Chuck Sprouse, Pastor
Exodus 19:4 “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”
Preacher Chuck, a lifelong resident of the Ninety Six area, has served Ninety Six First Baptist Church since August 1, 2004. Chuck and his wife, Cindy, were married in 1994, and they have two children. Chuck began serving the Lord in his home church as a teenager and has served in full-time vocational ministry since January 2000. When Chuck is away from the church he enjoys time with his family, hunting, fishing and watching sports. Chuck is just an average guy striving to follow a divine calling. Chuck’s passion in ministry is to lead Ninety Six First Baptist Church to follow God’s vision to Reach—Equip—Send.
Michael How, Student Pastor
Michael came to Ninety Six First Baptist Church in October of 2009. After serving as a BCM Summer Missionary in 2001, he received a clear calling from God to go into full time ministry. Since that time, God has allowed he and his wife, Joy to serve in various areas of ministry in Georgia and South Carolina. Michael earned a BA in Mass Communications from Lander University in 2003 and a Masters of Arts in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007. Michael and Joy have a son, Silas who has blessed their lives beyond words. Along with teaching and investing in youth and children, Michael is an avid Star Wars fan and is the ultimate board game champion of the How household.
Iris Riddle, Music Director & Administrative Assistant to Pastor
Iris is a life-long resident of Saluda County. She is married to Tony Riddle, and they reside in Saluda where they own and operate White Acre Farm. They have two children and seven grandchildren. Iris had a career in healthcare spanning 37 years as a Medical and Surgical Assistant. She received a calling from God to enter into music ministry in 1984, and she served Good Hope Baptist Church in Saluda as a volunteer music director for 22 years. She received seven years of vocal and choral training from a private instructor. In 2008, Iris answered a call from God to begin a new work here at Ninety Six First Baptist Church as Music Director. In 2015, she also became an Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. Iris seeks to equip and inspire others to join her in her vision to reach for God-sized ministry opportunities in worship and music, and her ministry vision is to serve the Lord with passion and precision.
Linda Womack, Church Secretary
Linda has served as Church Secretary since December 2015. She has been married to Neal Womack since 1984, and they have two sons and two grandchildren. Linda has over 20 years experience in the financial industry, including banking and a previous position as a church secretary. She has been a member of Ninety Six First Baptist Church since 1987, having been involved in many aspects of church ministries. Linda sees her position as a blessing and is honored to serve the Lord alongside the staff and members of this congregation. Keeping the office organized gives Linda great satisfaction as she faithfully serves to assure that everything be done “decently and in order” (I Corinthians 14:40)