- Dearld SterlingPastor
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.”
- Kristine HinsonAdministrative Assistant
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 health science certificate. She enjoys volunteering her time and using her strong administrative skills to aid the various ministries of Wise Drive Baptist.
- Nick SmetakYouth Pastor
Nick joined the WDBC staff on February 11th. He grew up in church, but it wasn’t until he was on a mission trip to Thomasville, NC, at the age of 16 where he made a profession of faith and was baptized. On December 30, 2014, Nick was attending a youth rally, when he first felt God calling him into ministry. Since then, he has served with the North American Mission Board and Georgia Baptist Mission Board as a Summer Student Missionary for four summers, as the Music Minister at Central Point Baptist in Paris, TN, and as a Leader-in-Training with the Christian Motorcyclist Association and its Youth Movement.
Nick has a heart for youth, and for being the Church in everything we do, even outside of these four walls! One of his favorite sayings is “The Light that shines Farthest, shines brightest at home!”
- Mitch ChampagneWorship Leader
Mitchell has been serving at Wise Drive Baptist Church as a part of the worship team since 2014, and as Wise Drive’s worship leader since autumn of 2017. He serves alongside other members of the church every Sunday for the worship service, and helps lead the “College and Career” Sunday School class as well. Mitchell has been playing music since 2009, where he found a passion for leading worship at his youth group, and from there began providing worship for missions events in the local area, and partnering with other local worship teams and musicians for youth rallies as well. Mitchell also works as the HR Assistant at Covenant Place, here in Sumter.
- Jennifer ReimerChildren's Director
Jennifer has attended Wise Drive Baptist Church since she was one-year-old and made her profession of faith at the age of ten as a youth here at Wise Drive.
As the Artistic Director for over ten years at Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics, Jennifer loves working with children in different capacities. This knowledge and experience carries over into many areas of teaching and relating to all children.
Jennifer is inspired by Christ's invitation to "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (NKJ)
She is married to Seth Reimer and they have two children, J.T. & Kinslee. Having attended Wise Drive from such a young age, she feels passionate about helping today’s children grow through worship.