Staff

Rev. Stan Candler

Senior Pastor

Pastor Stan was born and raised in the Washington Baptist Church community. His family has been active members of the church for 60+ years. It was here he committed his life to Christ and later surrendered to the Lord’s call into the ministry. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor for 34 years with the last 25 years being the Senior Pastor of Washington.

Jan Smith

Worship Leader & Office Manager

Jan was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. She and her family moved to Greenville, SC in 2005 and joined WBC in 2016. Jan graduated from William Jennings Bryan College with a BA degree in Vocal Performance. Jan has had multiple opportunities to travel all over the world and sing with various Christian artists and groups, but her true passion is to help lead people into the presence of God through praise and worship. Jan and her husband, Ed, have two children and have dedicated their lives to serving God through music and arts.

Rev. Rusty Freeman

Youth Pastor

Rusty is a graduate of Anderson University and Covington Theological Seminary. He served as interim Youth & Children’s pastor at Washington for 3 ½ years before being called to serve as Youth Pastor at Lugoff First Baptist for one year. In 2007, Washington called him back as full-time Youth Pastor. He and his wife Amber have five children (3 girls & 2 boys). Rusty enjoys spending time with family, hunting and fishing and playing sports. His passion is preaching & teaching God’s Word and seeing people come to know the Lord and walk with Him.

Lauren Sutherland

Lauren Sutherland

Children's Ministry Director
Lauren is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Lauren taught for 4 years before being led to serve as a Children’s Ministry Director. She served at Temple Baptist before being called to Washington Baptist Church. She and her husband, Ty, have two children, Burkely and Sam. Lauren enjoys sewing, spending time with family, and Christmas. Her passion is teaching children about the love of Christ and helping them become resilient disciples of Christ.
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