The leadership of HRBC is comprised of men and women who are committed to loving, caring for, and praying for both church members and our community. We love serving where we live, and we want to help share God's love to the ends of the earth. We would love to hear from you. If you have questions, or would like to speak with someone, please email us or call the church office. 

  • Gregory Batchelor

    senior Pastor

    Greg came to HRBC in April 2016 after he and his wife sensed God calling them to reach into the city of Florence. Greg has served on church staffs since 1998 in various capacities including recreation minister, student minister, associate pastor and senior pastor. He and Linzie have been married since 2003 and have two daughters. Greg and Linzie attended the same home church in Hartsville.


    After graduating Hartsville High, Greg went to Coker College on a baseball scholarship. While pitching for the Cobras, he also ran on the Cross Country team his junior and senior years. After graduating from Coker with a degree in Chemistry, Greg attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He obtained a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages. Nine years later, he graduated SEBTS again with a Doctorate of Ministry in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth.


    Greg’s favorite food is “anything Mexican.” Even though he coached baseball for 8 years in the public school, his favorite sport now is golf. He is still an adrenaline junkie and loves being outside.


    His favorite passages include Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:8, and Acts 2:38-47. One of his favorite expressions is “This life here on earth is not all that there is.” He believes time is of the essence and the mission is great. He is thankful God called him to lead the congregation of Hoffmeyer Road Baptist Church.

  • george atkins

    Associate Pastor

    George and his wife Amber have been a part of the Hoffmeyer family since 2016. George's family ministry mentality has him involved in our children, youth, and parent ministries. Prior to HRBC, George was a children's pastor in Hartsville, SC. He is a proud graduate of Charleston Southern University and is in the Masters of Divinity program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

    When George is not leading the youth or hitting the books, he is playing tennis, running, or working in the yard. George is a huge fan of the Florida State Seminoles. 

    George strives to live each day to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. He wants to love God, love others, and reach the lost.

  • karen creel

    Worship leader

    Karen has been the worship leader at HRBC since 2014. At HRBC, Karen directs our choir, praise band, drama team, and weekly worship services. 

    Prior to HRBC, she was the worship leader for churches in Florence and Summerville, SC. She is a talented musician with years of experience in piano and guitar. Her desire each week at HRBC is to lead people before the throne of Jesus and help them experience the true heart of worship.

    When she isn't playing music, Karen can be found behind her camera taking pictures of anything from a beautiful sunset to her three adorable nephews. 

    Karen loves cheering on her Clemson Tigers and Atlanta Braves, and can also be found attending a rodeo nearby. She loves to travel and hopes to catch a baseball game in every MLB ballpark someday. 

    Every day, Karen strives to live her life by Matthew 5:16 which says "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven."



    Annette grew up in West Virginia. She attended Marshall University where she received a degree in Education. In 1998, Annette, her husband Kevin and their family moved to Florence from Ohio. They joined HRBC in the fall of 1999. Annette began working in the office in February 2001. 

    Annette and Kevin have 3 grown children, but no grandchildren just yet. She enjoys her job, gardening, traveling, and doing household projects.