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Pastor Steve Garrett|
Steve Garrett is a native of
where he attended school. After graduation from high school, he attended
University (a two-year institution at that time) and graduated in 1975
with a degree in Liberal Arts with a desire for a career in Christian education,
music or mission work. During his time at
he discovered and came to terms with his sexuality and felt that a career with
the Southern Baptist church was not likely to become reality. Taking a two-year
break, he returned to school to major in Theatre Arts at
The University of South Carolina.
After attending for a year he realized that was not his calling. He left
Greenville and lived in
Atlanta, Georgia for a year and then the
Tampa Bay area of
Florida for 10 years. His secular job with a popular casual dining restaurant
brought him back to South
Carolina. He continued working in the restaurant/hotel industry and
traveled the eastern seaboard with his career.
While living in Florida Pastor
King of Peace MCC
in St. Petersburg. Finally he found a church where he could once again join
and become active. His transfer to Greenville and work schedule did not allow
him to attend the local church on a regular basis, but his interest was still in
seeking a safe place in which to worship. Eventually work schedules allowed
attendance and joining the MCC in Greenville and he became actively involved. He
has served the congregation in Greenville as treasurer of the Board of
Directors, AIDS Outreach ministry leader and commissioned deacon. Inspired by
the former pastors Rev. Marty Luna
Rev. Maria Wolfe, Pastor Steve began
once again to consider his calling to the ministry. As a commissioned deacon,
when a former pastor left the church, Pastor Steve offered to help with pastoral
duties for three months during the transition and search for a new pastor.
During this time the church expressed an intense interest to leave
UFMCC. The church also
called him as the pastoral leader to finish out the year 2003. Beginning January
1, 2004, Pastor Steve became the lay pastor of New Day Christian Community
Church. The church voted to affiliate with
Community Churches (ICCC), in May 2004 and Pastor Steve is currently
seeking credentials and ordination through
ICCC. He will soon
complete the three-year educational program through ICCC's educational arm,
The Emmaus Institute.
Pastor Steve and his partner Tim Dommer live in Greer, SC with their six dogs.
Tim is one of the church musicians and is the editor of the monthly newsletter.
Both are looking forward to many years of working in ministry together.
Experiencing doctrinal and
theological differences with ICCC, on August 16, 2009 New Day voted to become an
independent Christian church and Pastor Steve relinquished his credentials and