• 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 two boys, Parker and Caleb.  Rachel resides in Greenville, 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 they have a son, Bo. 


    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.  

  • Luke Grigsby  //  Youth Director

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    Luke Grigsby joined First ARP Church as Director of Youth Ministries in April 2011. Luke was born in Greenville, SC and grew up attending the Greenville ARP church. He attended Erskine College, graduating in May of 2010 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Bible.  Luke graduated from Erskine Theological Seminary in May 2018 with an M.Div.  

    Throughout his summers at Erskine College, Luke interned with the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, Christian Education Ministries of the denomination and worked on the Summer Recreation Staff at the Bonclarken Conference Center. 

    Luke enjoys reading, swimming, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Luke and his wife Molly have two daughters and a passion for serving the Lord through Youth Ministry and are excited to be in Rock Hill.

  • Connie Kiser  //  Director of christian ed.

    CONTACT Connie

    Connie Glidewell Kiser serves as our Director of Christian Education and oversees Sunday School, Wednesday evening programs, Vacation Bible School, as well as special activities for children. A native of Georgia, Connie has been a member of First ARP Church since 1993 and formerly served as Director of Youth Ministries. She is married to Tim, and they have two teenage 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 continues to teach preschool Kindermusik classes in the Rock Hill area.  

    She personally knows the value of a loving church family, having been raised in the faith by her parents and her home church, Chapel in the Gardens Presbyterian. Connie feels blessed to be part of First ARP and hopes to encourage families and children of all ages "to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord."

  • Meghan Knight  // Preschool Director

    CONTACT Meghan

    Originally from the upstate of South Carolina, Meghan Knight joins the First ARP Preschool with a background and training in the philosophies of the schools of Reggio Emliia Italy as well as the Montessori method.  She served as an assistant principal at a private preschool in South Charlotte where her focus was teacher support and curriculum coordination.  Her passion is education and she has been in the field either as a teacher or administrator for the past 10 years.  She began her career in education in the College of Education at Winthrop University.  At Winthrop she studied Special Education and Early Childhood.  It was there that she met her husband, Blair.  Blair and Meghan now have a young son, Bishop, and 3 sweet puppies.  Upon becoming a mother her world shifted and she felt led to join a faith based school so that her son could grow up with God at the center of his life and the foundation of his  education.  She feels blessed to call First ARP her home!  


    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, spending 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. He formerly served the Chester Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as director of music from 1982-1986. 


    Patrick is married to his beautiful wife, Heather, and is the proud father to three boys; Eli, Nathan and Miles. 


    In addition to serving as Director of Music, Patrick has worked many years with the Rock Hill School District, and is currently the principal at Findley Road Elementary School.

  • 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 furry goldendoodle child named Ridge and have a human child due at the end of November. She 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!