Pastor Jason Ormiston
After participating for over 11 years in urban church planting in the midwest, Jason and his wife Heather moved their 4 children to Greenville, South Carolina with a desire to train men and women at Bob Jones University for multi-ethnic ministry. Jason and Heather were blessed with their fifth child in January 2010. Once adjusted to his new role as a professor at BJU, Cornerstone Baptist Church extended a call to Jason to serve on staff as pastor of outreach and discipleship beginning January 2008. Jason’s heart continued to grow for Church Planting when he accepted the call to start Palmetto Baptist Church.
His educational background includes a B.A. in Pastoral Studies, Northland Baptist Bible College; M.A. in Biblical Studies, Central Baptist Theological Seminary; an M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Ministries in Urban Missions from Westminster Theological Seminary.
His previous work and ministry experience includes a youth/assistant pastor for 9 years, senior pastor for 2 years, and an adjunct professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and Northland Baptist Bible College.
Pastor Kurt Stephens
Kurt Stephens received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music from Bob Jones University in 1993. He joined the Palmetto Baptist church planting team in February 2010 after spending fifteen years at Berean Baptist in Lilburn, Georgia and three years at Oakwood Baptist in Anderson, South Carolina as worship pastor. Kurt comes to Palmetto with a ministry heart, having grown up in a pastor’s home, and having participated with a number of church planting efforts across the United States.
Kurt’s authentic leadership flows out of his music-filled heart as he sings, teaches, pastors, and leads Palmetto in the heartfelt worship of God Who alone is worthy of all praise. His desire is to win unbelievers, to strengthen, encourage, and to support the hands of those who serve through music and the Word.
Kurt also serves as Operations Manager for Soundforth Music Publishing in Greenville, SC. He and his wife, LaDean, have three children – Ashlyn, Blake and Bennett.