!? I enjoy visiting Israel, walking where Jesus walked, and think every Christian should go if they are able.
I was born and raised a little south of North Myrtle Beach in beautiful Charleston, SC. I was fortunate to be raised by wonderful Christian parents along with one older brother, who are my biggest supporters in all I do.
I played football, wrestled and ran track at Hanahan High School. I was fortunate enough to be awarded a football scholarship from Newberry College. After graduation I had to make a choice either to pursue a dream to continue playing football or continue my education. After much prayer and counseling, I chose a path of returning to Newberry, coaching for a year, and then I attended Louisiana Tech University where I received a masters in education. Always having a passion to work with students, I taught school for a year but was feeling the call into the ministry. I stopped teaching and started thinking the YMCA is where I needed to be. But God had other plans for my life. After spending five years with the YMCA, a door opened up for me at the local church in Florida where my wife and I attended. I left the YMCA and was the interim youth pastor for a little over a year. I have now served as a full time minister for almost 20 years. I have served at First Baptist Georgetown, SC, DayBreak Fellowship in Cape Coral, FL, and now at First Baptist North Myrtle Beach.
God has prepared me through my educational experiences, teaching and coaching, working with the YMCA, and my passion for students to equip me for His ministry.
Of all of my life accomplishments, I would have to say my greatest one was marrying my incredible wife, Marsha. We have an amazing son, Noah. We enjoy visiting National Parks, going to the mountains and walking on the beach. I enjoy photography, learning new techniques in Photoshop and playing any type of sport.
I have always had a passion and a burden to see students grow in and out with their walk with Christ. I want to equip and empower them with the knowledge and tools to be better leaders, better students, better children, and most of all, be victorious as better followers of Christ.
I was born in Kansas but grew up in Connecticut. While studying chemistry in college I realized that God was calling me to pastoral ministry. After pastoring two churches in Connecticut and Ohio, I had the privilege of serving the First Baptist Church of Greensburg, Indiana as Senior Pastor for 23 years until my retirement from full-time pastoral ministry.
I have always had a deep commitment to Missions and have provided leadership at local and state levels for Mission Encounters to Chile, Mexico and Thailand as well as establishing a personal ministry in Chile and a Mission Covenant between the Baptists of Indiana and the Baptist Convention of Chile.
Lynn and I moved to North Myrtle Beach in 2009 fulfilling our dream of living on the Grand Strand. We love walking our greyhound to the beach almost every day and being able to body surf daily for nearly six months of the year. We have two daughters and four grandchildren with one family in Washington, DC and the other in the Boston area.
First Baptist has been a blessing to us and it has been a privilege to be called to serve first as a deacon and now as a member of the ministerial staff.
I grew up in the great state of Maine, in a musical family of five kids. I played and sang with my family from the age of five on. Aside from sailing in the Atlantic Ocean, my spare time was spent in practicing hours on the piano, organ, violin, and singing as well. I became a Christian as a young adult via my love for music. I moved south to attend college, married my college sweetheart and raised five wonderful children. It is my greatest desire to lead people to the Lord, and closer to the Lord, through the beauty of music. I still love spending my spare time in musical practice. I also enjoy reading (especially good mysteries!), baking cookies, and playing with my grandson.
I was born on August 12, 1955 to David and Annie Nobles and we lived in the rural community of Good Hope, north of Conway, SC. I attended Conway area schools and graduated from Baptist College of Charleston (now known as Charleston Southern University). During high school and college I was organist at Good Hope Baptist. Upon graduation from college I began working with the Horry County School District in the Aynor area schools. In June 1981 I began serving the Lord as organist here at First Baptist Church of North Myrtle Beach. Marriage came later in life for me. My husband, Richard Myron Pritchard, and I married on Sunday night, June 23, 1991 here at First Baptist Church. We continue to live in the Good Hope Community, on the same farm, and in the same house I have been all my life. We both have been very fortunate to have been raised in a Christian home by Christian parents. My parents and Myron’s parents are no longer with us here on earth. We are assured of their whereabouts and look forward to seeing them again one day.
Myron retired after teaching and coaching in secondary education for 30 years. For the past four years he has been taking seminary classes and plans to graduate in June 2013 from Tennessee Temple University/Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. I retired in June 2012 after working and teaching Child Development and Kindergarten for 36 years. Myron continues to work with Adult Education and we both substitute teach as needed.
Besides my love for teaching, I have always enjoyed working outside in the yard or garden. Water skiing was my most exciting past time but I do see more possibilities of accidents now as I have gotten older. Of course, everyone knows the passion that Myron and I share for the Clemson Tigers and our week-end trips to see the Tigers play. In fact, we spent our honeymoon in Japan with other Clemson football fans!
Even though we share a passion of wearing our orange, our greatest passion is our love for Jesus Christ and the blood that he shed for us. As Myron approaches graduation, we pray and anticipate that God will lead us to continue to serve Him in whatever way is pleasing in His sight. To God be the glory!
Hello, my name is Scott Lewis and I am from the hills of West Virginia. Ministry has been a part of my life for 20 years. I have many rich memories of God moving in my life as well as the awesome people I’ve been fortunate enough to minister with. I moved to the beach 7 years ago and I love the southern hospitality that the grandstrand provides. I have many hobbies including golf, beach time, live music, writing and recording. First Baptist Church has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to what God will do in this coming year.
I am originally from West Virginia and moved to Myrtle Beach March 2009. I have been heavily involved in ministry alongside my husband, Jim, most of my married life. We currently attend Ignite Church of Myrtle Beach where my husband is the senior pastor. We have three grown children who are heavily involved in ministry as well.
Before moving to Myrtle Beach our family owned and operated a Child Development Center. Being involved in Children’s Ministries most of my adult life, God really used our business to touch others for Christ! I have also had the opportunity of working for several churches in the past and enjoy my position here at First Baptist Church.
I enjoy music, spending time with my family, and I love relaxing at the beach!
Darlene G. Dunlow
I was raised in a loving Christian home in Franklin, VA. I met my high school sweetheart, JL, on a ferris wheel ride at our local spring carnival. We married several years later. Our son, Michael, is a Special Education teacher and coach at Potomac High School in Woodbridge, VA.
We settled in Myrtle Beach compliments of retirement in 2005. Shortly after moving, I became bored and was hired as the secretary for FBC in March 2006. I enjoy using my administrative skills to minister to our church. You can find me at the church during normal office hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
I enjoy computer challenges, cross stitching, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.
I am from Virginia and moved here in June 2012. My husband talked about retiring to the beach and after 28 years of full time ministry, we did! God has blessed us with three sons and six grandchildren. I have been privileged to serve in three church offices, before this one. I enjoy being active in our church, relaxing on the beach, reading, cooking, being with family and rooting for the Washington Redskins.
I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. My wife, Polly, and I have four children (two boys and two girls) and 10 grandchildren. I worked for 43 years in the food service industry and served two years in the US Army. Polly, a retired nurse, and I retired in January 2000 and moved to Little River, SC in February of that same year. I am member of First Baptist Church and the Friends In Christ Sunday School class. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends.