Our program staff runs many of the ministries at Corinth. If you have any questions about adult ministry, children’s ministry, music ministry, etc., use the contact information below to get in touch with the leader of that ministry area.

PETER CORNELIUSSEN – Director of Music Ministry & Organist

Peter holds degrees in music from Whittier College (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.M. and D.M.A.) and complete further studies in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1985. Lisa holds degrees from Eastern Michigan University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Gardner-Webb University, and teaches 4th grade at Mountain View Elementary. They have two sons, Garrett, who is working as an engineering intern for Tesla while completing his degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Shane, who is a freshman at Pennsylvania College of Technology where he studies business. Peter is passionate about the outdoors, and spends his free time camping, exercising, and reading. Professionally, he’s interested in music history, and writing original musical pieces that connect people to the Scriptures in new and vibrant ways.

One of Peter’s favorite passages of Scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Phone: 828.238.6196 Ext. 212
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LINDA THOMPSON – Director of Adult Ministries

Linda has been married to her best friend, Pastor Bob, since 1978. That same year she graduated from Columbia International University with a BA in Biblical Education. Linda has served in churches since a teenager and on staff at Corinth since 1997. She loves Women’s Bible studies, walking in the beauty of both the ocean and the mountains, and especially spending time with her husband, Bob, and children, Phil, Cara and Jeni. Phil and his wife, Carlie, have made Linda very happy with news of a grandson due in January 2018.

One of Linda’s favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 62:5, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 206
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SHARON ROWE – Director of Children’s Ministries

Sharon is married to Joe Rowe, a life-long member of Corinth, and they are the parents of three grown daughters, Pamela, Kelly, and Joanna who married three awesome men – Alan, Patrick, and Will. She has six wonderful grandchildren:  Charlie, Grant, Milly, Andrew, Annie and Lucy. Sharon’s hobbies include walking, reading, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible.

One of Sharon’s favorite passages of Scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 210
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LAUREN EVERLEY – Preschool Director

Lauren is a Hickory native, married to her high school sweetheart (Matt) and mother to their three girls. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and is a Tarheel through and through. She and her family are members of Corinth and absolutely love their church family! Lauren feels very blessed to be able to work with children at Corinth, and loves the staff team.

One of Lauren’s favorite passages of Scripture is Ephesians 6:10-11 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 Ext. 217
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ANGIE BURNHAM – Youth Ministry Assistant

Angie was born and raised in Decatur, AL. She attended the University of Alabama, where she earned a B.A. in Communications. She has been married to Bill Burnham for 33 years. Because of Bill’s job, they first moved to Hickory in 1989, but didn’t truly settle here until 2000. Angie and Bill have two grown daughters, Annie and Emma. In her free time, Angie enjoys reading and playing card games. Her responsibilities at Corinth include keeping all the paperwork and communications with youth, parents of youth, and the college ministry organized. Angie also fills in wherever Pastor Paul needs help with organizing activities and events for the youth.

One of Angie’s favorite passages of Scripture is Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

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EMMA BURNHAM – Youth Ministry Assistant

Emma was born in Birmingham, AL, and raised in Hickory. In 2015, she received her B.S. in Worship and Music Studies from Liberty University. Her parents are Bill and Angie Burnham, and her older sister is Annie. Her family has a German Shepherd named Daisy. In her free time, Emma enjoys playing games, workout classes (barre, spin, pi-yo), and adventuring with friends. In her work at Corinth, she oversees and coordinates ministry to middle school, high school, and college age girls. She also helps lead worship on Sunday mornings in the contemporary service and at Wednesday night CREW with the youth praise team.

One of Emma’s favorite passages of Scripture is Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

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CAROLINE COLLINS – Music Ministry Intern

Caroline is a senior at Hickory Christian Academy, and has been attending Corinth most of her life. This year, she will be working as a music intern under Dr. Peter Corneliussen. She looks forward to the opportunity to help direct the children’s choir as well as singing in the adult choir and continuing to sing solo pieces at the 11:00 traditional services. She is the daughter of Rob and Jennifer Collins, and has an older sister, Cassidy, and younger brother, Chase. Her grandfather (and favorite family member) Larry Estes also attends Corinth. Caroline enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading about medicine and science, and performing. In college, she hopes to study biophysics and vocal music performance.

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