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The Team

Who We Are

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Dr. Ronald "Dee" Vaughan

Senior Pastor

Dr. Ronald “Dee” Vaughan became St. Andrews’ Senior Pastor in December 2011. He is a native of Greenville, SC and is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). “Dee,” as he is known to most people, has served as a student minister, a campus ministry intern, a hospital chaplain, a fire department chaplain, and, since 1982, has served as senior pastor of five congregations. Dee is married to Linda, a native of Gaffney and a graduate of Furman University. Linda teaches adult education for Lexington School District 2, fulfilling her passion for giving people a second chance at a high school degree and a better life. The Vaughans are parents of three children.

803-798-7325, Ext. 223

Murphy Peele

Director of Finance and administration

Murphy began work at St Andrews Baptist in April 2022.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration.  Murphy has been involved in ministry since December 1982 and has worked for Baptist state conventions in both North and South Carolina and served with multiple churches in SC.  He is married to Donna and they have two grown children, Amy and Ben and one grandchild, with two additional grandchildren due anytime.  Murphy enjoys reading and working in the yard.

803-798-7325, Ext. 224


Leonard Washington

Facilites coordinator

I have been a member of the staff since 2016. I am a retired military veteran of 20 years of which half my military career was with the 82nd Airborne Division as U.S. Paratrooper in Fort Bragg North Carolina. My primary job in the military was a 25WP which is a Telecommunication Chief. I obtained the rank of Sergeant First Class before retiring in 2007.  After the military I attended Cantura College where I received a degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR).

Before coming to Saint Andrews Baptist Church, I worked for Atlantic Tower Services out of Orlando Florida as a HVAC technician maintaining cellular phone towers in the southeastern region. I also worked as HVAC technician for 2nd Wind Heating and Air.

I am married to my beautiful wife Jill who I met and married in the Philippines.  We have handsome son 14 year son. The mantras that I live by are: Good things come from change, I embrace the unknown,  Leaders lead from the front, Do not set the example be the example, Family comes first and always strive to become the best version of yourself.

803-798-7325, Ext. 247

Cell- (803) 201-0543

Crystal preston

Church Life Coordinator

Crystal C Preston is our Church Life Coordinator since 2019. She is a native from Greenville, SC and graduated from Everest University with AS in Science / Business Administration. 

Crystal is married to Johnny a native of Wagner, SC and he has 21 years in telecommunication. He is a lead tech for Windstream. They love spending time with their parents, two boys, and grandchildren as much as possible. Their fur baby, Raptor gets most of their attention.

In her spare time, she likes to work on Color Street and crafts (resign art, decals and t-shirts). Johnny helps with both side hobbies, and “He is the perfect administrative assistant”. 

803-798-7325, Ext. 221


Emily bundrick

communications coordinator

Emily recently joined the team. A graduate of Toccoa Falls College, she has a BA degree in English, and one in Bible and Theology as well. Hobbies of Emily's include reading, writing, and photography. She is close to her friends and family, and is the middle of three.

803-798-7325, Ext. 227


Interim minister of music

Michael Ballard, a dedicated music minister, music educator, and conductor, is ecstatic to serve the choirs and congregation at St. Andrews Baptist Church. Prior to joining SABC, Michael devoted six years as a choir director at Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver's first church. After relocating to South Carolina, he continued to lead music at both Shandon Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen's Lutheran Church.


With a wealth of experience as an educator, Michael has taught choir, drama, and general music within the K-12 school system and conducted music literacy classes at Trinity United Methodist Church. Currently, he imparts his knowledge as an instructor for Music Theory and Aural Skills courses at USC.


Beyond his teaching responsibilities, Michael thrived as the Artistic Director for the Foothills Community Choir in Colorado for five years and actively participated in various professional ensembles within the Denver Metro area as a singer. Outside of his professional endeavors, Michael finds joy in hiking, bike riding, reading, and cherishing quality time with his family and partner, Meredith.


Beth Tolar

Minister to children

Beth has been a member of St. Andrews since 2012. She joined our church staff in 2022 serving in our Children's Ministry. When Beth is not serving at the church, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 34 years, William. They have 3 sons who live in the Columbia area and one grandson who fills their lives with absolute JOY! She loves sharing Jesus with children, especially babies. It is important that children have a happy, safe, learning environment where they can understand Biblical truth that builds a strong foundation. 


Merri Christy tolar

Weekday preschool director

Merri Christy graduated from Converse College with a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a masters in Christian Education with an emphasis in Childhood Ministry.  She is married to Jeffrey, and they have 2 daughters.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading and going to the mountains.

803-731-2621 (Preschool Office)

803-798-7325, Ext. 238

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