MEET OUR STAFF
 
Rev. Jordan Gandy (Darlington, SC) – Senior Pastor
Jordan joined the GCBC staff in June of 2015 as the Associate Pastor, later being called as the full-time Senior Pastor of Garden City Baptist in December of 2016. Jordan loves to see people grow in Christ and to fulfill the Great Commission. He believes that GCBC will grow through submission to the Lord’s will and through the faithful preaching of the Word. He holds a B.S. in History from Francis Marion University (2009) and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2014). Jordan is currently completing his doctorate in Church Revitalization at Southeastern. He and his wife Lacie have been married since July of 2010 and have two wonderful children: Madelyn and Maddox. In his free time, Jordan enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and cheering on the Atlanta Braves and Miami Dolphins!
 
 
Rev. Charlie Lanier (Conway, NC) – Associate Pastor
Charlie joined the GCBC staff as the Associate Pastor in May of 2017. He holds a B.A. in History and Education from Campbell University (2000) and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2003). Charlie and his wife Ashley have been married since April of 2005 and have three daughters: Alayna, Julianna, and Josie. Since his time in seminary, Charlie has served as a minister of youth and children, a high school Social Studies teacher, and a Senior Pastor. Charlie enjoys spending any spare time he has with his family. He also enjoys sharing the unshakable hope found in Jesus Christ with others.
 
 
Rev. Tim Laurent (Alexandria, LA)  – Next Gen. Minister
Timothy joined the GCBC staff in May of 2017 as the Minister to the Next Generation, responsible for overseeing and leading the children’s ministry and youth ministry. He has been serving in ministry since 2010 and has developed a passion for leading children and youth by serving churches in South and North Carolina. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Francis Marion University (2013) and is currently completing his Master of Divinity degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. As someone who has worked with children and youth throughout his time in ministry, Timothy enjoys nothing more than watching a child understand the gospel, give their live to Christ, and begin to grow in their relationship with Him. Timothy is not married but enjoys spending time with his family and being an uncle to his little niece and nephew! Beyond ministry, Timothy is a huge South Carolina Gamecocks and Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys baseball, videography, and living at the beach!
 
Varina Alexander (Bristol, VA) Music Director
Varina joined the GCBC staff in April of 1995 as the Music Director, responsible for leading and directing Joyful Praise Kids, Joyful Sounds (homebound member ministry), Adult Praise/Worship teams, and Chancel Choir. Varina has enjoyed serving the Lord through music ministry since her early teens and has served churches across the country as organist, pianist, and choir director. Varina holds a B.A. in Music Education from Virginia Intermont College (1978) and enjoys sharing her love of music through teaching, leading, and equipping others to praise, glorify, and honor the Lord. Varina has been married to her husband, Tim, for 38 wonderful years and they have one daughter, Sara. In her spare time, Varina enjoys being with her family and friends, teaching piano, traveling, gardening, and cooking with her husband. 
 
Jo Anne Lee (Charleston, SC) Ministry Assistant
Jo Anne joined Garden City Baptist Church in 1978. After retiring from the United States Air Force Nurse Corp she became more involved in church activities. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Jo Anne ran the Media Library at GCBC for several years. Then, in 2004, she joined the staff to manage the office and support the ministerial staff. She enjoys her job and through her position is able to assist many different areas of the church in all types of ministry endeavors. Jo Anne has enjoyed all types of needlework over the years, and is now the proud caretaker of three indoor felines! Jo Anne spends most of her spare time taking care of her yard.