About Us

The solid foundation by which the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce is built is through the vision and values shared by members.

The vision is the compass that directs and unites us with a common direction and the values are the principles that guide us as we pursue the vision. The vision is “To unify Christians in South Carolina by connecting commerce and community to positively impact our culture for Christ.”

Our Story

The SC Christian Chamber of Commerce started as a 501(C)(3) organization formed in South Carolina in 2009 by Ted McGee, Hal Stevenson, and others to serve the Christian community in Columbia, SC. In late 2015 the vision expanded with the addition of William Renfrow to the Board of Directors. William sensed God was growing the vision of the SC Christian Chamber of Commerce throughout the state and the monthly meetings expanded to Spartanburg and Greenville in early 2016. The development continued in mid-2016 to Charleston. Additional Board members from Greenville, Spartanburg, and Charleston were also added in mid-2016.

Jamie Jordan

Jamie Jordan is a global award winning, industry leader with over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, and leader in technology, healthcare, renewable energy, manufacturing and service environments. His experience in positions of CEO, President, sales, operations, and engineering management has led to the development of The Excellence Advantage, which is used to assist organizations in their pursuit of excellence while producing a solid infrastructure which enables sustainable prosperity. Jamie is a graduate of Regent University with a degree in Organizational Leadership and was awarded the Charlie Bergman award from the CSIA (Control Systems Integration Association) in memory of the founder of the association. This recognition spotlighted Jamie’s role in the authoring and establishment of Best Practices and Industry Standards, which are seen today as the international auditing benchmark for the control systems integration industry. During Jamie’s tenure as CEO and President of Applied Industrial Automation, Inc. the firm was recognized in the Emerging 10, which recognizes the 10 fastest growing businesses in the Charleston region. Jamie currently serves as State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce, President of Stravicom Global, Inc., a management consulting firm located in Charleston, SC and is Chairman of the Lifeworks Charleston Board, which is a non-profit ministry that supports Christian professionals seeking to apply their faith in the marketplace. In addition, Jamie is active in many leadership arenas and has a passion to see organizations reflect excellence. Jamie is married to Cynthia Grosso and they live in Charleston, SC. Jamie is the father of four wonderful children, Chase, Cameron, Isabella, and Jacob.

Kip D. Miller

Kip Miller and his wife, Kim, both natives of Greenville, are the primary owners of Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc., a distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, and commercial plumbing supplies. Kip serves as the company’s President and CEO. Kip is a 1977 graduate of Anderson University with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration and a 1979 graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in both Management and Marketing. Kip joined Eastern six months after the launch of the company in 1980, where he began in the warehouse as the company’s first Sales Trainee. Through God’s providence, he acquired the company in 1987 through a buy/sell agreement and has served in his current role since that time. Today, Eastern has fifteen stocking locations in six southeastern states. Kip and Kim serve together at Eastern. They have a profound interest in Eastern Cares, launched in 2002 for the purpose of providing helping hands of service to those in need, with the ultimate goal of having a positive impact upon the lives of others and making the world a better place. In 2006, through God’s direction and Eastern Cares, the company helped to found the Daily Bread Life Children’s Home in Tanzania, Africa, and continue to support nearly 60 children and 30 adults who provide for their care and well-being. In 2014, the Bread of Life Secondary School was founded through the same Cares outreach. Kip has previously served on various professional and industry-related boards, as well as charitable and nonprofit organizational boards, including some in the Upstate. He served as the President of the Pleasantburg Rotary Club 1990-91, Chair of Miracle Hill Ministries Board 2008-09, Chair of the Anderson University Board of Trust 2013-14, is current chair of the FCA Greenville Leadership Board, and he serves on the board of the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce. Kip has been a guest lecturer at Southern Wesleyan University, Anderson University, and the Hungarian Baptist Theological Seminary in Romania. He has also made presentations at FCG Business School/University and Policomp University, both in Brazil.

William Renfrow

William Renfrow is an engineer, entrepreneur, and visionary, but most importantly a Christ follower. In 1993 William felt called to open a “full service” industrial construction company which he would name Renfrow Brothers Inc. William’s desire was to open and operate a company where employees could work hard, be successful, and if they chose, live out their faith. Over the past 23 years, Renfrow Brothers Inc. has established itself as a company which provides General, Mechanical, Electrical, Fabrication, and Machining services to the industrial marketplace while employing a core group of employees averaging 150 men and women. 2007 brought the opportunity for William to partner with two other individuals and open OpSource Staffing Inc. and ESS – Equipment Sales & Surplus. The addition of these two companies helped form a group of companies called Renfrow Industrial and created a synergy of business solutions to round out the definition of “full service.” William graduated from Clemson University in 1980 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children. William is a member and currently in a position of leadership at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg. He is also a board member for FCA – Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Spartanburg, United Carpenters for Christ, Faith-Hope-Love Ministries, and the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Hamlet

Dr. Mike Hamlet has served as the Pastor of First Baptist North Spartanburg since 1985. Dr. Hamlet came to First Baptist North Spartanburg in January 1985 from Houston, Texas. During his years serving in S.C., he has served in multiple positions in the South Carolina Baptist Convention, including serving as President of the Convention, President of the S. C. Pastor’s Conference, and Chairman of the Executive Board. Dr. Hamlet has also served on the Southern Baptist Convention in many capacities. In the state of South Carolina, Dr. Hamlet was a recipient of South Carolina’s highest award for public service…The Order of the Palmetto. He was also honored when he was a recipient of the E. A. McDowell Award for Christian involvement in the public arena in politics, government, and community affairs. He has served on numerous committees and boards, both locally and statewide. God has endowed Dr. Hamlet with leadership ability and people skills and the drive to use these skills to bring First North to be one of the leading churches in the country. He knows how to lead a church, proclaim God’s Word as it applies to today’s life, and pastor a church of 7000. Mike and his wife Laura are the parents of two children, Allison and Andrew. For the past 14 years, Laura has taught at Spartanburg Christian Academy. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Allison teaches in the Charleston area. Andrew, and his wife, Jessica, are active members of First North and have blessed the Hamlets with their first grandchild, Harlow, who is the “apple of their eye.”

Ray Hill

Ray Hill has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Ray is the President of Hill Construction Company, which was formed in 2010 as a building contractor committed to “Building Excellence.” Hill Construction is a South Carolina commercial construction services firm respected as a leader in “team approach” project delivery. We base our quality standards on “building excellence,” with the intention of building our clients’ next project. Our foundation is built on Godly principles, honest communication, customer service, integrity, and a valued reputation. These qualities have been as critical to our success as our expertise in the details of every phase of construction. Together, these strengths help us build great buildings and enduring relationships with our clients, employees, and subcontractors. Ray and his wife Robin live in Columbia, SC and are the parents of their son Zach and daughter Haley.

About US

The SC Christian Chamber of Commerce has been given the vision to bring unity to the body of Christ throughout the state of South Carolina. We see the Body of Christ as the entire Christian community and envision commerce and community working together through a Biblical Worldview to bring unity among Christians in South Carolina. The challenge is the Christian community is one of the most segmented and divided group in society, but it should be the most united because of our common belief in Jesus Christ and desire to positively impact our communities for His glory. The solution is to begin to see the Christian community as all Christians working together for the common good of the community and for the glory of God. These three main groups of Christians are businesses, churches, and alliances. The vision is to unify these groups through commerce and community so that each of the groups are stronger both individually and collectively to have a positive impact on our cities and state in the name of Jesus Christ. The three groups are united under a covenant relationship that identifies the vision, values, and commitments for each member. Imagine what South Carolina would look like if all Christians throughout the state worked together to strengthen each other and address the issues plaguing our communities. This would reduce poverty, crime, prison population, orphans, impact social and moral issues, strengthen families, and reduce the tax burden on our state because Christians are working together to improve the quality of life in our state.

Vision and Values

The solid foundation by which the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce is built is through the vision and values shared by members. The vision is the compass that directs and unites us with a common direction and the values are the principles that guide us as we pursue the vision. The vision is “To unify Christians in South Carolina by connecting commerce and community to positively impact our culture for Christ.” This vision is built on a foundation of values and a strategy that will work to align Christian Businesses, Churches, and Alliances throughout South Carolina. The South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce is committed to a set of core values, which are the non-negotiable foundation by which all members are aligned and committed. The following is a list of the core values by which the unity among all members is built: 1) Christ – Jesus Christ is the cornerstone by which the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce is built and it is Christ who is to be glorified through all we do and whom we serve. Ephesians 2:20 - “Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, the Messiah Jesus himself being the cornerstone.” 2) Calling –Our calling is from God, whether a business person, CEO, entrepreneur, laborer, stay at home mom, pastor, or missionary. The work we do with our hands is sacred and is worship and praise unto Him. Ephesians 2:10 - “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” 3) Church – The Church is made up of the universal body of believers which reflect different denominations, ministries, and organizations. South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce will work with and through South Carolina Churches, businesses, and organizations to unify, encourage and support believers in Christ while serving our communities. Ephesians 4: 11-14 - “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” 4) CommUNITY – We will apply our faith in practical ways, resolve problems, and to unite and serve others for the glory of Christ and the benefit of the community. John 17:23 - “I in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” 5) Excellence – Excellence in all we say and do is the language others can understand, independent of their beliefs. We will seek excellence in all that we do because of who we are to reflect, our Heavenly Father. Colossians 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” 6) Servant Leadership – We positively impact our community, businesses, churches, organizations, schools, and society as we serve others. We use our influence, skills, gifts, and talents to solve problems and improve our communities and organizations. Mark 10:45 - “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

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