Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Evan Willis & familyEvan Willis was born June 11, 1988 to Dr. Roy and Ilmajean Willis in Harrisburg, PA. He is the youngest of three boys. At the age of three his grandfather told his father that the young Evan Willis would be a pastor when he came of age.
Evan is a product of Christian education and a proud graduate of Pine Forge Academy class of 2006 where God enlisted him to the gospel ministry at the age of 16. He is an Alumnus of Oakwood University class of 2011. At Oakwood University Evan served as class Chaplain, United Student Movement Religious Vice President, and was awarded the 2011 Spiritual Leadership Award for his dedicated service as the Religious VP. It was at Oakwood that he met his wife the lovely former Aleya Word, and they have four sons together- Jeremiah, James, John, and Joshua.
Evan has pastored four churches in the South Atlantic Conference the Sanford-Southern Pines district in North Carolina and the Aiken-Johnston district in South Carolina. Evan recently completed his Master’s of Divinity degree from the Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan, while in the seminary he served as a student pastor of the Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist church in Chicago, IL. Wherever, he has served it has been evident that the Spirit of God has been present with the churches that are under his tender watch and care. It is often said of him that in moments of chaos he instills comfort in those that look to him because God has gifted him with calming influence. One might say that preaching and pastoring are in his DNA. Since the early 1900’s the Willis family has had Seventh-day Adventist Pastors serving in the church beginning with his Great grandfather U.S. Willis Sr., his grandfather U.S. Willis Jr., his Uncle Robert L. Willis, and now Evan. Even if you were to search his mother’s side of the family his great-grandfather, Joseph Smith, was a street corner preacher of the three angel’s message.
Evan loves playing basketball, genealogy, reading, and is an avid sports fan. His passion for ministry is to see men and women, young and seasoned actively involved in God’s ministry. The scripture that he hopes that his ministry will personify is John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease”.
Evan is looking forward to serving faithfully in his newest ministry vineyard, because he believes that this is the place to which God has sent him through the ministry of the South Atlantic conference. He hopes to serve with character and distinction and to take the Rock Hill-Pageland district to new heights for the glory of , and to join with the church in doing ministry beyond the four walls of the sanctuary. He and his family praise God for another opportunity of service in this new area of ministry.