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.
Pastor Heather has served in ministry for 15 years. She was commissioned as a Deacon in February 2009 after completing her Master of Arts in Religion degree with a focus on Children, Youth and Family Ministry, through Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. She returned to Luther Seminary to complete the Master of Divinity degree which she graduated with in May 2019. She was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament at St. Mark's on March 1, 2020. Heather grew up in New Mexico and Iowa before moving to North Carolina a few years after graduating from Luther College. She was an elementary school teacher for three years. She returned to ministry part-time for 2 years before entering into ministry full-time. She also worked as a camp counselor at Luther Point Bible Camp in Grantsburg, WI, for 2 summers while in college. Pastor Heather has two children. Bradley is 20 years old and in college working on his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performing Arts. Mary is 16 years old and a sophomore who attends Hickory Career and Arts Magnet (HCAM). The family also has two dogs, Buddy and Sonny, and a turtle named Thomas. Pastor Heather enjoys spending time with her family including her parents who live in the Hickory area, taking her dogs for walks and to the dog park, watching Broadway musicals, reading, gardening, and napping. She hopes to visit all 50 states and to travel to Greece and Italy one day.
Pastor Heather Langan
Emily Schuttenberg grew up in metro-Atlanta. She completed her Master of Music degree at Western Carolina University and her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in piano and musical theatre from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL. She works full time at Mitchell Community College as a music faculty member and coordinator of community music programs.
Emily has served as collaborative pianist and vocal coach for choral and instrumental recitals at universities, professional theatres, and community organizations. She has 15 years of experience teaching music at numerous colleges, elementary, and middle schools as well as preschool music. She has 20 years of experience in sacred music serving numerous churches across AL, TN, and NC as vocalist, accompanist, music minister, and choral director.
Along with teaching, directing, and accompanying, Emily has performed on stage for various professional and community organizations including the Knoxville Opera, NYC Fringe Festival, Mosaic Arts, St. Thomas Players, Piedmont Players, and Hickory Community Theatre. Emily and her husband of 14 years live in Hickory with their spoiled cat.
Steven majored in music education and business administration at Warner University and received his MM and DMA from Ball State University in Choral Conducting and Music History. Steven’s history includes Minister of Music/Worship at churches in Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina and also leadership positions in contemporary worship music. He is currently choral director at Hickory High School and resides in Hickory with his wife Debbie and six children. Steven enjoys all aspects of Christian music while singing and playing guitar, piano and organ.
Deanna is a native of Catawba County. She is married and has one daughter, two stepsons, and one grandchild. Deanna has worked in Finance and Administration her entire work career and recently retired from the State and Local Government.