John M. Collins

John has served as the pastor of Grace Baptist Church since May 1999. He is married to Melanie Collins and they are the parents of Daniel and Mary Ellen. John received undergraduate degrees from Anderson College and Carson-Newman College and his graduate degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports especially the South Carolina Gamecocks, playing golf, and tending to yard work and a garden.

Billy Leach
Student & Family Pastor

Billy has served as Student & Family Pastor since January 2014. He is married to Cynthia Leach and they are the parents of Bryce, David, and McKinlee. Billy loves serving serving students and families at Grace through small groups, worship, and mission trips. His favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 15:58, Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. He enjoys all South Carolina Gamecock sports, spending time with family, coaching girls basketball and the outdoors.

Laura Baxley
Ministry Assistant

Laura has served as the Ministry Assistant since August 2018. A native of Houston, Texas, she has lived in Darlington, South Carolina since 1992 which is now "home."  She enjoys going the beach and spending time with family.

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