Jeff Leopard, Youth Pastor

Jeff was born and raised in Ninety Six, SC. He received his BA in Youth Ministry in 2006 from North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. He served at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church as Youth Intern and Interim Youth Pastor from 2003-2006. He served as the full-time Guys' Youth Intern at First Baptist Church in Tifton, GA from 2006-2007. He also served as a Youth Missions Intern during the summer of 2008 at FBC Tifton. He received his Masters Degree in Youth and Family Ministry in 2011 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He joined the First Baptist Church staff in August of 2012. He has a beautiful wife named Catherine (Cat) and they have a daughter named Autumn.

Jeff loves quality time with his family, sipping coffee, deep strategy board gaming, working with wood, watching British TV, reading comic books, studying youth culture, biking in the neighborhood, teaching teenagers, and just simply living life in Christ.

Jennifer McMillan, Interim Music Director

Jennifer is a graduate of Columbia College, where she double majored in Business Administration and Music, holds a MAT in Secondary Choral Music from Liberty University, and is a SCISA Master Teacher. After receiving her undergraduate degrees, she spent many years working in the banking industry and public school finance, taught private piano and voice lessons, and served as Music Director at a local church for 13 years. She is a full-time teacher at Colleton Preparatory Academy, where she directs the middle and high school choruses, plus a percussion ensemble, and teaches a sophomore fine arts course. Jennifer and her husband, Jason, have three boys, all of whom are members of FBC Walterboro.

Kim Taylor, Administrative Assistant

Kim joined our staff in December of 2015. This is a different journey for her because most of her experience comes from banking. She was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Massachusetts. She has lived in Ruffin for over 30 years. She has two cats named Callie and Patches, three children, Erica, Chris Jr., and Michael who has retired from the Army. She is also raising her oldest grandson, Brandon. She enjoys country living and everything in nature including taking pictures of God’s beautiful world.

Pastor Hal

Dr. Hal West, Interim Pastor

Pastor Hal served for 21 years as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Moncks Corner, SC. After retiring in 2011, he founded and serves as President of Compass Coach and Consulting, a ministry supporting pastors and churches in search of revitalization. Since October of 2017, he has served in the role of Transitional Pastor of Walterboro First Baptist. Dr. West earned graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Elliott, have been married for 46 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.


Pam Williams, Office Administrator

Pam joined our staff in November of 2013, with over 25 years of experience in church office administration. She is married to Jim Williams, former pastor of Green Pond Baptist Church. They live in Green Pond, South Carolina with their two cats, Smokey and Shadow and black lab, Ashley. They have a daughter, Jenny, who teaches at Colleton Preparatory Academy and a son, Austin, who works in the Colleton County Assessor’s Office. They are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren, Charlotte, Madelyn and Matthew. She enjoys teaching small group Bible studies and singing in the choir. She loves to both watch and photograph birds, which is evident when you step into her office at the church.