Meet Our Staff

Bethel Church Staff In Forest Acres, SC

Please take a moment to meet our staff at Bethel United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC. We are very grateful to call them part of our team. And we are glad they call Bethel United Methodist Church their home.

Lucy Kelly

Director of Christian Education and Family Ministries
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Lucy Kelly graduated from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, in 2002.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology.  Before she and her husband Brian had their two children Lilyan and Declan, Lucy worked at Riverbanks Zoo.  She has been leading our youth since October 2013, and worked closely with our previous Director of Christian Education and Family Ministries, Michelle Keiffer.  Lucy is involved in various fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis.  Her son attends Bethel Preschool and her daughter attends Forest Lake Elementary.  Lucy was honored to be chosen as one of the 2015 Church Women of the Year by Church Women United.

Marian Scullion

Director of Music Ministries
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Marian has attended Bethel since 1967, when her family moved to Columbia and has been actively involved in the music programs of the church since high school.  Her love of music has been nurtured at Bethel, in high school, and as a member of the University of South Carolina Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Árpád Darázs.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from USC and a Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Educational Media from Nova Southeastern University.

By day, she is Marian the Librarian at Forest Lake Elementary NASA Explorer School.  Her husband John, daughter Elizabeth, and father Jack are all active members of Bethel as well.

Gabrielle Watson

Administrative Assistant
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Gabrielle moved to Columbia in 1989 to attend the University of South Carolina and never left.  She is a former restaurant owner who brings over 20 years of progressive leadership and administrative support to her role at Bethel.  Gabrielle found Bethel when the first of her three children attended preschool here.  She eventually taught in the 3 year old class for 6 years and is delighted to be welcomed back to the Bethel community.

Carol Barnett Staff Photo.

Carol Barnett

Business Administrator
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Carol brings with her over 25 years of Administrative experience including Office Management, Human Resources, Accounting, and Membership Resourcing.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgia Southern College, and she and her husband are members of Eastminster Presbyterian Church on Trenholm Road.

Bill Webb


Bill has served churches in the Columbia area for over 30 years as organist, choir director, and handbell director.  Following a successful career in retail bookkeeping and auditing, he answered a higher call of service at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community where he serves as Activity/Music Assistant.  Bill holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina and is Board Certified with the National Association of Activity Professionals.

Sylvia Hulbert

Director of Handbell Choir

Sylvia Hulbert served as Bethel’s choir director/organist for 21 years and as organist for an additional 27 years.  She began Bethel’s handbell choir in the mid 1970s.  Though retired as organist, Sylvia continues to direct the handbell choir.

Sylvia has a Bachelor of Music degree from Converse College, where she majored in organ performance.  She is a member of RHO Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music society.

Prior to coming to Bethel, Sylvia was choir director/organist at Trinity UMC in Spartanburg.

Carol Burger

Preschool Director
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Carol graduated from Clemson University in 1982 with a BS in Administrative Management.  She was raised in Bethel United Methodist Church, married here, and is currently an active member.

She is married with a daughter and a son, both of whom attended Bethel Preschool.  While her daughter was attending in 1994, Carol began working in the preschool and has been the Preschool Director since 1999.

Becky Lucas

Nursery Attendant
Rosemary McCoy is a staff member at Bethel United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC.

Rosemary McCoy


Rosemary has a daughter, Damiah, who attends Forest Heights Elementary. She currently attends Remington College Online and enjoys eating out, reading and Gamecock sports.  She also maintains a part-time position St. John’s Episcopal Church.


Tony Taylor is a staff member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC.

Tony Taylor


He has worked at Eastminster Presbyterian Church for 20 years and also works at St. John’s.  He has two children, Rosemary and Spencer (who attends college at Bethune Cook-man in Florida).  Tony is a church league basketball player and loves all sports, particularly USC sports!


Joseph Barnett is a staff member at Bethel United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC.

Joseph “JB” Barnett


JB has previous experience as a Floor Tech in a nursing care facility and has worked in the food service and maintenance areas at St. Johns.  He describes himself as a “servant”. He loves sports and has coached children’s sports.  He loves the Gamecocks!