1633 Waverly Road | Pawleys Island, SC 29585

(843) 237-3428


Precious Blood

Pawleys Island

Our Parish Staff

Our parish is blessed with a helpful, competent and dedicated staff.  The size of the staff and those in it have grown as the parish has grown.  However, this staff cannot function effectively without our help.  We need parishioners who can volunteer to help with Administration/Office Work, Desktop Publishing, Bulk Mail/Handout Preparation and Building & Grounds Maintenance.  If you can help, please volunteer for this parish ministry.

Fr. Pat : Priest (retired)

Fr. Pat

Priest (retired)

Steve Olenchock : Deacon

Steve Olenchock


Deacon Steve was born in Mt. Pleasant PA and moved permanently to Pawleys Island in October, 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biology from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe PA, and a PhD in Medical Microbiology/Immunology from West Virginia University in Morgantown WV. He retired from a nearly 30-year career investigating the immunology of occupational lung disease in agriculture and pursuing science administration. In 2000, he began seminary formation through Saint Meinrad Seminary and was ordained a permanent deacon in October 2004. Deacon Steve and his wife, Marcia, raised three sons: Stephen Jr. of Bethlehem PA; Thomas of Arnold MD; and Benjamin of Natick MA. Deacon Steve and Marcia, along with his mother, Virginia, reside in North Litchfield Beach.

Mike Appel : Deacon

Mike Appel


Deacon Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Glendale, Queens NY and later on Long Island in Farmingdale NY. He has been married to his wife Sue Ann for 38 years where they have lived on Long Island in Copiague NY. They have owned a home in Murrells Inlet for the past  9 years and have made the move permanently as of November 1, 2019.

He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree and  Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. He has retired from a career in retail asset protection/loss prevention while working for the retailers- The Home Depot, Sears Holdings and the 7-Eleven corporation. In 2008, he began seminary formation through The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception earning a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies and was ordained a permanent deacon in May 2012 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, serving the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption. Deacon Mikes wife, Sue Ann recently retired from Nassau University Medical Center where she was a medical technologist. They raised two children: Ryan Appel of Levittown NY who is a 1st Captain in the NY Army National guard and works for the Department of Defense and Lindsay Appel of Long Beach NY who works for an accounting firm in New York City.


Ellen Sullivan : Parish Coordinator/Pastors Assistant

Ellen Sullivan

Parish Coordinator/Pastors Assistant

Ellen is originally from Clark NJ and moved to SC in 1994. She graduated from Providence College with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has worked for the past eleven years with the South Carolina Department of Social Services in Child Protective Services. Ellen joined the staff of Precious Blood in as parish secretary. She now is now in the position of Parish Coordinator. She lives in Pawleys Retreat with her husband Scott and two children Patrick & Emma.

Patty Guazzo : Parish Secretary

Patty Guazzo

Parish Secretary

Patty Guazzo was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, and later moved to Denville, New Jersey after she married her husband Allan. She worked for AT&T until Allan’s job relocated them to Bowling Green, Kentucky…then to Hudson, Ohio…then to Delafield, Wisconsin…then to Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. While in Wisconsin, Patty worked as a parish secretary for St. Paul’s Parish in Genesee Depot. In Pennsylvania, she was secretary to the Director of the Fatima Renewal Center, a retreat center run by the Diocese of Scranton. After vacationing in the Myrtle Beach area, Patty & Allan decided to move away from the snowy north and settle in South Carolina. They moved to Murrells Inlet in May 2007, and in July Patty was hired as parish secretary for Precious Blood.

Pat Sears : Parish Secretary Thurs-Friday

Pat Sears

Parish Secretary Thurs-Friday

Maureen Arneman : Director of Religious Education

Maureen Arneman

Director of Religious Education

Maureen is originally from Youngstown, Ohio where she graduated from Ursuline High School. She went on to receive her BS in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and MS in Education from Youngstown State University. Prior to working at Precious Blood, Maureen was employed as the Director of Children’s Counseling Services at Waccamaw Center for Mental Health in Myrtle Beach and Director of Counseling at Horry Georgetown Technical College. She has volunteered in the parish as Co-chair of the Prayer and Worship committee and a religious education teacher. She lives in the River Club with her husband Dana and children Tommy and Annie.

Michael King : Comptroller

Michael King


Michael was born in Baltimore, MD but grew up in the Pawleys area when his family moved to SC in 1969. Upon receiving a marketing degree from The University of South Carolina, Michael began a 20-year career in sales primarily in the packaging industry including 12 years as a regional sales manager for a plastic packaging manufacturer residing in Atlanta, GA. Michael returned to SC with his wife Cindy and daughter Madeline in 2003 and currently lives in North Litchfield Beach. Michael joined the staff of Precious Blood in 2012 as the Events Coordinator and moved into the Book Keeper Position July of 2015.

Andre Rakus : Director of Music & Liturgy

Andre Rakus

Director of Music & Liturgy

Nicole Del Valle : Events Coordinator

Nicole Del Valle

Events Coordinator

I wanted to introduce myself - I am Nicole “Nikki” Del Valle, and I have assumed the Events Coordinator position here at Precious Blood of Christ Church. I am coming from a background of community service and look forward to serving our parish and its partners.

A little about me, I am a retired military spouse and now mother-in-law to an Army soldier and a proud mom to two amazing children. My husband and I have recently moved to the area after he retired from his career in government service. I have been amazed at how amazing everyone is here and how welcoming the parish family has been. I look forward to meeting and working with you all in the future.

William Hadden : Director of Youth Ministry

William Hadden

Director of Youth Ministry

Hello, my name is William Hadden, but you can call me Will. I’m a born and raised South Carolinian and have been living in Murrells Inlet for all my life. I always have been working in the service industry. I started working at the young age of 14. In my younger years, I worked at both Chick-Fil-A and also for my family at the Divine Dining Group. I enjoy going off-shore fishing, going to the beach and hanging out with my close friends. Through the intercession of our Blessed Lord he has allowed me to maximize the ability I can serve others, not just in the restaurants but now his Youth/Church. I’m very excited to how the Lord will use me in these next years. All I ask of you is for your prayers for me and most importantly the youth that I will be serving.


Bobbi Rakus : Rectory Assistant

Bobbi Rakus

Rectory Assistant