Information Technology

Jim Crews, director
jcrews@umcsc.org
803-786-9486, Ext. 332
803-735-8774 (direct line)

Russ McKissickRuss McKissick, assistant
rmckissick@umcsc.org
803-786-9486, Ext. 262
803-735-8796 (direct line)

The Information Technology department is here to help our churches, districts, agencies, and conference, serving as a resource for any of your technology needs, including but not limited to:

  • Email setup and support
  • Hardware/software recommendations
  • Cloud-based services
  • Web hosting services

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Guide the conference in the use of Information Technology as an effective tool for equipping and connecting local churches
  • Authorized purchaser of computers, peripherals, and other technology needs for the conference
  • Conference Center and District Offices support for computers, peripherals, and other technology devices
  • Planning, design, implementation, and updating of database driven web applications
  • Management of all components of the Local Area Network (LAN) and web facing servers
  • Data security and reliability
  • Maintenance of computers in the conference center, district offices and other satellite offices
  • Development and implementation of conference and district staff computer use  (maintenance, issues and resolutions, manage tracking inventory database of hardware and software)
  • Help Desk for email connectivity
  • Support for all Information Technology solutions

Technology Discounts

TechSoup: The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and TechSoup have partnered to ensure churches in our conference have access to the best technology options available at the most affordable cost. It is recommended that local churches go to techsoup.org, where most products donations are 85 percent off of retail, including Microsoft, Adobe desktop products, and anti-virus software. If you’re interested in signing up, please send an email to MMD@techsoup.org, and the Major Market Team at TechSoup will be happy to create an account for your church.

Verizon WirelessClick here for discounts on Verizon Wireless. This is limited to persons with a valid conference email address. The Verizon Wireless account must be in your name, and your conference email address must be associated with the Verizon account.

Remote Help

If you are instructed by the IT department, click your type of computer to download remote connection software. Windows computer OR Mac computer.

Church Software Options

Help yourself

Links to PDF files that might be helpful in providing examples and guides for tasks related to Information Technology: