Church Staff


Associate Pastor / Minister of Music

Rev. Mike Yates currently serves as the Associate Pastor and Minister of Music. From 2010 until 2019, he has also served as the Minister of Music and Youth. He graduated from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997 with a Master’s Degree in Church Music.

Mike’s desire is to serve our Lord and others, to share the Gospel with people of all ages that they might receive Christ as their Savior and to help them to have a closer relationship with God.

He and his wife, Candice, have six children, Mandy, Emory, Aaron, William, Brooke and Meghan. They also have a son-in-law, Josh, and two grandchildren, Ava and Ben.

Contact:  803-652-2101


Pastoral Assistant / Chaplain

Rev. Kirby L. Bunton was licensed to preach on November 23, 1952 and was ordained July 5, 1981. He joined Corinth Baptist Church in 1996. During his time at Corinth, he has had several roles including: Deacon, Minister to Seniors, Training Union Teacher, Associate Minister, and now Chaplain and Ministerial Advisor. He also currently serves at Clearwater Branch Baptist Church as a musician.

Prior to joining Corinth Baptist Church he served a number of churches as Supply Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Pastor in the Bluffton, Beaufort, and Yemassee areas as well as areas in Georgia.

He is married to Patricia (Patsy) Eidson Bledsoe Bunton. They have two daughters and a son who is deceased, four living grandchildren and one deceased, and six great- grandchildren.

Contact: 803-652-2101


Ministry Assistant / Secretary

Ms. Mary Lou Ridenour began working for Corinth Baptist Church in February, 2003. She previously worked as a church secretary for Montmorenci First Baptist Church, Millbrook Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church, Leesville, SC. She is a widow and has 3 children, Kim, Scott and Mary Carroll.

Contact: 803-652-2101