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Rev. Marcus Van Vlake                                                                                                      Senior Pastor                                                                                                                        803-460-1315                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                       A native South Carolinian, Marcus did his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina School of Business in Columbia (BS 1994).  Before being called to ministry of the Word, he worked professionally in sales and management with Blanchard CAT for nine years and then owned a small retail business and was a licensed contractor.  After submitting to the Lord's call, while studying at Reformed Theological Seminary (MDIV 2011), Marcus served as ministerial intern at Bethel PCA and was ordained and served as Assistant Pastor at Bethel before the Lord called him away.  Marcus served the Lord's church as Senior Pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Manning, SC from 2012-2015 and is excited to be called back to Clover serving the Lord at Bethel Presbyterian Church.  Marcus and his wife Shelly have four children and enjoy time together with friends, recreational sports, hunting, camping, and being with the people of God to worship and serve Him together.


Trent Thomas

Full-Time Assistant to the Senior Pastor


Born and raised in the Carolinas, Trent did his undergraduate studies at Wingate University and majored in communications (BS 2003).  Trent worked in campus ministry for a few years and eventually settled as a high school teacher. He taught for over a decade. He was called into the ministry and began studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. He will complete his studies in December of 2021. Trent has served in two other PCA churches before Bethel. He was the youth director at Church of the Redeemer, Indian Trial, NC. He then served at Carolina Presbyterian Church in Locust, NC as their Worship and Assimilation Director before joining the Bethel family. Trent and his wife, Kat, have three children and enjoy being outside, spending time with friends, and hosting people for Sunday lunch. They are so excited to be at Bethel! 



Gunther Griffin

Pastoral Intern


Born and raised in a PCA Church in South Georgia, Gunther has come to deeply cherish the Lord’s church. He earned his Bachelor’s in Communication Studies from Georgia Southern University and is currently studying for his Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Gunther and his wife, Samantha, love the outdoors, sports, and spending time with others. They are thrilled to be at Bethel PCA!


Chad McKinnon                                                    Pastoral Intern                                                                      864-270-4856                                                                        

Chad was born in Tampa FL, moved to GA when he was 9, and then, when he was 11, moved to the greater area of Greenville, SC. His parents raised him in the church and taught him four fundamental truths; that God is real, that God spoke in Scripture, that mankind should obey God, and that God sent Jesus to save sinners. Chad attended Bob Jones University from 2002 to 2006 to study the Bible (major) and business (minor). After college, he took a job working for a general contractor specializing in building hospitals for the next seven years. In 2014, God opened the door for full-time seminary studies at RTS-Charlotte and he graduated with his Master of Divinity degree in 2018. After seminary, Chad returned to his career in Construction Management. Chad and his wife Julie have seven children. They recently purchased a small farm in York County and are excited about serving at Bethel.


Lara Inman                                                                                                                  Administrative Assistant                                                                     803-222-7166

Lara enjoys her role as the administrative assistant for Bethel.  A long-time resident of Gastonia, North Carolina, she and her husband Michael have four children.


Jay Forrest

Music Director

Jay has served as Music Director at Bethel since 1997.  In addition to his church responsibilities, Mr. Forrest is the Director of Choral Arts at Clover High School and founded the Clover Coraliers in 1994.  The Choraliers are 8-time first-place winners of the South Carolina Choral Concert Festival. Jay holds a Master of Arts in Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Winthrop University.  The Forrest family resides in Clover; they enjoy spending time with each other and with friends.


























Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness!

Psalm 115:1