Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Congregational Care Team

Tina and Gary Hooker

Senior Pastor

Ben Barnett

Rev. Barnett, or “Pastor B”, as he likes to be called, has been at Wightman UMC since June of 2020. He has served as a Youth Director, an Associate Pastor and a Senior Pastor of churches across the Palmetto State. He is married to the love of his life, Laura, and they have two children and three grandchildren. In his off time he likes spending time with his family, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors and various sports. His favorite…
Youth Director

Chris Butler

My name is Chris Butler and I love being a part of Wightman UMC. I grew up and attended school here in Prosperity, and I am excited to live here now with my wife Madison and our four children: Jarin, Camryn, Peyton, and Kelton. We have an awesome youth group here at Wightman and we welcome anyone in grades 6-12 to join us!
Children’s Director

Jennifer Boozer

Hello, I’m Jennifer Boozer.  I love being able to creatively share the gospel with our future.  I also enjoy spending time with family and friends around our fire pit.  Recently I have started trying recipes and crafts on Pinterest.
Organist & Music Director

Eddie Rivers

Eddie Rivers currently resides in Prosperity with his wife Mary Sue.  They have a daughter, Suzanne, who is married to Jeremy.  Suzanne and Jeremy have two children.  Eddie earned a B.A. degree in French from Newberry College and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of S.C.  He taught French at Ninety Six High School for seven years and was Director of Guidance for another twenty-three years.  He is retired from the school system.  In addition to performing the…
Administrative Assistant

Julia Roach

My name Julia Roach. I live in Prosperity, and I’ve grown up attending Wightman UMC.  I have always been plugged in with church, and I became heavily involved in the Tech Team in 2013.  I have an associate degree in General Technology with a Concentration in Advertising Design with a Specialty in Photography from Piedmont Technical College in 2019. In 2021, I graduated from Newberry College with my BA in Graphic Design. You’ll find me with my camera in hand…
Nursery Coordinator

Kristin Defreese

“I grew up in Prosperity and attended Wightman while I lived here. Four years ago,  I moved back to Prosperity with my two boys so they could grow up here at Wightman. I enjoy keeping the children so that their parents can go to Worship and Sunday School. I am excited to be a part of Wightman!”
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