Senior Pastor Eric Branch
Pastors Eric and Kimberly met each other in their teenage years in West Columbia, S.C. and dated over 4 years before marrying. It was early 1990 when they both surrendered their entire lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. During the radical transformation work that had began, God revealed his plan and calling for their lives to labor and serve God's people together in ministry. He had given them a clear vision involving pastoral ministry to a diverse group of people.
After a series of miraculous events and timing, God orchestrated their steps to answer the awesome call to ministry. Recognizing the incredible honor and privilege to serve the Lord in this capacity, the Lord then led Eric to Holmes College of the Bible in Greenville, S.C. in January 1991. They then married in June of 1991 and Kimberly worked full time over the course of eleven years at C&S Bank, now known as Bank of America, supporting Eric in his full-time seminary endeavors, while Eric, soon after being married, began working part time at BiLo as a customer service manager and trainer. In July of 1993 they were blessed with their firstborn son, Kyle, and Eric continued to attend college full time while taking on a full time job at the Greenville Law Enforcement Division.
In October of 1993, Eric and his family began their first part time pastorate at a very small church in Central, S.C. while still attending Holmes College of the Bible. In June of 1994, the Lord led them to a beautiful country church in Clinton, S.C. where the Lord began to shape and prepare them for the future ministry ahead of them. It was there in Clinton they were blessed again with their second child, Brittney in July of 1995. Eric then received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries from Holmes College of the Bible in December 1995. During this time period, the vision for ministry God had given Pastor Eric had intensified and God revealed to him that there was "a place where the people needed a leader" and a place where the vision of ministry to a diversity of people would finally come to pass.
It was in November of 1996 when Pastor Eric and his family moved to Easley to help lead and revitalize the congregation of New Image Outreach. At the time the church was known as Easley Christian Fellowship and had about 30 people, of which during the first year half either left the church or died. But the church had an unstoppable dream to love people and to be "A Church For All People." The church grew tremendously and through the leadership and vision of Pastors Eric and Kimberly to reach more than the location could sustain, the church bought property and began building a new sanctuary, which led to relocating of the congregation to its current location on Anderson Highway in Easley.
Pastors Eric & Kimberly remain passionate about equipping the saints for the work of the ministry in the Easley area and in the Upstate of South Carolina.
While they tarry and labor for the Savior, they realize that the efforts of New Image Outreach are to exceed far beyond our church walls and to building the Kingdom of God. With the world full of lost and hurting people, the vision given to Pastors Eric and Kimberly is being accomplished through the heart of the people of New Image Outreach and their deepest desire to effectively minister to all people regardless of their race, age, gender, dress attire, and socioeconomic status, to be... "A Church For All People!"
Pastor Mark Livingston, Sr.
Mark A. Livingston Sr. was born in Georgetown, SC. He has one child: Mark Jr and two brothers: Frederick and Edward. His parents still lives in Georgetown. After graduating from high school, he moved to the Upstate to attend college.
Pastor Mark began preaching the gospel in his early 20’s. From time to time, he would travel for speaking engagements between the Upstate and Georgetown. In 1999, God’s Creation Ministries was established and he became the pastor. Throughout the years, Pastor Mark has collaborated with many local churches to spread the Gospel.
In 2017, Pastor Mark joined as the Pastor of Community Development at New Image Church. His heart in serving the community, understanding their needs, and being empathetic speaks volume through his lifestyle as a pastor. John 15:12 says, “this is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
Pastor Paul Thompson
A long time friend of this ministry, Pastor Paul is happy to now call New Image his home church. Since joining the staff in July 2013, he has become Pastor of Administration and Discipleship. He is specifically charged with developing the church's discipleship mission, which includes development and oversight of Growth Groups and discipleship classes and developing a consistent church-wide discipleship theme.
In addition, he oversees the Care Pastors, Guest Services, and the Ushers. He preaches from time to time at the pleasure of pastor Eric.
Pastor Paul is a professional educator, author, and an active community member. His full time job is as professor and chair of the department of history at North Greenville University, in Tigerville, S.C. From 2011 to 2013 he was founding board president of Lead Academy, a public charter school in Greenville, S.C.
Pastor Paul holds a PhD in American History, is a graduate of the Diversity Leaders Initiative program of The Riley Institute at Furman University, and holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.