Meet our Staff


  • After 20+ years as a Pastor to Youth and Children, Pastor Mike has answered the call to be our Lead Pastor. He has been in the position since June 2016 and has a passion for preaching the Word and loving the church. He brings the same skill set and teaching style he had as a youth Pastor into both the pulpit and the ministry. 


    He met his wife at FBCCLOVER and was married in May of 2000. He has a love for God, for people and for making disciples. His hobbies include camping, disc golf and watching movies. A part from the church he most enjoys being with his family.

  • Greg Palmer - Discipleship and Evangelism Pastor

    God has blessed Greg with a wonderful family. He and His wife Lori are going on 35 years walking together in faith as partners in ministry. They have three daughters, Lisa and her husband Kyle live outside of Atlanta, Lynsey lives in Richmond, VA and Christen lives in Lynchburg,VA. 


    He has enjoyed over 23 of ministry all on the East Coast serving churches in a variety of positions. He holds a Masters degree in discipleship ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His passion is for seeing people come to Christ and grow in their faith.


    Greg  loves to spend time with family, follow pro football and like to cook. Additionally, he follows the NY Giants, Yankees, Rangers, and sympathize for the NY Jets, Mets, and Islanders.

  • Thomas is our youngest staff member at 24 years old. He is a graduate from North Greenville University with a Christian and Intercultural studies degree. As a teenager, Thomas became a member of FBCCLOVER while attending with his family.


    At the age of 18, God called out Thomas to pursue mission work throughout the world. In doing so, Thomas enrolled in North Greenville University studying missions. Since then, he has traveled throughout the world representing the International Mission Board, North Greenville University, and FBCCLOVER. 


    Additionally, Thomas enjoys using his passion for missions in conjunction with his giftedness in media and technology. He hopes to soon enroll in Southeastern Theological Seminary to complete his master's degree and continue in seeing God's mission fulfilled among all nations and peoples.

  • Eugene Bumgardner - Music Director

    Mr. Eugene Bumgardner is a 1976 graduate of Gardner Webb University where he majored in music education with a concentration in voice. He has taught high school choral music for 37 years. He taught 30 years at Kings Mountain High School. After retiring from NC. He taught at Gaffney High for one year, 5 years at Northwestern High school in Rock Hill, S.C. and taught his last year at South Pointe High School on an interim basis for 8 months. He directed the South Pointe Concert Choir. 


    His groups have received superior ratings at state contests in North and South Carolina and at national contests in Washington, Virginia and Orlando, Florida. His choirs have performed by invitation to NCMEA, SCACDA, SCMEA as well as Southern Division ACDA. His Kings Mountain Symphonic Chorale performed the national anthem for the Atlanta Braves two times. 


    He has the distinct honor of being the first clinician to conduct the North Carolina Junior High Honor Chorus at the state convention in Winston Salem. He has conducted clinics in North and South Carolina area festivals. He is married to Becky Bumgardner, retired choral director of Forestview High School. They have three grown children. Benjamin Bumgardner, Beth Aron and Harrison Bumgardner. They also have their first grandchild, one year old , Atlee and Mack Bumgardner. 


    Along with his 37 years of teaching school, he has also served three churches as minister of music. He served five years at Lily Baptist church in Shelby, Twelve years at Pleasant Hill in Shelby and fifteen years at New Hope Baptist church in Gastonia, N.C.

  • Karen Barr has spent most of her adult life working with children, Assistant Preschool Teacher, Sunday School, youth group, volunteering and Substitute Teaching in the school system. 


    After a career in Dental Assisting and serving as a volunteer in the Children’s Ministry, Karen felt a strong call to be the Director of Children’s Ministries here at First Baptist Church. Karen desires that children learn from a young age the importance of a relationship with Christ and learning Bible scripture that will always remind them of God’s Love and Forgiveness. 


    Karen is married to Harry, and they are parents of Brandon, and Brooke, and Sara Beth. In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading, shopping, crafts, and spending time, especially vacations, with her family.

  • Nancy Lester became a Christian when she was  12 years old. She has been a member of FBCCLOVER since 1952, when she and her husband Bill moved from Forest, Va. with their oldest daughter. In the fall of 1976, after Bill had a massive heart attack, the Deacons asked if she would like to come to work at the FBCCLOVER. She started right away doing all the custodian duties. Then, as there was a growth in the church and additions made, she was asked to be Building Superintendent. 


    Nancy has five children, Jackie, Pam, Zach, Libby and Lisa, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. She loves gardening and other crafts when time allows. 

  • Janice Paraham - Office Manager

    Janice is the office manager at FBCCLOVER. She has worked at the church for almost 2 years. She was married to the love of her life, Keith, for 35 years before God called him home. 


    She loves the Lord, and He is the reason she wakes up with hope every day. Her favorite pleasure in life is cruising. All you have to do is mention taking a cruise, and she's ready to go!

  • Deborah Wright - Administration Assistant

    Deborah Wright is the Administrative Assistant for FBCCLOVER. She and her husband, David (who works for Duke Energy), and just celebrated 34 years of wedded bliss. Originally from Gaston County, she moved to Clover over 32 years ago and enjoys living on a small farm in the country. 


    She has 2 wonderful sons, Josh and Joe; they both attended Clover High School and graduated from Winthrop University and USC. Last August, Josh married and blessed us with a beautiful daughter-in- law, Nicole! They all reside in Charleston, SC - where she loves to visit! 


    Her faith is anchored in the Lord Jesus Christ and she is committed to serve Him daily. She and her husband attend East Clover Church of God. Her hobbies include gardening, painting, and working out.

  • Tommy Currence - Youth Director

    Tommy worked with the youth at FBCCLOVER for 12 years and became youth director in January 2017. He has lived in Lake Wylie his whole life. He was a very, very lost teenager. After a few years of God following His basic plan laid out in Romans 1, allowing Tommy to wallow in his own sin, He was able to get his attention. He gave his life to Christ in 1997 and was set on a very different path. 


    He married his wife, Allison, in 1998. They have 2 biological daughters (Jude and Ellie) and a house full of other random food vacuums (their friends) that they call their own. He wouldn’t have it any other way!


    Tommy believes teenagers don’t have to make the same mistakes he made. If we show them the love, mercy, and grace of Jesus Christ while helping them understand that God DOES have a plan for them, they can then go out and change the world around them.