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Pastoral Staff

Jamie Hammons​, Associate Pastor / Pastor of Student Ministries​
Jamie Hammons
Associate Pastor / Pastor of Student Ministries

Pastors Jamie and Cristi brought over 20 years of student ministry experience with them when they moved to the beach from Aiken, SC in 2013. With a passion for outreach, the Word, and developing tomorrow’s leaders, Jamie and Cristi oversee the teams that lead Journey’s young people from nursery-age through college. Their talents also lend themselves to building Journey through mentoring, social media, video, fundraising, drama, and working with local schools. 

Pastor Jamie is often a guest speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and he serves to unite and mentor other youth leaders in the area. He sits on several local boards and committees, including Ground Zero. He is also the “voice” of several teams at St. James Highs School. “PJ’s” passion for sports and love of pop culture is the perfect segue into and metaphor for his walk with Christ and his ability to reach students where they are. 

Cristi Hammons
Children's Pastor

Cristi, along with managing a dental office,  is a gifted teacher and preacher as well. One memorable message she delivered at Journey was entitled, “I Love My Church,” which served as a retrospective of Journey’s first 7 years and also a transparent glance into the church’s heart and activities.

The Hammons have three kids: Madison, Merideth, and Morgan. The active family enjoys sports (mostly baseball!), movies, the beach, and most of all… adventure!

Christi Hammons​, Children's Pastor​
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Brandon Causey
Worship Pastor

Brandon served as our band leader for years before stepping into the role of worship pastor. He grew up in the Myrtle Beach area. He has three beautiful children, his first love a daughter Emma, his second love, son Haiden, and his “magical third,” Brooklyn Faith. 

Brandon is a small business owner and seasoned leader who is growing in his role as a preacher. In his free time he plays keys in local gigs with friends in his band “Southern Comfort.” 

Support Staff

Shawn Watford

Lead Pastor’s Assistant & Executive Producer

A SC native, Shawn has been with Journey since the beginning and she has known the heart of our pastors longer than most. She serves as executive producer, central scheduler, and leads our worship vocalists.

She and her husband Donnie are the parents of Joshua Watford. He and his wife Micah are youth worship leaders. Their daughter, Anna Grace, sings on the praise and worship team and can be found leading The Seam for middle school youth. 

Sue Arnold​, Office Manager
Sue Arnold
Office Manager

Having moved to Myrtle Beach from Pennsylvania, Sue has served in church administration for over 25 years. She manages our volunteer, member, and visitor connections, and keeps the busy office organized.

She and her husband Bill are passionate about couples and lead our marriage ministry. They have two adult kids, Billy and Marcy, and are proud grandparents and great-grandparents!

Shelley Holt
Finance Administrator

Shelley first experienced Journeychurch in 2012 and fell in love! Since retiring from her corporate role in 2021 Shelley asked God to reveal her new purpose and found it in her current roles leading the finance office and overseeing IT in the office. Shelley enjoys using her varied skill set in these dual roles.

Shelley is married to Visitation and Community Pastor Brandon. They have a small dog named Champion. The three of them love traveling, being with friends, food and fellowship.

Brandon Holt
Visitation & Community Pastor

Brandon Holt is all about relationships! His love for people and building communities where people can connect and lift each other up is what excites him. 

His journey so far includes building businesses and sharing the love of Jesus. Hearing the message about the new covenant at Journeychurch in 2012 was life-changing. He is very grateful he gets to share the testimony of the good news of God’s great love for us all. 

Brandon is married to Shelley who serves in the finance office. They are enjoying serving together at Journey.


Bill & Linda Wheelhouse

Bill is a pastoral counselor specializing in work with adolescents and young adults, addictions, grief and general issues. Linda is a former Special Educator for the Montgomery County Maryland school system. Together they have been involved in youth ministry for over 25 years. 

Bill has been a Director of Celebrate Recovery and holds a Certificate of Specialized Training in Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention from the ICISF and maintains active membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is also the author of “Help; someone close to me is sick.” 

They are the parents of two boys and 6 grandchildren.