Our hope is to see life-change in our lives and to help others experience this change also. We want to pass on what was given to us. In short, our Mission is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

Jeff Smoak

Senior Pastor

Jeff was born and raised in Aiken, SC. He is married to Jennifer and is the father of four: Macayla, Jacob, Michael, and Savanna. 

Jeff graduated from The Citadel in 1995, and he received his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Jeff has served as an Associate Pastor in Springfield, TN before coming to Bishop Branch. He has also served in other Upstate SC churches.


Jeff Whiten

Associate Pastor 

Music Minister

 A Georgia native, Jeff has lived most of his life in the beautiful state of South Carolina, graduating from Anderson College, Anderson, SC, and Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN.  He also graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC. He has served B3 since May of 2013. Jeff has served churches in GA, TN, NC, and SC.His family includes his wife Suzanne, daughter, Laura (and son-in-law Casey) and grandson Carter, and daughter, Hannah (and son-in-law Ryan) and grandson Riley,and son Jesse.


Suzanne Whiten

Children's Minister

Suzanne was born in Rogersville, Tennessee.  She is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, with a masters degree in Christian Education. Alongside her husband Jeff, she has served churches in NC and SC, Georgia, and Tennessee. 
Suzanne is a proud mom to Laura, Hannah, and Jesse and sons in law, Casey and Ryan, and "Lolly" to three of the world's cutest grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter.  
Suzanne desires to connect children to God's Word and to partner with families to unwrap the gifts of children to be spiritual giants, leaders of the next generation in the church and the world.


Nathan Foxx

Youth Minister

Nathan was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Anderson University with an undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry and a Master of Divinity at Anderson’s Clamp Divinity School.

Nathan is married to Victoria Foxx who teaches English at Riverside Middle School in Pendleton. Both have a passion for serving students by showing them the truth of God's Word. 

Nathan has been serving our Youth Ministry since September 2016


Dianne Adams

Ministry Assistant


Tom Stipe

Missions & Evangelism Pastor

Tom was born in Kansas City, Kansas and spent most of his childhood in Orlando, Florida. Tom moved to the upstate in 1975 to attend Clemson University where he graduated with a B.S. in Recreation and Park Administration. In 1981 he married Beth Mullikin of Pendleton, South Carolina. Tom and Beth have 8 children and 15 grandchildren and counting.

In 1982 Tom and Beth joined with several other families and started Anderson Christian Fellowship where Tom served many years as Worship Leader with Beth at the piano. An ordained elder with a heart for missions and evangelism, Tom has been involved with numerous short term missions to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Romania and most recently to China and New Orleans.