Buddy & Joan Rampey

After 32 years of pastoral ministry, Buddy became District Superintendent in July 2004. Returning to his home district has defied the adage, “You can’t go home again.” Sensing the unmistakable call of God, accompanied by a genuine acceptance and team spirit among the district colleagues and friends, Buddy and Joan have truly found that living at Table Rock and serving the people of this wonderful district is just the latest demonstration of God’s faithfulness to them during their ministry lifetime. Buddy and Joan have always served as a team and that continues with her supporting his ministry as Administrative Assistant in the District Office.

Buddy grew up in the textile mill town of Lyman and graduated from James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan. After graduating from Southern Wesleyan University in 1969, he received his M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1972 and served in the NC Districts until 1983. From 1983-90, he was a church planter in Tulsa, OK, before returning to North Carolina, where he was a senior pastor until 2004.

Buddy and Joan were married in 1969 and have four children: Marian (Lance) Vischer of Liberty, SC; Matthew (Michelle) of Denver, CO; Aaron (Liz) of Concord, NC; and Emily (Matthew) Miller of Newberry, SC. The reward of devoting themselves to the rearing of these four great kids is being further revealed in the lives of their four young grandchildren: Mallory, Max, & Miles Vischer; Will, Abigail, & Caroline Rampey; Ike, Marlowe & Naomi Rampey; and Ethan, Cora Jane, & Tabitha Miller. A dozen of the most incredible grandkids on the planet! This is why you will probably find the most recent photo of our annual HHI family vacation on this site.

We love what we are doing and where we are doing it! God is continuing to build a fantastic team here in SC as we remain committed to the 4.5 million in our circle of accountability – 3.3 million of whom are not yet Christ followers.


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