Brad Gray, Pastor
The Reverend Brad Gray has been our pastor since June of 2012. Brad is a native of Columbia, SC, and he has previously served in Columbia and Sumter, SC. His undergraduate degree is from Wofford College, where he majored in Religion. He also earned his Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. His wife, Rev. Megan Gray serves at Cokesbury UMC and is also a graduate of Duke Divinity School, where the two met. Brad and Megan are both ordained elders in the South Carolina Annual Conference. They have two young children and two dogs, Durham and Jedi. Life at home is sometimes chaotic but always fun. Brad enjoys spending time in the kitchen with Megan, playing golf, running, listening to podcasts and when time permits, taking naps.
Cindy Curtis, Director of Youth Ministry
Cindy Curtis formally joined the St. Andrews Parish UMC staff in September of 2015. She is a retired teacher of 26 years (grades 3-8). Cindy earned her BS degree in Elementary Education and holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been an active member of the United Methodist Church throughout her life and has served in many capacities—VBS volunteer, Sunday school teacher, drama instructor, vocalist and lay speaker. Cindy has embraced youth ministry as an opportunity to combine her passions for both service and education.
Missy Wilson, Church Secretary
Missy has been living in Charleston since the age of three. She has been married to her best friend for 18 years and has four amazing boys. Her husband is a pastor for another congregation, and Missy has a profound understanding of church life and congregational needs. She has been managing office affairs for St. Andrews Parish UMC since 2015. When she isn't at work she enjoys reading and cheering on her boys as they play various sports.
Brad Parker joined the SAPUMC staff in 2015. A concert pianist, he has performed in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, and Haiti. Brad is an Associate Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University. He earned a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario Canada, and he completed his Masters and DMA in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Brad and his wife, Lavinia, have two children, and the entire family contributes greatly to our music ministries.
Lavinia Parker, Music Director
Vocalist Lavinia Parker joined the SAPUMC staff in 2015 to lead the Chancel Choir and Parish Ringers. She has since instated a children’s music program as well. Lavinia is particularly passionate about choral singing and the sense of community that it promotes. In fact it was in choir that she met her husband, Brad Parker. Both studied music at Wilfrid Laurier University and continue to collaborate musically at SAPUMC. Lavinia is also an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and her music has been performed and commissioned by professional and amateur choirs.
Kristie Johnson, Director of Children's Ministry
Kristie Johnson formally joined the SAPUMC staff in 2017 after years of enthusiastic service as a Sunday School, Children's Church and VBS volunteer. She attended Georgia College and graduated from State University in Milledgeville, GA. Kristie began her career in childcare in Charleston. She is currently a preschool teacher at the Grace UMC Weekday School and an instructor at St. Andrews Family Fitness Plus. Her husband, daughter and son are also members of SAPUMC who play active roles in children's programs, music ministries and Sunday morning worship.
Julie Malliet-Nowak, Nursery Director
Julie Malliet-Nowak joined the SAPUMC staff in September of 2016. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she moved to Charleston in 2015 to escape frigid winters and enjoy retirement near the ocean. She enjoys swimming and kayaking in her spare time and is learning to paddle board as well. Julie has a degree in Early Childhood Education with additional certification and training in infant/toddler care, parent education and special needs intervention. In Wisconsin, Julie was the Educational Specialist for a clinic that provides pediatric therapy for children with special needs. Julie also served for 18 years as the Director of a vocational program for adults with developmental disabilities.