Personhood South Carolina's Board of Directors

Personhood SC is a 501(c)(4) organization focused on supporting legislation in South Carolina that recognizes the personhood of the preborn, thus ensuring that they are protected under the same Constitutional rights as every other person.

We do this by working directly with lawmakers to strategize and encourage the passing of such legislation, helping local activists organize, collecting pledges from our representatives to support personhood bills in the future, as well as holding events like Personhood Day to raise awareness.

Dr. Matthew Clark

Executive Director

Dr. Matthew Clark, MD MPH, serves as Executive Director of Personhood SC. 

Dr. Clark’s academic achievements include B.S. Biochemistry, UGA (1991), MD from MCG (1995), MPH from Harvard (1997), US Navy Aerospace Medicine Residency (1998), Pediatric Residency MCG Children’s (2006), and Allergy Fellowship MCG (2008). 

He works as an allergist, and is also ordained in the Covenant Presbyterian Church serving as the pastor of Foothills Christian Assembly in Edgefield, SC. He and his wife are blessed with 11 children, three of whom are adopted.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Dionne


Rev. Dr. Andrew Dionne serves as the Secretary of Personhood SC. He and his wife Sarah have been married for 18 years and have six children.

From 2004 to 2011, Andrew served as Associate Pastor at Christ the Word Church (PCA) in Toledo, OH and Dean of the Reformed Evangelical Pastors College. Since 2011, Andrew has been the senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church (Evangel Presbytery) in Spartanburg, SC. 

Andrew received his M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2004 after earning a doctorate in music composition from Indiana University in 2003. He currently sits on the board of directors of Personhood South Carolina and the Clearnote Pastors College.

Mrs. Ashley Lawton


Ashley is a pastor’s wife and mother, an advocate for the unborn, and a strong believer in the saving power of Jesus Christ. Conceived in a reported rape, adopted in Tennessee, and finally settling in South Carolina, she considers herself blessed to live in such a great state. 

Actively involved in the political world, she feels an obligation to speak out in favor of the Pro-life movement, and does so every time the Lord opens a door for her to share her powerful testimony. Women’s ministry has always been a passion for Ashley. She considers it a privilege to share what the Lord speaks to her heart through His Word in hopes of encouraging and uplifting women of all ages.

Personhood South Carolina Spokeswoman Ashley Lawton