Ministry Staff

James Booth – Director of Student Ministry
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James grew up in Myrtle Beach, running the halls of Surfside PCA. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Teaching from Coastal Carolina. James has been serving as a youth leader at SPCA since 2004. He met his wife, Alisha at Surfside PCA and they have two  boys, Jeremiah(6) and Jackson(3).  James has been part of the Surfside staff since the Summer of 2014.

Beth Baxley – Director of Children’s Ministry
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Beth has a God given love for children and a passion to lead them to know and worship Christ.  She has many years as a Children’s Ministry Director and God has given her a heart for parents in the tough job of raising kids.  Beth, and her husband Terry – a retired PCA pastor – have been married for thirty-four years and have five grown children – which includes a set of triplets!  Beth and Terry met at Columbia Bible College where Beth received a degree in Bible Teaching.

Valarie Brunetti- Interim Director of Sonrise Preschool                                                         Email:

Valarie was born and raised in Surfside Beach, SC. She has been attending SPC since it was at Lakewood Elementary. She graduated from Horry Georgetown Tech with a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in childcare as long as she can remember and even owned her own daycare. She has made a lot of great relationships with 3 year olds and their parents over the years. She is married to Dana and they have three children Grayson(17), Jack(12) and Gavin who went to be with the Lord in 2015 at the age of 16. 

Becky Nissen – Associate Director of Music Ministry
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Becky Nissen was brought up in a musical family in Sarasota, Florida by Christian parents.  She began studying the organ, harp, piano and flute at an early age and won a national Christian teen talent search on the harp at age 13.  She earned a music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, specializing in harp performance.  Becky is the mother of four boys and has dedicated her life and musical abilities to the glory of God.

Cathryn Akel- Nursery Coordinator                                                                                           Email:

Cathryn was raised in the beautiful Appalachian mountains in the city of Bristol, VA.  There she was surrounded by land rich in history and seeds were planted for a long love for Colonial American history.  She later graduated from UVA-Wise with a B.S. in Psychology.  She then went to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC where she received her M.A.R. in Christian Education/Christian Counseling.  From there she served two churches in Christian Education and youth ministries in Bradenton, FL and Florence, SC.  She also directed a camp for children recovered from hurricanes in FL.  She now lives in Myrtle Beach, teaching in our 4K program at SonRise and directing the nursery.  She is married to her hard-working, faith-filled husband, Mark.  They have 3 sons and 3 daughters, and a precious grandson.