Brad Neese

Senior Pastor

  • Grew up near South Bend, Indiana (Go Notre Dame!)
  • Accepted Jesus around age 6
  • Graduated from Cedarville University (B.A.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M. and D.Min.)
  • Involved in short-term mission opportunities in Italy, Alaska, Jamaica, Mexico and U.S.
  • Began pastoring full time in 2006 in Michigan
  • Married to Crystal since 2001 and have four children: Elianah, Caleb, Elizabeth, Samuel
  • Member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Homiletical Society
  • Certified CounselAid Administer and SYMBIS Facilitator
  • Enjoy reading, spending time with family, baseball and learning new things

 


Chip Atkinson

  • Born in Florida and raised in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Accepted Christ in 1994 at age 33.
  • Prior to accepting Christ operated an automotive service center and gas station.
  • Attended Columbia International University between 1996 and 2000 earning a Master of Arts in Leadership.
  • Owned and operated two small businesses, pressure washing, painting and remodeling, one while in seminary and one around 2007.
  • I met and married my wife, Tana, while attending CIU. We have been married for 23 years!
  • We have been at Fellowship for 22 years where I served for 4 year as associate pastor. Other ministry involvement include Missions Team leader, deacon liaison, small group leader.
  • Activities enjoyed are not limited to but include boating, fishing, beach, hunting, all things NASCAR, shooting guns and compound bows, cars, and spending time with Tana.
  • I have been on staff with Crossover Global for 18 years in various positions.
  • Currently I serve as the U.S. Assistant Director of Crossover Global.

Howard Blomberg

  • Born in Mississippi and raised in Florida
  • Accepted Christ at the Tallahassee Federal Savings and Loan building in March 1969 at age 11
  • Attended Troy State University and earned a B.S. in Theater, Art and Writing Arts
  • Met my precious wife, Laura, at Troy and married in 1979. We have raised 4 sons and now watch over the growth of two marriages and 8 wonderful, brilliant, good-lookin’ grandchildren
  • Earned a Masters in Theology from the seminary of Columbia International University
  • Owner of Handyman Helper, LLC, a handyman service in the Lexington and Richland county area
  • Enjoy woodworking, writing, handiwork, movies, reading and, most of all, being a husband, father and grandfather

 


Brion Burns

  • Born and raised in North Dakota
  • Accepted Christ when 18 while on the way to join the Navy
  • Spent 6 years in the Navy working with electronics
  • Graduated from Columbia International University
  • Serve as Associate Dean for Student Life at CIU
  • Married to Dianne in 1978 and have 3 children—Josh, Alison, and Ryan
  • Been involved with FBC since 1986; ministries include small group leader, missions team liaison
  • Hobbies:  running, watching sports (particularly Boston’s Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins), playing cards, and reading
  • Involved with Columbia International University’s Prison Initiative

 


John Davidson, elder emeritus

  • Grew up in Darlington, S. C.
  • Accepted Christ at age 32 through a small group Bible study
  • Graduated from USC
  • Ex VP for Columbia International University for 24 years (Financial and Business areas)
  • Independent registered investment advisor and consultant since 2000
  • Married to Carolyn, two daughters, four grandchildren
  • Part of FBC founding group since its beginning in 1983
  • Enjoy helping others with financial issues
  • Like being on the lake, travel, photography, and time with grandkids

 


Mike Harvell

  • Born in Virginia, moved to South Carolina at the age of 12.
  • Accepted Christ at the age of 19 after my freshman year in college.
  • Graduated from Charleston Southern University with a B.A. in Religion.
  • I met my wife, Cindy at Chapin High School and we married in 1978.
  • After college we spent five years with Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Texas, Micronesia, and the Philippines.
  • Began attending FBC in 1984.
  • Since 1984 I’ve been working in the field of Alternative Energy.
  • I enjoy hanging out with my wife, seven children, their spouses, and grand kids, along with watching and playing anything of a competitive nature.  That means I lose a lot.

 


Wade Hasty

  • Born and raised in Georgia
  • Accepted Christ at 17 while a senior in high school
  • Spent six years in the Navy working with computers and electronics
  • Graduated from Clemson University (B.A.) and the University of South Carolina (M.A.)
  • Public school Spanish and ESOL teacher since 2005
  • Took my first short term mission trip in 2011
  • Married my amazing wife Sabrina in 2015
  • Began attending FBC in 2016
  • Enjoy spending time with my wife and children (Claire, Olivia, and Ethan), learning, watching sports (Go Tigers!), and being outdoors

 


Dick Hohn

  • Born in Dayton, Ohio and moved to South Carolina in 1970
  • Accepted Christ at age 35
  • Degrees from Otterbein College, Ohio State University, and Temple University
  • Middle school/Junior High English teacher and football, basketball, and track coach
  • Wilmington College (Ohio) physical education instructor and football/baseball coach
  • University of South Carolina professor in the College of Education, Department of Physical Education in Curriculum, Motor Learning, Teacher Education
  • Began with Fellowship Bible Church in 1983
  • Been married to Sally Ballou Hohn since 1966. Have two children – Greg, married to Lisa, an air force pilot stationed in Florida, and Megan, married to Shawn Norris, living in Lexington, SC. He is an elementary physical education teacher and Megan is a hard working mom. Have two beautiful and loving grandchildren.
  • Enjoys golf, boating, kayaking, camping, reading, classical music and travel.

 


Mitch Johnson

 

  • Born in Iowa, moved frequently between Iowa and Minnesota
  • Accepted Christ as Savior and Lord during college
  • Received my BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas-Pan American
  • Recognized as outstanding senior chemist by the American Institute of Chemists
  • Moved to Columbia in 1989 to attend CIU
  • Worked for Safety-Kleen Systems since 1990 as a technician, chemist, senior chemist, and currently the lab manager
  • Came to Fellowship Bible in April 1999
  • Served as a Stephen’s Minister at Palmetto Health Richland for 4 years
  • Have taken graduate classes toward an MDIV in pastoral counseling in order to pursue hospital chaplaincy
  • Married to Connie since 1986 and we have two adult sons, Micah and Joshua
  • Enjoy reading, studying, and watching movies

 


Don Johnson

  • Born in Alaska and raised in California
  • Accepted Christ at the age of 7
  • Served an apprenticeship in Southern California and became a Journeyman Carpenter
  • Received a B.A. and M.A in Bible from Columbia International University
  • Received an MBA from Liberty University
  • Joined SEND International as a missionary in 1987
  • Ordained by Fellowship Bible Church in 1990
  • Spent 11 years in Alaska and 10 years in Michigan with SEND International
  • Currently serve as Assistant to the US Director for SEND International
  • Married to Cherilyn since 1974 and have one son and one grandson living in Oregon
  • Enjoy fishing, hunting, shooting pool, college football, and sitting on the couch with Cherilyn

 


Stan Tompkins, elder emeritus

  • Born in Columbia, SC. Moved to Texas when I was two, returned to Columbia 9 years later. Trivia: John and I are the only elders born in SC. The elders are a diversified group!
  • Accepted Christ at age 28 through my church and a men’s Bible study
  • Attended Spartanburg Methodist College. Met my wife of 54 years there!
  • Part of the group that started FBC in 1983
  • Sales engineer for 51 years. Sold for manufacturer and storage equipment company. Designed cabinets and storage for military bases across the southeast
  • Served in the South Carolina National Guard
  • Married to Joy, two children and four talented and wonderful grandchildren. Tammy has two sons and Brad two daughters. Tammy is a professor in the College of Education at Winthrop University and Brad is a Director of Management with Innovatis Group and travels internationally
  • Enjoy playing golf, watching movies , college football, watching the grandsons play high school basketball ( and soon to be college BB) and the girls tennis and dance. Oh, and watching Joy work in the yard!