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

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…
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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