About Us


Rev. Charles Wilbanks

Originally from Houston Texas, Pastor Wilbanks was born and raised as a United Methodist. His call to the ministry represents a third career for him. He is retired as a faculty member at the University of South Carolina. Pastor Wilbanks is also a liscenced Social Worker and counselor.  His theological training is from Duke Divinity School.  He came to Oak Grove in 2012.  He is also the pastor at Beulah United Methodist Church in Blythewood. 

He received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Houston; a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska; and a M.S.W. from the University of South Carolina. Pastor Wilbanks married Shin Lee in 1974 and has two grown children and four grandchildren.

Call Pastor Wilbanks (803) 206-4623



Sandra Pherigo

Coordinator of  Children's and Youth Ministry.

Sandra Pherigo has been a memnber of the United Methodist Church her entire life. She got her MED in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina. She was a kindergarden teacher for ten years, she is now the Youth Sunday School teacher at Oak Grove UMC and has been for ten years. She has married to Bill Pherigo since 1961. Together they have a married son and a beautiful grandaughter Callie. In her free time Sandra enjoys gardening and spending time with her dog Brew.


Laura Mitchell

Lay Leader

Laura Mitchell has been a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church for the past twenty-five, (25) years.  She has been married to Robert I. Mitchell, (Bob) for the past thirty-one, (31) years.  They enjoy living in the Cedar Creek Community of Blythewood, SC.  Laura is active in many areas of the Church's life.  She is the Lay Leader, is a Certified Lay Speaker, is a Choir Member, and serves on the PPRC Committee.  She is the President of the joint UMW Group of Oak Grove UMC and Beulah UMC. She is also the Primary Leader of the Daisy Troop. Laura is committed to supporting the United Methodist Church.


Betty Stalnaker

Director of Music