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

Thomas Richardson

Associational Mission Strategist


Dr. Thomas W. Richardson served as the Director of Missions for the Waccamaw Baptist Association for over six years, helping to grow the association numerically and leading the association into financial stability. His vision is for Kingdom work and he strives to build partnerships locally, nationally and globally to reach the lost for Christ. He believes in investing time in developing relationships with pastors, churches and members of the community. Dr. Richardson meets people where they are and will often use his love of fishing and hunting to gain opportunities to witness, share the Gospel and disciple people. 

He earned his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies and his Doctor’s Degree in Theology form Covington Theological seminary. Dr. Richardson pastored several churches in SC before becoming a Director of Missions.

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