Michael Shafran is our Senior Pastor. He graduated with his Master of Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Before coming to Mount Moriah, he served as a pastor in Baltimore, Maryland for 8 1/2 years and served on the leadership team for Baltimore Baptist Association. He is passionate about adoption and serves on the affiliate board for America World Adoption.
He is the husband of Julie and father of Michael, Anna, Will, and Emma.
When not studying, he enjoys just being with his family, good coffee, traveling, fishing, hunting, and watching Pittsburgh Steeler football.
Hank Bates is married to Gerry-Ann. They are currently adopting their son, Simon, from Uganda and expecting their second son, Henry, in June.
Hank is working full time as our youth pastor while attending Midwestern Seminary online in pursuit of his undergrad and masters degrees.
Hank & Gerry-Ann met briefly at Mount Moriah in 2006 when Hank visited with a friend. They were reintroduced at Mount Moriah in 2011 and were married in the church in 2014. Hank and Gerry-Ann left the church briefly for Hank to accept a youth minister's position in a nearby town. Hank later moved to Africa to foster their son towards adoption and to assist Gerry-Ann's father in missions and church planting. Upon returning home, Hank was hired at Mount Moriah and both he and Gerry-Ann feel that they have finally come home.
Children's Ministry Leader
Amy Burke is our Children's Ministry Leader. She graduated from Clemson with a degree in Speech and Communication Studies (B.A.) and has a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
She is the wife of Chris and the mama of Wyatt, Silas, Clara, and Jasper.
Amy loves coffee, audiobooks, and finding teachable moments to point children to God's grace.
Melissa grew up in Cheddar, South Carolina, not far from Powdersville. After graduating from Palmetto High School, she earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Lander University. She earned her certification as Ministry Assistant in March of 2005.
Melissa has been a member of Mount Moriah since 2001 and has served as the Ministry Assistant since 2005. She and her husband Tommy have two children, Drew and Anna.