STAFF


  • Erik Estep (Pastor)

    Erik is the founding pastor of VillageChurch.

    He is a graduate of Spring Valley High School, Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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    More importantly, Erik has been married to Emily for over 20 years. 

    They have 3 children: Hank, Glyn and Janie.


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  • James Ballew (Worship Minister)

    James is the Worship minister at VillageChurch. 

    He graduated from the School of Music at the University Of South Carolina. 

    He is married to Lauren Ballew whom he met while leading worship at Camp Longridge in Ridgeway, South Carolina. 


    His favorite verse is Philippians 4:13


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  • Matthew Phillips (Associate Pastor of Students)

    Matthew Phillips is a native of Texas, but do not let that fool you because he was raised in Columbia, SC. This avid Gamecock fan graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with a degree in Public Relations and is now pursuing his Master's of Divinity through Southeastern Theological Seminary. Matthew has been on staff at Village Church since September of 2008.  


    If Matthew is not preaching the gospel then he loves to make others laugh. 

    He is married to his better half Emily and they recently had their first child, William! They also have have a yellow lab named Tanner. 


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  • Jonathan Ruth (VGroups Pastor)

    Jonathan grew up in Columbia and graduated from Richland Northeast. His beautiful and uber sweet wife, Tiffany, is a nurse at Providence and they are the parents of four children ages 5-11. He received his Music degree from Erskine College and attended Erskine Theological Seminary for his Masters in Church Music. He currently leads the VGroup ministry, VillageKids Choir, and VillageBand Praise Choir.


    Jonathan loves meeting new people and it excites him to see people new to the church get connected in the VGroup ministry. Jonathan loves good music and a great cup of coffee, enjoys hanging out with his family cruising Lake Murray and watching movies. He also enjoys hunting whitetail and fishing when he gets the chance.


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  • Amy Paolucci (Children's Coordinator)

    Amy was raised in Minnesota, graduating from St. Olaf college in 1997 with a BA in economics. She has a traveled extensively to include a one year exchange program in France, an internship at the American Embassy in Tunisia, and missionary trips to India and Thailand. Amy worked for a financial investment firm before moving to South Carolina. 


    She is passionate about her relationship with Christ, her family, and the ministry at Village Church. Amy is married to her loving husband Ryan and they have three wonderful children, Paige, Grant and Reed who are all involved in the children’s ministry.

  • Beki Miller (Events Coordinator)

    Beki Miller is our Events Coordinator. She is a native of Central Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education & Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and a Masters of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kentucky---Go Wildcats! 


    She is married to Jeremy Miller and is homeschooling their 2 sons, Joshua and Daniel. 


    She enjoys reading, watching movies (especially period pieces), traveling, architecture and interior design.

  • Butch Richardson (Building Superintendent)

    Butch graduated from Dentsville High School and entered the US Army serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. He owned and operated Standard Electric, Inc for 35 years prior to retiring in 2009. Butch is married to Joan and is a loving parent to Derrill, Janet and Kent. 


    He stays busy with the 4 grand boys, Zachary, Matthew, Will and Henry whether on the sports fields or at home. Since retiring he has enjoyed working on his tractors, restoring a 1931 Model A Ford and being a member of the Blythewood Romeo group (retired old men eating out). 


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  • Kerri Fischer (Office Administrator)

    Born and raised in California. Graduated from Hartnell College with a business degree. Moved to Columbia in 2001 where I have worked at several churches in various positions. Worked the last 8 years in the Business office at a church downtown


    Married to Kelley we have two kids; Tyler and Alyssa. 


    Hobbies - (haha - who has time for that!) Reading, baking and going to the beach.