• Barry Dagenhart  //  Senior Pastor

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    Barry Dagenhart was born in Statesville, NC, and was nurtured spiritually in the New Sterling ARP Church.  He studied economics at UNC-Charlotte, graduating in 1979. He holds an M.Div degree (1982) and a D.Min. degree (1993) from Erskine Theological Seminary. While at Erskine, he met Sarah Lynn Richie of Fairfield, Virginia and they were married June 26, 1982.  

    Barry has served as Associate Pastor of First ARP Church, Rock Hill, SC (1982-86); as Pastor of Linden ARP Church in Gastonia (1986-94); as Pastor of Doraville ARP / Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church near Atlanta, GA (1994-2001); and as Senior Pastor of First ARP Church in Rock Hill, SC since 2001.  

    Barry enjoys working on antique furniture and old houses in his spare time.  Sarah is an educator and a graduate of the master’s program in teaching at Winthrop University.  Barry and Sarah have two children:  Jamey and Rachel.  Jamey lives in Rock Hill with his wife Tiffany, and their three sons;  Rachel resides in Summerville, SC, with her husband, Tyler Kirby.

  • Jon Oliphant  //  Associate pastor


    Jon grew born and raised in Greenville, SC. He attended Erskine College where he graduated in 2012 with degrees in Bible & Religion and Spanish. Upon graduation he moved to Gastonia, NC where he served First ARP Gastonia first as the youth director and then as the pastoral intern. Jon graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in May 2019 with an M.Div and MACC (Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling). 

    Jon was called to be the associate pastor of First ARP beginning July 1, 2019. He and his wife Aimee have been married for six years and have two sons, Bo and Zeke. 

  • Connie Kiser  //  Director of christian edUCATION  


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    Connie serves as our Director of Christian Education and oversees Sunday School, nursery, Vacation Bible School, and other ministries for children and families. A native of Georgia, Connie has been a member of First ARP since 1993 and formerly served as Director of Youth Ministries. She is married to Tim, and they have two daughters, Anne Sanders and Emmie. Connie holds a Bachelor's degree in Music and English and a Master's in Education, both from Winthrop University, and a Master's in Music Performance from Northwestern University. She previously taught elementary music in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, and is certified in Kindermusik. 


    contact Patrick

    Patrick Robinson first attended First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill in 1967 when his father, Dr. Robert J. Robinson (Pastor Emeritus) answered the call to become senior pastor. He has been a member for more than thirty-five years, the past 25 as Director of Music. Robinson studied music at Erskine College where he graduated in 1986 with a degree in organ performance. Patrick was the winner of the SC Music Teacher's Association Collegiate Organ Competition in 1984 and competed in the southeast organ competition in Oxford, MS. He has a Master's of Music degree from the University of South Carolina; a Master's of Arts in Teaching degree from Winthrop University; and the Master's of Education degree from Winthrop in Educational Leadership. Patrick is married to Heather, and is the proud father to three boys; Eli, Nathan and Miles. 


    In addition to serving as Director of Music, Patrick works with the Rock Hill School District, and was formerly principal at York Road Elementary and Finley Road Elementary.


    CONTACT Danni

    Danni was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, but has been a Rock Hill resident since 2005 when she arrived to attend Winthrop University. She is married to Jason and they have a son, William, and a daughter, Parker Jo. William is on the autism spectrum and his participation in All American Athletes and Just Joy brought Danni to First ARP; she joined the staff in 2016. 

    Danni enjoys gardening, cooking, writing, listening to vinyl records, and spending time with her family, friends, and church family.  

  • Lauren Ross // Administrative Assistant

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    Lauren and her husband, Trell, recently moved to Rock Hill from Washington, D.C. She grew up in Charlottesville, VA as the youngest of four and accepted Christ as my Savior when she was 10 years old. Lauren received a B.S. in Biology from Grove City College in northwest Pennsylvania. Lauren and Trell currently have a son, Oakland and a furry goldendoodle child, Ridge. Lauren is very excited to be serving a local church in this way and prays God will use her to benefit and bless the congregation of First ARP!