Matt McAlister, Th.M.


Associate Degree in Religious/Church Ministries

Fruitland Bible Institute

B.A. Christian Studies

North Greenville University

M.T.S Cross-Cultural Missions
M.A.C.E. Biblical Counseling
M.Div. Preaching
Th.M. Missions

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

D.Min. 21st Ministry (In Progress)

Clamp Divinity School
Anderson University

Meet the Pastor 

My family of seven is from the upstate of South Carolina. We love college football, going to the mountains, spending quality time at Hilton Head Island nearby, and being with our family at Maye River Baptist!

After 15 years of ministry experience, we sensed the Lord calling us to Maye River Baptist Church in 2021. I am humbled and honored to serve at a church established in 1777. The leadership here loves the Lord and is ready to move in the direction God would have for us. His will be done.

We have felt a part of this family since day one. It is almost impossible to come into Maye River Baptist and leave without a hug, handshake, or a beach going hello! When you come here, you will feel at home.

Staff and Leadership


Matt Young

Music Director

Coming soon!

Youth Ministry Director

Rick Gumpenberger

Rick Gumpenburger

Chairman of the Deacons

Kate Leighton

Children's Ministry Director

Jerry Whittle

Men's Ministry Leader

Coming soon!

Social Media Director

Susan Lassiter

Hospitality Director

Sharon Walters

Sharon Walters

Ministry Assistant

Armand DeMille

Armand Demille

Audio-Visual Director

Shirley Freeman

Shirley Freeman

WMU and Outreach Director