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Rev. Haselden

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston has appointed the Rev. Rett Haselden as the benefits officer for the South Carolina Conference, effective June 26, 2024.

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits recommended Rev. Haselden, senior pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Columbia, and the Conference Staff Relations Committee concurred.

Rev. Haselden will succeed the Rev. Chris Lollis, who has served as the conference benefits officer since 2018 and will be appointed as superintendent of the Greenwood District, with supervisory responsibilities in the Greenville District, at the 2024 Annual Conference in June.

Rev. Haselden was born in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies.

Being called to ordained ministry, Rev. Haselden was ordained as a full elder in 2012 following his 2010 graduation from Duke Divinity School with a master of divinity degree. Before his appointment to Grace UMC in 2019, Rev. Haselden served St. John’s UMC in Rock Hill as associate pastor from 2010 to 2019.

In addition to Rev. Haselden’s work in local churches, he has served in many ways, including on the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits and as its vice chair, on the South Carolina United Methodist Credit Union Supervisory Committee, the Conference Committee on Resolutions and Appeals, and as a conference group candidacy mentor.

On the district level, he has served on the Rock Hill District Committee on Ordained Ministry, including as its chair and vice chair, and on the Rock Hill District Wesley Board.

Rev. Haselden is married to Lollie Haselden, and they have two sons, Wyatt, 12, and Thomas, 9. He enjoys kayaking, fishing, weight lifting, cooking and golf.

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