Meet The Staff

Dr. Brian Sherwood
Senior Pastor

Brian Sherwood is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Dorothy, met at Seminary in Texas and have two beautiful children. Before sensing a call to full-time ministry, Brian worked in the wholesale gift industry for eight years. Prior to coming to First Baptist in October 2015, Brian served as Pastor in Bluffton, SC and as Associate Pastor in Glenn Heights, TX. His formal education includes a Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.

Favorite Book of the Bible: Philippians

Life Verse: Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37

Currently Reading: "Who Moved My Pulpit?" by Thom Rainer;
"The Knowledge of the Holy" by AW Tozer

Hobbies: Coffee, Playing with my children, Collecting sports pocket schedules, Music trivia, Rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Oklahoma Sooners, and the Atlanta Braves.

You can contact Brian here.

Follow him on Twitter: @BrianTSherwood

Rev. Jeff Sifford
Associate Pastor of Worship

Jeff Sifford is the Associate Pastor of Worship. He and his wife Carolyn actively served two churches in Hartsville, SC from 1980-2003 before coming to Darlington. Since 2003 they have been blessed by the Lord with the opportunity to minister at FBC Darlington. Carolynn is the church pianist, sings in the choir and the Ladies Ensemble.

Before coming to Hartsville and Darlington, Jeff served his home church in Salisbury, NC for two years. He graduated from East Rowan High School and Piedmont University in Winston Salem, NC (BM) with a major in Bible/voice and minor in piano. Jeff has been active in various groups: Palmetto Mastersingers, Hartsville Civic Chorale, Hartsville Community Players, Hartsville Community Concerts, Florence Men’s Chorale and has ministered in various churches (banquets, revivals, weddings, funerals) and social events in the Pee Dee of South Carolina.

Favorite Hymn: Like a River Glorious

Favorite Place to eat (in the Pee Dee): Webster's in Mullins

Favorite Contemporary Praise Song: Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King

Favorite Pastimes: Playing the organ and getting my hands dirty while gardening (probably a “left-over” from growing up on the dairy farm).

You can contact Jeff here.

Ms. Tam Odom
Director of Student Ministries

Tam is the Youth Director overseeing all Radical Student Ministries for 6th grade through College students. She also handles graphics, marketing and social media for the Church.

Tam grew up in the youth ministry at FBC Darlington before going off to college at Charleston Southern University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master's in Business Administration from CSU. She worked for 10 years at Charleston Southern in the Campus Ministries office as the Director of Women's Ministry and Creative Arts. She moved back to Darlington in December 2014 to help with her family's Bookkeeping and Income Tax business.

Favorite Memory being in Youth Group - I have a lot of great memories growing up in the youth group at FBC, but one of my favorite memories would have to be going to MFuge in Washington, DC during July 4th week. It is was one of my very first camp experiences that I made friends with some people from other churches. I was in the Creative Ministry track where we went around singing and performing skits for nursing homes and community groups. We also got to do some sight seeing during our time in DC which made for a bonus trip all in one!

Currently on iTunes Playlist: Your Presence is a Promise (Mack Brock), Faithful Now (Vertical Worship), Never Will (Life.Church Worship)

Favorite Game(s):  NERTZ, Dutch Blitz, Quirkle, Skip Bo, Heads up, Sudoku, Sequence

Currently Reading: Godmothers (Lisa Bevere), That Sounds Fun (Annie F. Downs)

Recommended books for Students: Emotional Purity - Paulsen, Wild & Free - Connolly & Morgan, Remember God - Downs, Looking for Lovely - Downs

Mrs. Cynthia Knight
Administrative Assistant

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Mr. Steve Abbott
Property Supervisor

Steve is in charge of managing our property. Not an easy job with 5 building wings and a cemetery that pre-dates the Civil War. Steve also runs our audio-visual tech. Steve is married to Debra Abbott and they are very proud of their children and grandchildren. Steve’s other interests are being a Darlington Volunteer Fireman and driving his own limousine, hearse and fire truck (really).

You can contact Steve here.