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Congregational Specialists

Congregational specialists engage, equip and empower congregations to fulfill their mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. No one knows more about your community and your congregation than you. Congregational specialists come alongside you, and together you discern the plans that God has for the life and ministry of your congregation. The most effective leaders don’t provide the answers. They simply raise powerful questions that allow you to see more clearly the pathway that God has for you!

Rev. Jim Arant
Greenwood &
Orangeburg Districts
Specializing in leadership development and strategic planning.

Rev. Cathy Joens
Anderson &
Greenville Districts
Specializing in age-level ministries and Safe Sanctuaries.

Chris Lynch
Florence, Rock Hill &
Spartanburg Districts
Specializing in youth ministries, next-gen discipleship and practical technology for churches.

Rev. Walter Strawther
Columbia &
Hartsville Districts
Specializing in African-American ministries.

Rev. Suzanne Walker
Charleston, Marion &
Walterboro Districts
Specializing in revitalizing congregations & worship design.


Connect with congregations with their presence by listening and building relationships and establishing trust.

Challenge congregations to be more than they think they can be.

Help congregations grow in their relationship with God and in understanding and doing God’s will.


Lead congregations through a process and give them the flexibility to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.

Provide congregations with leadership and training based on their particular needs.

Utilize years of experience by constantly learning and sharing what they’ve learned.


Inform congregations so as they grow in faith, they grow in competence and confidence.

Celebrate with congregations as they move toward God’s preferred future.

Step aside so congregations can be released to do God’s calling.

On call so that when a congregation needs help again, a specialist will be there.