Our Ministry Team

Team Huddle Spotlights feature members of the CMBA ministry team and introduce their area of work and the ways they can support the ministry of our Family of Churches.

Each week this fall, we will introduce a member of our team for you to get to know.

Julia Bell



Julia Bell began serving as the CMBA Communications Coordinator in April 2020, after having worked in a freelance writing capacity with the association for about a year. She brings with her a knowledge of denominational work from time spent on staff in the communications area of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and from growing up the daughter of an associational director of missions. Julia’s passions include writing and getting to know people.

“One of my favorite parts of this role is talking with pastors and church members about how they are seeing God at work, and then putting words to that story. It’s a privilege to share about so many exciting ministries and amazing stories that are happening in our churches all throughout the Midlands,” she says.  

Kyndra Bremer

Virtual administrative assistant


Kyndra Bremer serves as virtual administrative assistant to George Bullard, a position she’s held since September 2020. She brings a variety of ministry knowledge to her work with CMBA. She is a PK (pastor’s kid) whose father also served on the staff of several state conventions, her brother is a pastor and she’s married to a pastor. 

“Because of my family background, I have a strong understanding and appreciation for ministry in denominational work. My professional experience is very diverse, but I think that each experience has prepared me for my current position at CMBA,” Kyndra says.

Ryan Dupree

CMBA Volunteer, Internationals Pastor at FBC Columbia


Ryan Dupree serves as the Internationals Pastor at First Baptist Columbia, and volunteers to connect members of the CMBA Family of Churches through ministries to the international community living throughout the Midlands. He is well-known in many ethnic group populations here from having served in his ministerial role for the last 17 years. Ryan is a great member of the CMBA Team Huddle as his heart for reaching the nations has led him to build intentional relationships, help map people groups living throughout South Carolina and connect churches in ministry to internationals. 

“Growing up I had some international aunts and uncles as well as a friendship with an international exchange teacher living next door. God gave me a passion for a group of people that He holds very dear as expressed in Scripture - the immigrant. I have seen Columbia’s international community grow and represent many countries from around the world,” Ryan explains. 

Robert Grant



Mobilizer Robert Grant is ready to help CMBA churches with a variety of administration needs including budgeting, bylaws, staff compensation studies, building planning, and dissolution. With more than 40 years of combined experience serving on staff at the local church and state convention, and additional time consulting, Robert is well equipped to help churches in what can often be confusing processes. 

“My joy in ministry is through church administration for property management, budgeting, legal issues, personnel management and everything in between – as there are 14 different areas of church business administration,” he explains.