Our Pastor

Andrew Putnam graduated from the  University of South Carolina with degrees in accounting and interactive computer research. As part of his calling into ministry, he received a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary in 1991.  He has served as our Senior Pastor since 2003. He has served as the denominational parliamentarian for over 25 years and is a past moderator of the General Synod of the ARP. He and his wife Tiffany  have seven children together.  He enjoys gardening, wood working,  technology and photography.

Our Youth director

My name is Jon Valentine. I was born and raised in Gastonia NC. I am a life long member of Piegan ARP church. I graduated from Erskine College in 2014 and have had a calling to youth ministry since my senior year of high school.  I am happily married to my wife Olivia and we have a daughter Lani who are both, in a word, wonderful. Christ is my rock and my family is an anchor. 

I believe in relational ministry. Relationships between us as children of God is like that of siblings. We are to act as brothers and sisters. Be involved in each other’s lives but not invasive. So I am here to be a support for students as a brother and friend. It is my goal to connect students to Christ and encourage them to expand their relationship with Him by providing and example of a loving relationship here at Tirzah. 

Just to know a bit about me. If you want to “talk shop” with me I am a nerd. So any comic, wrestling, video game or movie I am all ears.  I thoroughly enjoy outdoors. I fish, hike and golf when I can. My office is open to all. I have a strange collection of toys, items and memorabilia from my life to spark conversation. If you want to know more come see me, talk and let’s be friends. 

2020 Sessional Committees

Tirzah has three committees that operate out of the Session. These committees are responsible for the different ministries and outreach opportunities of our church. Below are the 2020 committees.


For Questions, Suggestions, Comments please contact a representative from the committee.

  • Worship

    The worship committee is tasked with overseeing the Worship of Sunday morning service though "reverent worship, prayer, music and praise."  They are also tasked with overseeing special services such as  Homecoming, Christmas Eve, Easter Sunrise service.

    Elder Representatives: Hal Hayes , Larry Adams

    Deacon Representatives: Josh Parrish, Chris Kinsey

    At Large Members:

     (advisory: Rodney Klinger)

  • Christian Education/Missions

    The Christian Education committee is tasked with the oversight of Sunday School, Wednesday Night, Youth and Children's Ministries, Vacation Bible School and Mission trips.  This includes oversight of curriculum  used,  training of teachers, and facilitating spiritual development outside of Sunday Morning Worship.

    Elder Representatives: Hugh Gladden, David Adams, Cecil Pruette

    Deacon Representatives: Pat Crump, Christian May

    At Large Members

    Mattie Snipes (SS Super. advisory)

  • Outreach / Sports

    The Outreach Committee is tasked with encouraging the church family growths  and outreach to  the community.  They are in charge of Visitor Welcoming , Community Presence, Congregation Fellowship, and overseeing any Sports Teams.

    Elder Representatives:   Roger Dye, Laney Allen,

    Deacon Representatives: Cameron Good, Garrison Tomlin

    At Large Members: