Gregory Batchelor

Senior Pastor

Greg came to HRBC in April 2016 after he and his wife sensed God calling them to reach out to 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 graduation from 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 graduation 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 is 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 of family ministries

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 with a degree in Business and Christian Studies. Also, he has a Master of Divinity from 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 Commision and the Great Commandment. He wants to love God, love others, and reach the lost. 



Justin comes to HRBC after serving for six years as a Full-Time Worship Pastor between two churches in the upstate of South Carolina. 

Justin and Briana have been married since June of 2013. They have one son, JD and a 5 year old lab/shar-pei mix named Bootsie.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Greenville University as well as a Master of Arts Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

One of Justin's greatest joys is watching people discover what it means to live a lifestyle of worship. He enjoys training up the next generation of worship leaders. 

When not found on the platform leading worship, Justin can either be found hanging out with his family or on the golf course with his friends. 

"It is an exciting time to be at HRBC as we learn to worship the Lord together." - Justin

Karen Creel

assistant to the director of worship and media director

Karen has been at HRBC since 2014. At HRBC Karen directs our choir, plays in our praise band, leads our drama ministry, and oversees our Media. She manages our website and social media pages for HRBC. 

Karen is a 2003 graduate of Charleston Southern University. 

Prior to HRBC, Karen was the worship leader for churches in Florence and Summerville, SC. She is a talented musician with years of experience in piano and guitar. She is also and songwriter and has used her music ministry to share in various churches and events. 

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 as well as attend a good Rodeo. She enjoys traveling especially to the mountains and also to Disney World. 

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 lester

Administrative assistant

Annette grew up in West Virginia. She attended Marshall University where she received a degree in Education. 

In 1998, Annette and her husband Kevin moved their family to Florence from Ohio. They joined HRBC in the fall of 1999. Annette began working in the office in February of 2001. 

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