Rev. Cartrell Blume, Sr, & Family
Reverend Cartrell A. Blume, Sr., a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is the son of the late Lawrence Blume and Ruby Blume Williams and Early Williams. One of six siblings, he attended the public schools of Richland County School district. One, graduating from Eau Claire High School.
Reverend Blume started his Christian journey at the Turkey Branch Baptist Church in Neeses, South Carolina. This was followed by a stop at Bethlehem Baptist on Lyon Street in Columbia, South Carolina under the pastoral arm of Reverend Charles A. DeLaughter. In 1993, The Journey carried him to Brookland Baptist Church, in West Columbia, South Carolina under the spiritual direction of Rev. Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr. He was an active member of the Financial Ministry, Couples for Christ, Homeless Ministry, Vacation Bible School teacher, and one of the major soloists for the Brookland Baptist Church Sonrise Chorale.
In 2004, he was ordained as a deacon at the Brookland Baptist Church and served faithfully until the call into the preaching ministry. Reverend Blume delivered his initial sermon for licensing in October 2013 and was fully ordained by the Gethsemane Baptist Association in January 2015. Since that time he has served as interim pastor at several churches, preached watch night services, opened church revivals, performed both wedding and baptismal ceremonies and has delivered several sermons upon invitation at a number of churches. In October 2018, Reverend Cartrell A. Blume, Sr., was elected as Pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Greenwood SC.
Reverend Blume began employment as a Lieutenant and Public Safety Officer for over nine years with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. He was formerly employed with Michelin Tires in Lexington, South Carolina.
Reverend Blume enjoys singing and he became somewhat of an authority of "Black" quartet music through his involvement with the National Juniors where his stepfather, Early Williams, was an integral member and lead singer. In addition to his love for music and singing , he is an avid lover of sports. Today, he satisfies his love of sports by being a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Pastor Blume is very active within his community by giving of himself as a volunteer for Prison Ministry Fellowship, juvenile justice Sunday Services and several transition homes in the midlands area. Reverend Blume is a member of Lakeview Masonic Lodge #368
He is married to the former Lisa Alfreda Crumblin of Jenkinsville, South Carolina. They are the proud parents of two outstanding children: a son Cartrell, Jr., a graduate of Lander University and a daughter Chasity, a junior at University of South Carolina Upstate-Spartanburg. A Christian and sincere child of God, he lives by Proverbs 3: 5 and 6; "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path".