On February 19, 2017, Lowell Hoover, evangelist of the Charleston Church of Christ in South Carolina, appointed Ernest Govan and Ivey Baird as elders of the congregation. This was the first time in the 24-year old history of the church that elders had been appointed.
Ernest Govan became a Christian in the Columbia Church of Christ and served as an elder in the Columbia Church and in the Las Vegas Church. Ernest and his wife Lynn, who have three grown children who are disciples, moved to Charleston four years ago and have been a great asset and inspiration to the church.
Ivey Baird was also converted in the Columbia Church of Christ and together with his wife Teri, served in the full-time ministry for 12 years in both the New York and Charleston Church of Christ. Ivey also worked in the administration office of the New York Church of Christ for six years. Ivey and Teri have been pillars of the Charleston Church for a long time and have been steadfast and faithful to God and his church during the good and tough times.
The Charleston Church is grateful and excited to be blessed with these two godly shepherds that have integrity, conviction and love.