SCDR Director Announces Retirement
Randy Creamer, director of Disaster Relief for the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC) since 2014, announced his retirement last fall, effective at the end of January 2022.
An Anderson native, Creamer served as pastor of three SC Baptist churches for a total of 23 years, during which time he was a DR volunteer and coordinator. He later spent more than 11 years on staff at the North American Mission Board, with roles relating to Baptist Builders and Disaster Relief.
Creamer joined the SCBC staff as a part-time DR consultant in 2013 as then-director Cliff Satterwhite was transitioning toward retirement. Creamer became the DR director in April of 2014, and says, “I had the privilege of building on the excellent foundation built over many years by Cliff as he launched and developed SC Baptist Disaster Relief.”
During his time as SCBC DR Director, Creamer has led in response to three catastrophic disasters that impacted South Carolina – the 2015 Flood, Hurricane Matthew (2016), and Hurricane Florence (2018) – as well as other disasters such as Hurricane Irma (2017) and the historic 2020 spring tornadoes. He directed the 3-year RebuildSC initiative following the Flood and Hurricane Matthew.
Creamer worked to increase team involvement in flood response (mud-out), and guided churches and associations in refurbishing old trailers or acquiring new trailers and equipment to update SC’s aging fleet of units. He also worked to deepen and expand partnerships with Directors of Missions and associations in DR ministry.
We are grateful to Randy Creamer for his years of service and outstanding leadership, and grateful to the Lord for bringing him to SC Baptist Disaster Relief. After retirement Creamer and his wife, Pam, plan to do a lot more fishing and RV camping. He looks forward to being able to serve in DR ministry wearing a yellow hat in future disasters!