- Dr. Patrick T. Carter, Sr.Pastor
Dr. Patrick T. Carter, Sr., grew up in a loving but firm Christian home. Dr. Carter is a proud eight (8) year veteran of the US Navy, having served from 1987-1996. Pastor Carter and his loving wife of 31 years, Sis. Tara L. Carter are the loving parents of Tiffany, Patricia Carter, Patrick Carter, Jr., and have one granddaughter, Ryleigh McCoy.
In 2003, the South Atlantic Conference extended a call to Pastor Carter and family. Their first pastoral district was in Anderson and Greenwood, SC. However, God was not finished. In 2008, the South Atlantic Conference extended a call for Pastor Carter and family to become part of the dynamic, charismatic, enthusiastic, and loving congregation of the West End SDA Church!
In 2010, Dr. Carter and family were extended a call to serve as the South Atlantic Conference youth and young adult ministry director, having served in this capacity for 6 wonderful years. It was during this time, in 2014, that the South Atlantic camp ministries received the North American Division ‘Outstanding Camp of the Year’ award.
Dr. Carter is a believer in community empowerment. Dr. Carter spearheaded a job fair, hosted at our campground in Orangeburg, SC in 2013 and 2014. With the wonderful assistance of conference administration, Pastor Carter partnered with various business entities in South Carolina, including DSS, Edisto Community, McDonalds, Waffle House, and others to host a job fair. In 2 years, the number of businesses increased from 20 in the first year, to nearly 50 in the second year. Many in that community were blessed, and we were blessed to provide job opportunities to many in the Orangeburg and surrounding communities, to God be the glory!
Dr. Carter and family in 2016 were blessedly assigned to the enthusiastic and spirit filled Emmanuel SDA Church in Lithonia, Ga. During this time, the Carter family was blessed to see this church grow and move by God’s amazing grace.
In 2022, Dr. Carter and family have now been entrusted by heaven and through the leadership of the South Atlantic Conference, to serve the members of Holy Ghost headquarters, the West End SDA Church!
Pastor Carter’s motto is found in the Pathfinder pledge: By the grace of God, I will be pure, and kind, and true. I will keep the Pathfinder Law. I will be a servant of God and a friend to man. He also lives by the mantra, “It is easier to change your behavior in advance, than to change your reputation afterwards”. ~Author Unknown
- Evelyna Del ValleAssociate Pastor
Pastor Evelyna Laurie Del Valle is a fourth generation Adventist and comes from a family of Adventist Ministers. Her call to ministry was at the urging of the Holy Spirit, to which she answered, “Yes Lord, send me.”
Her journey in ministry began as a child, as an active Pathfinder and matriculating through Adventist Church School. She is a graduate of the School of the Prophets, Oakwood University, and received her Master of Divinity from Andrews University. She has pastored in the Pacific Northwest, and has served in the Southwest as a hospital Chaplain, and hospice Pastor. Pastor Del Valle has also done ministry in Cuba and Guatemala.
She is married to Gabriel Del Valle, the love of her life, who is also a graduate of Oakwood University. Gabriel is currently working on his graduate thesis in Biblical and Cognate Languages.Pastor Del Valle is a lover of people,music, the outdoors,and cooking.
Her favorite passage is Matthew 28:20, “And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”.
- Chad DickensAssistant Pastor
Pastor Chad Dickens is a native of the South Atlantic Conference. He was raised in South Carolina and was baptized in the Summerville Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was there where he realized his call to the ministry.
Pastor Chad is a licensed minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was educated at Oakwood University where he earned two degrees. One being a Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Theology, and the other is a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies with the emphasis on church development.
While at Oakwood, Pastor Chad interned under the leadership of Dr. Carlton P Byrd who was at that time the senior pastor of the Oakwood University Church and the Speaker Director of the “The Breath of Life.” Pastor Chad also traveled the country with Dr. Byrd as a bible worker. As a result of this, God used him to bring many souls to Christ for baptism. In the summer of 2017 “The Breath of Life” did a city-wide crusade in Las Vegas Nevada. This crusade resulted in over 94 people being baptized and pastor Chad was one of the key bible workers that worked that campaign. As a result of this effort, the Nevada-Utah Conference decided to hire Pastor Chad and keep him ministering in the Vegas valley area.
While in Las Vegas, Pastor Chad served as the associate pastor at the Abundant Life Seventh-day Adventist Church. After serving for 3 years at the Abundant Life Church, he was called to serve the Salt Lake Central Seventh-day Adventist as senior pastor. In addition to pastoring the Central Church, Pastor Chad also pastored the TKM Seventh-day Adventist Church in West Valley City Utah for 2 years. He now pastors the Ridgeland Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ridgeland South Carolina, The Garden City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Garden City Georgia.
Pastor Chad believes that many people in the world are confused or do not understand the character of God. His goal in life is to present the true character of God that is found in Jesus Christ to the world.