Church & Office Support Staff


Valerie Kelly
Office Administrator

Valerie Kelly joined the staff at Miles Road in 2011 with our daycare center. She was transferred to Financial Administrator in 2019. Valerie is married to Reginald, and they have three children; Valyncia, Jariah, and Kenola; as well as one handsome grandson. Valerie enjoys planning events, family vacations, and time off with her family and friends.


Gidget Peterson

Gidget Peterson joined MRBC in January of 1997 as church administrator assistant, she has enjoyed watching the church growth over the years. Gidget is married to Joe and has two children and six grandchildren. She loves having family get-togethers and traveling.

Pastoral Staff

Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer
Senior Pastor

Jim Palmer has been Senior Pastor at Miles Road since 1993. By God’s grace and the faithful sacrifice of many, Miles Road has become a leading church in South Carolina and a nationally recognized church by Lifeway. Jim holds a doctorate from Covington Theological Seminary and is a popular speaker on bible prophecy/current events.

In 2015, Jim was honored with the “Spirit of Freedom” Award for advancing patriotism and Christian values across our nation.

He and his wife, Randi, have three sons and daughters-in-law, plus six beautiful grandchildren.

Sam Knight

Sam Knight
Youth Pastor

Sam joined the staff in 2008 to serve full time as Minister to students. He received Christ as his savior at MRBC in January of 1997. Sam has a Bachelor’s degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity. Sam’s passion is to see teenagers receive a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and not just know it, but live it and share it!

He has a lovely wife, Kimberly, and three beautiful children, Taylor, Colton, and Garret. He enjoys coaching softball, watching football, and hanging out with his family.

Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson
Music Minister

Keith Wilson has served as Minister of Music at Miles Road Baptist since 1993. He accepted Christ when he was seven years old and received his call into the music ministry in 1989. Keith graduated with a B.A. in Music from Covington Theological School.

Keith is married to Kimberly, and they have four children, Brittany, Kyle, Courtney, and Connor. Keith enjoys working out, coaching his kids in sports, and spending time with his family.

Norman Fortier

Norman Fortier
Education & Missions

Having accepted Christ on December 8, 1984, Norman is a product of the ministries at Miles Road Baptist Church. In the twenty-plus years at Miles Road, Norman has given a lot of his time and energy working in church construction and heavily in the ministry of teaching.

His responsibilities not only include the oversight of the Education Ministry but like all staff members, he shares in the ministry of visiting the sick and shut-ins as well as aiding the Pastor with any duties necessary to fulfill the ministry to the church body.

Amy Rostance

Amy Rostance
Children’s Director

Amy Rostance joined the staff at Miles Road in 2013. She has known Jesus as her Lord and Saviour for 30 years. Her love for the Lord has overflowed into her love for the children and their opportunity to learn about Jesus and know that he loves them. She also has the heart to keep our teachers and helpers encouraged as they teach God’s Word to our children and show his love to them.

Amy and her husband, Scott, have three children. Noah, Isaiah, and Sarah. She enjoys scrapbooking, meeting people, and spending time with her family and friends.

Debbi Dunlap

Debbi Dunlap
Family Counselling Women’s Ministries

Dr. Debbi Dunlap serves as Director of Women’s Ministries and the Director of our Family Counselling Center. A respected Christian and popular women’s conference speaker. Debbi graduated from Florida State University, did master’s work at Southwestern Theological Seminary, and holds a doctorate from Master’s Graduate School of Divinity.



Karen Davis

Karen Davis has been the director of Miles Road Children’s Learning Center for 10 years. Karen has over 20 years of experience working with children and teens. Karen served on staff as children’s director or Miles Road Church before moving to director of CLC. She finds it a great privilege serving with her church family in any area of need. Karen has a true love for children and teaching the about Jesus, when she is away from the CLC she enjoys taking trips to see her 5 grandsons and of course their parents. She also has one grandson that is local and she enjoys him visiting Nana and Papa’s cows.


Val Barba
Assistant Director

Val Barba is the assistant director at Miles Road CLC. Val has worked for the CLC for over 20 years, starting as a teacher in our three’s class. Val has a passion for teaching and is always available and eager to assist our teachers. Her strength is her love for people and her desire to show the love of Christ to those she encounters. Val loves working in her yard, relaxing on  her patio, and sending time with her husband and their grandson.


Nikki Palmer
Financial Administrator

Nikki Palmer has been with the CLC since 2015 and has been our finance administrator since 2019. Nikki has a daughter, Ellie, who is the apple of her eye as well as a yellow lab Fiona. She has a passion for show the love of Christ to students and families of the CLC. When she is not working, she enjoys board games, shopping trips, crafts, and attending worship services.