Pastor 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.
Wendy Flores is our new Parish Administrator. She brings with her decades of successful accounting experience, management skills, and hospitality. Wendy moved to Morganton in January of 2019 from Long Island, NY, with her husband Erich. They have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Briarcliffe College in New York. Back on Long Island she was a volunteer for 3 years with the local Fire Department as an EMT and earned a life save. She loves to be outdoors, walking and hiking and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Becky Stevens was born and raised in Lenoir, NC (Caldwell County). She graduated from Hudson High School in 1970 and went on to Lenoir-Rhyne University graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Becky taught music for several years and taught private piano lessons for over 20 years. Becky also served as organist at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Hudson.
After resigning that post, Becky came for worship at Calvary in December of 2001 on the recommendation of a friend. Pastor Mike Riley, knowing Becky had experience, asked her to help Calvary “just get through Christmas” since the Calvary organist had just resigned. Becky agreed and she has been at Calvary ever since! Becky worked for Partnership Property Management as an Executive Director for 34 years and recently retired in February 2019. Her daughter Brandi and husband, Jason Pennell, are also members of Calvary. Their children Carson and Becklin are the light of Becky’s life and she is enjoying life here at Calvary. She has never regretted agreeing to help Pastor Riley out back in 2001.
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.
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.
President: Kreig Spahn
Vice President: Christina Robichaux
Secretary: Teresa Gamewell
Treasurer: Mike Imboden
Financial Secretary: Judie Huffman
Bookeeper: Amber Austin
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