Elder Team

Fellowship Bible Church is led by a group of Elders who demonstrate unity through shared oversight and diversity in leadership responsibilities.

Active Elders

FBC is led ultimately by Jesus Christ as He is the head of the Church, while a plurality of Elders serve as under-shepherds. All of these men are Scripturally qualified to serve as Elders, and together they pray for those inside and outside the church, provide oversight and protect the mission and doctrine of FBC.

Howard Blomberg

Howard was born in Mississippi and raised in Florida, where he distinctly remembers accepting Christ at the Tallahassee Federal Savings and Loan building in March of 1969 at age 11. He attended Troy State University and earned a B.S. in Theater, Art, and Writing Arts. He met his wife, Laura, at Troy, and they married in 1979. They have raised four sons and now have the privilege of watching over the growth of two marriages and eight brilliant grandchildren. Howard has a Masters in Theology from the seminary of Columbia International University. He is the owner of Handyman Helper, LLC, a handyman service in the Lexington and Richland county area. Howard enjoys woodworking, writing, handiwork, movies, reading and, most of all, being a husband, father, and grandfather.

Mike Harvell

Mike was born in Virginia and moved to Chapin, South Carolina, at age 12. During his freshman year at Charleston Southern University, he accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He and his wife, Cindy, met in high school and married in 1978. They spent five years on staff for Campus Crusade in Texas, Micronesia, and the Philippines before moving back to South Carolina. In 1984, they began attending FBC. Mike has worked in the Alternative Energy field since 1984. He and Cindy have seven children, five children-in-law, and countless grandchildren (14). He enjoys hanging out with his wife and family, along with watching and playing anything of a competitive nature, even though that means he loses a lot. 

Wade Hasty

Wade was born and raised in Georgia. He came to Christ at age 17 while a senior in high school. Wade spent six years in the Navy working with computers and electronics, and graduated from Clemson University (B.A.) and the University of South Carolina (M.A.). He has been a public school Spanish and ESOL teacher since 2005. Wade's first short-term mission trip in 2011 was hugely impactful on his life and he continues to travel to Central America on missions trips. He married his wife, Sabrina, in 2015, and they began attending FBC in 2016. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, learning new things, watching sports (Go Tigers!), and being outdoors.

Dick Hohn (Chairman)

Dick was born in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to South Carolina in 1970.  He came to Christ at age 35. He earned degrees from Otterbein College, Ohio State University, and Temple University.  Dick is a teacher whose career began as a middle school/junior high English teacher and football, basketball, and track coach. He went on to be a  physical education instructor and football/baseball coach at Wilmington College (Ohio), before becoming a University of South Carolina professor in the College of Education, Department of Physical Education in Curriculum, Motor Learning, Teacher Education. Dick was part of the founding group of Fellowship Bible Church in 1983. He has been married to Sally Ballou Hohn since 1966. They have two children and four beautiful and loving grandchildren. In his free time, Dick likes golfing, boating, kayaking, camping, reading, listening to classical music, and traveling.

Mitch Johnson

Mitch was born in Iowa, and moved frequently between Iowa and Minnesota in his youth. He accepted Christ as Savior and Lord during his time at the University of Texas-Pan American, where he received a B.S. in Chemistry. Mitch married Connie in 1986, and the two have two adult sons, Micah and Joshua. They came to Columbia, South Carolina, to attend Columbia International University, where Mitch has taken graduate classes toward an MDiv in pastoral counseling to become a hospital chaplain. The Johnsons started attending FBC in 1999.  Mitch has been working with Safety-Kleen Systems since 1990 as a technician, chemist, and senior chemist, and currently as the lab manager. He has been recognized as an outstanding senior chemist by the American Institute of Chemists. He also served as a Stephen’s Minister at Palmetto Health Richland for four years. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys reading, studying, and watching movies.

Don Johnson

Don was born in Alaska and raised in California. He accepted Christ at the age of seven. At the start of his professional life, he served an apprenticeship in Southern California and became a Journeyman Carpenter. He then went on to receive a B.A. and M.A. in Bible from Columbia International University, and an MBA from Liberty University. He and his wife, Cherilyn, joined SEND International as missionaries in 1987. Don was ordained by Fellowship Bible Church in 1990. He and Cherilyn spent 11 years in Alaska and 10 years in Michigan with SEND International. Don currently serves as Assistant to the U.S. Director for SEND International. He and Cherilyn have been married since 1974, and have one son and one grandson living in Oregon. When Don gets some downtime, he likes fishing, hunting, shooting pool, watching college football, and sitting on the couch with Cherilyn.

Brad Neese

Pastor Brad trusted Jesus as his Savior around the age of six. After growing up near South Bend, Indiana (Go Notre Dame!), he graduated from Cedarville University (B.A.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M. and D.Min.). He has been involved in short-term mission opportunities in Italy, Alaska, Jamaica, Mexico, and the U.S. After pastoring in Michigan since 2006, Pastor Brad came to FBC in November 2020. He is married to Crystal, and they have four children: Elianah, Caleb, Elizabeth, and Samuel. Pastor Brad is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Homiletical Society, and he is also a Certified CounselAid Administer and SYMBIS Facilitator.

Inactive Elders

Inactive Elders have previously served as Active Elders and are in an inactive status because of a season of life or taking a sabbatical. They, however, are fully informed of Elder Meeting minutes and may be called upon for input on certain decisions. 

Chip Atkinson 

Born in Florida and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Chip accepted Christ in 1994 at the age of 33. From 1996 to 2000, he attended Columbia International University, where he earned a Master of Arts in Leadership. Chip married his wife, Tana, while attending CIU and they have been married for 23 years. They've attended FBC for 22 years. Chip was an associate pastor for four of those years. He has also been involved as a Missions Team leader, deacon liaison, and small group leader. He has been on staff with Crossover Global for 18 years in various positions and currently serves as the U.S. Assistant Director of Crossover Global. In his downtime, Chip loves boating, fishing, going to the beach, hunting, all things NASCAR, shooting guns and compound bows, tinkering with cars, and spending time with Tana. 

Brion Burns

Brion was born and raised in North Dakota. He accepted Christ at the age of 18 while on his way to join the Navy. After six years in the Navy working with electronics, Brion attended and graduated from Columbia International University. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Student Life at CIU. He married Dianne in 1978, and they have three children. Brion has been involved with FBC since 1986. His current ministries include small group leader and missions team liaison. Brion enjoys running, watching sports (particularly Boston’s Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins), playing cards, and reading. He is also involved with Columbia International University’s Prison Initiative.

John Davidson 

John grew up in Darlington, South Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He accepted Christ at age 32 through a small group Bible study. He and his wife, Carolyn, were part of the founding group that started FBC in 1983.
John was the Executive Vice President of Columbia International University for 24 years, specializing in financial and business areas. He has been an independent registered investment advisor and consultant since 2000. Currently, John truly enjoys using his time to help people understand and navigate financial issues in a wise and godly manner. He also likes to be on the lake, travel, learn about photography, and spend time with his grandkids.

Stan Tompkins

Stan was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and besides a short exile to Texas for nine years as a child, has lived here his whole life (FBC elder trivia fact: John Davidson and Stan are the only elders born in SC!). Stan accepted Christ at age 28 through church and a men’s Bible study. He attended Spartanburg Methodist College and met his wife, Joy, there. Stan and Joy have been married for 54 years. Stan was part of the group that started FBC in 1983. Professionally, Stan was a sales engineer for 51 years for a manufacturer and storage equipment company. He designed cabinets and storage for military bases across the Southeast. Stan also served in the South Carolina National Guard. Stan and Joy have two children and four talented and wonderful grandchildren. Stan enjoys playing golf, watching movies and college football, and watching his grandsons play high school basketball (and soon to be college basketball) and his granddaughters in tennis and dance. Oh, and watching Joy work in the yard!