Our History
Screven Baptist Association was organized in 1950 with 33 churches as constituent members.  It was named for William Screven, the first Baptist minister in the South, who with a group of Baptists from Kittery, Maine formed the earliest Baptist church in the South in the late 1600's. (Now First Baptist Church of Charleston)

Our Purpose
The purpose of the Screven Baptist Association is to assist and support the churches of the Association and to give focus and vision to missions objectives that will facilitate the fulfilling of the Great Commission.

Constitution & By-Laws

Richard odom

Associational Mission Strategist

Richard became the Associational Mission Strategist for the Screven Baptist Association in August 2019. Coming from a background in law enforcement, he has been involved in full time pastoral ministry since 1994 and has pastored churches in North Carolina and Alabama. Richard earned an Associates in Religion from Fruitland Bible Institute and a Bachelor’s in Theology from Covington Theological Seminary. He continued his theological studies by earning a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His passion in ministry has revolved around missions, evangelism and discipleship. He has served in various positions with the North Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. Richard is married to an incredible godly woman and loving wife, Joy. They have two daughters, Melissa and Megan, and two precious granddaughters, Avery and Ainsley. Together Richard and Joy enjoy spending the day riding their Harley Davidson Road Glide on the backroads of the Lowcountry or spending several days at a time touring parts of this country. Richard’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors.

Clay Jernigan

Resource Associate

Clay is excited to serve the local churches of the Screven Baptist Association in the areas of strengthening churches, leaders and planting churches.   Clay is joining the Screven Baptist Association team after serving as a founding pastor of the Journey Church since 2007. During that time he served most consistently in the areas of church planting, local partnerships and global missions.  He brings with him an excitement to assist in the effort of the local church being mobilized in ever domain of our the city.

Clay’s education includes a B.S. degree from Clemson University and a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  Clay and his wife, Erin, have two daughters, Eliana & Adalee and a middle son Harper.

Susan Harris

Administrative Assistant and Women’s Ministry

Susan came to Screven in January 2005 to serve as the financial secretary. Over the years her role has

changed several times. She has served as the full-time ministry assistant and the church and community

ministries director. Her current mission is serving as the administrative assistant for the everyday

functions of the association and with women’s missions, pastor’s wives and VBS ministries. She has a

love for people and working with them to glorify God’s Kingdom. She is married to “Bubba” and has

three children and three grandchildren, Mason, Haleigh, and Bryson. Her happy place is the beach and

she also enjoys painting furniture.

Favorite verse:

For I know the plans I have for you - this is the LORD's declaration- plans for your welfare, not

for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 HCSB