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!
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.
Director of Music Ministries
Craig joined the staff in May of 2012 as the Director of Music Ministries. He holds a B.M. from the University of South Carolina in Music Education and is currently pursuing a M.M. in Choral Conducting. Prior to coming to Cayce UMC, Craig served as Music Director at Greene Street United Methodist Church. Craig also teaches chorus at South Aiken High School.
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 email@example.com
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.