June of 2005 saw the appointment of a new pastor-in-charge - the Rev. Wayne Smith. Growth continued as Church of the Palms adjusted to a new pastor and a new building, but remained focused at being faithful to the call of God. By January 2006, a Church Council was in place to provide oversight and leadership.

In May 2006, a carillon was installed and dedicated.  It sounds on the hour and half-hour to announce the presence of the Church of the Palms to all those in the Okatie area and beyond.

Care of one another and the those in the community led to the establishment of Stephen Ministry, with the first Stephen Ministry leader commissioned in January of 2008. 

Easter worship of 2008 was attended by a record 218 worshippers.  In July of 2008, the position of Church Secretary was established to provide more support for the pastor and the expanding missions and ministries. In October the position of Director of Music was added to bring focus to this area of ministry.

The children of Church of the Palms were excited when an improved and expanded playground was built in the fall of 2008. The now distinguishing palm trees in the patio circle were also added.

norrell01In June of 2010, the Rev. David Norrell was appointed to serve the Church of the Palms.






berntson004In June of 2011, Pastor Pete Berntson was appointed to serve the Church of the Palms, and continues to do so.