Meet Our Staff


Pastor: Dr. Robert H. Walker

Dr. Robert Walker, Sr. Pastor of Main Street UMC and Greene St. UMC
A native Floridian, Robert and his wife Dr. Alicia Walker, have lived in Columbia for 6 years.  Alicia is a professor of Music Education and Choral Conducting at USC.
Robert earned his bachelors degree from Florida State, his Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY; his Doctorate from Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley, CA; and his MBA from Mercer University in Atlanta.
Robert has served as pastor of both Baptist and Methodist churches for since 1989.  He also spent 4 years with Wells Fargo Advisers as a Financial Advisor.
Robert loves to travel, cook, watch college sports, spend time with friends, and many outdoor activities.
Robert has two adult sons, Aaron (25) and Levi (20), who both live here in Columbia.                                                                                  

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Church/Financial Secretary:  Detra Pennington
Detra Pennington is a native of Lexington, South Carolina.  She is married to her husband, Dennis and they reside in Lexington.  They have a nineteen year old son,  Gage who is a sophomore in college.  Her and her family are currently active at their church and their sons boy scout troop.  Detra has been with Greene Street as church/financial secretary  for 24 years.


Almond Ponge

Music Director:  Almond Ponge

Almond Ponge is a native of Manila, Philippines. Almond is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, and Winthrop University. He is currently in the United States for further studies in piano performance. He has previously served in the Philippines as head pianist for Joy Fellowship, a youth group, and as the accompanist and assistant conductor for the Children’s and the Church and Chancel Choirs of St. Stephen’s Parish.

Almond started studying the piano under Patricia Lim. He has also studied with Perla Z. Suaco, Dr. Matthew Manwarren and Dr. Eugene Barban. He is currently pursuing his Certificate in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. Marina Lomazov.

Aside from piano, Almond has also studied conducting under Fidel G. Calalang, voice under Conrado Ong III, Thea Perez-Prosia, Naomi Sison, Antonio Hila, and Daniel Stein, and composition under Antonio P. Africa. He is currently a member of the USC Concert Choir.




Contact Us:

Greene Street UMC
1106 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-799-6268