Emmanuel Bible Church
Upstate South Carolina

Church Leadership

Elders & Deacons



Growing up in the home of an Army chaplain meant one thing – moving. Brad has visited or lived in every state in America (except for Alaska and North Dakota, which he is no hurry to get to) and nine foreign countries. He moved to the Upstate in the early 90s and is married to one of the best-looking girls ever. They have three children.

Whenever he is not reading, he enjoys spending time with his family. His desire is to see all peoples rejoice in everything God is for them through Jesus Christ by the Spirit.


Dr. Mike Gray

Mike was born in Salt Lake City and lived most of his pre-college days about an hour north near Ogden, Utah. He studied Biology in college, going on to earn a Masters and Ph.D. in Microbiology. Since finishing his Ph.D. in 1978, Mike has taught a variety of biological science courses.

He is passionate about teaching and learning and directs a summer program in teaching excellence for college teachers. Mike met his wife, Carol, during his freshman year; they married in 1971 and now have five married children and seven grandchildren.

Mike and Carol feel privileged to play a supporting role for one of their daughters and her husband who are missionaries in Cambodia. Mike enjoys reading, music, camping, cooking and college sports. Mike's desire for himself and the body at Emmanuel is that "we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13).


Rhett Gieck


Rhett was born and raised in eastern Colorado and since most of his family lived close by, family was and remains very important to Rhett.

Rhett and his wife, Janine have two children, Callie and Hudson. Rhett studied accounting in college and continues to work in the accounting field for a manufacturing company in Greenville. Rhett enjoys watching pro football, college basketball and spending time with his family.

Rhett came to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as a teenager; since then he has been growing up into Christ (Ephesians 4) and desires to continue to be made more like Christ. He considers it a joy to learn, develop and use the gifts and talents he has been given for God's glory.


David Schwingle



Kevin Tomas



Duel Deason