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About Us


Chris Hanley

Senior Pastor

Pastor Chris came to Sandy Level in July 2014. Though he hails from nearby Camden, SC, he and his family have worked in number of positions around the world. Chris may look a little like Mr. Clean but he does not love cleaning stuff very much.

Chris and his wife, Karen, have four beautiful children: C.J., Miriam, Eliza, and Jed.

Chris enjoys sports, woodworking, and playing Guitar.

Recently read books: Not a Fan, Real Life Discipleship, The Family Worship Book, and Autopsy of a Deceased Church.

Favorite Ice Cream: Moose Tracks

Funny Story: "When we first met, my wife thought that I was an absolute yahoo and she wanted nothing to do with me. It took some time, but I finally won her over."

Al Lawson

Music Pastor

Al Lawson came to Sandy Level in the Fall of 2011. Before Sandy Level, Al served 26 years in full time Christian Education ministry positions. In 2010, Al became a bi-vocational minister and a Special Education teacher in Lexington. Al has been married to his college sweetheart Elaine, for 36 years, has 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

Josh Goza

Associate Pastor for Students

Josh joined the Sandy Level family in January 2016. As the father of three boys, Josh models Jesus in his home as well as to the youth of Sandy Level. He has worked as a Baptist Campus Minister as well as having served on a church staff. We are thrilled to have the Goza family in Blythewood, SC.

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