Mike and Debby love the time they spend with their family. They have two married daughters, Traci and Holly, as well as 6 grandchildren. Pastor Mike's door is always open for a visit from the grandchildren.
You will find a different approach to speaking from Pastor Mike. He will engage your eyes as well as ears with his signature object lessons. He uses them masterfully to help you remember the key Biblical principle in his sermon.
And of course, if you can't find him at the church or with his family, you might need to check the golf course.
Myles BeckMinistry Development
He and his wife Wilma have 3 grown children [Wyndi, Ben & Jason] and 2 dogs [Buck and Grace]. They moved to Columbia after serving for 10 years in Holiday Park Baptist Church [Pittsburgh, PA]. They love to relax and talk while hiking through Harbison Forest with Buck and Grace.
Myles loves to teach and God has opened the way for him to do so in Samara, Russia every couple of years at the Baptist Bible School. Since 1995, he has taught more than 50% of the pastors in the Samara region. These "ventures" have helped Myles overcome a formerly overbearing fear of flying .
Donnie SmithMinister of Music
Donnie is a native of Rock Hill, SC, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina (B. A. Media Arts) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters Church Music, Conducting). He is married to Elaine,the Children's Director at New Heights, and they have 3 children (David, Joanna, & Andrew) daughters-in-law (Susan, wife of David), (Katie, wife of Andrew) a son in-law (Andrew) and 6 grandchildren (Max, Owen, Morgan, Wyatt, Aidyn, and Grae).
Donnie has been with Colonial Heights & New Heights since 1992, initially as Minister of Music & Youth, and with growth of New Heights and the addition of Kathy Haupt (Youth Minister) he is now full-time music.
Before surrendering to vocational ministry, Donnie toured with various musical groups as a singer/ instrumentalist... including Fred Waring & The Pensylvanians (if you're under 60 years old ask your parents or grandparents). He enjoys writing music, playing tennis and being the director of the New Heights Community Players.
Elaine SmithChildren's Ministry
Elaine was born in Gardena, California and moved to Clover SC when she was 5. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was in 5th grade at a revival in her hometown church in Clover.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B. A. in Music Education and then taught music in Richland School District One. She is very happily married to Donnie, the Minister of Music at New Heights.
She has been a member of Colonial Heights/New Heights since 1992. She first served as church pianist/ accompanist before Children's Minister was added to her privileges in serving. She also works at St. Andrews Middle School. as a Media and ESOL Assistant, and enjoys teaching private piano lessons.
Elaine loves working with children and their families and singing/playing in the New Heights Choir. Her greatest desire is to see children come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Kathy HauptYouth Ministry
Kathy LOVES youth so if you are in 7th - 12th grade and are looking for a fun place to learn about God, grow in your Christian walk and minister to others in Jesus' name... New Heights Youth is the place for YOU!