By Bob Braddy
Reverend Bruce Sayer and his wife Ann arrived in Dillon this week to begin their ministry at Main Street United Methodist Church. They will reside in the church’s parsonage on David Street in Dillon.
Reverend Sayer previously served at St. Paul’s/Tillman in Ridgeland, with previous appointments at nine other churches in the South Carolina Conference. He attended Florida Southern University where he majored in art history and music history. He graduated seminary in 1977 at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas, TX.
While a student at Florida Southern, he had the opportunity to meet and work with Dillon County’s own celebrity pianist, Robert MacDonald, who headed the music department there for many years before retirement.
When asked if he had known Bob and Ingrid MacDonald while he was a student at Florida Southern he replied:
“Bob MacDonald was more than an instructor- He and Ingrid were wonderful friends, not just to me, but to so many of us students! He and I worked together on three stage sets for Brigadoon my sophomore year, and he wowed everybody with his backdrops. I did the stage sets for his Beethoven concert my last year. Needless to say, he made me and everyone else feel so very special.”
Hopefully, Bob and Ingrid’s many friends and admirers in the Dillon area will join the members of Main Street United Methodist Church in welcoming Bruce and Ann to our community.
It is with great regret and sadness that the members of Main Street UMC see Reverend Mike and Beth Rouse transfer to the Methodist Church in Moncks Corner, SC. After serving eight years in Dillon, they have endeared themselves not just to the church members but to the entire community. Reverend Rouse has given spiritual growth and strength to the Dillon church. Their rare vocal talents have been enjoyed regularly at our church, and also at The Dillon County Theatre, The Florence Little Theatre, and countless other venues. Hopefully they will return often, and certainly they will continue to share their talents with the church and community at Moncks Corner.
By Bob Braddy