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 Associate Pastor of the Greenville ARP Church since October of 2009. He and Sharon have three daughters, a son-in-law, and one grandchild. 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.
Rev. Derek Wells
Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Family Ministries
Derek Wells was born and raised in Greenville, SC. He graduated from North Greenville College in 1999. After graduation he attended RTS-Charlotte, where he received his Master of Divinity in 2004. Prior to coming to Greenville ARP, Derek spent ten years as a high school teacher, career counselor and coach in Greenville County Public Schools. Derek joined the staff at Greenville ARP as the Director of Families and Discipleship in 2015. Derek’s wife, Michelle, grew up in Valdosta, Georgia and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and MBA from Georgia Southern University. They have three children: Kate, Caroline and Drew. In his free time, Derek enjoys reading, tennis, college football and travelling with his family.
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.
Andrew Di Iulio
Director of Student Ministries
Andrew grew up in the home of an Army Chaplain, so “home” has always been a people more than a place. He earned his BSBA in Marketing at Thomas Edison State University and recently completed his M.Div. at Erskine Theological Seminary.
Before coming to Greenville ARP, Andrew spent a number of years working with Native Alaskan youth in the Alaskan bush, missionary kids in Thailand, a diverse fellowship of Christians at Times Square Church in NYC, and the youth department at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. While in Columbia, he married the love of his life, Katie, in January of 2013. Katie hails from the capital district of NY and studied Trauma Psychology at Columbia International University and Regent University.
When he is not reading for study or pleasure, Andrew enjoys carpentry, most sports, camping, playing guitar, and traveling.
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 (mostly jazz & musical theatre), and spending time with family and friends.
Felicia Edwards Dykes
Felicia Edwards Dykes earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Winthrop University. She also studied harpsichord and organ in Ansbach, Germany. In addition to enjoying her work as organist at GARP, Felicia serves as collaborative pianist for the SC Suzuki Institute, Greenville County Fine Arts Center, and Bonclarken Music Conference. She is married to Mark Dykes and has two daughters, Hannah and Leah.
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).