Dr. Clayton R. Galloway, Sr., Pastor

It may seem somewhat coincidental, but this is the second time that Brother Clayton has been a member of Bethesda as well as the second staff position he has held here at the church. Brother Clayton received the Lord as His Savior here at Bethesda under the ministry of Rev. Gerald Ross at the age of 9 years old.  He was also baptized here and received the call to the ministry while in high school.  He served as the Junior Church Director at a time when the church had active and flourishing bus and puppet ministries.

Completion of the doctorate program at Southern Bible Theological Seminary greatly assisted in preparing him for full-time Christian ministry.  He was ordained on November 28, 1999, at Second Baptist Church, Thomson, Ga. Sister Mary is also a graduate of Southern Bible Theological Seminary with an Associate’s Degree in Christian Education and has worked in the McDuffie County School system, First Baptist of Thomson's, Cornerstone Preschool and Lewis Memorial Methodist Church’s Preschool.

The Galloway’s have two children, Ashley Diane and Clayton Robert Jr. both have accepted the Lord and have been baptized, both continue to grow spiritually.  Ashley completed her Bachelor’s degree at Augusta State University and is currently enrolled in the MBA program and was married to Trent Nelson in 2016.  Clayton Jr. completed high school and is currently employed with Columbia County Facilities Services Department.

Brother Clayton accepted the call to serve in the position of interim pastor on October 10, 2010.  Brother Clayton now serves as Pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church. We are excited about what God is doing in and through his ministry and that of his family.  We invite you to come by and meet him and his family in person.  If you would like to speak with him, please don’t hesitate to contact the church to set up an appointment or email him at

Wayne Ferguson, Deacon Chairman


 Wayne Ferguson is the Deacon Chairman at Bethesda. He trusted Christ as his personal Savior in 1980 and he has been a member at our church since 1996. Bro. Wayne has been serving as a deacon since 2000. 

Jim Pritchard, Deacon


Jim Pritchard is a deacon at Bethesda. He began his relationship with Christ in 1956, at the age of 14. Bro. Jim has been a member of our church since 1990 and he has been serving the Lord as a deacon for 11 years. 

Ron Nelson, Deacon


Ron Nelson is a deacon at Bethesda Baptist Church. He has been a member since 2009. He was ordained as a deacon in 2012.

Howard Maddox, Deacon


Howard Maddox is a deacon at Bethesda Baptist Church. He was ordained as a deacon in 2012. He joined Bethesda Baptist Church in 2012. Pictured here with his wife Janie.

Ernie Glover, Deacon



David Holiman - Choir Director


Pictured with his wife, Sherry.

Leroy McKinney, Children's Church Director


Leroy McKinney is the Children's Church director for ages 2-12. He has been walking with Christ for 48 years and he has been a member at our church since 2001. Leroy and his wife, Peggy, have been working together in this ministry for the past five years. Peggy has been a Christian for 46 years and she became a member at Bethesda in 1998. Leroy and Peggy have been married for 26 years. They have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.