Lisa “Kim” Eanes was born in … ALMOST HEAVEN … West Virginia to the daughter of a UM preacher, and the son of a WV coal miner.
At six months of age, Kim’s parents moved the family to the Midwest where they both secured jobs in the field of Education. Kim, along with her older sister, are proud to have been raised according to the Heartland values of honesty, hard work, and 100% dedication to all endeavors.
Kim spent her grade school years in Iowa, then Illinois, before moving to Michigan during her high school years and graduating from Okemos High School in 1983.
Kim began her college career pursuing law at the University of Iowa, before finally responding to a persistent call from God, and thus transferring to Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois to pursue religious studies.
After graduating from college in 1987, Kim immediately enrolled at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois where she earned her Master of Divinity Degree in 1990. While serving a church in Surfside Beach, SC, Kim was enrolled for a semester and a half in Duke Divinity School’s Doctor of Ministry Program, but after receiving a new appointment while simultaneously pursuing her Duke studies, Kim discontinued her doctoral studies in preparation for that move and her ministry at a New Church Start in the Rock Hill District.
Kim is currently completing her thirtieth year in Full Time Ordained ministry. Kim was an Ordained Elder for eleven years in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving a variety of churches including rural, suburban, multi-generational, and the second pastor of a New Church Start.
Following the death of her husband in 2000, Kim made the decision to move closer to her retiree parents, and thus she transferred to the South Carolina Conference of the UMC in 2001, where she has served a diversity of churches in the Greenwood, Columbia, Marion, Rock Hill, and Hartsville Districts.
Kim feels blessed to list as her vocational gifts – preaching and worship, Scriptural teaching, administration, and pastoral care and counseling with specialties in grief and dementia counseling.
Kim is an outdoor enthusiast, who also enjoys spectator sports. And while she has no musical abilities other than rhythm, Kim appreciates a variety of musical genres. Kim’s parents, who have enjoyed 61 years of marriage, are her best friends, along with her beloved miniature schnauzer, Shalom of Adonai, with whom Kim has shared delightful walks, boat rides, and cuddly companionship for 15 years.
Jim Rogers was born and raised just down the road in Blythewood, South Carolina. Getting to spend the last two years so close to his hometown has been a real treat, but he is looking forward to making the move to Lexington. He has spent the last two years in Winnsboro at Bethel United Methodist and Monticello United Methodist. His family has since moved away from the Columbia area, so with little family left here, now is a good time to venture out and try a new city. His parents raised he and his sister in the United Methodist church, Trinity UMC, where, for some time, his mother played piano for the choir, and where he attended VBS, MYF, and Salkehatchie Summer Service Camps. He was also their interim Youth Director for a while and would find himself sitting in on Church Council meetings. It was not until his senior year at The Citadel in 2012 that he heard his call to ministry. He spent my senior year as the first battalion religious officer, with the rank of captain. He knew then that I was called to a life of ministry.
His wife, Kendall, is a second-grade teacher at Pontiac Elementary and is excited to begin her tenth year of teaching in the Fall! Kendall and he met while he was in Durham attending seminary school at Duke University. She grew up in Chapel Hill and spent her first several years of teaching there. With March Madness canceled this year because of the coronavirus our house has never been more united. (She’s not too disappointed about it though, because after a rough start for Coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels it wasn’t looking good for their chances at the “Big Dance”). They enjoy taking walks with their nine-year-old dog, Dutch, and like all dogs, he loves eating, sleeping, and getting belly rubs. Being stuck at home has given us the opportunity to discover new hobbies. They’ve been playing badminton in the backyard, playing cards, working out and cooking together. Back before the pandemic, he really enjoyed watching sports, mainly college football and basketball. When he has some down time he likes reading books on history (mainly, Civil War and Vietnam War history and books by Pat Conroy). He also likes to steal some personal time for and just simply play guitar without any agenda, which has been the most therapeutic thing for me over the years.
Jim says “It is both mine and Kendall’s prayer and hope, along with the Bishop, the Cabinet, the District Superintendent, and your Staff Parish Relations Committee that we are able to build long-lasting and loving relationships with you all. We both look forward to being in partnership with you, our new church family, and in the mutual mission of loving neighbor and making disciples of Christ’s love for the transformation of the world. I myself, as your new associate pastor, am excited to be with you, to know you, and to serve you, as best I can in the days ahead with God’s guidance and help. It is our prayer that you all stay healthy and safe in your return to church and we ask that you please pray the same for our coming arrival soon.”
Until then, “may God bless you and protect you. His face to shine on you and grant you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)