Pastor Wade Leonard
Wade is originally from Atlanta and spent his first 10 years of full-time ministry doing campus ministry. He is a graduate of Mercer University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He enjoys basketball, fishing and spending time with his wife, Elizabeth and all their animals on their farm including dogs, cats, and horses.
Senior Adult Pastor
Bill Was born in Washington, PA., graduated from Manitou Springs High School, CO, and received his BA degree from The University of Richmond, VA as well as his M.Div. from Strom Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bill has served as lead pastor in churches in NC and VA, and as Associational Missionary for The Transylvania Baptist Association (NC). He has served as pilot pastor for the SBC discipling program, MasterLife, and currently gives direction to the various discipling ministries and training at MFB. Bill also gives leadership to our Wednesday night adult programming as well as our adult Sunday school.
His goal is to live a contagious Christian Faith which will draw people into deeper relationships with Jesus. His life verse is “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Howie was born in Zion, Ill., raised in Arizona, and graduated from high school in western PA. He is graduate of Arizona College of the Bible, the University of Houston and is presently pursuing his doctorate in worship from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Howie married his best friend, Dawnie, shortly after completing Bible college. Howie and Dawnie have 3 adult kids and a new son-in-law. He brings experience as a worship pastor from both Southern Baptist and Bible church backgrounds in the South and Midwest. He is a people-oriented leader with an eye for detail. Howie has a passion for putting God at the forefront in our worship experiences and shepherding choir and worship teams toward that goal. His bucket list includes writing a book on worship while pursuing his hobbies of golf and travel.
Tory J. Almond
Born and raised in Greenville, I graduated from North Greenville University with a BA in Youth Ministry. Later I received my M. Div. from Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands. Along with these degrees, I also studied Elementary Education and Film and Video Production at Bob Jones University.
Since an early teen, I have had a passion and heart for kids and families. As paid or volunteer staff, I have assisted with children’s churches, led middle and high school, small groups, done media for camps in the United States and Portugal, assisted various ministries and churches in South Africa for six months, and recently spent nine years doing student/business as missions in The Netherlands. During that time my ministry was to the international/ex-pat youth and families in Amsterdam and Den Haag with XRDS International Church.
For me, it’s all about creating fun, safe, loving environments for youth to find community, have a relationship with God, and follow God’s plan for ...
Preschool and Children’s Pastor
Paula and the rest of the Southwell clan, Joe, Lucy, Ben, and Gracie, moved to Greenville from Alabama in 2001. They began worshipping at Mauldin First in June and joined the family in January of 2002. After a couple of years serving as a member, Paula came on staff as Preschool Coordinator in 2004 and since then has also served as MCA director and Children’s Pastor. She is passionate about discipling young children and equipping young parents to disciple in the home.
In her spare time, Paula enjoys family outings with her adult children, home groups with young families, costuming for a local theater, playing with her dog Rudy, and Netflix.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3
Nadine is a South Carolina native and grew up in Mauldin. Her education is in music and business administration with degrees from North Greenville University and Southern Wesleyan University.
She had a successful career as a public servant in government procurement and now serves as our Pastor’s Ministry Assistant. She has been the pianist of churches throughout Greenville, Spartanburg and Pickens counties since she was 10 years old and currently serves at Siloam Baptist Church, Easley.
Music being her passion, she is a long time private piano and voice teacher and continues to teach piano in her spare time. Serving Jesus is her first and foremost desire wherever He leads her.
Ruth grew up in Clemson SC….Go Tigers! She is married to Jim and is the nana to four grandkids. She has been a part of our staff since 1996.
As Facilities Director, Ruth is responsible for all upkeep and issues related to the church building, grounds, and vehicles. She also supervises the cleaning and maintenance crews. Any event requests you may have, you can give her a call and she will let you know what our policies and availability are on the church calendar.
When not at work, Ruth enjoys baking, working in her vegetable and flower gardens, hiking, and playing with those grandchildren!