Rev. John Hopkins
Rev. John Howard Hopkins
Rev. John Hopkins was one of five children, growing up in the small town of New Wilmington in western Pennsylvania. His father, Joseph, was a religion professor at Westminster College for almost 40 years, and while there served at several Presbyterian Churches in a variety of roles. His mother Lois was a music professor at Youngstown University in nearby Ohio. After retiring, his parents served for twelve years as Presbyterian Church (USA) missionaries in Malawi and Sudan in Africa.
Rev. Hopkins was called to accept Christ during a Presbyterian junior high school camp. For three years, he attended the Stony Brook Preparatory School in Long Island, New York, where he graduated. After his sophomore year of college, the Presbyterian Church sent him for a summer in Ethiopia to assist missionaries. In addition, he took a college course that allowed him to study in Jerusalem, plus travel to many countries in the Middle East and Europe. He graduated from Westminster College with majors in religion and English.
While attending Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California, Rev. Hopkins worked part-time at the 2300 member Glendale Presbyterian Church. Following graduation, Rev. Hopkins worked for 16 months as a youth and then administrative pastor at the Union Church of Manila in the Philippines, a 700 member international congregation. He also worked with the Billy Graham Crusade in Manila.
After returning to the United States, Rev. Hopkins served at churches in Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In 2004, he worked on the staff of Word Witness in Greenville, SC as a Member Care Director for 60 missionaries in eight countries. Later, Rev. Hopkins worked for Spartanburg County Bible Education in School Time, and most recently as the pastor of Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church and also pulpit supply at Lisbon Presbyterian Church, both located in Clinton, South Carolina. Concurrently, he served as a full-time chaplain for Providence Care Hospice out of Rock Hill, South Carolina, after being a hospital chaplain. Rev. Hopkins accepted the position of full-time pastor at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church in 2021.
Rev. Hopkins and his wife, Glenda, adopted a son, Jacob, after both of his parents died. Rev. Hopkins also has three grown children and seven grandchildren. As for hobbies, he likes most sports, plus time with family, walking, networking, reading, and writing.