Ministers & Staff

Senior Minister

Rev. Smoke Kanipe

Rev. Smoke Kanipe was appointed as Senior Minister at Shandon United Methodist in June 2016. He says even back in his childhood days, one of the things he would tell folks he wanted to be when he grew up was a pastor.

After Smoke graduated from Spartanburg High School, he went to Duke University and Duke Divinity School to prepare to be a pastor, and for over 30 years he’s been living out that childhood dream. He says, “I feel very blessed that God has called me to do the thing that I enjoy most in life.”

Before Smoke came to Shandon, he served Methodist congregations in England, Mauldin, Greenville, and Spartanburg. Smoke and his wife, Sue, have two children, Hannah and Nicholas.

His FAQ: “Where did ‘Smoke’ come from? Not a very exciting story, really. My dad’s nickname was ‘Smokey.'”

Minister of Music and Arts

Rev. Eddie Huss

Rev. Eddie Huss joined Shandon as Minister of Music in August 2011. Prior to coming to Shandon, he was the Minister of Music at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point, NC for thirteen years. He has served as Minister of Music at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter, SC, and First United Methodist Church in Douglas, GA.

Eddie is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and past President of the South Carolina Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship Arts. He brings to Shandon a rich experience in worship and music. As a pianist, organist and vocalist, he has performed in many concerts and venues.

He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Greensboro College, in Greensboro, NC and the Master of Music degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Eddie and his wife, Marcie, have a son, Wesley.

Minister of Assimilation and Discipleship

Rev. James Grubb

Rev. James Grubb was appointed as Minister of Assimilation and Discipleship at Shandon United Methodist in June 2018. James graduated from Sumter High School in 1983 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University in 1988. After fifteen years in the electrical industry, he enrolled at Erskine Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity degree in 2006.

He served five years as a youth director in Greenville prior to serving as a Local Pastor and being ordained as an Elder in 2010. He has served appointments as Senior Minister in Conway, Pinopolis and Ruffin. James’ ministry model is “I love God and I love people. And, I desire to help others come to know and love God.”

James wed his beloved wife, Claire, in December 1992. They feel incredibly blessed to be at Shandon, being able to serve and building relationships with everyone.

Minister of Evangelism and Outreach

Rev. Shannon Bullion

Rev. Shannon Bullion was appointed as Minister of Evangelism and Outreach at Shandon United Methodist in June of 2019. Shannon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology/Consumer Science from Western Kentucky University. She received her Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. 

Before entering the ministry, she worked in human resources management. Shannon served appointments at Grover and Providence United Methodist Churches for three years before coming to Shandon. She has two children, Mackenzie and Charlie. 

Shannon was a Forward Focus Leader in her previous district and is passionate about ministry, contemplative prayer and serving God and neighbor.





Working together

Shandon is blessed to have caring, experienced and dedicated ministers and staff working together, and alongside of faithful Shandon members. You may contact Shandon’s ministers and staff through email or by phone.

Director of Christian Education & Programs
Lesli Wood
lwood@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1043

Director of Adult Studies
Ruthie Taylor
rtaylor@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1054

Director of Youth Ministries
Andy Morris
amorris@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1050

Director of Preschool Children and Family Ministries
Heather Corley
hcorley@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1048

Director of Elementary Children and Family Ministries
Susan Curran
scurran@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1059

Director of Older Adult Ministries
Susan Curran
scurran@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1059

Music Associate/Organist
Debbie Bauer
dbauer@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1053

Business Administrator
Nancy Probst
nprobst@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1037

Financial Administrative Assistant;
Administrative Assistant, Associate Ministers
Norma Weldon
nweldon@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1047

Administrative Assistant, Senior Minister/Education Team
Annette Hammond
ahammond@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1031

Communications Coordinator
Tanesha Anding
tanding@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1044

Director of Communications
Erika R. Dawkins
edawkins@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1046

Director of Kitchen Ministries
Timothy Scott
kitchen@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1057

Director of Preschool & Kindergarten
Carla Graf
sumpk@shandon-umc.org
Direct phone number: 722-1055

Childcare Coordinator
Katy Tevepaugh
803-446-0836

Custodial
Travis Brown
Mingo Brunson
Mel Heatley
John Whetstone

Maintenance
Jim Morrow

Security
John Rady