We believe that churches should be led, not only by a pastor, but also by a group of men (i.e., elders). In time, men will be elected from our church to lead and serve our church family as elders. In the meantime, while our church is in the process of being formed, we are governed by elders and pastors from other PCA churches in the greater Charleston area.

Nathan Francis​

Lead Pastor

Brandon Hawkes​

Assistant Pastor​

Ron Hemingway​

Temporary Elder​

Elder from Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, PCA​

John Schley​

Temporary Elder​

Pastor from Metro North Church, PCA​

Michael Walters

Temporary Elder​

Assistant Pastor from Church Creek Presbyterian Church, PCA​

Rich Wylly​

Temporary Elder​

Elder from Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, PCA​

Meet the Lead Pastor

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Nathan Francis grew up in Richmond, VA. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Graphic Design in 2003. During college, he served with the Navigators campus ministry and spent two summers in Japan. After college, he stayed in Blacksburg, VA and worked a dozen years in the Information Technology field in design, support, and project management.

During those years, his desire grew for pastoral ministry. Subsequently, he moved his family to Charlotte, NC to attend Reformed Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2017. They moved to Asheville, NC to become a Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach. They now live in Cane Bay laying the groundwork for this new church.

He met his beautiful wife, Lori, in Blacksburg. He and his wife, Lori, have four daughters. Nathan loves being outside and Lori’s happy place is the beach. They are excited to be living in the Lowcountry! Nathan enjoys cycling, building things, frisbee, campfires, and anything with his girls.

Assistant Pastor

Brandon Hawkes grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina with two loving parents and 3 brothers. There he spent his free time playing games in the neighborhood with his friends. After high school he attended NC State University. Things changed for Brandon when he was a junior and it finally clicked for him that Jesus demanded to be not just his Savior, but also his LORD.

With Christ as his master, Brandon stopped resisting his call to ministry and got more plugged in with a campus ministry called RUF. He graduated with a B.S. in Forest Management and went on to serve with RUF at Western Carolina University. It was there that he met his God fearing, Jesus loving wife, Annalee. Once Brandon asked her out, eight months later they were married!

Within months of being married, the budding Hawkes family moved to Charlotte where Brandon would begin seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) while serving as a pastoral intern at East Charlotte Presbyterian Church. There they had their first child, Camila, and learned many valuable lessons while witnessing anew the faithfulness of God. After graduating with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from RTS, Brandon, Annalee, & Camila moved to the Cane Bay area to serve at Hope Community Church in the fall of 2021. Not long after arriving, their second child Dawson was born. They are thrilled to be here and to serve God’s kingdom!


Carina Phillips grew up around the world as the daughter of parents serving in missions overseas.  She, her three siblings and parents loved exploring this great world that God made serving in Romania, Hungary, South Africa, Chile and Thailand.  It was in Africa, however, that Carina first truly felt like she was home.  Her love for children and medicine, and her desire to see God’s work expand around the world, led her to Charleston Southern University where she is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  She hopes that someday she can set up a camp for special needs children in Africa to provide treatment for these kids and hope for their families through the good news that Jesus brings.  Meanwhile, however, Carina is enjoying living in the low country and feels privileged to serve at Hope Community Church.


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