Matthew Elrod

LEAD PASTOR/ELDER

I grew up very close to Greenville in a magical place called Possum Kingdom.  After high school, I started my collegiate journey at Clemson University where I majored in psychology.  While there, God began to unpack and unwrap my religious heart.  He helped me unlearn a great deal of what I thought I knew about Him and His Kingdom and began to teach me who He is and what He wanted of my life.  I began traveling and teaching at various camps and conferences, and I never imagined how much I would love teaching God’s Word.  

In 2004, I took a leap, basically hitting the reset button on my undergrad, and I transferred to Columbia International University to major in Bible and Bible Teaching.  In the midst of it all, I convinced a Kentucky girl named Abi Clifton to marry me in the winter of 2005. 

In 2010, we took a missions assignment with the North American Mission Board and Apartment Life in Greenville.  I never thought I would return to “home;” I had imagined that we would be missionaries in a far off country like China or even somewhere in Africa (if my wife had her way). God had other plans, and Greenville was not really the same city it was when I left.  In some ways it was like I was coming home, but in more ways it was not. 

We got involved with Origins shortly after moving to Greenville and have not looked back since.  Our contract term with NAMB ended in July of 2012, at which time I came on board with Origins as Pastor of Discipleship.  I love God,  His people, and His mission.  My heart’s desire is that we know who we are and what our roles are in light of God’s immeasurable Grace.

We have 2 wildly amazing children: Caleb Thomas and Liza Rose.  

 
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Stephen Leopard

DISCIPLESHIP PASTOR/ELDER

I was born in Greenville, but grew up in Aiken, SC. 

My dad pastored a large church in this small town while my mom stayed home to take care of her four crazy children. My parents introduced me to Jesus when I was nine years old. School, church, and sports were my life. While in high school, I began feeling called to some sort of church ministry and also met my future wife for the first time. In 2010, I graduated high school and began college at Spartanburg Methodist College where I majored in baseball and earned an associates degree. 

In 2012, I transferred to Charleston Southern University where I majored in Christian Studies and was fortunate to continue my baseball career. During my two years in Charleston it became evident that God was shifting my desires away from sports and toward full time ministry. I was given several opportunities to serve and lead at my local church, while at the same time being discipled by Godly men who loved Jesus much more than I did. 

After graduating from CSU in the Spring of 2014, I lived in Atlanta for ten weeks and was apart of a NAMB (North American Mission Board) mission project called Generation Send. Here I was trained to live on mission in an urban context while training others to do the same.

In January of 2016, I married the love of my life whom I met the summer of 2008. The day after our honeymoon, Kaylin and I packed and moved to Downtown Greenville where we served as a CARES team for Apartment Life. We visited Origins for the first time the Sunday before our wedding. This was our new church family! After a year and half of volunteering, serving, and leading a community group, Matthew approached me about coming on staff as a pastor. I knew this was Gods plan. I came on staff as a pastor in training in September of 2017 and was ordained as a pastor in February of 2018. 

Kaylin and I are blessed to call Greenville home and we believe God has great things in store for this city! 

 

 
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Neal Culler

ELDER

My name is Neal Culler and I currently live is Greenville, SC with my wife, Lindsey, and my baby boy Hayes. I was born and raised in Camden, SC. From Camden I attended and graduated from Clemson University majoring in Construction Science and Management with a minor in Business Administration. After college I lived in Annapolis, MD one year and then moved back to South Carolina to work for my family business. I currently am one of the owners and run the upstate branch of my company Culler Roofing. Lindsey and I fell in love with Greenville while at Clemson and decided that this is where we wanted to be. We've been at origins working on 5 years now and I was recently given the honor of being one of our church family's Elders.