Rev. John R. Virgin

Pastor J.R. is a 2007 graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has served in full-time ministry in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, until moving to South Carolina in June of 2022. In Western PA, Pastor J.R. served in a variety of settings and roles. He has served rural congregations as both a Senior and Associate Pastor, as well as, serving a large church with a multiple site ministry. Pastor J.R. has also served many years on the Western PA Board of Ministry and as a District Committee on Ministry Chairperson. Pastor J.R. is now an ordained Elder in the Global Methodist Church and will continue to serve at St. Paul’s Waccamaw.


Joining Pastor J.R at St. Paul’s Waccamaw are his wife Allison and their 3 children; Elijah, Evelyn, and Madison, as well as their German Shepherd, Myla. Pastor and his family live just south of Myrtle Beach in the Carolina Forest area. They are overjoyed to have the opportunity to serve at St. Paul’s Waccamaw and look forward to all that God has in store for the future.




Alice CochranAlice Cochran

Alice is our Church Office Administrator. She moved here from Charlotte, NC to North Litchfield in 2014. She and her husband Chris just recently sold their Printing Company, in which they owned together for 30 years, so they could settle here. Alice is originally from Shelby, NC. She went to Kings College, Charlotte, NC and after finishing started working in the Clerk of Court’s office in Shelby for 5 years as an Assistant Clerk of Court before she moved to Charlotte and worked for Moore and Van Allen, as a legal secretary.

She has two grown boys, Jonathan and Matthew, and one new grandbaby, Sadie, which she thinks is adorable. Alice loves sports, especially football (go Carolina Panthers) and baseball.

She is thankful for the opportunity working here at St Paul’s Waccamaw UMC, and is looking forward to meeting everyone.


Olivia Powell Huggins

Olivia Powell Huggins is our Director of Music, as well as our organist and pianist.

She grew up in the edge of her church yard in Greenwood, SC. She has been a church pianist since age thirteen and was choir director/ organist at Georgetown Presbyterian from for ten years before joining the music staff at St. Paul’s Waccamaw as accompanist in 2003. In 1980 she received the Lander Academic Award in Music and has degrees from Lander University and the University of South Carolina.

For thirty nine years she taught choral and general music at all levels in Georgetown County School District. As director of the BEACH Singers, Georgetown County School’s auditioned chorus for middle and high school, she coordinated weekly rehearsals and a summer training program for twenty nine years. Under her direction, the program received national recognition for her sight singing/solfege curriculum and choral techniques and was selected to perform at the White House in Christmas 1998 . In addition to numerous state and regional performances, the singers were headliners in San Diego in 2001 sharing a session with James Earl Jones at the National School Board Association Conference.

As a member of professional organizations, she has performed with festival choirs here and in Europe, attended workshops with notable conductors and accompanists , and observed some of the world’s finest choirs. Her favorite vacations include organ study in NYC with David Enlow of Julliard, attending concerts featuring the Saint Olaf Christmas Festival, or participating in worship on musical pilgrimages throughout London, Rome, Florence, Salzburg, Vienna , Venice and Paris. In 2007, she received the Indigo Choral Society Distinguished Artist Award.



Scott Lewis

My name is Scott Lewis, and I am married to my amazing partner in life, Susan Lewis. We currently reside in Pawleys Island, where we also have a very needy pug as part of our family.
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in full-time youth, young adult, and worship ministry for 30 years. Throughout this time, I have encountered numerous
ministry experiences that have enriched my life in incredible ways. At the age of 23, I experienced a transformative encounter with Jesus, akin to that of Paul, which led to the
birth of my second life.

Since then, I have wholeheartedly accepted the call to take up my cross and follow Christ. I have been blessed to have mentors who have helped guide, train, and shape me as both a person and a servant of Christ.
One of my greatest passions is leading, creating, and sharing  the gift of song each week to help others draw closer to God. Over the years, I have been a part of many worship teams,
and in the last season of ministry, we had the amazing opportunity to release some original albums, including “Hello Father” and “We Will Overcome.”

I am eagerly looking forward to many more years of sharing the love of God at St. Paul Waccamaw Methodist Church and  witnessing God pour out His Spirit on this amazing congregation




Frank Antes

Frank is our custodian.  He and his wife Amylou are retired and living in Pawleys Island. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Frank graduated from Millersville University in PA and taught industrial arts for 5 years. He was in the contracting/lumber business in PA and finished his career as an estimator for a lumber company. Since retirement, he has volunteered and worked for Habitat for Humanity and also  volunteered and worked as  a project superintendent for Samaritan’s Purse for the Horry County rebuild after Hurricane Florence. He is a member of St. Paul’s.