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Pastor Bob
Thompson

Senior Pastor
(since 1993)

  • Doctor of Ministry – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2003)
  • Master of Divinity – Columbia Bible College (1987)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Columbia Bible College (1978)

Pastor Bob’s primary hobbies are his wife, Linda, and Corinth, which is a good thing since Linda is also a colleague on the church staff. He also enjoys reading and various home projects.  The Thompsons met at Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University). Bob and Linda have three grown children: Philip (Carlie), Cara, and Jeni (Matt), and two grandchildren, Arlo and Avery. 

One of Pastor Bob’s favorite passages of Scripture is Hosea 6:3 – “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn and he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 x210
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Pastor Paul
Cummings

Associate Pastor
(since 2000)

  • Master of Divinity – Baptist Theological Seminary (1999)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Appalachian State University (1995)

Pastor Paul has been married to his wonderful wife, Danielle, since 1995. They have two beautiful daughters, Molly and Hannah. He was ordained in 1999 and has been serving Corinth since 2000. Paul loves music, the outdoors, and time with his family. And he loves serving at Corinth! 

One of Pastor Paul’s favorite passages of Scripture is Philippians 2:13 – “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 x211
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Pastor Lori
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Associate Pastor
(since 2012)

  • Master of Divinity – Emory University (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts –

Pastor Lori claimed North Carolina as her home after visiting family (Michael & Marty Simmons) here for many years. Lori was ordained at Corinth in November 2013. Her primary responsibilities in the area of congregational care—some of which includes visitation, oversight of Stephen Ministry, facilitating in Bible study and Sunday School and working with our older members as part of our Young at Heart program. She enjoys participating in Corinth’s choir, PrimeTime Singles, and sings with the Hickory Choral Society. Knitting, reading, and spending time with her family and friends take up any other free time she might have.

One of Pastor Lori’s favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 150:6 – “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”

Phone: 828.328.6196 x213
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Pastor Amy
Rinehults

Associate Pastor
(since 2015)

  • Doctor of Ministry – Duke University (2022)
  • Master of Divinity – Gardner-Webb University (2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Lenoir-Rhyne College (2008)

Pastor Amy is a Pennsylvania-born transplant to North Carolina. Prior to coming to Corinth, she worked with a non-profit ministry and taught high school religion classes. Amy was ordained at Corinth in 2016. Though you’ll often see her leading in worship or missions, she also works behind-the-scenes with our Board of Deacons and Board of Property Management, along with supervising most of our support staff. Pastor Amy is married to Josh, and they have privilege of parenting the coolest twins ever, Izy & Seth. In her free time, Amy loves traveling, day trips to the mountains, and discovering new (to her) restaurants and shops.

One of Pastor Amy’s favorite passages of Scripture is Colossians 3:15 – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 x212
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Pastor Kevin
Watkins

Associate Pastor
(since 2018)

  • Master of Divinity – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2022)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Lenoir-Rhyne College (2009)

Kevin is married to Kristy and dad to Ryan, Hank, and Kinsey. Before coming to Corinth, he worked in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 9 years. He was ordained at Corinth August 2022. Pastor Kevin’s main area of responsibility is spiritual formation – helping adults connect with one another and with Jesus in many different ways. He loves Atlanta Braves baseball.

One of Kevin’s favorite passages of Scripture is Matthew 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Phone: 828.328.6196 x221
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Linda Thompson

Director of Adult Ministries
(since 1997)

  • Bachelor of Arts – Columbia Bible College (1978)

Linda has been married to her best friend, Pastor Bob, since 1978. That same year, she graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Education. Linda has served in churches since a teenager. 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 (Carlie), Cara, and Jeni (Matt) and precious grandchildren, Arlo and Avery.

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 x
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Jennifer Duralia

Women’s Ministry Coordinator
(since 2022)

Bio coming soon.

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Abigail Hardy

Youth Ministry Assistant
(since 2021)

Abigail was born and raised in Cullowhee, NC.  She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Psychology and then earned her MAT from Asbury University.  After teaching and coaching soccer in Danville, KY for four years, she and her husband, Greg, moved to Hickory in 2008 and started attending Corinth in the fall of that year. Greg and Abigail have 5 children–Lincoln, Amos, Tyler, Caleb, and Rachel.

Abigail enjoys reading, Tar Heel basketball, photography, middle schoolers, hiking, and having real conversations with her family and friends. She has been working at Corinth since January 2021.

One of Abigail’s favorite passages of scripture is Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

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Lauren Everley

Preschool Director
(since 2009)

  • Bachelor of Arts – UNC Chapel Hill

Lauren is a Hickory native, married to her high school sweetheart (Matt), and mother to their three girls. She is a Tarheel through and through. She and her family are members of Corinth and absolutely love their church family! Lauren became Preschool Director in August 2009 and feels very blessed to be able to work with the 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 x
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Hannah Anders

Director of Children’s Ministries
(since 2021)

  • Bachelor of Arts – Gardner-Webb University (2019)

Hannah is a Morganton Native with a calling for working with children. She is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University (Go Dawgs!) with a degree in Photojournalism. She is studying for a Master’s in Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hannah spends most of her time with her family and dog, Maple. She also spends a good amount of time as a photographer with a love of telling people’s stories and the views of nature.

One of Hannah’s favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 5:3-5 – “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Phone: 828.328.6196
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Andrea Miller

Nursery Coordinator
(since 2021)

Bio coming soon

Jennie Lovelace

Nursery Staff
(since 2021)

Isabel Miller

Nursery Staff
(since 2021)

Micaela Miller

Nursery Staff
(since 2021)

Kim Stout

Nursery Staff
(since 2021)

Ruthann Stout

Nursery Staff
(since 2021)

Anya Black

Nursery Staff
(since 2022)

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Joe Lippard

Facilities Manager
(since 1996)

Joe is a native of Statesville, NC, and began working in church at age 7.  He holds a degree in Business Administration and Computer Programming.  He came to Corinth in 1996 shortly after graduating college, hearing the Lord’s call to ministry.  Joe has served his home church in the positions of Board Chair, Financial Director, and Organist.  He has a great love of sacred music and is presently an organ student of Prof. Florence Jowers.  Joe possesses a vast historical and structural knowledge of Corinth’s facilities and operations. Joe is also the great-grandson of the late W. C. Abernathy, job superintendent for Corinth’s 1959 building.

One of Joe’s favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 111:2-10.

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Donavon Wakefield

Property Technician
(since 2022)

Bio coming soon.

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Lisa Propst

Kitchen Manager
(since 2003)

Lisa was born and raised in Hickory. She attended Appalachian State University and Lenoir-Rhyne University where she graduated with a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration.  Her children, Sarah and Christopher, grew up at Corinth.  Sarah has been at UNC-Chapel Hill since Fall 2017, and Christopher graduated from Hickory High School (HHS) in May 2020.  Lisa has been feeding Corinth since 2003. As Kitchen Manager, she is responsible for comprehensive management of Wednesday Night Dinners and other events. In her free time, Lisa enjoys photography, camping, two sweet dogs, and HHS Marching Band. Her favorite part of the Corinth traditional service is the music.  “I am always touched by the hymns, choir, and special musicians Peter invites to play.”

One of Lisa’s favorite passages of Scriptures is Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Lou Ludwig

Kitchen Assistant
(since 2019)

Lou grew up in the Central Valley of California’s agriculture “heartland.” Both of Lou’s parents passed away during his senior year in high school so he began working in restaurants/kitchens all over Northern California. In 1979, a German Master Chef at Silverado Country Club in Napa Valley, CA, took Lou under his wing and helped launch him into The Marriott Marquis Hotels Resorts arena with seven renowned Master Chef’s from all over the world. From 1988 to 2018, Lou designed, developed, and launched nine hotels and resorts, 16 golf and country clubs, 20 independent hospitality venues, and 128 senior living communities. Because of this, Lou made over 50 moves across the U.S. and Japan. Lou has now found a permanent home here at Corinth and in Hickory where he can be with his daughter, Lydia Carlino, son-in-law, Nick, and grandchildren, Mason and Maleah. Lou also has two other grown daughters—Tabitha and Elizabeth.

One of Lou’s favorite passages of scriptures is Psalm 5:3 “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”

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Ginny Heinrich

Kitchen Assistant
(since 2020)

Ginny is originally from the Erie, PA, area. She left Pennsylvania and headed to Hickory to get away from the 100 inches of snow and 6 months of cold weather. She has 3 children (2 girls and a boy), 10 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

Ginny’s previous employment included 10 years with a large pizza manufacturer, 14 years as a secretary for an OB/Gyn office, cooking for a small Christian school, and finally working in her local school district cafeteria for 6 years. That was her favorite job. Then she came to Corinth, and she knew her heart was home.

One of Ginny’s favorite Bible verses is Psalm 84:11-12 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You.”

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Peter Corneliussen

Director of Music Ministries & Organist
(since 2001)

  • Doctor of Music Arts – University of Michigan
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Peter and his wife, Lisa, came to Hickory from Miami, Florida. Lisa and Peter met in Detroit at Calvin Presbyterian Church where Peter began work in music ministry while a graduate student. Lisa and Peter were married in 1985 and then moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where they lived for three years before moving to Miami. Lisa and Peter have two sons, Garrett and Shane—both born in Miami. Lisa is a fourth-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School.

Peter loves to write music, particularly musical theatre. He has written several children’s musicals and two large scale musicals. “The Darkest Side of Midnight” tells the story of the Gospels through the first-person narrative of Mary Magdalene. Peter’s largest music theatre work is “The Heart of the Maiden,” which tells the story of Joan of Arc.

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: 828.328.6196
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Barb Roithner

Office Manager
(since 2001)

Barb is originally from Ohio but has lived in North Carolina since 1985. She and her husband, Gary, lived in both Charlotte and Greenville, NC, before moving to Hickory.  They have a daughter, Richelle, who grew up at Corinth and is now part of a mission team with YWAM (Youth With a Mission). In 2001, Barb left a successful career in the corporate world in response to a very strong call on her life to serve the Lord. She feels very blessed and humbled to be part of Corinth Reformed Church and to be a staff member where she can serve the Lord every single day.

One of Barbara’s favorite passages of Scripture is Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

Phone: 828.328.6196
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Julie Rickert

Office Assistant
(since 2021)

Julie and her family are recent transplants from the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin. Looking for a milder climate, they pulled up roots in the summer of 2020 and are now enjoying getting settled in Hickory. Julie’s husband, David, works for the Von Drehle Corporation, and they have 2 daughters, Miah and Taylor.

One of Julie’s favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Phone: 828.328.6196
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Jan Caldwell

Financial Secretary
(since 2000)

Jan and her husband, Jerry, have a grown son, Jay (wife Heidi). She is the proud grandmother of Paige and Brayden. In her free time, Jan enjoys baking, reading, and fitness—especially walking outside.

One of Jan’s favorite passages of Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

Phone: 828.328.6196
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Reagan Lail

Technology Coordinator
(since 2018)

Reagan was born and raised a resident of Burke County. He attended Burke Middle College to complete an Associate of Arts degree from Western Piedmont while in his last two years of high school. Reagan heard the call to ministry when he was 12 and went on to serve for 7 summers at Hickory Cove Bible Camp before coming on full-time staff as the Registrar/Guest Group Coordinator. He began part-time work for Corinth in June of 2018 and transitioned to full time as the Technology Coordinator in August of the same year.

One of Reagan’s favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 12:21 – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Phone: 828.328.6196
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Patter Cross

Connections Coordinator
(since 2019)

Patter was born in Ohio but left when she was 6 weeks old. She then lived in 8 different states before moving to Europe in 3rd grade. Patter lived in England and Germany where she graduated from high school. She then moved to the U.S. to attend college and graduated in 1988. Patter and her husband, Michael, were married in 1989. Then 5 years later, in 1994, they were surprised and blessed with identical triplet girls (Erin, Caitlyn, and Ashley). Patter has been serving the Lord in various ministries and leadership roles since 1999. She has been a member of Corinth since January 2013 and in her role at Corinth since April 2019. Patter delights in connecting with members, visitors, and regular attenders. She has a passion for helping people find ways to belong and serve.

In her spare time, she loves to walk her two rough collies each morning and be surrounded by the Lord’s beautiful creations. She is also a mixed media artist where she focuses on sharing Christ through her work.

One of Patter’s favorite passages of Scripture is James 4:8 – “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”

Phone: 828.328.6196
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Katie Elder

Communications Coordinator
(since 2019)

Katie has been a member of Corinth since 1995. She was confirmed by Pastor Bob and has watched Corinth grow in faith and size. She was married to her husband, Josh, at Corinth and now attends regularly with their 3 children—Allie, Evan, and Emmy. Katie has a background in Communication Studies and enjoys interacting with people and making them feel welcome. She is active in church Bible studies, Children’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and Refresh for Moms. Katie loves being a mom and seeing her kids get excited about church!

One of Katie’s favorite passages of scripture is Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Phone: 828.328.6196
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