Hal West is a lifelong resident of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He graduated from Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner in 1969 and from the University of South Carolina in 1973. In 1974, Hal and his wife, Elliott, moved to Fort Worth, TX, where Hal attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduation in 1978, Hal and Elliott moved back to Moncks Corner, where Hal began serving as Mission Pastor of the Pimlico-Oakley Baptist Mission and a few months later the Sangaree Baptist Mission. He was the founding pastor of Berkeley Baptist Church (formerly the Pimlico-Oakley Mission) from 1981 to 1986, when he was called to serve as Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Moncks Corner, his home church. In 1990, the church called him as Senior Pastor. Hal received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1987. He is a certified church consultant through the Society for Church Consulting and is available to assist churches in assessing their current health and developing strategies in becoming effective as disciple-making, New Testament churches.