Meet Carol, our Senior Minister at First Baptist Greenville. With a unique calling to cultivating the kin-dom of God on earth, Carol has a deep commitment to inclusivity, racial justice and advocacy for the oppressed. She has a passion for preaching and enjoys taking a deep exploratory dive into Scripture and making connections to our everyday lives. Carol is committed (most days) to spiritual practices, which help her draw near to Christ, such as moments of silence, expressions of gratitude, and the intentional practice of Sabbath-keeping. She is also an extrovert who thoroughly enjoys connecting with people. Carol joined First Baptist as Pastor in 2024.
Both Carol and her husband Michael grew up in TN. They met in college at Carson Newman and feel lucky to be partners in life. They have two children, Nate (14) and Marin (9).
Carol was ordained by Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco TX. She served as the Community Minister at First Baptist Knoxville for 7 years and as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbia MO for 11 years before coming to First Baptist Greenville. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Services from Carson Newman College and is also a graduate of George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University, where she earned her Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work. She also has a Doctor of Ministry in Worship, Preaching, and Spirituality from Drew University in New Jersey.
Carol is actively engaged in Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) and served as the Moderator from 2019-2020 and led the Fellowship through an unprecedented time of ministering during a global pandemic. Carol has served on the Leadership Team for Baptist Women in Ministry (2015-2018) and served as a mentor for new ministers through the Baptist Women in Ministry mentoring program. Carol also took part in the Alliance of Baptist Thriving for Racial Justice cohort from (2020-2023).
Carol enjoys the great outdoors and can often be found walking the trails in Greenville or camping with her family. Carol is an avid reader and appreciates a good novel and books about theology and church. Some of her favorite authors as of late are Brian McLaren, Brene Brown, Jemar Tisby, Marcus Borg, Kate Bowler, and bell hooks, N.T. Wright.
Mary Carol Anderson
Minister of Youth and College
“Over the years First Baptist Greenville has been a place where I was taught, loved, encouraged, and given the freedom to discover who I am as a gifted child of God. It is the nurturing of this congregation that led me to discover my calling in youth ministry. I am honored, to have returned home to the place that has raised me to continue the tradition of loving, teaching, and allowing our youth to have the freedom to discover who they are as children of God. I am passionate about missions and community involvement and guiding our youth to be the hands and feet of Christ in this world.” Mary Carol returns to Greenville with a love to hike and play with in her free time.
Minister of Music
“I was drawn to First Baptist because it is a nurturing community of faith where music is a vital part of our services and youth and children’s ministries. I love our congregational gatherings: whether singing hymns in our beautiful
Camille Loomis Rehnborg
Minister of Spiritual Formation and Outreach
“FBG’s community is a jewel of the Upstate! We work to be a faith community where all questions, testimonies, joys and curiosities are enthusiastically welcome. I am grateful for the lively spirit in our congregation and the ways we support one another through thick and thin. Despite being a large church, our deep love for each other makes it feel like home.” Prior to seminary, Camille worked as a middle school orchestra director in Mississippi. She is particularly drawn to God’s creative beauty expressed in music, art, and story. Camille is married to Matthew, a fellow seminary graduate and expert in all things community design. Camille joined FBG’s staff in 2020, when she honed her televangelist poses for online worship.
Rev. Bridget Kokolis served as Minister to Families at Augusta Road Baptist church here in Greenville for six years and served as the Associate Minister of Spiritual Formation at Greenlawn Baptist Church in Columbia, SC for ten years.
Bridget has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina and earned her Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
Bridget has a passion for teaching each child about God’s abundant love and walking alongside families as they seek to deepen their faith together.
Bridget is married to Michael Sr. They have a twelve-year-old son, also named Michael. She loves spending time with her family, their pets, and finding chances to create.
Minister of Pastoral Care
“FBC Greenville is unique! Here, gifts are matched to ministries, and the fruit of that approach is evident in the quality, substance, and diversity of her ministries. When I considered taking this position, I asked myself: where else could all the facets of my gifts, interests, education
Minister of Community Engagement
“I love the people of FBC, how they take care of each other, and how seriously they take becoming God’s people. Their concern for the community and their willingness to both lead and follow in mission and ministry initiatives are also things I admire and encourage. What a great place to be a minister!” Matt and his wife, Rolyn, have three children, Jack, Celie Ann, and Lucy. He has been on staff at First Baptist Greenville since September 2003.