meet our team
Ryan grew up in Pittsburgh, PA where the Lord drew him to faith in Christ in 1996. Prior to coming to Three Rivers, he pastored a church in Iowa for seven years. He holds degrees from Columbia International University (B.A.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and has been married to Emily since 2002. They have been blessed with four children: Elijah, Leah, Abbey, and Karis. Ryan is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoys family time, books, good coffee, and the occasional round of golf. His favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 66:1-2.
Andrew grew up outside of Atlanta, GA. He studied at North Greenville University, graduating in 2006 with a B. A. in Christian Studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Andrew was associate pastor at Victory Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He helped facilitate its merger with Kenwood Baptist Church and regularly worked as an evangelist among the homeless people of the area. He became Director of Youth and Outreach at Three Rivers in the autumn of 2017. He is married to Kelly, and they have four children.
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH & EVANGELISM
The Lord has graciously allowed John to serve the local church for nearly 30 years, until recently, in the area of Worship Arts. He is married to the love of his life, Sharon, whom he met in college, and they have two grown children: Hannah and Jack. Hannah, her husband David, and their daughter August live in the Atlanta area. Jack and his wife Megan make their home near Madison, WI, where he serves as a worship arts director in the local church. A native of the Chicago area, he is quick to tell you about Ron Santo, Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, and his love for coffee.
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE MINISTER
Bethanie was raised in a Christian home. She grew up living in several different states including Maryland, Texas and Iowa. She met her husband, John, in Iowa and they have been married since 1992. They moved to South Carolina in 1993 and joined Three Rivers Baptist Church in 1994. They have four children: Abigail, Michaela, Lydia and Seth.
Julie grew up in the church, having been at Three Rivers since the age of eight. She and her husband Zach have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful, vivacious daughters: Paige and Lexie. She earned her business degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of South Carolina. And after working for South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control, SLED, and American Starlinger-SAHM, she was called to serve the body at Three Rivers as financial secretary.
Gail was born and raised in the Columbia/Lexington area. She began attending Three Rivers in 1983. She and her husband, Michael were married in 1984 and have two adult children, Katie and John. Gail became our Children's Director in 1996. She has a heart for children as well as a love for music and theater. Our Children's program includes Musical Theater, VBS, Sunday school and Bible Drill. She finds that working with children through these venues offers a variety of opportunities to share Jesus. In her spare time, Gail enjoys working in local theater groups, cooking and visiting Edisto Beach.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Rick grew up in Milwaukee, WI. He married his wife Ann in 1980, and in 1987 the Graff’s moved to South Carolina to attend Columbia Bible College. Rick graduated in 1992, receiving a bachelor’s degree in General Ministries with a concentration in theology. He began studies in Biblical Counseling in 1993 and earned certification through the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (now ACBC - Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) in 1997. Rick has been serving as an elder since 1995, and as Staff Counselor since 1997. Rick and Ann have been members of Three Rivers Baptist since 1990. They have two married adult children, now having children of their own.
Bryan is a life-long South Carolinian. He has been married to Cindy since 1988 and they have been at TRB since 1991, after which he began leading worship in late 1995. Bryan earned a Masters degree in engineering at the University of South Carolina and later completed his MBA. He works for a local electronics manufacturing company. Bryan and Cindy are thankful to God for the blessing of TRB in their lives and for how God shows His love to them through the body of Christ.
Judy has been married to her husband Ben since 1985. She has a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Education from Meredith College, in Raleigh, NC. She and Ben moved to Irmo in January of 1989, visiting TRB the first weekend they were here. In time, Emily, Hilary and Carrie were born and Judy concentrated on being a wife, mom and home school teacher for a number of years before joyfully adding Choir Director to her scope of responsibilities in 2002. Her daughters, now all married, continue to add to the family with precious grandchildren.
John has been attending Three Rivers since he was a child. He sings in the choir and assists in leading music for the worship services as well as children's ministries. He joined the staff in 2008 as our custodian and has a heart for serving our church body. In his spare time, John enjoys singing, acting, playing guitar and participating in local theaters.