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Mission Statement

We the people of St. Paul are called and empowered by God:
To witness through Christ
To welcome everyone through the Holy Spirit
To worship with joy
To work with God to meet the needs of our community

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Leadership
Pastor

Ralph Kraft

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Office: 828-464-3853 x 303

Rev. Ralph Kraft was called to serve as Pastor at St. Paul in 2012.

Pastor Ralph grew up in Savannah, GA and got his Bachelor in Agriculture degree with a concentration in horticulture from the University of GA in 1989. After working for two years in various fields he knew the time was right to enter seminary which he did at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He graduated and was ordained in 1995. He says the transition meant he went from "taking care of plants to taking care of people" as all the churches he has served as Pastor have been here in North Carolina. He and wife Mary have one cat named Sirpurr. Pastor Ralph enjoys being part of the Startown/Newton community helping equip the people to serve God through witnessing, welcoming, worshiping and working.






Office Manager

Morgan Lane

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Office: 828-464-3853 x 301

Morgan began his ministry with us in June of 2012.

Morgan was born in Hickory, NC and was raised right here in Catawba County. He graduated from Newton-Conover High School and attended Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC where he earned a degree in Sacred Music with concentration in Organ. Some of his teachers include: Florence Jowers, Robert Smith, and Frances Whitener.

Morgan met his wife Sara Scronce at a fundraiser event for the Green Room Community Theatre in 2011 and were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church in December 2012. Together they have a daughter, Norrie, who was just born on July 17, 2016.

Morgan currently serves Bethel Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod as their Director of Worship Arts and previously served Bethlehem Lutheran Church ELCA in Hickory, NC and St. James Lutheran Church in Newton, NC.

Some of Morgan's hobbies include: reading, computer tinkering, and graphic design.






Interim Organist

Mike Reed






Sexton

Rick Johnson






Congregation Council President

Robin Fincannon

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Congregation Council - Vice President

Dick Walker






Congregation Council - Treasurer

Marty Coulter






Congregation Council - Secretary

Glenda Townsend