Lyttleton Street UMC Staff

Michael Arant : Senior Pastor

Michael Arant

Senior Pastor

Rev. Michael Arant has been serving God in local churches as a pastor since 1995.  He received his education from Spartanburg Methodist College, Coker College and the Divinity School of Duke University.  While attending Coker he served at a three point charge as a student pastor and continued to do so while attending Duke.  He had the honor of being named South Carolina Annual Conference Merit Scholar.  He has a beautiful wife, Tara, and two sons, Elijah and Nathan.  His father and brother are Elders in the South Carolina UMC and his brother-in-law is a Southern Baptist preacher.

Meegian Gossard : Associate Pastor

Meegian Gossard

Associate Pastor

Meegian is from Aiken, South Carolina. She attended Clemson University where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2017 she graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Master of Divinity degree. Meegian was appointed to LSUMC June of 2017. She enjoys working with the young adults. She is passionate about worship that connects people with God. She is also passionate about creating spaces where all feel welcomed and accepted. Meegian loves music and played clarinet in the marching band at Clemson. She is a huge Clemson football fan. Meegian’s door is always open for people to come in and visit. Please feel free to give her a call anytime to learn more information about her or what is happening in the ministry of LSUMC.

Christa DeMare : Administrative Assistant

Christa DeMare

Administrative Assistant

Christa lives in Elgin with her husband Gregory DeMare. She has three children, (son) William, (daughter) Austin, (son) John and 4 step children, (stepdaughter) Jessica, (stepson) Gregory, (stepson) Joeseph, (stepdaughter) Abby. She enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. We think she makes a great addition to the team!

Mary Abbott : Director, Youth & Children

Mary Abbott

Director, Youth & Children

Mary has been a member of Lyttleton Street UMC for seventeen years, during which time she volunteered with VBS, taught Sunday school, directed the Cherub Choir, served on numerous committees and was a member and leader in her adult Sunday school class. Mary became a member of our church staff in September 2009 after having been a stay-at-home mother for ten years. Mary is married to Rich Abbott and they have three children: Ellie, Will and Tate. Mary enjoys her job, reading and being a part of anything her children are doing.

Jason Brown : Director of Music

Jason Brown

Director of Music

Jason is a native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He comes to us most recently from Morgantown, WV, where he served as Director of Music and Organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Morgantown. His performance and recording credits include the American Spiritual Ensemble, Kentucky Bach Choir,  UK Opera Theatre, and Lexington Singers. In New York City, where he also maintains an active performance schedule, Jason has been featured with the National Chorale, Symphony Saintpaulia, and Harlem Opera Theater.

As a conductor, singer, and organist, Mr. Brown has worked with ensembles along the eastern seaboard, and is now thrilled to call Camden home.  Jason has earned degrees in music from the University of Kentucky and West Virginia.  He is married to Angela Smith - also a church musician - who continues to reside in West Virginia with his stepson, Isaac.

Anita K. Crowley : Office Manager

Anita K. Crowley

Office Manager

Anita is a native of Camden and is married to Joseph Crowley. Together they have 5 adult children with 9 grandchildren and counting. She is a graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School with 35 years administrative experience. She has worked at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church since 1998. Anita enjoys yard work, weekend trips and spending time with the grands!

April Kidd : Co-Director, Lyttleton Learning Place

April Kidd

Co-Director, Lyttleton Learning Place

April has been a member of Lyttleton St. United Methodist Church since 1988 and has worked at Lyttleton Learning Place since 1992. She is married to Stewart and has 2 daughters – Allison and Meredith. They are a family of Clemson graduates. April loves to follow Clemson football, enjoys cycling, traveling to Italy, and following politics.

Kathi Hunter : Co-Director, Lyttleton Learning Place

Kathi Hunter

Co-Director, Lyttleton Learning Place

Kathi is from Camden, SC where she lives with her husband Tom, who works in Safety at Day & Zimmerman II of Columbia, SC. Kathi has one son, named Denver, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, named Sam. She has one grandchild, Noah. Kathi attended Francis Marion University and the University of South Carolina. She started at Lyttleton Learning Place in August of 2000. When not working, Kathi enjoys antiquing, reading and playing with her grandchildren.

Ike Pitts : Organist

Ike Pitts


Isaac (Ike) Pitts, III, in a world of music, is a composer, educator, instrumentalist, accompanist, and arts advocate. 

As an instrumentalist, Ike began studying piano and organ with his grandmother Katie Miller and started formal lessons in middle school with Judy Patrick. In summer 2001, Ike was a recipient of the prestigious Brevard Scholarship where he spent six weeks at Brevard Music Center studying piano with Dr. James Howsmon. At Newberry College, Ike studied tuba with Bill Long, piano with Dr. Laurel Larsen, and organ with the late Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs. He was a member of the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band, as well as the Newberry College Concert Band. At Winthrop University, Ike studied tuba and euphonium with Sarita Maxwell. There, he was a member of the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Winthrop University Brass Quintet, Winthrop University Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Screamin’ Eagle Pep Band. 

As a composer, Ike’s works have been featured in various churches in North and South Carolina, and as far as Virginia. At Newberry College, he composed the halftime shows for the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band in 2008 and 2009. At Winthrop University, Ike has written several solo instrumental compositions performed in student recitals and his compositions were often frequented by the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Ike has also had many sacred compositions featured in worship, as solo organ compositions and choral works. In early November, Ike’s latest work, Requiem, will be featured by the Lyttleton Street UMC Chancel Choir and members of the SC Philharmonic. 

As an educator, Ike served as the choral director at Camden Middle School and is currently band director of North Central Middle School and assistant director of the Silver Knight Marching Band at North Central High School in Kershaw, SC. Ike is also an active member of the National Association for Music Education and alumnus of the Delta Omicron music fraternity. 

Ike holds a B.A. in Church Music and Music Theory from Newberry College and a Master of the Arts in Teaching from Winthrop University. He resides in Camden with his wife Amber and two children, Anna and Jolly.

Leon Boyd : Sexton

Leon Boyd


Leon has been working as the Sexton of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church for over 30 years. He and his wife Joyce live in Lugoff. Leon is well known throughout the congregation for his knowledge of the church and helping others.