Meet our leadership
Say hello to the leadership team at St. James United Methodist Church.
Rev. Joshua Tietje - Pastor
Pastor Joshua Tietje is our new Pastor here at St. James UMC! We welcome him and his family with open arms and look forward to worshiping with him on his first Sunday, July 3rd.
Josh Tietje a native of North Carolina and born the middle of three sons to the late Rev. William Tietje and Elizabeth Tietje. Josh grew up surrounded and supported by the love of God expressed through the local church. Sensing a defining call to vocational ministry late in High School, Josh perused the pathway to ordained ministry at Southern Wesleyan University through his home denomination, The Wesleyan Church. Soon before finishing his degree, Josh received his first appointment at Jonathan Valley Wesleyan Church in Waynesville, NC. A month after graduating in December of 2008 with a Religion/Christian ministries degree, Josh and his wife Joy joined in marriage in January 2009. In July 2011, Josh began his ministry at Asheville Wesleyan Church until September 2016, when Josh and his family moved to Conway, SC, after being offered a staff-ministerial position as Director of Christian Education and Missions at First UMC of Conway. In July 2022, Josh is blessed to be appointed at St. James United Methodist Church in Goose Creek, SC.
Josh's greatest joy in ministry is watching people grow in their personal and community faith and helping them develop skills in their mission and ministry. Josh is also interested in the study of churchmanship and liturgy in the English tradition (Church of England, Episcopal, and Methodist). Curiosity drives Josh in work and leisure; he enjoys engaging with new questions and concepts as often as possible. Aside from his work in church and community engagement, Josh enjoys flower gardening, bird watching, cooking, reading a good book, and anything to do with history. Landscaped gardens and museums of art or natural and cultural history are always favorite places for the whole Tietje family to spend leisure time. Josh and Joy have two children, Nolan (11) and Emery (8).
Ginny Byrne - Administrative Assistant
Ginny Byrne moved to Goose Creek, SC with her husband Tim in September 2007 from North Haledon, New Jersey. She started her employment with St. James UMC in January, 2011.
Ginny brings to us over twenty-one years of office administrative experience. She worked as Manager of Administration and Associate Vice President for Western World Insurance Company. In that capacity she managed Communications and Word Processing; Document Imaging and Workflow of Claims; Deductible Collections; Building and Office Services. Prior to that she worked as International Administrative Manager for Drew Chemical where she managed International Billing and Word Processing. She studied Business Administration at St. Elizabeth College and Caldwell College; received a certificate in Business Management from the College of Insurance; and received a diploma from Berkeley Secretarial College.
Taylor Eubanks - Communications Director
Taylor Eubanks was born and raised here in Goose Creek, South Carolina. He has studied marketing and business. Taylor is a lifelong member at St. James UMC, with strong family roots. He has experience working with web design, small business marketing, and social media management. Taylor enjoys opportunities to be creative and work with technology to connect with people and serve the Lord.
Jill Jones - Children's and Youth Director
Jill Jones has been a member of St. James for 16 years. She has two children and has been married for 17 years. She loves working with children and watching kids grow in their knowledge of God and his love for us.
Vance Ross - Music Director
Vance Ross came to St. James in 2005 and joined the choir. Not long after, he approached the praise band about playing bass for them and is still ministering in that capacity today. Vance later accepted the position of Music Director at St. James. Vance started his involvement with music when he was seven years old, playing accordion. He also learned to play piano, and at age 12 the organ. Vance has played with a number of different bands, sung in church choirs and college choruses. He studied the directing style of Rev. Dr. C.G. (Sonny) Walden at White Bluff UMC in Savannah, GA. Vance's goal is to provide the most spiritually appropriate worship experience possible through music. Vance encourages people of all ages to share their gift of music to praise our Lord.