Support Staff

Austin & Mallory Couch,
Children’s Pastors
Austin and Mallory are the Children’s Pastors here at Journey Church. Although they have no children of their own (yet), they love spending time and teaching all of the children in IgnitionKidz about the love and grace of God! They love to be silly, play games and jump around with the kids. Austin and Mallory have been married for a little over a year now and actually met while doing children’s ministry. Austin also loves to travel, he went to Israel with Journey Church and loved seeing the Bible come to life in a whole new way. Mallory also has a passion for Psychology and the Mental Health field. She has graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and is pursuing her Masters degree in the near future. Together, they both love to go snowboarding in the mountains of North Carolina and spending time with each other is their favorite!

burton2015Kelly Burton,
Kelly is a native of Chicago and moved to Myrtle Beach in 2011 with her husband, Rod. Their blended family includes a married son, three daughters, a baby boy, and one granddaughter. Kelly has been a writer for many years and worked as an editor for several faith-based magazines. At journey, she assists the pastoral staff through marketing and communications. Rod plays bass, sings, and co-leads the worship band, and together they serve as care pastors. Her favorite verse is Isaiah 43:19, because God is “always” doing a new thing.

watfords2013Shawn Watford
Administrative Assistant to Lead Pastors
Shawn was raised in Florence, SC and has lived in the Palmetto state her entire life. She has been involved in ministry for over 25 years now and is currently the technical overseer of Sunday services as well as a worship leader. Shawn has been married to her husband Donnie for 21 years and they have 2 children, Josh and Anna Grace. The Watfords also serve journeychurch on the Ignition Student Ministries staff. Shawn’s favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11.


Rev. Fran Brown

Fran Brown,


Our own Rev. “Franny B.” is a licensed pastoral counselor who has been serving the community for over 30 years. Her areas of specialty include marriage counseling, family counseling, and grief counseling. Her office hours are spread between the journey campus and Conway.

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Christine Medicus
Assimilation Team Leader

If you’ve received a call from Journeychurch lately, chances are it was Chris or a member of the “A-team” on the line. Chris has a heart for people, and we are blessed to have her in the office to reach out to and pray with people, and train others to do so as well. She and her husband Craig also serve as missionaries and Care Pastors. They serve their extended family, the church, and the community with grace and love.



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