Church Staff

Meet Our Church Staff

Rev. Mike Bearden, Interim Pastor

Pastor Mike’s Bio coming soon…

Ministry Assistant (in training) Church Secretary: Michele McCoy

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Michele received salvation and eternal life on June 21 @ age 9. She grew up having great role models in the family of what God’s love can do.

Michele graduated Tri-County Technical College in May 2011 where she studied Administration. She worked in Administration for 6 years before she and her husband had their first child. Michele has since been a stay at home mom and is a devoted mom to her two young children.

Michele and her family are weekly visitors at First Baptist in Belton where they have attended since 2019. Michele enjoys spending time with her children, being outside, hiking, boating, and road trips. She also enjoys baking, playing board games and crafting.

Ministry Assistant, Church Secretary, Treasurer: Cynthia Ellison

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Cynthia’s cousins invited her to Vacation Bible School where the Holy Spirit began a work in her heart. In December, 1976,  she accepted the free gift of salvation and asked Jesus to be LORD of her life. She and her husband, Chris, have three grown children. 

Cynthia has served as the Ministry Assistant, Secretary and Treasurer at Cedar Grove since August of 2014.  She enjoys reading, cooking, crafting and spending time with family and friends. Cynthia has served in Churches and Christian Schools across Anderson county.

Smith, LethiaLethia Smith – Director of Child Education & Care

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Lethia grew up in a Christian home and has been in church all her life. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ. The Holy Spirit convicted her on Sunday morning and she went to talk to Pastor Mitch at Big Creek. She ask Jesus to come in her heart, February 11, 2001. She was very active in GA’s, Acteens, and taught 4 & 5 Year olds in Sunday School. She attended VBS at Cedar Grove.

She attended daycare at Cedar Grove from the ages of 5 until 11. She loved attending the daycare and learning about the love of Jesus. When she was 18, she started working at the daycare; she taught 4 year olds. She graduated from Palmetto High School in 2002. In the fall of 2002, she attended Tri-County Technical College studying Radio and Television Broadcasting; however, she sensed God was calling her to continue to work at the daycare while in college. She graduated from Tri-County in 2005. She graduated from Tri-County again in 2008, with a degree in Arts along with a certificate in Digital Productions. In the summer of 2008, she sensed God calling her to teach two year olds at Cedar Grove Child Education and Care. In 2010, she became the Assistant to the Directors. In 2013, she became the Co-Director. She became the Director in September 2014. She also teaches 4k and loves to tell children about how much Jesus loves them.

In her spare time, Lethia enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.