Meet our staff

  • Dr. Gary Haddock, Senior Pastor

    He was ordained in 1982 in the NC Synod, and is a native of Fayetteville, NC., Pastor Gary began his ministry with us in December of 2008.  He has served congregations in North Carolina and Western Pennsylvania, and served as a pastoral therapist with Lutheran organizations.  He is a certified Healthy Congregations Consultant, and certified Bridgebuilder to assist congregations to understand and to manage emotional processes and conflict.  

    He is a Campbell University graduate (B.A.), Yale University Divinity School graduate (M.A.R.; M.Div.), Duquesne University graduate (M.A.; PhD), and a Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute graduate (Certificate in Pastoral Therapy)..    

    He is married to Rebecca whom he married in 1975. They have three children, who have blessed them with four grandchildren.     

  • Rev. Paul Christ, Associate for pastoral Care

    Pastor Paul attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, working summers for A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. Next, he became Assistant to the Bishop Michigan District which led to him serving as Outdoor Ministry Director in charge of three camps and retreat centers for the next six years.

    Pastor Paul then served congregations in Florida, which included being the Founding Pastor for a Mission Congregation, Living Lord Lutheran Church. He then became Executive  Director of Mt. Cross Lutheran Bible camp and retreat center in Santa Cruz County, CA (in the redwoods).

    Following his ministry in California, Pastor Paul and wife Shirley moved to Kure Beach, NC, where he served a dual role as Pastor for Kure Memorial Lutheran, and as resource to the outdoor ministry at Agape Kure Beach Ministries.

    Since retirement in 2006, Pastor Paul has served at three interim ministries in Hickory NC area. Currently, he serves as Associate for Pastoral Care at St. Marks Lutheran in Claremont, and at Messiah Lutheran.

  • Katie Abernathy Hamann, Interim youth Leader

    Katie is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne with a BA in Theatre Arts and a Certificate in Christian Education. She served as a counselor at Lutheridge for three summers, worked as Youth Minister at Philadelphia Lutheran Church in Granite Falls for 6 years, and is currently a school teacher at Jacobs Fork Middle School where she began in 2006. She grew up in Salisbury, NC, is a resident of Conover, is married to Joe and they have a son who is 4 years old.

  • Myra Long, chancel choir, organist, handbells,

    & interim praise team leader

    Myra Rogers Long grew up in Richfield, NC beside her home church, New Bethel Lutheran. She started playing the organ/piano there at age 12 and continued till she was 20 years old. Myra graduated from North Stanley High School in 1977 and attended Pfeiffer College. She married Pastor Terrell Long in 1978 and received her Associate Degree in Nursing at Guilford Technical Institute in Jamestown, NC in 1981. Through Terrell's ministry, the family has lived in Archdale, NC, Salisbury, NC twice, and have now retired to Granite Falls, NC.

    Over the past years, Myra has served as a supply organist, choir director, and handbell director to numerous churches over NC. Myra and Terrell have two

    daughters, Leah Propst and Miriam Smith, both who are nurses at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  Terrell and Myra maintain their membership at Mt. Zion Lutheran, Conover.

  • Randyl Abernathy, Preschool director

  • Lisa Underwood, Church secretary

    Lisa has nine years of experience working in the church office. She has served the congregations of Davidson College Presbyterian in Davidson, Prospect Presbyterian in Mooresville, and St. Mark’s Episcopal in Huntersville. Along with four siblings, Lisa grew up as a Preacher’s Kid. Her father was a Presbyterian minister. As a child, many hours were spent helping the church secretary and attending church functions with really good food! Her hobbies include gardening, reading and watching Cozy Mysteries.

  • Mike Baker, church sexton