Group Leaders

 
  

Jeff & Leighann Lucas

Jeff & Leighann have been at ember since the beginning. They have two daughters – Carleigh and Molleigh. Jeff works at Comporium in Rock Hill and Leighann is part owner of Black’s Drug Store in Chester. When they are not at work they a
re constantly pouring their lives into others. Jeff and Leighann oversee our Kingdom Kids ministry here at ember and every Sunday you will find them pouring truth and love into those kids, as if they were their own.
Jeff & Leighann also lead a small group that they prefer to call family, instead of a small group. This group is a combination of various family sizes – some families with children and some families without children. Anyone is welcome. This group doesn’t focus on a Bible study or a book study per say. They eat and fellowship together – sharing life in every sense of the word. Their group focuses on a heart of thankfulness for the blessings God has given to each of them. They meet weekly on Sunday evenings. Contact Jeff 803-374-0855 or Leighann 803-899-9292 to learn more or to let them know you’d like to check out their group.

Chris & Pat Buerhig

     

Pat & Chris desire that all will know that the gifts of the spirit are real for today and did not stop with first century Christians and we all can learn to hear Gods voice and know His plans for us in all of our circumstances. They call people to embrace who they are created to be in  Christ and equip them to train others to spread the fire. They love seeing God call people closer to Him and free them to be who they are called to be.  Their passion in ministry, training, deliverance and prophetic words is to draw people into the freedom of the finished work of the Cross where they meet with God in true intimacy. They have a passion to  see the supernatural released into everyday lives, as well as see others take that pursuit.  They want to take people into a deeper experience of God through worship, teaching, and ministry. It is their heart’s desire to bring in a deposit of God’s presence that will change people’s lives forever. Their heart’s desire is, “We simply want to see ‘Heaven come to Earth’, nothing more, nothing less.” Their small group was temporarily disbanded due to Chris’s health but will start up again soon.  We welcome everyone regardless of age, children or with no children who are hungry for more. If you are interested in their group please contact them at 803-789-5890.

Joyce Gardner

Joyce Gardner lives in Chester and is married to Elmer (Lee) Gardner. God has ministered to her and through her since she was a young child. She was born again in 1961 and started teaching teenage boys in Sunday school. Later she taught boys and girls and was even able to attend camp with them. She has also served in women’s ministry and taught in adult Sunday school classes too. She was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1979. She has grown in the Lord in every step of ministry realizing more and more who God is in her and who she is in Him. It is such an awesome privilege to be a member of the body of Christ on earth. Her and her husband also work with the local Gideon organization. She is currently leading a small group at ember. The focus of the group is diving into scripture to learn about the authority that every believer has in Christ. They meet every Sunday immediately following service. Please contact Joyce for more information at 803-385-3651.

Chris & Amy Bender

Chris and Amy Bender have been at ember since its beginning. They have two sons – Samuel and Josh. Chris is self-employed and Amy works part time at ember and she also homeschools their boys. Their move to Chester was an unusual one. They lived in Fort Mill for many years until God put some specific things on their
heart – to relocate, become more available for ministry opportunities, and start homeschooling. They sold their home without knowing where they would end up until God directed them to West Chester. They quickly got settled and started developing relationships with the people of Chester. If you ask them they will say they absolutely love living in Chester and they’re excited to see what God has in store.
Chris and Amy lead a small group that consists of people in all stages of life. Their heart for this group is to build a community of believers who can offer support, encouragement, and challenges to each other. This group doesn’t focus on a specific Bible study or theme. Sometimes their group time consists only of hanging out together while other times there may be discussion centered on what God is doing in someone’s life. Their group meets every other Sunday immediately following service. Anyone and everyone is welcome. To find out more please call Chris at 803-493-2340 or Amy at 803-493-5311.

Baron & Molly Hicklin

Baron & Molly Hicklin Baron are such an encouragement to the body of Christ and we are so thankful the Lord brought them to ember. Their hearts are to see people come to know Jesus Christ and all He has done for them out of His love. Discipleship, teaching and praying are avenues they love to minister through. They have expressed much love for ember and are grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve. Their small group is brand new and hasn’t started meeting yet. Their desire for their group is to encourage believers in their walk with Christ. “If you believe, you shall see the glory of God.” If you are interested in their group please contact Baron, 803-601-9913 or Molly, 803-601-9843.

Kim Sconyers

Kim Sconyers has lived in Chester her whole life and works with Catawba Mental Health. She is also 
involved in Christian Counseling here at ember. She has been with ember since the 
beginning. Her heart and passion for the Lord are evident in all she does and it’s contagious. Her desire for her small group is to search out God’s truths and apply them in a daily walk. She also desires to see ministry happen within the group but also taking this ministry into the community, especially a prayer and healing ministry. Kim plans to begin her group around the first of July. Couples and singles are invited. Contact Kim if you’re interested at 803-899-2804.

Marc & Chris Hebert

Marc & Chris Hebert joined Ember a little over a year ago after several months of searching for a community that resonated with their hearts. They have expressed just how blessed they are being at ember are in awe of how God is at work both in and through this people. They originally hail from upstate New York but moved to Lancaster, SC with their youngest son, Joshua, in early 2015. Along with Joshua, they have a son in New York, Nathan, a daughter and son-in-law in Canada, Lauren and Mitchell, and their oldest daughter in Atlanta, Ashley.
They are drawn to couples and families who need support and encouragement. This is what they feel their ministry
to the Church is, and part of that ministry is helping men embrace the scriptural admonition to “act like men” (1 Corinthians 16:13). Because of this heart, Marc recently started a men’s ministry here at ember.
The men’s ministry is more than a monthly meeting. It’s an awareness and a hunger for men to live out their callings as men, husbands and fathers and wherever God has placed them. That’s why they begun a monthly Saturday morning meeting – for men to build relationships, and begin making vital connections critical to their individual success. Future meetings may have elements of teaching/instruction, fellowship, rowdy fun, dirt, service, etc…In Marc’s words, “We believe that this is the time for men to arise, to shake off the slumber and the distractions of this world, to rescue the fallen and encourage the weak. I believe the men of Ember are a prototype community of men boldly walking out their destiny unencumbered by shame and sin with arms locked, showing themselves watchful, strong, firm in the faith and acting out of love for all.”