board of directors

Dr. Tom Hellams


Dr. Tom Hellams joined the Erskine College administrative team as Provost in July 2018. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Erskine, Hellams earned a Masters of Arts, Masters of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Hellams began his career with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary serving as the President’s Chief of Staff. He then served as a distinguished visiting professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and a visiting professor at the Billy Graham School of Missions in Louisville. Hellams served as the Vice President for Corporate Relations at Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville from 2006-2014 before returning to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as Vice President for Denominational Relations from 204-2018.

Martin O'Connor


Martin O’Connor has served as Treasurer for the Charter Institute at Erskine since July 2017. O’Connor has more than 30 years of business management experience in Finance, Operations, Logistics, Purchasing, IT, and Human Resources. He has served as a C-level executive for the past 20 years in numerous companies, primarily in the manufacturing sector. His experience includes work at large multi-billion dollar companies such as Michelin Tire Corporation and smaller companies that were greenfield start-ups. O’Connor enjoys working with an organization that is focused upon developing young people to become highly productive and wise American citizens.

Dr. Tony Foster


Tony Foster is the founder and senior pastor of Restoration Worship Center in Greenwood, South Carolina. Foster has served in the pulpit for over 28 years. He is also a member of the visionary team for the Destiny Network of Churches. Foster has worked as a health educator and counselor for the University of South Carolina’s social work department. He is a certified Master Life Coach and Trainer. Foster received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Christian Bible Institute and Seminary.

Hon. Stu Rodman


Stu Rodman serves as the Chairman of the Beaufort County Council where he represents Hilton Head Island. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army and is an elder in the Presbyterian church. Mr. Rodman and Nina, his wife of 44 years, have two married children and reside in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island. Mr. Rodman holds leadership positions on the boards of several national Christian ministries. Mr. Rodman has also held manufacturing, finance and general management positions with several major corporations. He has also served as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance, a member of the Task Force on School Funding for the State Superintendent of Education, and a member of the Beaufort County Board of Education.

Dr. Gordon Query


Gordon Query is an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, having served on or chaired numerous Session committees since 1981. He has completed two terms on the Erskine College Board of Trustees. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Erskine College in 2013. Dr. Query has previously served as the Moderator of General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and served on its Executive Committee. Gordon and Leona, his wife of 50 years, have a married son and enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren. He is a retired executive of The R.L. Bryan Company, having completed 30 years of service there.

Dr. Noel Brownlee


Dr. Noel Brownlee serves as the Director of the David Livingstone Institute at Erskine College. He graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees from Wofford College before earning a Ph.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina and an M.D. from University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Brownlee is the current Director of Medical Student Education for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, a Clinical Professor of Pathology at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, a pathologist at Upstate Pathology where he also serves as Medical Director of the Cancer Center Laboratory, Medical Director of North Greenville University Physician Assistant Masters of Medical Science Program, and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a current member of Greenville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and is on the Administrative Council for Christian Medical and Dental Association Upstate South Carolina. Dr. Brownlee also is on the Advisory Council for Greenville Symphony Orchestra and the C.S. Lewis Institute-Greenville.

Hon. Todd Carnes


Todd moved to Lexington, South Carolina, in October, 2000, after several years of service as a Christian missionary in Ufa, Russia. Prior to that adventure, Todd earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama and worked in roadway and community development in Jacksonville, Florida. He subsequently received his Master’s Degree in Biblical Languages from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the Lexington community, Todd has served as an entrepreneur in various realms. He spent eight years as Lead Pastor of Radius Church, five years serving as the General Manager for SouthernMED Pediatrics and is currently building a local real estate brokerage as a co-founder, Todd Realty Partners. In addition to the above, Todd is now serving in his 8th year as an elected Town Councilman for the Town of Lexington.
Todd has been married to his wife, Kerri, for 27 years. Before joining Todd at Todd Realty Partners, Kerri served as a teacher and volleyball coach at both Lexington High School and Ben Lippen School. Todd and Kerri have three daughters, Laina, Amanda and Kristy.