Pastors & Staff

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  • Rev. Laura Smith Conrad


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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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  • 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


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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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    Judy Crawford

    Administrative Assistant

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    Judy joined the staff at Fort Hill as Administrative Assistant in November of 2012.  Her primary duty is administrative support to the staff and ministries of the church. Judy moved to Townville, SC from Georgia in 2011.  She and her husband, Charley, ran a HVAC/Plumbing business in Snellville, Georgia for 22 years.  She is the mother of two grown children, Wes who resides in Loganville, GA, and Ivey Minor who lives in Simpsonville with her husband Matt.  In her spare time she likes to cross-stitch, take boat rides and spend time with her family.  Judy is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Fort Hill family.

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    Cyndi Davis

    Children’s Ministry Director

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    As a long time member of Fort Hill, Cyndi is excited to now join the staff in 2014. Cyndi finds it an honor and a blessing to work with other staff and church members in leading Fort Hill’s children as they begin their faith journey. Cyndi has served Fort Hill as a Christian Education Chair while on Session. She enjoyed many years as a Senior High advisor and Sunday School teacher.

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    Lori Houck


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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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    Brad Kirch

    University Ministry Intern

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    Brad is from the North Atlanta area. He recently graduated from the University of Georgia where he majored in Psychology and minored in Religion. He spent the last two summers in the Mountains of North Carolina working at Montreat Conference Center, where he had the pleasure to build relationships with a couple of people in the Fort Hill Presbyterian/Clemson Ukirk community. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, photography, playing his guitar/banjo/ukulele, hiking, and anything outdoors. Brad’s real passion, however, is people and is beyond excited to share faith journeys, grow, and serve in Tiger Town!

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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.”