Rev. Dr. Michael Lee Fitze (Mike)
Mike has spent most of his ministry involved in New Church development on all levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA). As a second career pastor, Mike served as an Elder in the Yeamans Park Presbyterian church in Hanahan before going to seminary. After graduation, Mike served the New Wappetaw church in McClellanville following Hurricane Hugo. In 1995 He was called as the organizing pastor of Providence Presbyterian in Greenville, SC. In 2007 he came back to start Palmetto. Both churches are recipients of the Walton Award for outstanding new church developments in America. Mike holds degrees from USC, The College of Charleston, and Columbia Seminary. In addition he has certificates in spirituality, master gardening, real estate and interior design. He is also a certified Stephen Ministry leader.
Active in numerous civic clubs, Mike is past president of the Charleston Jaycees and the Mt Pleasant Rotary Club among others. He serves on the staff of Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery and is on the alumni council of Columbia Seminary. Mike and His wife, Rosemary, live in Park West and are the parents of a grown daughter, Jennifer (Matt) and grandparents of Savannah (8) and Will (5).
Rev. Lissa Long
Reverend Lissa Long joined Palmetto Presbyterian first as a seminary intern, then as the part time Director for Congregational Ministries and in October as the first Associate Pastor for Palmetto Presbyterian. Lissa graduated from Presbyterian College with a major in Christian Education/Religion and a minor in Special Education. Following PC, Lissa worked with First Presbyterian Church of York, SC as their D.C.E. and later moved to Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church as Director for Youth and Families. It was during this time Lissa met her husband, Grahame Long, curator of history at the Charleston Museum. Lissa worked with Odyssey Hospice for eight years first in the capacity of Bereavement Coordinator and then as a chaplain. During her time with Odyssey, Lissa felt called to be ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament and completed her Masters of Divinity. Lissa and Grahame have two girls, Macie (7) and Sumner (3).
Director of Music
The Administrative Assistant is the one whose voice you will hear when you call the church office. Responsibilities include general office management; all aspects of communication for keeping the church office and church family connected; database maintenance for each individual with a connection to the church, whether member, prospect, or “friend” of the church, including oversight of contribution records.
Gloria joined the staff May 1, 2007—the first day the office doors were opened. She has the pleasure of working in ministry with the many talented people at Palmetto and is also actively involved in ministry at her church (Christ Church Mt. Pleasant). She and her husband, Mike, have a grown son, two grandsons and a granddaughter to bring them joy.
Director of Assimilation
Director of Pastoral Care