James Earl Dyar was born on December 23, 1959 in Anderson, S.C., to Edward and Sylvene Dyar, and was saved and baptized at age 10 at Varennea Baptist Church in Anderson, S.C..
After graduating from McDuffie High School, he went on to Anderson College where he received an Associate of Arts degree. He then continued at Southern Wesleyan University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Business & Accounting). He graduated from Erskine Theological Seminary in 1985 with a Masters of Divinity degree.
Pastor Dyar married his beautiful wife, Teresa Carnes Dyar, of Anderson, on March 19, 1983. They have 1 son and 2 daughters. Hannah and her husband, Matthew Barkley, Jared and his wife, Lori Atkins Dyar, and Bethany and her husband, Clayton Kemp. They also have 4 very wonderful and energetic grandchildren: Joanna, Lucas, Lydia, and Josiah.
Pastor Dyar pastored at Chiquola Mission in Honea Path for 18 months, Friendship Baptist Church in Honea Path for 5 ½ years, Antioch Baptist Church in Lancaster, S.C. for 7 years and Red Hill Baptist Church in Pickens, S.C. for 13 years.
In September 2008, Earle’s Grove Baptist Church was privileged to call him as our pastor – by a 93% membership vote. Rev. James and Teresa now live in Seneca, S.C. and enjoy many hobbies; however, their favorite hobby is spending time with family and friends.