Pastor Kent came to the Spartanburg community in October of 1996 to serve as the pastor of Park Hills Baptist Church. Over the next 18 months Park Hills merged with two other churches and formed River Hills Baptist Church. Kent has served as the pastor since that time. A native of Maine, and raised in New Jersey, Kent came south to attend Furman University in 1980. There he met Sandy and they were married in December of 1984 after both of them had graduated. After serving four years in the US Army as a Communications Officer, he attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in 1990. Upon graduation, he served North Main Baptist Church in Danville, Virginia until October of 1996.
Kent and Sandy are the parents of three children. Melissa Evan is currently studying to be a respiratory therapist. Brent is enrolled at Southeastern Theological Seminary in a Master’s program while working and coaching soccer, and Shelby is a Junior at Clemson where she is preparing to be an Elementary School Teacher.
Kent and Sandy use their time and efforts to minister to others. They have been faithfully serving this flock for the past 20 years.
“I never intended to be a pastor. I’m an educator at heart, but God had other plans. Though the road has not always been easy, I confess that I have found the task of shepherding this flock to be the most fulfilling endeavor of my life. I have two great desires in the decades ahead. First to finish strong, and secondly, to pass the baton of leadership to the next shepherd who will love, feed, and care for this flock which is so dear to me.
Each church is only one generation away from insignificance. We are now facing the great adventure of attracting and growing young people to follow Jesus and impact our world for Him. In a world that is increasingly hostile to the gospel, we are charged with the task to raise up a generation that is prepared to sacrifice everything for the glory of God. These are exciting times, but the best times are yet to come.”