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Governing Board 

Our Nominating Committee, chaired by Pastor Jeff, has interviewed each of the following candidates for inclusion on the church's Governing Board, and is recommending them for approval.

Members in good standing should vote for or against each candidate, as they are all recommended to complete the Board.

If you indicate that you do not approve a candidate, you will be contacted by a member of the Nominating Committee. 

Meet the candidates

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Jim Fadel
Incumbent Candidate for Elder (Second 2-year Term)

Member since Dec 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)


Ben Burchardi
New Candidate for Elder
(First 2-year Term)

Member since Nov 2021


Governing Board History

New candidate. No prior history.

Service Areas

•Good Samaritan Auto Care


Personal Bio

Ben put his trust in Jesus as a freshman at the University of Florida.  He and his wife Caryn serve with The Navigators, ministering to college students at the University of South Carolina.  He has a great passion to help train up and send out disciple-makers who will multiply their lives into the nations.  They have three children, Sophia, Nora and David.  Ben loves spending time outdoors-- camping, hiking, hunting, and building things are some of his favorite hobbies.  


Favorite Bible Verse or Passage

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Matthew 9:36-38 (NIV)


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Chris Walkup
Incumbent Candidate for Treasurer (2-year term)

Member since Dec 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)


Betty Anne Davidson
New Candidate for Secretary
(First 2-y
ear term)

Member since Nov 2016


Governing Board History

New candidate. No prior history.

Service Areas
•Worship team

•Community Group Leader

•Launch team - Forest Acres Campus

Personal Bio

Betty Anne is married to Scott Davidson. She is mom to James (12), Reese (10), Mark (6), and birth mom to Chloe (19). She is the daughter of Anne and Steve Acuff and was raised as an Air Force kid. She is a registered nurse working at the Children's Hospital, a Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor, and a car seat safety enthusiast.

Favorite Bible Verse or Passage

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. ~ Psalm 62:1 (NIV)

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