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Dezmond B. Sumter Dezmond B. Sumter, a native of Hopkins, South Carolina. He is the son of Russell Sumpter and Sandra Sumter. He is a lifelong member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Hopkins, where he was baptized at an early age. He felt his call to the ministry at the tender age of 14 in 1995 and accepted this calling on August 17, 2003. He was licensed as a minister at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on July 25, 2004 and ordained in 2006. He served as an associate minister at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church until May 6, 2018, which is when he was elected as pastor.

He is a graduate of Hammond School of Columbia, SC. He pursued his higher education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy¬¬¬ in June 2004. Thereafter, he attended and graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina where he earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in May 2012. He completed a Family Medicine Residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC and a Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He practices Sleep Medicine and Family Medicine with Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group.

He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

He is married to the former Mya Wilson, PharmD, MBA.

His favorite scripture is Philippians 2:4-5 “Let each of you look out not for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

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