1. What makes you qualified to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH? Nothing in particular. I went to college and divinity school, but other people have done the same and don't work here.

The only qualification to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH is a bias towards foolishness. You need to be foolish enough to laugh at your own jokes before others. You must be a fool to believe that Columbia needs another new church. Foolishness, I've learned, can substitute for experience. If what you didn't know hasn't yet killed you, that makes you the only fool in the room, the only one with experience doing foolish things.

2. An alien that speaks English haltingly lands in your front yard and asks "What do you make happy at your employment?" Answer. I preach and teach English as a second language to aliens. 

3. Pick one to wear: 1) UPS (shorts) or 2) Delta Pilot uniform to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH. Why? Delta Pilot uniform - I've always wanted to rock a double breasted suit-coat.

4. Who is your favorite child or sibling? Why? Today, I like my six year old son better than my four year old daughter. Yesterday, she shamed me into attending her dance recital. I've been a dance dad for the last eight months, dropping her off and picking her up from the dance "studio." After yesterday's uninspiring public performance of the tricks, twists, and toe touching she was supposed to be learning, I want my two hours back.


1. What makes you qualified to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH? 

I had nothing to do with it. The committee of folks who called me may still remember. You can ask them.

2. An alien that speaks English haltingly lands in your front yard and asks "What do you make happy at your employment?"

I'm following that alien right where they came from. I've always been a space cadet.

3. Pick one to wear: 1) UPS (shorts) or 2) Delta Pilot uniform to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH. Why? 

Delta Pilot uniform. They always look so fresh and put together. It's the neck scarf...those need to come back in style.

4. Who is your favorite child or sibling? Why? 

No favorites. No exceptions.

1. What makes you qualified to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH? Nothing makes me qualified because none of us (besides Amos) have ever worked at a church before. We are making it up as we go which makes for some challenging but always interesting experiences.  

2. An alien that speaks English haltingly lands in your front yard and asks "What do you make happy at your employment?" Answer. These are my people — we laugh numerous times a day, we sometimes cry, we have each others backs.  Also we watch Reba when we need a laugh.

3. Who is your favorite child or sibling? Why? Ted, Charlie knows why.

Janie is the Director of Keeping it Tight. She has lived in Columbia for 18 years but grew up in Atlanta. She and her husband Michael have 3 kids Isabel, Lydia and Michael. Janie has been a fundraiser, event planner, and organizer for 15 years.

In her current roll at DTC, Janie is responsible for everything.

1. What makes you qualified to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH? I am able to adapt to whatever curve balls Amos sends my way and I have mastered ignoring him when necessary. 

2. An alien that speaks English haltingly lands in your front yard and asks "What do you make happy at your employment?" Answer. The congregation when I make sure Worship comes together, the staff when I run Payroll, and the Session when I send them “friendly” reminders and prepare the items for their meetings.

3. Pick one to wear: 1) UPS (shorts) or 2) Delta Pilot uniform to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH. Why? UPS b/c I don’t like hats or lapel pins.

4. Who is your favorite child or sibling? Why? I’m an only child so myself. I’m awesome.

Kara is the President of Church Happiness. She leverages her organizational skills to ensure that our session, staff and volunteers know precisely how to contribute to a meaningful worship experience.  It’s her job to make sure that come Sunday morning you never notice the clear sound, fully-staffed kids’ program, and delicious cookies because you’ve come to expect them.

Prior to working at DOWNTOWN CHURCH, Kara did some other stuff. She has children.

1. What makes you qualified to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH? A fool hearty determination to figure out how to do things I've never done before.

2. An alien that speaks English haltingly lands in your front yard and asks "What do you make happy at your employment?" Answer. Mostly, Janie.

3. Who is your favorite child or sibling? Why? No way.

Jeannie is the MVP.  As a professional coach, consultant, entrepreneur, and innovator, her goal is to help DTC move from a church that started to a church that will be around long enough to fulfill the vision that compelled our initial formation. Basically, she does whatever, to make the church more better. 

Over the span of her career, Jeannie has provided learning strategy and change management expertise in a variety of industries including manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceutical sales, software development, transportation and health insurance. 

Maria is the Director of Art and Recess. She manages the brand, designs graphics, illustrates, and doodles. She also selects the SNL skit that the staff will watch to start the weekly meeting.

Maria is a Columbia native with a BFA in design from The University of South Carolina and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Design/ Visual Communication.

When Maria isn't working with DOWNTOWN CHURCH she is running her own business and posting for her daily illustration blog — WordlessNews.com.

Alice serves as the Community Care Associate. She is a Texas native and graduated from The University of Texas in 1998.

Alice worked in investments for a number of years before following God’s call into full-time ministry. She met her husband Paul while at seminary. He worked in the IT department and she had noticed him running around campus carrying monitors and printers but he was too busy to notice her. They officially met in January 2007, at a seminary event, and married in October of the same year in the seminary chapel.

Alice graduated from Austin Seminary in 2008 and served as a hospital chaplain resident for two years in Texas before moving to Columbia to pursue a calling as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at Palmetto Health.

Somewhere in all of this, she also joined the Air Force Reserves as a Chaplain Candidate while in seminary. She was ordained in the PCUSA in October 2009 and reappointed as a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserve. She is currently attached to Joint Base Charleston which means about 30 days of the year, she puts on the uniform and ministers to the men and women on Active Duty.

What makes you qualified to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH? Early childhood know-how and patience.

An alien that speaks English haltingly lands in your front yard and asks "What do you make happy at your employment?" The Granby Room.

Pick one to wear: 1) UPS (shorts) or 2) Delta Pilot uniform to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH. Why? Delta Pilot uniform...because I’m “fly” like that.

Who is your favorite child or sibling? Why? My favorite child or sibling is the one reading this right now.

Trina is a teacher, consultant, and adjunct instructor whose passion for education runs deep. Now, we are delighted that she is bringing her passion and expertise to the DOWNTOWN KIDS program.

Trina is mom to three awesome kids, including Corey, a senior at Marymount Manhattan College, Kelley, a sophomore at UNC Charlotte, and Kennedy, a 5th grader at the Center for Inquiry. 

1. What makes you qualified to work at DOWNTOWN CHURCH? Aside from having plenty of initials after my name, I truly care about people and their relationships. People intrigue me. I believe, at the end of the day, it is the quality of our relationships with the ones we care about the most that really matter. 

2. An alien that speaks English haltingly lands in your front yard and asks "What do you make happy at your employment?" Answer. Alien, Amos is not qualified to be a counselor, even though people expect him to be. I am. I like counseling people, so I hope I make that part happy. 

Danielle is the Counselor in Residence. Working with students, families and couples at Richland School District Two, Danielle has 9 years of experience as a professional counselor. You can learn more about her services by emailing her: danielle@downtownchurch.me.

She is licensed as a Professional Counselor, Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is, by far, the most differentiated person on staff. 

Danielle and her husband Brad have two young daughters, Harper and Olivia, and two unruly dogs, Addy and Lilly.

Once you've heard her voice, you'll never forget it. All of us at DOWNTOWN CHURCH have the pleasure of enjoying Lindsay-Blair's musical gifts as one of our co-directors of music.

Lindsay-Blair's passion for music took her to Nashville before she launched a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. And rumor has it that, if you know the right people, you might be able to get your hands on a CD released earlier in her music career.

With a thriving private practice and two beautiful young daughters, not to mention a husband and four-legged soul mate at home, we're lucky she's making time to co-lead music at DOWNTOWN CHURCH.

Sean always knew that he wanted to do something involving music when he grew up. His love of music started at the age of  4 or 5. It was either the first time I listened to "The Mason Williams Phonograph Record" or when he watched "Queen's Greatest Flix" with his brother over and over and over and over again when they were just kids. 

When he's not co-directing music at DOWNTOWN CHURCH, he's playing with The Post-Timey String Band, The Restoration, and the other bands he sits in with from time to time. His life is pretty much consumed with music and music-related projects.