Who We Are

Claire Long and Mike Sylvester were kicked out of Clown College after a fire extinguisher mishap. Since then Mike has been deathly afraid of anything red, but despite that they continue to bring the Gospel without hesitation.

Mike Sylvester - Mike Sylvester is currently the director of youth ministry at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Mike's ability to connect with people and willingness to share his life stories (both humorous and heartfelt!) allows for an engaging and meaningful presentation at any age level. Mike has been through the CMD Certificate in Youth Ministry program and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Prior to his current position, Mike was employed as the director of youth ministry at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mike's first vocation is with his wife, Jamie and daughter Jayden, but when they're not around, he perfects his God-given talent: Dodgeball.

Claire Long - Catholic since birth and a musician since she began playing piano at the age of three, Claire Long has come to find faith and art to be integral parts of her life. She is extensively involved in youth and music ministry, currently fronting a Young Adult Music Ministry Team she started in June 2010 called Two or More, which has provided music for diocesan and statewide middle school, high school, and young adult events. When not leading various retreats or working with ministry teams around the Diocese of Charleston, Claire serves as a member of the Core Team at St John Neumann Catholic Church and works as a substitute teacher (i.e. plays Bill Nye the Science Guy videos) at St Francis Xavier Catholic High School in Sumter, South Carolina. Claire's degree in Arts Management from the College of Charleston allows her to incorporate the arts with a business mindset into her expression of faith. Claire loves itineraries, Doctor Who, not wearing shoes, and Oxford commas. She lives in Sumter, South Carolina with her parents, whom she affectionately refers to as her roommates.

Both Mike and Claire are trained in the VIRTUS Safe Environments Program and have undergone background checks through the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina.

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