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Dr. Clarence Adkins

PASTOR

Dr. Clarence Adkins was born and raised in West Virginia. He received his education from Carson Newman University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Covington Theological Seminary. He served a number of different churches in North and South Carolina for 27 years before coming to Long Branch Baptist Church three years ago. He has been married to his wife Cynthia for 33 years, and they have two children, Chandler Adkins Horne (Justin) and Carson W. Adkins (Emily). Dr. Adkins favorite scripture is Colossians 3:2. It states, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." In his free time, Dr. Adkins enjoys exploring the outdoors, hunting, and target shooting.

Mr. Kevin Pruett

MINISTER OF MUSIC

Mr. Kevin Pruett was raised in Bamberg, SC. He graduated from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, and went on to receive his bachelor's degree from Clemson University. While growing up, he filled in for the music minister in his home church. While in college, he partacipated in the choir and ensembles at BSU/BCM-Clemson. He also served as a summer missionary for two summers while at Clemson University. He has served as the minister of music at Long Branch for 12 years. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 33 years, and they have two children, Erin and Abigail. His favorite pieces of scripture are Romans 8:28 and 1 Corinthians 15:57. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and working in his yard.

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Mr. Axel Sawyer

STUDENT MINISTER

Mr. Axel Sawyer was raised in Iva, SC. He graduated from Crescent High School in 2018. He received his Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education in 2021 from Southern Wesleyan University. He served as a volunteer youth minister for two years at Flat Rock Baptist Church before coming to Long Branch Baptist Church in 2020. His favorite piece of scripture is Romans 12:9. It states, "Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good." During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing the piano, singing, and spending time with friends on campus.

Mrs. Kathy Pruett

PIANIST

Mrs. Kathy Pruett was raised in Anderson, SC. She has served as the pianist at Long Branch Baptist Church for 10 years. She has been married to her husband Kevin for 33 years, and they have two children, Erin and Abigail. Her favorite pieces of scripture are Philippians 4:13, Psalm 63:3-4, and Psalm 150:1-6. During her free time, she enjoys reading, working in the yard, and drawing. 

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Mrs. Debbie Hawkins

ORGANIST

Mrs. Debbie Hawkins was raised in Anderson, SC. She has served as the organist at Long Branch Baptist Church for 17 years. She also serves as the Discipleship Training Director at Long Branch. She has been married to her husband Tim for 41 years. They have two children, Charity Hawkins Burdette (Adam) and Brandon Hawkins (Katie). Debbie and Tim also have three grandchildren, Callen Burdette, Isaac Burdette, and Jack Thomas Hawkins. During her free time, Debbie enjoys reading, researching her ancestry, cooking, and gardening.

Mr. David Brock

CUSTODIAN

Mr. David Brock was raised in Clearwater, FL. He has served as the custodian at Long branch for four and a half years. He currently serves on the Host/Hostess Committee and as an usher. Previously, he has served as a deacon. He has been married to his wife Debbie for 35 years. His favorite piece of scripture is John 3:16. It states, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." In his free time, David enjoys raising chickens and building chicken coops.

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Mrs. Debbie Brock

CUSTODIAN

Mrs. Debbie Brock was raised in Anderson, SC. She has served as the custodian at Long Branch for four and a half years. She also teaches Sunday School (which she has done for 33 years), serves on the Host/Hostess Committee, and serves on the Childrens' Council. Previously, she has been a part of Discipleship Training. She has been married to her husband David for 35 years. Her favorites passages of scripture are Psalm 23, Psalm 139, Genesis 1:1, John 3:16, and 1 Corinthians 13. In her free times, Debbie enjoys making jewelry, making floral arrangements, and sewing.