Validated Ministers

Our denomination permits some ministers to operate under the guidance of our presbytery.

Pastors may be authorized to serve in validated ministries outside a local congregation. Validated ministries might include service in a presbytery, educational institution, hospital, or a variety of mission fields. The presbytery shall validate and annually review the pastor’s ministry. Ordinarily, pastors in validated ministry will also be expected to take part in the life and ministry of a local ECO congregation. Pastors in validated ministries have voice and may be granted the right to vote if serving as a part-time assistant pastor.


The following ministers are considered “validated” in the Presbytery of South Carolina for 2022:

Chris Handley (Florence, SC) – Helping Florence Flourish. Helping Florence Flourish is a gospel city movement that seeks to draw believers together in the Florence area in order to address the difficult issues of the community. (e.g. spiritual lostness, homelessness, poverty, broken families etc. ) Learn more at

Margaret Harouney (Charleston, SC) – Rev. Margaret Harouny is the lead chaplain for the Division of Palliative Care at Greenville Memorial Hospital, a level one trauma center in Greenville, SC.  Palliative care is an interdisciplinary specialty focusing on maximizing quality of life for patients facing serious, chronic, or life limiting illness.  In addition to working in palliative care inpatient and clinic settings, Margaret cares for patients on the COVID19 unit; helps train and teach chaplain, nursing, and medical students; and serves on the Greenville Memorial Hospital Pastoral Advisory Committee and the Prisma Health Executive Chaplain Council. Margaret is also the handler for Beowulf, a medical facility dog who visits patients to offer comfort, encouragement, and cuddles. Margaret worships at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, where she enjoys teaching four-year-old Sunday school.

Drew Kornreich (Aiken, SC) – Drew is an ordained pastor and church planter – focusing on Micro-Churches in the ECO denomination (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) – and is working co-vocationally as a chaplain with Encompasses Hospice. Learn more at