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Meet The 2022
Governing Board nominees

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Jim Fadel

Candidate for Returning Elder

(first 2-year term)

Member since December 2002


Governing Board History

Multiple terms as Elder going back to ~2008

Service Areas

•Set-up/Take-down Crew (from the ‘good old days’ meeting at Bookman Road and Summit Parkway)

•Welcome Crew

•Nominating Committee

•Community Group Host/Leader



Personal Bio

Jim has been married to Sherry since 1990. They have 3 adult children (Allyson, Lindsay, Matthew). Jim is a Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. His hobbies include running, hiking, and travel.


Favorite Bible Verse or Passage

"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"And He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV)

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Chris Walkup

Incumbent Candidate for Treasurer

(2-year term)

Member since December 2005


Governing Board History

Treasurer since 2009


Service Areas

•Finance Team

•Building team

•Children’s Ministry


Personal Bio

Chis is married to Judi Walkup. They have 3 sons. The family has been blessed to be a part of Sandhills since 2005. He received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Clemson University and a Masters in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2000. Chris feels a special calling to be a wise steward of finances in both his career and service to his church. He has worked in investment management, real estate development, and real estate management for 25 years. Chris plays soccer and also has had the privilege to coach each of his sons on recreational soccer teams.


Favorite Bible Verse or Passage

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

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Tony Hipszer

Incumbent Candidate for Elder

(second 2-year term)

Member since October 2013


Governing Board History

Soon completing 2nd two year term as Elder.

Service Areas

•Community Group Leader

•Prayer Team

•Kindness Outreach


Personal Bio

Tony helps people process the challenges of life in hopes that they discover new opportunities to thrive. One of his greatest passions is helping people when life comes at them hard. A significant amount of Tony's time is spent providing emotional and spiritual care as a workplace chaplain. Personally, Tony's life is greatly enriched by Cindy, his wife of 37 years. They live in Columbia, South Carolina with their two Boston Terriers, Tinker Belle and Silver Mist. Although he is now in the south, Tony has not lost his Philly guy roots. Let's go PHILLIES, and Eagles, and Sixers, and Flyers! Together Tony and Cindy have three grown children and three grandchildren. Tony's secular career is another outlet for helping people succeed. Leveraging over 25 years of experience as a technology and supply chain executive, he helps bring innovation to business operations by revealing process improvement opportunities. Tony's technology career highlights include more than ten years as the Chief Information Officer for a branded food manufacturing group. Additionally, he is recognized as one of ExecRank’s Top CIO’s and also is considered a Top Information Technology Leader by ComputerWorld. Tony earned a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Cairn University, and a Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy from Columbia International University.


Favorite Bible Verse or Passage

My favorite verse changes with the seasons of my spiritual formation. Some of my favorite books are Philippians, James, and Ezekiel.

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Denise Hunter

Incumbent Candidate for Secretary

(1-year term)

Member since January 2001


Governing Board History

Board Secretary from 8/2012-8/2015 and currently since 8/2019

Service Areas

•Sandkidz – Serving since 2000 where I taught in the two year old class, then kindergarten class and currently a Large Group leader


Personal Bio

Denise grew up in Summerton, South Carolina and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of South Carolina in 1984. Denise met her husband Jeff at USC and they have been happily married since 1988. Jeff and Denise have two children, Harrison age 25 and Alex age 21. Denise has worked in state government in various capacities for the same agency for the last 29 years. She is currently an Information Manager at the SC Public Employee Benefits Authority. Denise grew up in the church and accepted Christ into her life at a young age. After accepting an invitation from her baby’s caregiver, Denise has attended Sandhills since 1999, a member since 2001 and soon began working in Sandkidz. Denise enjoys sharing the “Good News” of Jesus to children. She has taught in the two year old class and the kindergarten class and is currently a Large Group Leader in the Sandkidz Theater. Denise also currently serves as Board Secretary since elected in in 2019. She previously served in this role from 2012-2015. Denise enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, watching football, binge watching Netflix and much to Jeff’s


Favorite Bible Verse or Passage

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

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