Our Leadership

Ellison Smith


Ellison Smith was, and continues to be, a stalwart educator within Horry County. In his career he taught high school sciences and 6th grade. He has been an elementary principal in SC, a high school principal in GA, and then a superintendent in SC. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina, and then adjunct professor at USC and Winthrop College. He served the United States military in four branches, US Army Reserve, US Air Force, SC Air National Guard, and SC Civil Air Patrol. Throughout his Christian walk he has served the Church as both deacon and elder. Ellison has graciously committed to serve as the first Clerk of Session for Carolina Forest Church. He is married to his beautiful wife Raffia and between the two of them they have 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Roy Lim


Roy Lim was born in Singapore, and migrated to the USA in 1964. His studies were in finance with an undergraduate degree at Wharton Grad School and post-grad from both the Universities of Virginia and Michigan. Roy spent his working career in International Banking. Roy came to Christ in 1963. At present he his is serving as a Ruling Elder at Faith Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach, SC and on the provisional session for the Carolina Forest Church Plant. He is married to his beautiful wife Grace.

Jim Lewis


Jim Lewis is a Georgia Tech Ramblin’ Wreck, a mechanical & structural engineer, and a multi-patented entrepreneur running a consulting engineering business in the Coastal Carolinas. By God’s immeasurable plans, he is a sinner saved by grace, a shepherd of God’s people, husband to an amazing wife, Vicki, and father to five children ranging from infancy to adulthood. His childhood conversion was confirmed in 1989 when, in college, he began to grasp the depth and breadth of God’s gracious work as he read the book of Romans, and realized how staggeringly awesome, and costly, it is to be chosen as one of Christ’s own. Next to Christ, his family, the church and business, Jim is passionate about all of life, but especially music, and plays in two bands as well as worship.

Mark Horne


Mark Horne is a Mission to North America church planter. He was ordained by Calvary Presbytery at Norris Hill, PCA on November 3, 2002. He has fifteen plus years of pastoral ministry experience serving two Presbyterian Church in America congregations of Calvary Presbytery in Anderson and Newberry, South Carolina. Before becoming a pastor, Mark served his home church of Lebanon, PCA in Abbeville, SC in several capacities including Sunday school teacher, Deacon, and Ruling Elder. Mark loves all things outdoors and coffee. Mark is married to Lisa. They knew each other from being raised in the same church of Lebanon, PCA. Mark is a graduate of Erskine College and Seminary and is a member of Pee Dee Presbytery. Mark and Lisa have three beautiful children: Tanner (18), Jonathan (16) and Katherine (11).