Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Senior Pastor

Brian Rainwater

Brian Rainwater was appointed pastor at Wightman in June of 2016.  Originally from the Midwest, Brian has been a resident of South Carolina for the past 13 years.  In 2003 he completed his doctorate degree from the Beeson International Center for Preaching and Leadership.  Brian has a passion for healthy growing churches and has been involved in teaching and coaching Natural Church Development.  He has been married to his wife Cassie for 26 years and has two daughters, Bethany and…
Administrative Assistant

Lynda Counts

Lynda Pugh Counts has been a member of Wightman since 1953.  She graduated from Mid-Carolina High School in 1961 and received a BA in Library Science and Chemistry from Columbia College in 1965.  Lynda is married to Jimmy Counts, pastor of Ebenezer and Lewis Memorial United Methodist Churches in Newberry.  She was employed by DuPont at the Savannah River Plant in Aiken and served as school librarian/secretary at Prosperity and Rikard Elementary Schools before starting her family.  She and Jimmy have 3 daughters and 7…
Youth Minister

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 Minister

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…
Contemporary Worship Leader

Matthew Donovan

“Greetings to you and blessed to be a part of Wightman United Methodist Church! My name is Matthew (Matt) Donovan and I was raised in nearby Irmo, SC. My wife, Amyrose (Amy), is from the Federated States of Micronesia. We both love to worship our Creator in song and are so glad to help bring another dimension of worship and praise at Wightman. I grew up mainly focused on making music. Piano, guitar, drums; which led me to study at…
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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