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St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bennettsville, South Carolina


306 Fayetteville Avenue (Click here for map)  843-479-4827; office@stpaulssc.org


Worship Sunday Morning at 7:45 (Rt. 1) and 10:00 (Rt. 2); Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. (Healing Eucharist)


"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you"  (John 15:12 ).

Our Church Ministry Leaders

Parish Staff

         Fr. James Barnhill, our Rector was called to our Church in 2008. Fr. James came to the Ministry following a lengthy career in business, having worked in the realm of  corporate services marketing for over thirty years, both in Europe and The United States. James holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal Seminary, a Masters of Business Administration from American University of Washington, D.C., a Bachelors of Music and Journalism from University of South Carolina, and an Associate Degree in Music from Brevard College.  James is a member of Rotary International, President of the Marlboro County Ministerial Alliance, is Commissioned in Stephen Ministries, and serves on the Board at York Place Home for Children. He can be reached at (843) 479-4827 or at jbarnhill@stpaulssc.org.       

Carolyn Andrews is St. Paul's Parish Administrator and Office Manager. Originally from Durham, NC, she received a B.S. in Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Carolyn is married to Scott Andrews, who is the minister at First Presbyterian Church in Bennettsville.  Carolyn and Scott have two sons, Stephen a sophomore in High School, and Chris is a freshman at Presbyterian College.  Carolyn  also works part-time at the Marlboro Herald-Advocate, Bennettville's weekly news paper Carolyn can be reaced at (843) 479-4827 or at stpaulepisch@sc.metrocast.net.


Marian David (pictured here in middle between Rev. Barnhill and Family Literacy Center Board Member Julie Avent) is the Coordinator for the Marlboro County Family Literacy Center which has been housed in the St. Paul's Sunday School Building since 1996. Marian has worked as the Director of the Marlboro County Children's Defense Fund (1992-1996), Director of the CDF's National Freedom Schools (1994-1996), and as a Guidance Counselor in the Newberry County and Marlboro County School Districts. Marian has a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Ecuation, a Master of Arts in Education Counseling, and has Certificates of Post-Graduate Specialization from University of South Carolina, MIT, Harvard School of Divinity, and Claremont School of Theology. Marian can be reached by phone at (843) 454.2030 or by email at Mdavid@marlboro.K12.sc.us.

  Sandra Widejko is our Organist and Choir Director. Sandra graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor's of Music Degree, specializing in Music Education, K-12.  She has applied majors in Clarinet and Piano. Currently Sandra holds a South Carolina Teaching Certificate in Instrumental and Vocal Music.  She has tuaght in the Marlboro County School District for the past 31 years, and most recently teaches Vocal Music and Music Appreciation at Marlboro County High School, where she is also the Fine Arts Department Chair. Sandra and her husband Rick live in Bennettsville, and the Widejkos have two children, Ryan who is a full-scholarship honors student at Francis Marion University, majoring in Chemical Engineering, and Maggie who is a seventh-grader at Marlboro County's Magnet School, the School of Discovery. Sandra can be reached at (843) 479-4827.


Our Staff                                                                               Our Vestry

The Rev. James W. Barnhill, Jr. Rector                                                     Deborah Wimberly, Senior Warden (Stewardship)

Ms. Sandra Widejko, Music Director                                                         Lyle Miller, Junior Warden (Outreach)

Ms. Carolyn Andrews, Parish Administrator                                              Helen Gibbs, Secretary and Clerk

Family Literacy Center Coordinator, Marian David                                  Ella-Reese Hinson, Vestryperson (Parish Life)

Nursery Supervisor, Mary Cook                                                                  Mike Winburn, Vestryperson

                                                                                                      Trisha Collins, Chair, Episcopal Church Women



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