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Our Staff

Philip McNeal, Pastor


Philip was born and raised in North Augusta, South Carolina. He was called out of a business career into full time church ministry at the age of 33.  Philip pursued this calling first by enrolling in The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Divinity. Since graduating from seminary in 1994 he has served as pastor of four churches in Tennessee, & South Carolina.   

Philip enjoys an active lifestyle spending his spare time working on DIY projects around the house and staying fit working out in the gym. He also likes to fish and enjoys playing golf and tennis.

Philip is married to wife Jackie. They have two adult children; a daughter Katherine (Michael) and Evan (Lauren) and 4 grandchildren.  

Mr. Scott Davis, Minister of Music


I joined the staff of First Baptist Church as Minister of Music on January 6, 1997. Before coming to Walterboro, I served churches in Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, and upstate South Carolina. Music has been a part of my life for 30 years and counting. In that time, God has allowed me to take HIS ministry to places both inside and outside church walls. It was a privilege to find myself on a European tour with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in 1988. In the middle 1990’s, I found myself in radio broadcasting with WYYR-AM (Spartanburg, SC) and His Radio 89.3 FM (Greenville, SC). Since coming to Walterboro, SC, I’ve found myself in a southern gospel quartet and more recently have found myself directing The Voices of Colleton Community Choir. Having had all those experiences, I believe God has primarily called me to lead HIS people in worship through a local church. There is no greater blessing for me than to lead a volunteer group of singers to proclaim God’s Word through song each Sunday. God has blessed me beyond words as I have served him through music ministry. My goal each day is to live a life of worship dedicated to proclaiming the love of Jesus to a lost and dying world.

I am married to Nancy and we have a cat, Marbles, who keeps us constantly entertained. Nancy is an avid reader and writer while I am an avid media hound.

Jeff Leopard, Youth Minister


Jeff was born and raised in Ninety Six, SC. He received his BA in Youth Ministry in 2006 from North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. He served at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church as Youth Intern and Interim Youth Pastor from 2003-2006. He served as the full-time Guys' Youth Intern at First Baptist Church in Tifton, GA from 2006-2007. He also served as a Youth Missions Intern during the summer of 2008 at FBC Tifton. He received his Masters Degree in Youth and Family Ministry in 2011 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He joined the First Baptist Church staff in August of 2012. He has a beautiful wife named Catherine (Cat) and they have a daughter named Autumn.

Jeff loves quality time with his family, sipping coffee, working with wood, watching British TV, reading comic books, studying youth culture, biking in the neighborhood, teaching teenagers, and just simply living life in Christ.

Pam Williams, Office Administrator

Pam joined our staff in November of 2013, with over 25 years of experience in church office administration. She is married to Jim Williams, pastor of Green Pond Baptist Church. They live in Green Pond, South Carolina with their two cats, Smokey and Shadow and black lab, Ashley.  They have a daughter, Jenny, who teaches at Colleton Preparatory Academy and a son, Austin, who works in the Colleton County Assessor’s Office. They are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren, Matthew and Madelyn. She enjoys teaching small group Bible studies, singing in the adult choir and serving as organist at her church.  She loves to both watch and photograph birds, which is evident when you step into her office at the church.

Kim Taylor, Administrative Assistant

Kim joined our staff in December of 2015. This is a different journey for her because most of her experience comes from banking. She was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Massachusetts. She has lived in Ruffin for 30 years and is a widow. She has a cat named Callie, three children, Erica who lives in Columbia, Chris Jr. who lives in Myrtle Beach and Michael who is in the Army and stationed in Columbia.  She is also raising her oldest grandson, Brandon who is a junior in high school. She enjoys traveling and especially going to New Hampshire every summer. She also enjoys country living and everything in nature including taking pictures of God’s beautiful world. 

Lori Nolte, Director of WEE School

  • Birthday: August 31
  • Family: Husband, Jim; Daughters, Mari Beth and Ella Marie
  • Favorite Music/Artists: Amy Grant, Billy Joel, and Tanya Tucker
  • TV shows I can't miss: Modern Family, House of Cards
  • What I like to do on my days off: spend time with my family at the beach
  • Favorite Book (other than the Bible): Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
  • Favorite place to shop: Target
  • My heroes: President George H. Bush, Senator Bob Dole, and Oprah Winfrey
  • I am most passionate about: My family and politics