Elders are the leaders of the church who in the Bible are also called pastors, bishops, and overseers (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:2). Elders are to be men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements (1 Timothy 2:11-3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) and an elder’s duties include ruling (1 Timothy 5:17) managing (1 Timothy 3:4-5), tending (1 Peter 5:2-5), giving account (Hebrews 13:17), living an exemplary life (Hebrews 13:7), using authority (Acts 20:28), teaching (Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 3:2), preaching (1 Timothy 5:17), doctrinal instruction (Titus 1:9), and church discipline (Matthew 18:15-17).
The clear pattern of scripture is for local churches to train up multiple qualified elders to serve together as a safeguard for both the church and the elders (Acts 20:17; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1). Within our leadership, Jesus alone is the Senior Pastor (1 Peter 5:4). Below, you will find the pastors under him who lead and serve in our church family.
Vision & Teaching
Michael has been a part of the Midtown family since 2006 when served as one of Midtown's first ever interns. He became a Midtown pastor in 2010 and planted Midtown Lexington in the fall of 2015. Michael is married to Lauren, and they have two children, Cannon and Nora Kate. Michael's favorite things about Lexington are Lake Murray and the Saluda River.
Groups & Discipleship
Brandon was a junior at Anderson University when he heard about a group of guys planting a church in Columbia that was going to be focused on being “family” and serving the community. That’s exactly what he hoped the local church could be, so he moved down here to intern in the summer of 2006 and has been a part of our church family ever since! Brandon is married to Kristi, and together have three kids: Sully, Jeremiah, and Isla. Brandon's favorite thing about Lexington is having a meal with friends at a local restaurant or going for a run on the dam.
Director of Students and Volunteer Teams
Jacob grew up in the greater Columbia area but didn’t start coming around Midtown until he was a college student at Gardner-Webb in North Carolina. He ended up on the 2015 Chicago Spring Break trip and then led a group in 2016 on the Boston trip. After graduating from college, Jacob moved back to Columbia to begin Residency with Midtown Lexington in May of 2016. Jacob loves the local coffee/restaurant scene in Columbia and the many “Columbia-only” hangouts like the Soda City Market and Riverfront Park that really make him feel at home here in the city.
Hannah got connected with Midtown through her husband Traylor before they got married. They attended Midtown for 2 years together before moving abroad to Korea for several years. On returning back home, they started attending Midtown Lexington and Hannah began working with Kidtown close to a year later. Hannah and Traylor have two kids, Chloe and Mae. Hannah loves running around Lexington spending time with friends in the area.
Andrew has been a part of Midtown since graduating from Clemson University in 2015. He joined the staff in 2017 as a Pastor-in-training and leads worship at our Lexington church. Andrew enjoys the local coffee shops and neighborhood restaurants that Columbia offers as well as cool theaters like the Nick.