Calvary Church Staff and Council


CARLSON, PAUL (Staff)4Pastor Lauren grew up in the Atlanta area before attending Appalachian State for undergrad, where she earned her bachelors degree in Psychology in 2004. Spending many summers at Lutheridge, Lauren began to feel a call to ministry, and spent a year of discernment and service after graduation in Edinburgh, Scotland through the Young Adults in Global Mission program. Not long after that year, she headed to Dubuque, IA where she earned her Masters of Divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary and met her husband, Paul. Outside of formal ministry, Lauren spends her time with their two awesome children, reading, enjoying music and the outdoors, and staying involved in the community.

Pastor Paul grew up in California as a pastor’s kid before heading to San Diego State where he earned his bachelors degree in History. Always feeling called as a pastor, he then took off to Dubuque, IA where he would earn his Masters of Divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary.


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Administrative Assistant:


Heather Evans is honored to serve as the Parish Administrator at Calvary Lutheran Church.  Many of her years as a child and a young adult were spent in Jacksonville, Florida growing up with 3 sisters, where she eventually graduated High School in St. Augustine, Florida. However, Heather was born in this area and has resided in Morganton for over a decade, and she is content to call North Carolina “home”. Weeks after completing Highs School she enrolled in a School of Ministry in Pensacola, FL in 1997. In the Summer of 2000 she received her Associate of Arts Degree with a concentration in Missions and was certified to teach English as a Foreign Language. The following Fall she traveled to Khon Kaen, Thailand to complete an internship teaching English to Thai people in a small village church. Upon her return home she was married that December, and the next several years of her life she devoted herself to her position as a stay-at-home mother until both children, Jedidiah and Dominic, started grade school. In 2010 she was hired at Western Piedmont Community College here in Morganton, as an Adjunct Instructor in the English as a Second Language Department. While serving in that position, she also taught Compensatory Education in the same building. Heather has served as an employee at Calvary Lutheran Church since Spring 2015, and is currently a member of the church. She is the proud parent of two teenage boys and enjoys every moment she has to spend with them. She also enjoys piano music, cooking, gardening, writing and photography.

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Organist/Music Director:

Becky Stevens


Director of Youth Ministry:


Megan Downey was born in Rochester, NY, but was primarily raised in Matthews, NC. She grew up going to the Lutheran church in town and getting involved with anything worship and youth related. After graduating high school, Megan went to Lenoir-Rhyne University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. During her time in college, she fell in love with outdoor ministries through working at Lutheridge in Arden, NC as counselor and area director. Megan loves to spend time with friends and family exploring the outdoors and going on adventures to new places.





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HUNT, Tom & Kathy

Tom and Kathy Hunt have been members at Calvary Lutheran Church for 28 years. Kathy was born in Marion, NC and Tom was born in Hickory, NC. They were married at East Marion Baptist Church on December 20, 1975. They have two sons, Hank and Seth Hunt, who were raised at Calvary and are still members. Tom and Kathy have four beautiful grandchildren Aiden, Cora, Ryan and Campbell and two beautiful daughters in law Jennifer and Andrea whom they enjoy spending time with.

The Hunt family has been maintaining the grounds here at Calvary for three generations.

They are both retired state employees who worked at JIRDC and Kathy also worked part time at Western Piedmont Community College after retirement. Kathy currently volunteers at JIRDC helping transport residents to chapel services. Tom and Kathy have both served as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity for three years. Tom has also been a volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 225 in Drexel since 1994.  Both Tom and Kathy have served on the church council in various positions. Kathy has served as a choir member for at least 24 years and is joined now by her son Hank, daughter in law Jennifer and her granddaughter Cora who also sing in the choir. Tom enjoys wood-working in his spare time and has just recently renovated and added to our Calvary Lutheran church sign. Kathy enjoys crafting and spending with her church sisters from Calvary.


Congregation Council:

President: Kreig Spahn

Vice President: Christina Robichaux

Secretary: Tabitha Yates

Treasurer: Joyce Imboden

Financial Secretary: Judie Huffman

Asst. Financial Secretary: Sherri Morris

Terms Expiring in 2019
Jim Voltmer
David Lange
Joyce Imboden
Ed Williams

Terms Expiring 2020
Kreig Spahn
Bill Nybeck
Mary Dawn Stuenkel
Tabitha Yates

Terms Expiring 2021
Christina Robichaux
Sandy Nutbrown
Shawn Keller
Wayne Giese