Pastor Jamie Ballentine suffered an identity crisis for 8 years. Since 2001 he had been a Blazer, a 6 foot rooster, a Smart Cat, a big red dog, a big RiverDog, and many other living stuffed animals. On March 8, 2009, Jamie began understanding who he really is and what would be his true purpose in life. He received a call into ministry that day and began the journey from mascot to child of God. After a full year of self-study and seeking the Lord, Jamie began his ministry as youth director in June 2010 at Harbor Light Baptist Church on James Island in Charleston, SC. He enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and became associate pastor at Harbor Light in January 2012. He became an ordained minister on June 3, 2012. The opportunity to serve the congregation he grew up with presented itself in February 2013. Jamie and his wife, Brittany, returned to Blythewood, SC to serve as Associate Pastor of Pine View Baptist Church. He became pastor of Pine View in March 2015. Pastor Jamie has been happily married to his BFF since December 31, 2009. He and Brittany welcomed their son, Benji, to the world on December 16, 2013. They are passionate about Jesus and family. Their desire is to see families grow closer to one another as they grow closer to God. The couple also owns an entertainment ministry using the character Olly the Otter to bring joy to the young and young-at-heart. You can learn more about Olly at www.ollytheotter.com. Pastor Jamie and Brittany are thrilled to be serving Pine View and Blythewood as they share their passion for Jesus. They both look forward to see God’s grace transform our community.
Josh Bruce born and raised right here in Blythewood, SC is a part of a 3rd generation owned family business Bruce's Greenhouses. Josh was homeschooled and raised in a wonderful Christian home. He confessed his sins and prayed to become a Christian at a young age but would say that the Lord really got a hold of his life between his junior and
senior year of high school and he has never looked back. His desire is that young people be taught the Word of God that they might not depart from it and to see broken people be reconciled to Jesus. Josh married his wife Kali January of 2011 and they have two boys David (3) and Eli (9 months).
Susan Strother, born and raised in Columbia, SC. Married to, David Strother, Jr and blessed with three children, David III "Mikey" (15), Brandon (13), and Gabrielle "Gabbi" (9). Susan was raised in a Christian home, but it wasn't until August 2009 that she invited Christ into her heart and developed a very strong relationship with Him. God has fully shown His greatness in the family. God called Susan in March of 2016 to lead the children's ministry. She realized the importance of developing a relationship with Christ at an early age, would teach children to remember to keep God first. She currently leads the team in Sunday morning children's worship service and teaches with her mother, Linda Lowman Sunday evening in our children's mission group, instilling in the young children to be MiniDisciples.