Our Leadership

 Clergy & Staff


Senior Pastor

The Reverend Patricia J. Parrish

Associate Minister for Nurture and Discipleship Development

The Reverend Alston Lippert

Associate Minister for Children and Family Ministries

The Reverend Taylor Pafford

Director of Music
Dr. Dwight Dockery


Church Business Administrator

Robbie Douglas


Louis Shirer


Dr. Rick Frierson

Church Secretary/Administrative Assistant

Abbie McKenzie

Communication Specialist

Jane Peterson

Property/Maintenance Supervisor

Jerry Sumpter


Michael Hutto

Director, Child Development Center

Felicia Yockel

Soup Cellar Manager

Terrence Chisolm

View Church Council 2020

The church council exists to create and supervise the strategic plan for Washington Street United Methodist. The council is made up of the chairpersons for each of our committees.

Other Ministers in the Washington Street United Methodist Church Family

  • Wiley Cooper, retired, former Minister, College Place United Methodist Church
  • Ed Ellis, retired
  • Carl Evans, retired, Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina
  • John Evans, Pastoral Counseling Center
  • Jim Tuell
  • Young In Lee
  • Happy Long, Chaplain, Supervisor, Pennsylvania Area Manor Healthcare Corporation
  • Ted McEachern, Urban Training Network, Nashville, TN
  • Robert McKeown, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • Rev. Evelyn Middleton
  • G. Scott Middleton, Chief Executive Officer, Agapé Senior
  • Julian Ruffin, ordained counselor by the Baptist Church
  • Tom Summers, retired, former Chaplain, South Carolina State Hospital and William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute
  • Willie Teague, South Carolina Annual Conference Director of Connectional Ministries
  • Tom Wall, Director, Wesley Foundation, University of South Carolina
  • Diana Westerkam, retired, former Associate Minister, Washington Street United Methodist Church


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