Vision Planning Team
We wish to thank those currently serving on the Vision Planning Team. Please join us as we pray for this team. As they regularly meet over the coming months, pray that the Lord would give them wisdom as they seek to discern and develop the future vision for our church. Additionally, please keep an eye out for periodical updates on the process and feel free to ask questions of our staff and elders.
Van Barnhill is the Men's Ministry and Local Impact Pastor at East Cooper Baptist Church and has been a member here for 10 years. In addition to serving the church as an employee, Van also serves as an elder. He first began attending ECBC while involved with Campus Outreach. Van appreciates the relationships and community he’s developed since coming to this church. His hope for the future of East Cooper is that we would grow in our knowledge of how to best help our church body, neighbors, and the nations become mature followers of Christ.
Danny Beech is the Equipping Pastor at East Cooper Baptist Church and has been a member here for 19 years. In addition to serving the church as an employee, Danny also serves as an elder. Danny was drawn to East Cooper by the wonderful community of believers he found here and by the church’s dependence on God’s Word. His hopes are that East Cooper will continue to be used by God as a beacon for Christ in the Greater Charleston community and that we will expand God’s kingdom and Gospel influence to the thousands of families surrounding our physical property.
Buster Brown is the Senior Pastor at East Cooper Baptist Church and has been a member here for 37 years. In addition to serving as an employee, he also serves the church as an elder, a community group leader, and a Man2Man table leader. He loves seeing the church’s commitment to helping generations develop a Christian mind and take the gospel to the ends of the earth while holding firm to solid biblical theology that is in touch with our Reformation heritage. Buster’s hope for the future is that ECBC would continue our multigenerational heritage of developing a Christian mind that is strong, fertile, and growing as we address the needs of our 21st Century culture and have an outward face to our community, taking the gospel to those desperately in need of it.
Leland Brown is the Community Groups & Young Adults Pastor at East Cooper Baptist and has been a member here for 10 years. He was first introduced to ECBC during his time in Campus Outreach. In addition to serving the church as an employee, he also serves as an elder and is involved with Lifeline Children’s Services, an adoption and foster agency, which partners with ECBC. Leland loves East Cooper and sees it as a family that has brought him up through every phase of his Christian life. His hope for the future is that East Cooper would continue to be faithful to Scripture and passionate about missions. He desires to see us grow by spreading the love of Christ to the neighboring communities.
Reg Christopher is an engineer and has been a member of East Cooper Baptist Church for 32 years. Reg was drawn to ECBC because of the realness of the Christianity and richness of the Reformed Theology that he experiences here. He appreciates the mature relationships he has found while being a part of the church body here over the years. His hope for the future is that a transparent, efficient church management structure would emerge for the continued dissemination of the gospel for years to come.
Craig Harris is the Executive Pastor at East Cooper Baptist and has been a member here for 37 years. In addition to serving the church as an employee, Craig also serves as an elder. He loves how his ECBC family has poured in to him and his family throughout various stages of life, including sending him and his family to serve in India and then welcoming them back upon their return. Craig’s hope for the future is that the next generation of church leaders would be equipped and empowered to lead the church body into an even more fruitful season than the current one.
John Graham is an orthopedic surgeon and has been a member of East Cooper Baptist Church for 36 years. He serves in the children’s ministry, on the Church Leadership Team, and as the PCA Board Chair. John was drawn to East Cooper because of Buster’s biblical teaching and the doctrinal integrity of the worship here. He appreciates the way that this commitment to sound doctrine is present not only in Sunday morning worship but also in the church’s outreach and community ministries, including PCA. His hope for the future is that East Cooper would continue to shine bright as a beacon of light in an increasingly dark culture, teaching our members to think biblically and critically while being both distinctively Christian and culturally relevant.
Nathan Mansell is a physical therapist and an athletic trainer and has been a member of East Cooper Baptist Church for 10 years. He serves ECBC as an elder and a community group leader. Nathan loves how God allows us as a church body to be His hands and feet reaching out to the local community. His hope for the future is that East Cooper as a whole would grow in our desire to break out of our comfort zones and go beyond the church walls to reach people in the community, helping them (and us) to find true treasure in Jesus alone.
Matt Reagan is the Campus Outreach Director for East Cooper Baptist and has been a member here for 4 years. In addition to serving the church as an employee, he also serves as an elder. Matt appreciates ECBC’s focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ across all its various ministries. Matt’s hope for the future is that East Cooper would grow in ethnic and socioeconomic diversity so as to extend the kingdom’s reach to the broader community around us. He desires to see Christ made known more fully both in Mount Pleasant as well as around the world by sending multiple families from ECBC to build the kingdom around the globe.
Charlene Rupp is a counselor, teacher, and homemaker and has been a member of ECBC for 22 years. She was drawn to ECBC because of our connection to Campus Outreach. She serves on the Campus Outreach board, in the women’s ministry, and helps to lead and host a community group along with her husband, Ned. Charlene appreciates East Cooper’s unwavering commitment to biblical fidelity and its dedication to equipping its members, including the next generation, for faithful kingdom service. Her hopes for the future are that ECBC would remain true to the gospel while continuing to extend ourselves out into the culture as a welcoming beacon of hope.
Derek Walden is the Director of Operations at East Cooper Baptist Church and has been a member here for 19 years. In addition to serving the church as an employee, Derek also serves as an elder, community group leader, Man2Man leader, and prison ministry volunteer. He believes that the church body is Christ’s ambassador to a lost and hurting world. His hopes for the future of East Cooper are that we as a church would be able to develop a clear, collective vision that focuses on reaching the lost wherever they are.
Theresa Watson is a stay at home mom and pediatrician who has been a member of East Cooper for 6 years. She was first introduced to ECBC through Medical Campus Outreach. She serves East Cooper in the children’s, women’s, and Re-Engage ministries. Theresa appreciates the gospel-centered teaching and community she has found at East Cooper. Her hopes for the future are that East Cooper can continue to grow in its ministry to local families and the local community through intentional relationship building and discipleship.
Mike Weeks is a mechanical engineer and local business owner and has been a member of East Cooper Baptist Church for 11 years. He serves ECBC as an elder, Campus Outreach chairman, community group leader, Church Leadership Team member, and Man2Man table leader. Mike was introduced to ECBC through his children attending PCA and through joining an ECBC community group. He appreciates East Cooper’s dedication to holding true to the Bible despite divergent cultural views. Mike’s hope for the future are that the church would operate with a unified vision to serve God together, using the gifts, blessings, and resources He has given us.
JD Zubia is the PCA Headmaster and has been a member of East Cooper Baptist for 3 years. In addition to serving the church as an employee, he also participates as a member of the Staff Leadership Team, Man2Man member, and community groups. JD appreciates East Cooper’s commitment to the fidelity of Scripture in all areas of ministry. His hope for the future is that East Cooper would develop a clear vision that would lead us towards working with excellence and serving the Lord by making an impact in the local community for the next 50 years and beyond.