St. Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Payton is a native of Mer Rouge, Louisiana. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of twelve and became a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.
Rev. Dr. Payton is a 1971 graduate of Delta High School in Mer Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated summa cum laude from Grambling State University in December 1974 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and Management. He also attended East Texas State University in Texarkana, TX in the graduate MBA program. Rev. Dr. Payton graduated with Honors from the Baptist Studies Program at the Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC in May 2011 with a Master of Arts in Religion. Rev. Dr. Payton received the Doctor of Ministry Degree on December 10, 2015 through the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School of Christian Ministry at the North Greenville University located in Greer, SC.
Rev. Dr. Payton spent over thirty-one years with International Paper in various management positions and retired at their corporate office in Memphis, TN on November 1, 2006 and moved to Little River, SC where he currently resides.
After retirement, he returned to the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Pawleys Island, SC, where he was a member before moving to Memphis, TN. His service at Mt. Zion M.B. Church includes the following: Adult Class Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Class Teacher and Financial Secretary.
He was ordained as a Deacon at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in June 2007; and, remained in this service until called to preach on December 16, 2008. He was licensed as a Minister to preach the gospel at Mt. Zion M.B. Church after his initial sermon on January 4, 2009; and, served in this role until July 2010.
Rev. Dr. Payton then became the Executive Pastor and Minister to Men at the Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church at 1931 Fulmer Street in Conway, SC from August 2010 to April 2012. While at Palmetto M. B. Church Rev. Dr. Payton was ordained to the work of preaching the Gospel Ministry.
Rev. Dr. Payton is the Pastor at the St. Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church at 57 11th Avenue in Aynor, SC. He has served in this role since installed on August 19, 2012.
Rev. Dr. Payton is married to Claudia Bodison Payton of Round O, SC. They are the parents of two adult children, Lisa and Gregory.
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Over 94 years ago, God cast the vision for a church in the Aynor community. Sam Dunmore, Arthur Dewitt, Sarah McQueen, Francis Best, Bessie Burroughs and Lula Dunmore met at the Coastline Railroad Depot. In 1920, the church was built and named St. Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.
Over the years, we have become strong in the Lord, our membership has increased, and ministries have been developed and continue to expand.
Presently, the Church conducts Worship Services each Sunday; as well as, Christian education and training through Bible Study and Sunday school. Our choirs include a Youth Choir and Male Choir. Serving in the community, we have an Outreach Ministry, Food Program, and a Van Ministry.
Partnering with other area churches, the Levister Community Development Center was established to provide tutorial programs and other services to foster community fellowship and growth.
As a part of our Prison Ministry, we participate with other churches in feeding over 1200 inmates during Thanksgiving at Turbeville Corrections, and eighty local inmates during Christmas at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Under the leadership of Reverend George E. Payton, we continue to foster the spirit of our humble beginnings because “We are the Church where everybody is somebody because we are a FAMILY”.
Rev. Lisa Riggins
Mobile: (843) 424-9913
Deacon Edison Best
Chairman of Deacon Ministry
Hilbert A. Best Deacon
Deaconess Albertha Best
Deaconess Alma Reid
Deaconess Glenda Best
Superintendent Sunday School
Sanctuary Capital Campaign Manger
Faithful, Believing, full of faith, firm in attendance to promise, true to God and His church with a strong prayer life to include mission meetings with the sick and shut in, weekly prayer services, Sunday school, bible study, praise and worship services and regular worship services Willing to sh are with and invest their God given knowledge and experience in someone else. Strongly committed to help others become active participants in church ministries and to worship the Lord in spirit and truth. And Ruth said, entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. (RUTH: 1:16)
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