Rev. Ben Herlong
Rev. Ben Herlong spent his childhood in preparation for the itinerant ministry of the United Methodist Church. With his family, he moved from Saluda to Aiken, Orlando, Johnston, West Columbia (where he graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School) and back to Saluda. He is a graduate of Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and Asbury Theological Seminary. Rev. Herlong has pastored churches in Smoaks, Clinton, Irmo, Ninety Six, Orangeburg, Inman and Rock Hill before coming to Cayce. He and his wife, Barbara, have 3 children: Heather, Wade, and Christine; and 4 grandchildren: Logan, Wyatt, Peyton, and Skylar.
Pastoral Assistant for Congregational Care and Senior Adult Ministry
Cayce Church has had a visitation minister for many years and as of July 2, 2017, I will have the pleasure and honor of being the lay person taking on the duties of “Pastoral Assistant for Congregational Care and Senior Adult Ministry.” This position will consist of serving 8-10 hours a week of visitation to older adults in homes/nursing/health care/retirement centers and assisting the Senior Minister with hospital visitations. I have been a member of Cayce UMC for 48 years and retired thirteen years ago from working at the S. C. Episcopal Home at Still Hopes/West Columbia for 27 years. I presently serve on the District Elderly Housing Development Board of Asbury Arms located in West Columbia. My family consists of 4 adult children and 16 grandchildren. I look forward to many visits and conversations within our senior community. Please pray for this ministry as we move on as a church family. May God bless us all!
Director of Vision Implementation
Amy Cooley is a native of Lancaster, South Carolina, where most of my family still lives. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Religion from Coastal Carolina University and a Master of Church Music Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She has served churches in Indiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In these churches she has worked as Music Director, Youth Director, Children’s Director, Senior Adult Coordinator, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Leader, Pianist, special event coordinator, and many other roles. She looks forward to working with the leaders of Cayce assisting with volunteer recruitment, activity coordination, curriculum selection and development, and connectional activities..
She is married to Kevin, a United Methodist pastor at Mt. Hebron in West Columbia. They have two daughters: Caroline, 17 and Maggie, 13. They have served at Mt. Hebron for two and a half years. Prior to moving here, they served in Fort Mill, SC for 9 years.
Samuel K. Harmon was born and grew up at Lexington, SC, the middle child of seven boys. He served three years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. Sam furthered his education at Wofford College, where he received a B.A. in history and also Divinity School, Duke University, receiving an M.Div. degree. In 1964, he married Anne Bonnette of Georgetown, SC. They have two children, Ed and Laurie Anne, grandchildren, Aaron and Anna Jane Walden, and also Asley Carrowan and great grandchildren Macon and Emmaline Carrowan. Sam served United Methodist churches in Durham NC and in Campobello, Columbia, Greenwood, Rock Hill, Aiken, West Columbia, Orangeburg, and Cayce, SC. He retired in 2004 at Cayce UMC after 41 years of service.
Ms. Williams graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Performance Certificate on French horn. While she attended USC, she had the opportunity to tour with the USC Wind Ensemble in Washington, D.C. and China. She has studied with Mr. Robert Pruzin, Dr. Scott Weiss, and Mr. J.D. Shaw, among several others. Her senior year at USC, she had the incredible opportunity to be the school mascot. Ms. Williams performs regularly with the Palmetto Concert Band, Carolina Wind Symphony, and Pantasia, a Caribbean steel band. She also loves cats.
Music has been a part of Camille Jones’s life ever since she can remember. Camille started her teaching career 31 years ago at Indian Land Elementary – High School. She has taught 29 years in Lexington One and is currently choral director at Gilbert Middle School. Camille has been a church musician since her high school years and has served as choir director/organist/pianist at Fort Jackson, Nazareth Lutheran, Zion Lutheran and Cayce United Methodist Church. Finally, she spends her free time as musical director of shows at Village Square theater and Columbia area community theaters. When she’s not making music, she’s sleeping.
Director of Music Ministries
Craig joined the staff in May of 2012 as the Director of Music Ministries. He holds a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Craig is also the Choral Director at Gilbert High School and serves as the SC ACDA Youth Committees Coordinator and SC All-State Chorus Weekend Coordinator. Prior to coming to Cayce UMC, Craig served as Music Director at Greene Street United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia.
Cal was born in Chester, SC and moved to West Columbia at the age of four. As a graduate of Brookland Cayce in 1966, he spent a short couple of years at USC, where “I majored in pretty much everything and did poorly in all of them because I missed more classes than I attended.” A request to serve Uncle Sam interrupted his education for three years.
Then in 1972 a more mature young man returned to University of South Carolina to major in accounting and eventually assume a position with a local road contractor. These early experiences enabled him to become a finance entrepreneur and later a consultant to small businesses.
“Then God called me to do this job at Cayce UMC and, as is usual with God’s plans, it’s the best thing that has happened to me since meeting and marrying my wife Lora. We’ve been married since 1972 and we expect to be married until 2072.”
Contact Cal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia is an active member of Cayce UMC, along with her husband Jeff, daughters Ashley and Emily, and parents Imogene and Tommy Rivers. She is a graduate of BC High School and Columbia College.