Pastor Kurt McPherson


   I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Religion and Biology) from Wake Forest University, a Master of Divinity degree (Psychology and Counseling) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Education degree (Counseling Psychology) from The University of Sarasota/Argosy University. I have served time as a hospital and hospice chaplain, a hospice administrator, and a licensed psychotherapist before sensing a call to the pastorate. I previously pastored Mt. Zion UMC in Central South Carolina and First UMC in Cheraw, South Carolina.



   I enjoy playing golf and watching college sports. 


My wife, Lillie, is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Furman University and her master’s degree from The University of South Florida. Lillie enjoys cooking 

and knitting. She is the lead guidance counselor at Conway High School. Lillie and I have two children.


PJ is in the twelfth grade and enjoys playing the drums and golf. 

Sophie is in the tenth grade and enjoys shopping. 


 I hope that all who visit Socastee UMC will experience the congregation’s warmth and friendliness. I trust that you will be encouraged by our worship services and find enriching programs for 

people of all ages.