Pastors & Staff

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  • Rev. Laura Smith Conrad

    Pastor

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    Laura joined with the good people of Fort Hill Church in June of 2009 as their 11th Installed Pastor.  She serves as the lead pastor with a wonderful staff and congregation.  Laura’s primary roles include weekly worship and preaching, leading the staff and Session, and coaching and equipping the ministries of this church to be fruitful and healthy.  It is a privilege to serve among God’s people here and especially to be a part of the lives of its members.  Laura attended Presbyterian College and Columbia Theological Seminary.  She is blessed to share her life with her husband, Chuck, and children, Avery and Hallie.

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  • Rev. Mary Morrison

    Associate Pastor, Discipleship

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    Mary is a life-long Presbyterian and what she likes most about being Presbyterian is that we are “thinking Christians.”  She comes to Fort Hill with experience in both the local church and presbytery ministry with an emphasis in education and vocation.  Mary enjoys studying the Scriptures and teaching them.  Most of all she enjoys hearing the stories of the people of God, connecting them to one another in the life of the church, calling forth each members’ gifts in service, and celebrating life’s events as the body of Christ.  Her primary responsibilities include working with the Board of Deacons, developing and implementing a vision for adult education, as well as coordinating pastoral care, congregational care, and fellowship ministries.  Mary holds masters degrees in Christian education and divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary.  She is married to her best friend Mark and together they are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Hannah and Sarah.

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  • Rev. Dana Waters

    Associate Pastor, Youth & Mission Ministries

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    Dana joined the pastoral staff at Fort Hill in June 2016. He serves both youth and mission ministries of Fort Hill Church. He is passionate about equipping and encouraging God’s children of all ages to serve as Christ’s disciples in the world. In his ministry, Dana hopes to share God’s good news that empowers all of us to live out our faith by showing compassion and mercy to the world. Dana graduated from Presbyterian College and received a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kira have two delightful cats, Aslan and Chaco.

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  • Michael Sanchez

    Associate Pastor for University Ministry

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    Michael joined the pastoral staff at Fort Hill in August of 2018 after graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary. Michael serves as the Campus Minster to the Presbyterian Student Association here in Clemson. He fell in love with campus ministry and working with students while pursuing a Religious Studies degree at Georgia State University and having the chance to serve college students in a ministry setting.

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  • James T. Richardson

    Pastor Emeritus

    Jim Richardson was honorably retired in 2007 after 27 years of service as pastor.  At the request of our congregation, the title of Pastor Emeritus has been conferred to him at the Presbytery Meeting of Foothills Presbytery on November 6, 2011.  Conferring the title of Pastor Emeritus is an expression of affection and gratitude by our congregation and of the desire to continue the association in an honorary relationship, but with no pastoral authority or duty.

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    Judy Bonham

    Organist

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    Judy has been the organist and bell choir director at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church since 2005.  Previous positions include children’s choir director at Fort Hill and organist/choir director at Walhalla Presbyterian Church.  She received a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University and recently retired from twenty-seven years of public school music teaching in Oconee County.  She lives in Seneca and has one son, Mark.  In her spare time, Judy likes to work with glass jewelry and also plays the hammered dulcimer.

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    Margaret MacKay

    Director of Music

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    Margaret has served as Director of Music since 2010. Her duties include directing the Chancel Choir, beginning a music ministry for youth, helping to develop a music program for the 8:30 service, and continuing to grow the overall music program of children, chimes, and handbells. She has served in church work for 45+ years as an organist and choral director in the upstate.

    Margaret and her husband, Raymond, have 5 grown children and finally have grandchildren now and it is GRAND!! They are thankful to be part of the Fort Hill family. “Music is an integral part of our lives and the ministry of the church, allowing us all as choirs and congregations to raise our voices in praise and glory to our God.”

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    Lori Houck

    Administrator

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    Lori joined the staff at Fort Hill as Administrator in April of 2009. Her primary responsibilities are the day-to-day financial operations, office/facility management, and supervision of the Administrative Assistant and Facilities Caretaker. Her previous work experience included office management, accounting and human resources positions in church, non-profit, and corporate environments. Lori lives in Seneca and has two grown children, Sean and Sarah. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, reading and spending time with family and friends.

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    Camille Schatzle

    Administrative Assistant

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    Camille joined Fort Hill in August 2018 and serves Fort Hill Church as the church administrative assistant. Camille recently moved to the Upstate from Atlanta, but she was born and raised in Easley. She was brought up in the Presbyterian Church and graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Camille has 2 children, Roland (14) and Lydia (12), and a Teacup Yorkie named Gizmo. Camille loves the outdoors and hiking to find waterfalls. Her favorite hobbies include quilting, gardening, and watching the birds in her backyard.

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    Scott Thrailkill

    Facilities Caretaker

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    Katie Wilson

    Children’s Ministry Coordinator

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    Katie joined the staff of Fort Hill in July 2018. Katie taught middle school for six years during which time she also served as a teacher in our 3-6 year old Sunday school class. She first felt God calling her to this position during her years on the Children’s Ministry Team. Katie enjoys teaching children of all ages and is passionate about sharing Christ’s love with them. Guiding children in their faith formation and leading them to continuing Christ’s work are Katie’s highest priorities at Fort Hill. Her primary responsibilities include: developing and implementing a holistic children’s ministry in conjunction with the vision of the Discipleship Ministry and Fort Hill Church, teaching Chapel at Fort Hill Preschool, empowering and equipping volunteers to serve in Fort Hill’s children’s ministry, and coordinating children’s events, mission, learning, and worship opportunities with other Fort Hill ministries and staff. Katie has a Masters degree in Teaching as well as a Masters in Human Resource Development, both from Clemson University. She lives in Pendleton with her husband, Jason, children Shuler (7) and Maggie (1), and their dog Koozie.