Meet our staff

St. Mark's has Openings!

Praise Team Leader / Instrumentalist

Lead the congregation with the Praise Team in Contemporary Worship each Sunday, and for special services as needed. Anchor the Praise Team’s musical offerings primarily through the use of the keyboard or other instrument. Schedule and lead Praise Team rehearsals.

Chancel Choir Director

Select music for the choir that is appropriate for the liturgical setting. Schedule and conduct weekly rehearsals. Work cooperatively with the Church Organist to build and maintain a positive team for worship music, and choir leadership.


Work with the Chancel Choir Director in conducting choir rehearsals (20-24 rehearsal sessions per year). Select and secure music for preludes, postludes, offertories, etc. appropriate for the liturgical setting and season of the church.

If you are interested in these positions, please email a resume and cover letter to 

  • 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.

  • 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