Stephen Clyborne, Senior Pastor

I am a homebody, and probably the least adventurous person you can imagine.  As you can see from my life story, I have never lived anywhere outside of Greenville County.  I began my tenure at Earle Street as associate pastor in January 2002, and became senior pastor in January 2009.  A Greenville native, I  served as associate pastor in several Greenville churches before coming to Earle Street.  After graduating from Furman University, I earned a  Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1996 from Erskine Theological Seminary where I also served as an adjunct professor for seventeen years.


I am married to the former Sylvia Davis, who is retired after having served two churches as a ministry assistant for twenty-seven years (combined).  I have two daughters: Rachel (a Curriculum Coordinator for the USC School of Medicine – Greenville) and Rebekah (a teacher at Berea Elementary School), who is married to Cameron Jarrell.  I also have two stepsons:  Patrick Swift and his wife, Jennifer, who have two daughters and two sons (Hannah, Sarah Grace, Sam and Ben); Micah Swift and his wife, Suzanne, who have three daughters (Emma Kate, Addie and Ella).

Janice Hinnant, Minister of Music

I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina before going to Furman University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in church music.  I then earned a Master’s degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  I served churches in Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland before joining the staff at Earle Street in 1995.  In addition to music, I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, running, singing with Greenville Chorale, dogs, and being a mom, (not necessarily in that order.)  I am also a reluctant gardener, mainly out of necessity rather than enjoyment.  I have one son, Kevin, who teaches English at Wren High School, and a daughter-in-law, Salem, who teaches fourth grade at Sterling Elementary.

Denise Plumblee, Minister of Administration

I joined the staff at Earle Street Baptist in January 2010 after working for many years in the financial services industry. My husband, Phil, and I enjoy spending time with our family, running, watching college football and basketball, playing with our grandchildren, and all things Disney. Phil and I have two sons and daughter-in-laws: Drew and his wife, Sarah and Jordan and his wife, Sarah (that’s right – two Sarahs!). Drew and Sarah have four children and Jordan and Sarah have one child.

Karli Selz, Minister of Preschoolers and Children

I was born and raised in North Central Texas. After graduating high school, I moved to Waco, Texas to attend Baylor University. I graduated from Baylor with a B.B.A. in Marketing and MIS. Throughout my education and college summers working with CentriKid camps, I sensed God calling me to ministry. So, I stayed a few more years in Waco and earned a Master of Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary. I am thrilled for the opportunity to minister to the youngest members of our families!

Lucy Wilkinson, Minister of Youth and Recreation

I grew up in Greenville and went to Clemson University where I was on the Rowing Team. I love being outside, going on adventures and trying to keep up with my husband and three boys. At Earle Street, I am the leader for our young leaders (youth) and our future athletes (recreation). Please let me know how I can help you find your home here!

Ellen Heyward, Office and Facilities Manager

Greenville has been home for my entire life. I love this city and all of the unique sites and sounds!  I enjoy traveling, making music and spending time with my family, friends and two dogs, Pebbles and Louie. I joined the Earle Street staff in June of 2013.  Please let me know if I can assist you. Welcome home!

Gina Conn, Ministry Assistant for Finance

I moved to the Greenville area from Michigan in October of 2019. I love the milder winters, the nearby mountains, and the flowering trees. I have three teenagers, Roy, Ryan, and Rose, and a sweet little dog named Jewel. I enjoy singing and playing the piano, baking, and am an avid reader. I am so glad to be here, and am looking forward to getting to know the congregation.