Pastoral Staff

Meet the Palmetto Street Church of God Pastoral Staff

Pastor John Mark Calhoun Youth Pastor

Pastor John Mark Calhoun

Pastor John Mark began serving the Palmetto Street Church of God as a volunteer youth worker in 2002 and became part-time Youth Pastor in 2007. At that time he was employed as the Lieutenant in charge of the Narcotics and Gang Unit for the Florence Police Department. He was a police officer since 1988 and retired in 2013 to become the full time youth pastor at Palmetto Street. Pastor John Mark graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1987 with a Criminal Justice degree and completed his training to become an Ordained Minister in the Church of God in 2013. He is active in many programs in the Florence school system and often speaks about the dangers of drugs and gangs at school events. Pastor John Mark, has been married to Shannon since 1989 and they have one daughter, Carrie. Pastor John Mark and Shannon stay connected with our students and they enjoy implementing ministry opportunities to develop and grow them in their relationship with Christ.

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Becky Starling Worship Pastor

Worship Pastor Becky Starling

Worship Pastor, Becky Starling, has been a part of Palmetto Street Church of God since 1994, when she began attending with her family. As Becky began high school in the Florence community, she quickly connected with the youth group and stood out as someone who had a passion for, and could lead others into worship. In 2010, Becky married Stephen Starling; they enjoy spending time at the lake with friends and family, especially nieces and nephews. Also in 2010, Becky began as the volunteer Worship Leader for the youth group at Palmetto Street. She began leading worship at special youth events and prayer rallies across the state of SC. Becky earned respect from various music ministers across the state and was asked to serve on the Music Committee for the South Carolina Church’s of God in 2016. In that same year, Becky accepted the interim Worship Leader position at Palmetto Street. In 2017, Becky became the full-time Worship Pastor at Palmetto Street and has plans to pursue her Exhorters License through the Church of God. Becky has a strong belief that being the worship leader is more than a career choice — it’s a calling!

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Eric Cole Kid’s Pastor

Eric Cole Children's PastorKid’s Pastor Eric Cole

Pastor Eric Cole is the Children’s Pastor at Palmetto Street Church of God. Eric comes to Palmetto Street with twelve years of experience in Kids Ministry serving in both bi-vocational and full time rolls. Before entering into full time ministry, he was a teacher and a math coach in the School District of Oconee County for eight years. Eric graduated from Southern Wesleyan University in 2008 with a double major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Christian Education/Ministries. In 2016, Eric became an Exhorter in the Church of God. Pastor Eric has been married to Teka since 2010. They have two children, a daughter named Ryann and a son named Knox. It is his mission to see Jesus Christ become irresistible to our kids throughout the community while building their foundation of faith in safe, fun, and age appropriate environments where they can grow in their relationship with Christ.

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