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Danielle Abadie

Danielle AbadieJoined Parish: 2012
Profession: Elementary/Middle School Teacher in Florence
Came from: Sterling Heights, MI (Suburb of Detroit)

Other Information: I have been married to my husband, Kevin, since 2010.  We have a son named James, and we live in Conway.  We enjoy going to the beach, sports, and traveling.  We like attending St. James Catholic Church and being involved because it has a family atmosphere and we know this is where we are supposed to be.

Lizandro Ballinas

Lizandro BallinasJoined Parish:
Came from:

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Jessica Barojas

Jessica BarojasJoined Parish: 2004
Profession: Dental Office
Came from:

Other Information:
Graduated from Conway High school and attended an academy where she majored in business management. Currently works in a dental office, is a member of a small faith sharing group, and goes for adoration in the chapel every Monday.  Former altar server, youth group member, and currently 3rd grade catechist. Enjoys helping everyone, specifically kids. Devotes her life trying to make a difference in people's lives, whether it be at work, church, a grocery store, or even the park because her belief is that where there is life there should be happiness, and where there is happiness there's God's presence.

Jeanne Halyard

Jeanne HalyardJoined Parish: 1987
Profession: Family Medicine Physician
Came From: Brooklyn, NY

Other Information:
Moved to South Carolina from New York City in 1986 as a National Health Service Corps physician to give care to the medically underserved. I met and married Michael Halyard and have been here since. Michael died in 2003. We have 2 daughters, Dominique and Alexis. Dominique attends Yale University in Hew Haven, Connecticut and Alexis attends Socastee High School.

Patricia Hernandez

Patricia HernandezJoined Parish: 2005
Profession: Stay at Home Mom, Mother of 3
Came from: Guanajuato, Mexico

Other Information:Coordinator of Animacion y Bienvenida, Teaches Natural Family Planning

Leann Hill

Leann HillJoined Parish: 2013
Came from: Connecticut

Other Information: Leann moved to Myrtle Beach in 2013 with her husband, Brian and their two children to enjoy the beautiful weather of South Carolina!  The Hills were members of the Church of the Holy Family in Hebron, CT where Leann taught religious education classes for six years.  The Hills selected St. James because of the warm, community feeling they all felt when they walked through the door.

Taylor Monahan

Taylor MonihanJoined Parish: 2004
Profession: Student at CCU
Came from: Upper Marlboro, MD

Other Information:
Eating, Disney, Dogs, Ministry

Tim Papa

Tim PapaJoined Parish: 2007
Profession: Engineer, Manager
Came From: Omaha, Nebraska

Other Information:
Grew up in Nebraska and went to Iowa State University for electrical engineering. Served five years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer. Has lived throughout the south in a career as a manger and engineer of lumber mills. Has been married to Norma since 2008and has a son Benjamin. Is currently in diaconate formation with a projected ordination in 2019.

Jim Streicher

Jim StreicherJoined Parish: 2005
Profession: IT Project Manager
Came from: Rock Hill, St. Philip Neri Parish (Fort Mill, SC)

Other Information:
Married with three children and one grandson. Works at CCU as an IT Project Manager. Teaches computer science courses adjunctly. Loves golf.

Don Ullmann

Don UllmannJoined Parish: April 1993

Profession: Retired Army Colonel who served in Intelligence and also was a German Specialist for the Army residing in Germany for 11 years. Self-employed part-time German-English translator. Teaches history courses at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, CCU.

Came from: Fort George G, Meade, Maryland

Other Information: Very Involved with Knights of Columbus having served in local, district and state offices. Usher & Lector at St. James. Served on Grounds Ministry. Chairperson of the Parish Columbarium Committee. Co-chair of the K of C Funeral Altar Servers.

Matt Videan

Matt VideanJoined Parish: 2012
Profession: High School Student
Came from: Chicago, IL

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Jean Witt

Jean WittJoined Parish: 1997
Profession: Registered Nurse
Came From: Charleston, South Carolina, born in Ohio

Other Information:
Graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Has two children, Thomas and Karen Ann as well as three grandchildren, Tom III, Heather Ann and Justin Lee. Has two great-grandchildren, Thomas IV, Donavyn Lander and Jackson Drew. Married to Thomas, Sr. since 1954.

Ex Officio Members

Conchita Antunez

Conchita AntunezJoined Parish: 2012
Profession: Pastoral Associate
Came from: Guerrero, Mexico

Other Information:
Worked at St. James from 1998 - 2001 in the early days of our Hispanic Community. Has worked in various parishes in the Diocese of Charleston including: St. William in Saluda, St. Mary's in Aiken, and Our lady of Peace in North Augusta.

Paulette Flench

Paulette FlenchJoined Parish: 2004
Profession: Pastoral Associate and DRE
Came From: Ada, Ohio

Other Information:
Taught Middle School math and language arts, owned a school supply store and gave workshops to parents, educators, and store owners before moving to South Carolina. Is married with two sons and two grandchildren.

Fr. Tim Lijewski

Fr. Tim LijewskiJoined Parish: 2011
Profession: Priest
Came From: Our Lady of Peace, North Augusta, SC, originally from Summerville, SC

Other Information:
4th of 5 with 11 Nieces and Nephews
Priesthood Ordination Date: July 10, 1993
Masters of Divinity Degree, 1993, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Remember Fondly Serving Bishop Thompson as the Master of Ceremonies for the Dedication of St. James
2 Rescued Dogs - Bandit and Maggie
Certified Scuba Diver With 70 Completed Dives, Sports Enthusiast, Horseback Rider, Euchre and Phase 10 Player

Paula Loehr

Paula LoehrJoined Parish: 1990
Profession: Executive Assistant
Came From: Dalton, Massachusetts

Other Information:
Married to Timothy Loehr since 1983 with two sons, Michael and Justin and threegrandchildren, Ezra and Ezekiel (Zeke), and Esther. Was a Dietary Manager for a nursing home and a school system for 10 years prior to moving to South Carolina in 1990. Has worked for St. James for since 1991.

Deacon Jeff Mevissen

Deacon Jeff MevissenJoined Parish: 1987
Profession: Engineer, AVX Corporation
Came From: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Other Information:
He was ordained a deacon in 2002 and celebrates whatever small ways God works though him in this ministry. He and wife Susan have five children though the nest is emptying. They live in beautiful N. Conway where folks are young for their age. His diversions are running, cycling, and canoeing.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah TaylorJoined Parish: 2016
Profession: Youth Minister
Came from: High Pint, North Carolina

Other Information:
I am the new youth minister here and excited to continue my work serving youth and young adults in the Church! I just spent a year in Cambodia with the Salesians as a missionary and have worked in Totus Tuus, Crossroads, and campus ministry as well. I have a degree from Belmont Abbey University and am really looking forward to continuing education and investing it in the parish to build up great programs for our community!