The Reverend Dr. Bob Howell

Senior Minister

Robert J. Howell, Jr. (Bob) became the senior pastor of Buncombe St UMC in 2016, having served at BSUMC previously as the associate pastor from 1982-1985. Bob received his bachelor’s degree at the University of SC, he received his Master’s of Divinity from Duke Divinity School and received his Doctor of Ministry from the School of Theology at Drew University.

He returns to the upstate after serving as the pastor of Trinity UMC in Blythewood, the senior pastor of St. Paul UMC in Florence, and the senior pastor of Bethany UMC in Summerville.

Bob is married to the former Patricia L. Gasque, and they have three children. His sons are Robert III and Thomas Bryan, and his daughter is Price Baker. In his spare time, Bob enjoys reading and playing golf.

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