Rev. Brandon Barrett
Brandon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee where, in spite of great cultural influences, he never developed any musical ability. He came to faith as a child through the ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA). Brandon and his wife Liz met at Davidson College and married in 1997. Brandon has served in college ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Reformed University Fellowship, and he has pastored churches in Williamsburg, Virginia; Columbia, South Carolina; and now in Greenville. He is also a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Brandon and Liz have five kids: Caroline, Henry, John Mac, Hannah and William. They enjoy being outside as much as they can, running, hiking, reading, and even yard work.
Rev. David Griffin
Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Membership
David hails from the state of Florida, being born at the McDill Air Force Base in Tampa in January of 1958. In 1980 he graduated from Maryville College (Maryville, TN), where he came to faith in Jesus Christ during his junior year. David was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1985, having earned the Master of Divinity Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC, where he met and later married the former Sharon Bell. In 1992, after they served a term of service as missionaries in Mexico, David was called to be the pastor of the Covington (TN) ARP Church. David has been serving the Greenville ARP Church since October of 2009 as the Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and Membership. He and Sharon have three daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. In his free time David enjoys working in the yard and exploring the Upstate’s waterfalls. Also, the Griffins are fans of the University of Florida Gators.
Rebekah was born and raised in White Oak, SC, and grew up in the White Oak ARP Church. She graduated from Richard Winn Academy in 2007 and attended Erskine College. While at Erskine, Rebekah was involved in various ministries some including the RUF Campus Ministry, YoungLife leadership, and Widows Watchmen Ministry. She also has spent many years being a camp counselor for kids of all ages. In 2011, Rebekah graduated from Erskine College with a major in Bible/Christian Education. Rebekah began work as the Children's Ministry Coordinator at Greenville ARP Church in May 2014. She enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, baking cakes, playing with her nieces, and drinking coffee.
Beth was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to Columbia, SC in seventh grade. She graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. After moving to Greenville after college, she worked as an accountant several places before coming to Greenville ARP in 1994. Beth is married with three children and the cutest granddaughters ever. Just ask.
T.J. Ellis, originally from Donalds, SC, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music from Erskine College in 2007 and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Winthrop University in 2009. He began serving as Director of Music at Greenville ARP Church in January 2012 and took on Administrative Assistant duties officially in June 2015. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, exploring Greenville’s foodie scene, college football (Go Tigers!), attending local concerts, and spending time with family and friends.
Cheri Owensby was born in New Orleans, LA. but moved to Greenville, SC with her family when she was in the 2nd grade. Cheri grew up attending various art schools in the region, including the Fine Arts Center, Brevard Opera Workshop, and the Governor’s School for the Arts. Cheri holds a degree in Voice Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia, and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Cheri has taught elementary music and chorus in the Greenville County schools for 20 years, directs the children’s choirs at GARP, and is the music director for Bonclarken Music/Drama Camp in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Cheri’s husband, Mike, originally from Spartanburg, SC, is a registered nurse. They are the proud parents of two sons, Wyatt and Walt.
Coordinator of the GARP Day School
Erica Wingate grew up in Greenville and graduated from Erskine College (1999) with a B.S. in special education. She worked as a resource teacher at Buena Vista Elementary School and spent her summers tutoring and contracting with Greenville County Schools as an educational diagnostician. Erica resigned her position in 2004 to stay home with her newborn son and work as a private tutor. Erica accepted the position of Day School Coordinator in the summer of 2017. She and her husband John have been members of Greenville ARP since 2001. They have three children: Parker (13), Hadley (9), and Cullen (6).
David has been an organist for church congregations across the Southeast and Midwest for 23 years. He is a native of Due West, SC where he was baptized and raised in the Due West ARP Church. He received the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University in 2004 and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, concentrating in piano and organ performance, from Erskine College in 2002. David has been the conference organist at the Bonclarken Music Conference and recently held a week-long residency playing the organ for the daily services at Bristol Cathedral in Bristol, England. In 2012, David received the Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis TN, and he practices optometry and resides in Simpsonville. He loves working outside in his yard, playing racquetball, enjoying great food, and making music.