John and Kathryn Jekel of Sumter announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Nicole Jekel of Sumter, to Christian Blake Ward of Sumter, son of Allyson F. Lloyd and her husband, Paul, of Hanover, Maryland, and the late Christopher Lynn Ward.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Norma Truesdale and the late Alton Emerson Truesdale and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Jekel of Utica, New York. She graduated from Wilson Hall in Sumter and Clemson University with a degree in food science and technology. She is employed by Sauer Brands Inc. as a research and development specialist.

The bridegroom-elect is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McAlister of Sumter. He graduated from Sumter High School and the University of South Carolina with a degree in global supply and operations management. He is employed by Kraft-Heinz as an associate manager.

The wedding is planned for Feb. 22, 2020, at Church of the Holy Cross in Sumter.

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The couple is registered at Belk,; Bed Bath and Beyond,; Pottery Barn,; and Sumter Lighting and Home, 135 W. Wesmark Blvd., Sumter.