DR. DEARLD STERLING
Dearld has been the Senior Pastor of Wise Drive Baptist Church since 1990. He leads the church with a strong emphasis on God's love and grace through Biblical preaching and teaching. Dearld is married to Jane Sterling, and they have two grown children and five grandchildren. His favorite saying is, “If we can get the love thing right, everything else will work itself out.
Children & Youth Director
With a background of 12 years in Elementary Education, Lisa has served as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Wise Drive since 2013. Her responsibilities include providing a safe and nurturing nursery, curriculum and volunteer support for Sunday morning bible studies for children and youth, and directing our TeamKID program on Wednesday evenings. She also organizes these events throughout the year: VBS, Fall Festival, Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection, Children’s Christmas Program, Youth Summer Camp and other Youth events throughout the year. Lisa and her husband Daniel have three sons: Jenkins (8), Joshua (4), and Caleb (4).
Susan White has been leading worship at Wise Drive Baptist Church since 2011. She is in charge of leading our instrumentalists and vocalists in our Sunday morning worship service. She is no rookie when it comes to music, she's been singing in church since she was a child. Susan has sung in all types of genres from a southern gospel quartet to contemporary praise and worship band. She has traveled across the United States singing and speaking God's words into the hearts of many. She is also involved in many Women's ministries around Sumter and the surrounding area. When she's not worshiping on stage, she's spending time with her husband, Shane, her three children, Cody, Kyle, and Brooke, and her two grandchildren, Ayden and Xan.
Kristine has been an employee and member of Wise Drive Baptist Church since 2012. She is married to Steven Hinson and has one daughter, Krista Kay. Kristine graduated from Central Carolina Technical College with a major in public service and a minor in Criminal Justice, she also has a health science certificate and 2 years of nursing school. Kristine has strong administrative skills that she uses to aid the ministries of Wise Drive Baptist. She also spends her time volunteering with Simply Women, the children's ministry, chaperoning youth summer camp, vacation Bible school and the Sumter Junior Welfare League of Sumter.